Stainless Steel Straps Installation Made Easy
Whether strapping down a broken street sign or having to strap down insulation or metal pipes and get them to stay in line in a rough environment, plastic or poly won’t do the trick and that’s when stainless steel banding comes in handy. So, let’s see what are the different types and what sets this choice of banding apart from others.
There are several different types of steel, which are also called alloys. When you are looking for a stainless steel band, you will most likely encounter three different types of alloys. They are type 201, type 304, and type 316. It is essential to chose the right one for the job so you can get the results you are looking for.
The type 201 is the most affordable option out of all of them and it has a lot to do with the fact that it’s rich in manganese instead of nickel. Between 201 and 304, the first is the stronger version. However, 304 is much more resistant to corrosion than 201 and that is why this type of stainless steel band is used in many businesses and is great for attaching signs, fastening insulation to pipes and much more. 316 is the more expensive option out of them all, but it is also the most resistant one when it comes to corrosion and high temperatures. These two factors are the reason why 316 is commonly used for oil rigs and machinery used underwater.
Once you’ve decided on the type of band you are going to use, it’s time cut it and get it ready for installation. To start off, first you need to cut the band properly which means you need to make sure you leave enough material for the tension tool to be attached since you’ll probably need more than you think once you have positioned your object where you want it to be secured.
After cutting, place the object you are trying to secure with the band around it in the required location. Then use a stainless steel band tightening tool to slowly tighten the band and secure the object in place. Once the object has been securely tightened, cut off the excess band (if any, but usually there is a small piece that has to be cut) and then lightly tap it with a hammer to fold in the opposite direction so it doesn’t become a safety hazard.