Temporary Fences: Are there certain specifications?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sat, Oct 03, 2015

Construction site temporary fencing is commonly used on job or construction sites that need to maintain a semblance of unmonitored public safety.

A series of temporary fence barricades lines Governor's st. at The UCI Richmond 2015 bike races.

Because construction sites are occasionally located in high foot traffic areas, they sometimes will require short-term safety and security measures. Temporary fences can surround an entire job site or they can be easily arranged when only partial security is required.

The chief types of temporary fencing are panel fencing and standard temporary fencing. The variations within these two categories are explained later in this article.



A woman sporting a redskins clothing ensemble stands in front of the main temporary fence structure feom Hurricane Fence Redskins Training Camp

Codes for temporary fencing vary depending on the location of the fencing and may be specified for a particular job in the project plans.

Typical temporary fencing materials are 11 1/2 gauge wire fabric that’s tied to 1 5/8" ss15 or schedule 15 fence posts. This style is most commonly used on job sites. These 6-foot high temporary fence posts are normally 8-feet long and they are simply driven into the ground, as opposed to being set in concrete. The chainlink fabric is generally ‘tied up’ using aluminum ties, which are much easier to work with than durable steel ties.


Temporary Fence with green mesh and safety sign outside of The Baltimore War Memorial directs pedestrians safely around the monument. A series of geometic designed square temporary fence panels lines the finish line of the UCI 2015 race finish line in Richmond, VA installed by Hurricane Fence

Temporary Fence panels are usually 6 feet high by 10 feet wide panels made from 1 5/8" or 1 3/8" ss15 steel pipe meshed with 11 1/2 gauge fence fabric. These panels rest on stands or concrete blocks and brackets hold them together. Panel fencing is generally the more expensive of the two options, but it holds several advantages over standard temporary fence.

The first, and probably the most important advantage is its ability to be easily moved from one location to another during the course of the construction or large event schedule. Additionally, it is commonly used in locations where driving fence posts is not an easy option. Deliberate road applications such as cobblestone streets asphault or concrete foundation.


Standard temporary fencing is generally the cheaper of the two options, but the price can increase depending on the particular projects needs or temporary fence options.

For example, wind screen is commonly added to the temporary fence to keep down the spread of dust and debris. These screens also add a level of privacy to the job site. Privacy slats can be used instead of wind screening depending on the requests of the owner or project planner. Occasionally more demanding requirements will go along with the project, like the addition of barbed wire in high security areas or a request for heavier gauge fabric.

Although the codes for temporary fencing do vary depending on location and the particular projects needs, the basic temporary fence systems generally remain unchanged. It is important to keep in mind that most projects, especially those in high traffic areas, will likely have some sort of temporary fence structures in place for crowd and traffic control.

LAV Fence helps Hurricane Fence install chain link temporary fence panels the day before the sdtart of the Richmond 2015 time trials East Broad St. in Downtown Richmond, VA is set up with a variety of temporary fence solutions from local contractors.

Topics: Commercial Fence, Temporary Fence, barricades, panel fencing, event fencing, construction fencing

Temporary Fences: 3 Versatile Applications Explored

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sat, Sep 19, 2015

Temporary Fences: 3 Versatile Applications for Safety and Liability of Construction Sites and Event Management.

What used to be a Burger King at the intersection of Grace and Monroe is now a construction site for development around VCU.

Temporary Construction Fencing surrounds a new development for VCU Campus West Broad St. Richmond

It is probable and often legally required that construction sites be contained with the use of temporary construction fence. Even the smallest construction site has the potential to become a dangerous environment. That's why most building materials need to be temporarily secured for the duration of a project. 

How much fence is needed? For, how long? What kind of surface the fence will be installed through or on? And, what kind of fence material is considered necessary?

A reliable barrier between the people working on a construction site and the people passing by is a necessary implement. Many municipalities, insurance companies and general contractors require job sites and special events to be sufficiently secured.


There are a few different options for temporarily enclosing a special event or a construction site. Welded fence panels with extended legs that slide into a concrete block or onto a stand bag are commonly referred to as ‘panels & blocks’. This is a common application. These panels are ideal for installation on surfaces that you do not want to permanently or otherwise disturb. It is relatively easy to relocate this type of fence, as compared to others.
Temporary Fence Panels are stacked in semi-high piles and delievered to an event or construction site by a large truck.

