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Old 12-10-2016, 07:51 PM   #1
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Pier "guard rails"- How did they do this net rail ?

This has been at our community dock for at least 22 years and I was thinking about doing similar for our private dock that was damaged in Hurricane Matthew. Except since we put in no new pilings and therefore our pilings are below walkway level we would use 4 x 6 posts and possibly "U" bolt the rope to the inside of the posts.

I am guessing this is shrimp netting (although too coarse for actual shrimp) but the amazing thing is someone must have wove each section of it in place at the pier due to having to feed the 1" ropes thru the piling holes first.

In our case the netting could be in completed form since we would U bolt it rather than thru holes.

1. What is the green tint ?

2. Other thoughts ?


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For what I see they took a net and simply put a rope in it then in the eye bolt on the post. The rope act as a frame for the net, not difficult to do. For the green color maybe it was the original color of the net and rope that was degraded by the sun see what I mean?

However check what the material the rope is made of, some material may not last long on th esun.
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For what I see they took a net and simply put a rope in it then in the eye bolt on the post. The rope act as a frame for the net, not difficult to do. For the green color maybe it was the original color of the net and rope that was degraded by the sun see what I mean?

However check what the material the rope is made of, some material may not last long on th esun.
No, not that simple....looking close at the rope to net connection it really looks like someone wove the net at the rope after the rope was installed. The three loops of small string around the rope are not separate strings but continue to the net itself.

As to the color, if anything it has faded over the years, used to be a deeper shade of green years ago.
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Buy it at Sailrite - Fabric, Canvas, and Sewing Machines Since 1969

White color though, lifeline netting.

Cordage is same material, take eye, looks like three loops and tie it off, easy pesay
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No, not that simple....looking close at the rope to net connection it really looks like someone wove the net at the rope after the rope was installed. The three loops of small string around the rope are not separate strings but continue to the net itself.

As to the color, if anything it has faded over the years, used to be a deeper shade of green years ago.
even if way fancier, I think it would look fine if you did just use a separate net twine run along the ropes, using several half hitches above each net diamond then wormed into the lay of the rope.

Simple and fast, using half hitches would prevent total failure if the line was cut at some point.
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The green tint is probably net dip, Green Napthenate 800 - Quick Net Trawls
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White color though, lifeline netting.

Cordage is same material, take eye, looks like three loops and tie it off, easy pesay
A definite possibility for the netting, but for a dock there is 15 feet between pilings typically, so much stronger rope would be needed for the top and bottom (1" rope on the pictured dock, pulled tight by eyebolts/nuts)....unless I put it way more 4 x 6 posts, which would get expensive and time consuming and might not look as nice.

There is a shrimper supply here I'll call on tomorrow to see if they can make what I need.
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The green tint is probably net dip, Green Napthenate 800 - Quick Net Trawls
Cool...I'll bet that is what it is, thanks.
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No, not that simple....looking close at the rope to net connection it really looks like someone wove the net at the rope after the rope was installed. The three loops of small string around the rope are not separate strings but continue to the net itself.
Looking at my own photo again, now I see that the netting was probably mostly done in advance and it is actually only "woven" at the top and bottom. Still, pretty time consuming and tedious thing to have to do on site for what amounts to nearly 1,000 feet of attachment points ! (250 feet pier length x 4) Actually worse than that as I forgot they must have woven each end of the net between pilings as well !
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Just Google "handrail netting".

http://www.international-cordage.net...l-netting.html

https://netsandmore.com/products/hand-rail-nets

http://www.westcoastnetting.com/nett.../handrail.html

http://www.memphisnet.net/category/netting-handrail
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tennis or volleyball net?
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tennis or volleyball net?
interesting idea....wouldn't look very "nautical" and don't know how long one would hold up to salt spray....but probably the least expensive per foot method...something to consider...
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