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How to install fixing bands

How to install fixing bands

23/04/2019

Everything you need to know about using fixing bands

Have you ever wondered how air ducts and pipes stay attached to the ceiling? You probably haven't. That's why fixing bands are the unsung heroes of the building and maintenance world.

Fixing bands are malleable metal straps that make securing and stabilising things easier. They are long, thin and flexible pieces of steel with pre-punched holes of different sizes. These holes provide space for screws, nails and bolts to secure the bands onto walls and other surfaces.

  • Fixing bands are strong and tough, being made of galvanised or coated steel.
  • They are also very versatile, coming in a range of sizes and designs, and readily cut with tin snips.

Looking for the perfect solution for your job? Visit Carinya for our full range of fixing bands. For more information, get in touch with us on 1300 727 535. You can visit your local Bunnings Warehouse to purchase any of our products.

Where are fixing bands used?

Fixing bands have a variety of applications in many situations, from corporate offices, to IT server rooms, to heavy industrial settings.

  • IT: fixing components to walls and desks
  • Refrigeration: securing cooling conduits
  • Plumbing: attaching pipes to walls and ceilings
  • Air conditioning: attaching ducts and vents to ceilings
  • Agriculture: fixing fences and gates to posts
  • Logistics: strapping materials for transport

Steel fixing bands also have a variety of DIY applications around the home, from installing shelving, to hanging plants, to securing materials in the garage or workshop.

Types of fixing bands

How to use a fixing band

There are several types of fixing bands, each of which supports different uses. Carinya has a full range of fixing bands available for you to purchase at Bunnings Warehouse.

Big hole/small hole fixing bands

Carinya's big hole/small hole fixing bands have straight edges and pre-punched holes for nails, screws and other fittings.

  • The larger holes are 6.5mm in diameter, while the smaller holes are 4mm.
  • Band is 19mm wide and comes in a 10 metre long roll.

Multi-hole fixing bands

Offering even more scope for fixtures, multi-hole fixing bands are perfect for any project.

  • Each section of the band features one large 6.2mm diameter hole and two smaller 3.3mm holes.
  • Multi-hole fixing bands are 12mm wide and comes in rolls of 3m and 10m.

Galvanised steel fixing bands

This straight galvanised fixing band is suitable for small projects like cable management, plant hanging and shelving.

  • The galvanised fixing band comes in two widths: 12mm and 20mm.
  • Its sturdy, galvanised steel design is perfect for use inside the home or garage.

Wavy fixing bands

Wavy fixing bands come in galvanised steel and plastic coated varieties, both with holes punched for screws, bolts and nails.

  • Both varieties come in a range of lengths, widths and hole diameters.
  • Plastic coated bands come in black and white, and feature extra corrosion protection.

How to install fixing bands

Drill bits for how to install fixing bands

Installing fixing bands just takes a few easy steps and a bit of creative workmanship. Their versatility means that they are can be used in many ways. The best thing to do is to try several methods and applications until you find the best way forward for your project.

To secure

Securing items to walls and ceilings is easy with Carinya's fixing bands.

  1. Hold your item in its desired position upon a surface.
  2. Using a pencil, mark where the item will be secured to the wall.
  3. Cut a piece of fixing band off the roll, ensuring that it is slightly longer than necessary.
  4. Getting a friend to hold the item in place, drill or nail one side of the band into the surface.
  5. Bend fixing band over the items, making sure that there is no room for movement.
  6. Drill or nail the other side of the fixing band into the surface.

Your item should hang in place, completely secured to the wall or ceiling. For larger items, repeat this process where necessary, making sure that the bands are supporting equal amounts of weight.

To hang

Hanging pipes and conduits from the ceilings, or attaching fences to posts, requires a different method.

  1. Figure out how far from the ceiling you would like your pipe to hang.
  2. Measure well over double that distance on your fixing band roll and cut with tin snips.
  3. Drill or nail one end of the band into the ceiling.
  4. Having someone hold the pipe in position and loop the band around the pipe.
  5. Join the band back to itself with nuts and bolts, and then back up to the ceiling.
  6. Cut away any extra fixing band.

Your pipe or conduit should be hanging freely with the support of the strong fixing bands.

With any DIY projects around your home on business, you must make sure that safety comes first. If you are unsure whether a fixing band will support the required weight, err on the side of caution and consult a professional. Hiring a qualified tradesperson is cheaper than a hospital bill.

Visit Carinya for more information about fixing bands and their applications. For friendly DIY advice, call Carina on 1300 727 535, or drop into your local Bunnings Warehouse.

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