Panels and blocks are also a cost effective way to secure a job site. Depending on its purpose, a drawback of using the panel and block system is that it may not be conducive to the addition of windscreen, signage or strategic ad placement.Sizes are typically as follows: 6x10, 6x12, 6x14, and 8x10 panels 

Black windscreen covers a temporary fence enclosure ouside of a suburban neighborhood Branded Windscreen of RIchmond 2015 & Hourigan Construction encloses chain link panels with sandbags in Richmond's Fulton Hill

These can be subject to blowing over in windy conditions due to the added screen weight. If this screen os the most desirable for a particular project,  it is generally installed with chain link fabric attached to driven chain link posts. The posts are driven into the ground by or hand or with a compressor.

Screening is installed using zip ties that attach the screen to the fence. This fence can also be easily removed but can disturb surrounding surfaces. Screening is used for the privacy of the site or as additional advertisement.

The materials used for this application come from fences that have been previously installed. This allows for a both cost effective and environmentally friendly fence solution. 


Wood panneling is an alternative to chainlink temporary fencing and makes it impossible to see construction on the other side.

If a more private fence or a long-term project is being built; fence can be useful. The fence will become an actual wall between the site and the public. This type of fence is hard to climb and virtually impossible to see through. The fence is installed with 4” x 4” wood posts with the plywood attached with screws or nails.

Due to regulations, fences are a necessary item for almost all construction sites. Temporary fence can be rented or purchased depending on the specific application. When deciding on what type of fence a jobsite requires, there are a few questions that always come up.

3- BIKE RACKS & BARRICADESShimano Windscreen cover the downtown barricades installed by Hurricane Fence for Richmond 2015

Though regulations require this implementation the objective, of a temporary fence installation is simply safety. Bike Racks and Barricades are the widest used boundary applications for special events where the probability of routing and re-routing thousands of people is high, and coordinated ahead of time. Check out the miles of Barricade for Richmond 2015 below.

The predictability of bike racks and barricades make them ideal for large and small events. Anywhere security calls for obvious delineation that keeps groups of people from restricted areas make these minimally efficient fence structures a go to for athletic events, music festivals and local celebratory events ala Richmond 2015, The Monument 10K Marathon, or establishing order outside The National or the Hippodrome.

Temporary fences are relatively easy to buy, rent and install. Best of all, they speak volumes without saying a word.

Topics: Commercial Fence, Temporary Fence, Regulations, barricades, temp fence, chain link, windscreen, bike racks, wire mesh

History & Psychology CH. 2: Where did the perimeter fence come from?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Fri, Jan 03, 2014

History & Psychology CH. 2: Where did the perimeter fence come from?

As the great English agriculturist Arthur Young said commenting on eighteenth century French peasants’ toil on their small patrimonies, “Give a man the secure possession of a bleak rock and he will turn it into a garden. Give him a nine years' lease of a garden and he will convert it into a desert." Being instrumental in the culture of property, the fence fostered long-term thinking and constructive effort. 

Land Ownership

Land ownership demanded lasting commitment and care that were beyond the capacity of a single individual, so since very early on land was attached not to the individual but to a family. In early Hindu and Greek law, land could not be sold or transferred to another family, either by bequest or as a dower. A father who had land was compelled to leave it to his sons. If he had no sons he must pass it to the nearest relation. Since no one could take away family land upon marriage, the fence was associated with native home and was helped facilitate inferred communication in a domestic context.

Having a strong visibility bias, the fence is an open declaration of intention. It says on the part of an occupant "I am here and planning to stay." This makes it an appropriate device to be associated with law.

Numa, the second king of Rome laid down in 7th century B.C. that each man should surround his land with a boundary and set up landmarks of stone or modern day bollards. He dedicated these landmarks to the god Terminus, and ordained that sacrifices should be offered up to him every year, appointing the Festival of the Terminalia. This worship of boundaries was meant to celebrate the conquest of the land of Rome from the Latinians and the Sabines originally occupying the region. Victory would not have been possible without the will of the gods and the fence being a symbol of this triumph had to be honored in appreciation. Thus the fence was invested with meaning and gained value.

roman fence

Further, in 7th century England, the King of Wessex added a new function for private peremiter boundaries: Responsibility. The business of protecting crops from cattle, was on the land-owner. The king proclaimed that a homestead must be fenced winter and summer. If it is not fenced and his neighbor's cattle get in through his own gap, he has no right to anything from that cattle or the the owner of the property it wandered onto.

