Balustrade & Railing by Ronstan Industrial

Ronstan offers its wealth of knowledge and expertise in the many applications of cable systems. Our services include; design engineering, project management, and installation

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balustrades and Railings

Cables give balustrades and railings a sense of elegance, space and style. With careful planning and design, they have the ability to totally transform the look. Their clean and simple lines create a sleek and modern aesthetic, while offering uninterrupted views. They’re contemporary, low-maintenance and surprisingly easy and fast to install.

Ronstan has been setting the standard for cable applications in balustrades and railings since 1988.

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Balustrade and Railing

 

Our new balustrade and railing was designed to make life simpler for you. The process of researching and selecting the right system has been streamlined. We have five new complete cable systems, each one with an individual part number. This means no more time-wasting and frustration selecting individual components. All the information you need is logically laid out, with clearly displayed diagrams and details. It’s the definitive resource for balustrade and railing cables.

 

 

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Ropes for Daily Outdoor Use

 There are many different kinds of rope, and lots of them are good in specific contexts. You can never really have enough rope lying around. But one might wonder which kinds of rope are best for general, every day, outdoor use. In this article we will look at some of your options for just this. Twisted Rope Twisted rope (also known as laid rope) gets its name from the spiral look it boasts. This look is created as the rope is constructed typically using three strands that are twisted together.

The most common type of this rope is the cheaper, polypropylene stuff that you can get in most convenience or discount stores. This rope is not very strong, is difficult to knot, and does have a tendency to kink, but it does have some useful qualities which mean it is a good one to have handy when outdoors. It is water resistant, and it also sinks in water which may be advantageous in something like a rescue situation outdoors. The polypropylene form of twisted rope usually comes in a bright colour such as yellow or blue, which means it has great visibility when outside in nature. Twisted ropes are commonly used for anchor lines. Braided Ropes Braided ropes are constructed in a slightly different way giving them greater strength and abrasion resistance. They are made through the weaving of fibre strands.

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The hollow variety of braided rope however only has a woven core, which means that it can be squashed flat quite easily but are less susceptible to kink than twisted rope. The double braided type of braided rope has one braided rope inside of another and can be used for anchor lines. Climbing Ropes Most modern climbing ropes have a kernmantle design which basically means an inner core and an outer sleeve. This design means that the jacket provides a good level of resistance to abrasion. The inner core is the part that gives this type of rope its strength. Dynamic climbing ropes, as the name suggests, means there is some level of give and stretch especially when exposed to a load. This stretch is good for climbers in a fall situation, but also for general outdoor use as the give can be handy when tying things to other things. Perhaps in a kayak situation, or for bike storage for instance. The static type of climbing rope is good for general haulage as it has less stretch in it.

Parachute Cord Also kernmantle in construction, the parachute cord is another great rope for general outdoor use. This kind of cord is often used on outdoor expeditions for lashing racks to vehicles for example. There are many imitations of the market, but real parachute cord of 550 grade has military specification which means that a braided nylon sheath covers seven to nine interwoven strands making it extremely strong. Guyline Cord There is nothing worse than a guyline breaking when you are trying to erect a tent in some tricky weather conditions and so it is always good to keep some spare. It can be handy in other situations too as some manufacturers make the cord in materials that are reflective making them easy to see in outdoor night situations where they are most heavily utilised.

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It is quite thin compared to other ropes such as the parachute cord, and so it is also good for more cosmetic uses such as lanyards, torches, or anything else you may wish to lash onto your belt. Bungee Cord Frequently found in a camping situation also, bungee cord is one of the most stretchy ropes you can purchase. It is not unusual to be able to buy this cord by the foot, and it is good to have several different lengths in your stash. It can be used for more menial, but nonetheless important tasks such as tying up rolled up sleeping pads, or holding paddles. Sisal The least rope like of them all, sisal is a natural fibre made from the leaves of the acacia plant. The material is strong, durable, does not deteriorate in saltwater, and is also easily dyed making it more adaptable for use than some rope. It is however very coarse and can be dangerous to grab if moving at speed. Like with twisted rope, this is one of the cheaper options on the market, and so it can’t hurt to have some of this in your stock too.