Fencing America

In New America, John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony even passed a policy stating: "That which lies common, and hath never been replenished or subdued, is free to any that possess and improve it."

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Pictured Above: A Worm Fence in Gettysburg Pennsylvania circa 1600.

Circa 1600 A.D., Jamestown Virginians were amazed to discover a fence structure that they'd not seen before. A worm fence is a pereimeter fence that lays logs atop each other at an angle eliminating the need for posts of any kind. The early settlers used their spare logs while yielded and clearing the residential land they forged.

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Chapter 3: The modern perimeter fence and how it helps shape current cultures.

Topics: Bollards, Perimeter Security, Specialty Fence, Residential Fence, Property Value, Temporary Fence, backyard Fence, fence timing, Historical Fence

What Is Temporary Construction Fence?

Posted by Kristen Fugere on Fri, Aug 10, 2012

What is temporary fence?
Temporary fence is used for any short or long term construction projects. They may surround the entire area, or the project, or are moveable for partial security. Temporary construction fence is available in temporary panels, driven temporary fence, and permanent temporary fence.

When is portable fence used?
Portable temporary fence is used on job sites that need to maintain some level of security during construction. Often times, construction sites are in highly populated or high foot traffic areas that require additional safety and security measures.

What types of construction fence are available?

 Data Center Fence

Temporary Fence Panels: Temporary fence panels are most commonly used for going across pavement or concrete. These moveable panels allow no demolition to the pavement. This type of fence is most commonly found in 10’ and 12’ panels and sit on galvanized metal stands. Figure eight clamps keep the panels bound tightly together to provide the best security for the construction project. Temporary panels are easy to put up and take down. They are usually are on short term project.

 Data Center Fence  

Driven Temporary Fence: Temporary fence where post are driven into the ground provides more sturdy security option than simple temporary panels. Temporary chain link fence posts are driven in mechanically with a hydraulic post driver 10' apart and approximately 2’-3’ in depth depending on the height of the fence. Construction site security can obtained by using this fence for the duration of the project. Coil wire and even top rail can be added depending on the extent of security needed. Typically a 9 or 11 ½ gauge wire is attached to the post. Some jobs for, asthetics, choose to add a windscreen with logos of their company on it. This requires a thicker post and deeper depth to withstand the stresses and strains of the additional weight and wind load. Fence windscreen is typically added for privacy and can be attached with galvanized ties to the framework of the fence. It is common to see this type of fence along the Limits of Disturbance of the project and along the silt fence line. This usually marks the extent of work for the project and keeps all construction materials and equipment secured for the duration of the project.

Data Center Fence 

Permanent Temporary Fence: A temporary fencing system that requires a concrete footing and specified pipe dimensions is usually used on military installations or government property. When security can not be breached during a replacement or modification, this type of fencing is typically used. Barbed wire is common on this type of fence. Many ports have a specialized temporary fence that matches their perimeter security fence. If the existing fence and permanent temporary fencing have similar requirements some of the materials to be re-used and to save money (i.e. barb arms & fence fabric). Bottom tension wire can used to keep the bottom of the fence taut to prevent sag in the fence. Stronger ties can also be required on this type of fence and will show up more abundant along the line of fence.

Data Center FenceWhat options can increase security?
Wind screening is commonly added to the construction fence to reduce the spread of dust and debris. These screens also add a level of privacy to the job site. Privacy slats can be used instead of wind screening depending on the needs of the project. Barb wire can be added in high security areas along with a heavier gauge fabric or stronger fence ties. Also, as mentioned above the posts can be set in concrete footings.

What about Fence Codes?
Codes for temporary fence vary depending on the location of the fence and may be specified for a particular job in the project plans. Typical temporary fence materials are 11 1/2 gauge wire fabric that’s tied to 1 5/8" SS15 or schedule 15 fence posts. This style is most commonly used on job sites. These 6-foot high temporary fence posts are normally 8-feet long and they are simply driven into the ground, as opposed to being set in concrete. The chain-link fabric is generally ‘tied up’ using aluminum ties, which are much easier to work with than durable steel ties. Temporary fence panels are usually 6 feet high by 10 feet wide panels made from 1 5/8" or 1 3/8" SS15 steel pipe meshed with 11 1/2 gauge fence fabric.

Article contributed by Nate Poehlman and Kristen Fugere.

Topics: Temporary Fence

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