Baling Twine Baling twine is basically a smaller diameter version of the sisal. It doesn’t have as stronger breaking strength as some of the other options and so is best for lighter duties such as baling hay for instance. It is also usually made in neut

ral colours and so can be of use when in an outdoor situation when camouflage is advantageous. Tow Strap Again, not so much of a rope as some of the other options discussed here, but nonetheless handy to have around when out and about. The flat webbings come with sewn loops either end which makes it nice and easy to secure to something when towing. They come in different rates for different load bearing capabilities and so do check before you invest. So as you can see, there are numerous options when looking for rope stock for outdoor usage. Each of which have their plus points, and their minuses. As long as you have a good selection of strengths, lengths, and stretchiness you will be set for your outdoor adventure. Rope, and lots of them are good in specific contexts. You can never really have enough rope lying around. But one might wonder which kinds of rope are best for general, every day, outdoor use. In this article we will look at some of your options for just this.

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Braided Ropes

Braided ropes are constructed in a slightly different way giving them greater strength and abrasion resistance. They are made through the weaving of fibre strands. The hollow variety of braided rope however only has a woven core, which means that it can be squashed flat quite easily but are less susceptible to kink than twisted rope. The double braided type of braided rope has one braided rope inside of another and can be used for anchor lines. 

Climbing Ropes

Most modern climbing ropes have a kernmantle design which basically means an inner core and an outer sleeve. This design means that the jacket provides a good level of resistance to abrasion. The inner core is the part that gives this type of rope its strength. Dynamic

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climbing ropes, as the name suggests, means there is some level of give and stretch especially when exposed to a load. This stretch is good for climbers in a fall situation, but also for general outdoor use as the give can be handy when tying things to other things. Perhaps in a kayak situation, or for bike storage for instance. The static type of climbing rope is good for general haulage as it has less stretch in it.

Parachute Cord
Also kernmantle in construction, the parachute cord is another great rope for general outdoor use.  This kind of cord is often used on outdoor expeditions for lashing racks to vehicles for example. There are many imitations of the market, but real parachute cord of 550 grade is from a military specification which means that a braided nylon sheath covers seven to nine interwoven strands making it extremely strong.

Guyline Cord
shockcord all cols - Industrial Hardware - RonstanThere is nothing worse than a guyline breaking when you are trying to erect a tent in some tricky weather conditions and so it is always good to keep some spare. It can be handy in other situations too as some manufacturers make the cord in materials that are reflective making them easy to see in outdoor night situations where they are most heavily utilised. It is quite thin compared to other ropes such as the parachute cord, and so it is also good for more cosmetic uses such as lanyards, torches, or anything else you may wish to lash onto your belt. 

Bungee Cord
Frequently found in a camping situation also, bungee cord is one of the most stretchy ropes you can purchase. It is not unusual to be able to buy this cord by the foot, and it is good to have several different lengths in your stash. It can be used for more menial, but nonetheless important tasks such as tying up rolled up sleeping pads, or holding paddles.

Sisal

Guyline Cord

The least rope like of them all, sisal is a natural fibre made from the leaves of the acacia plant. The material is strong, durable, does not deteriorate in saltwater, and is also easily dyed making it more adaptable for use than some rope. It is however very coarse and can be dangerous to grab if moving at speed. Like with twisted rope, this is one of the cheaper options on the market, and so it can’t hurt to have some of this in your stock too. 

Baling Twine
Baling twine is basically a smaller diameter version of the sisal. It doesn’t have as stronger breaking strength as some of the other options and so is best for lighter duties such as baling hay for instance. It is also usually made in neutral colours and so can be of use when in an outdoor situation when camouflage is advantageous. 

Tow Strap

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Again, not so much of a rope as some of the other
options discussed here, but nonetheless handy to have
around when out and about. The flat webbings come with sewn loops either end which makes it nice and easy to secure to something when towing. They come in different rates for different load bearing capabilities and so do check before you invest.

So as you can see, there are numerous options when looking for rope stock for outdoor usage. Each of which have their plus points, and their minuses. As long as you have a good selection of strengths, lengths, and stretchiness you will be set for your outdoor adventure.

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