Building a gabion basket can be simple. If you are building one for the first time, allow up to 15 mins to put it together. If you're building more than one, you will be able to put a basket together in 8-10 mins with some practice. The following example walks through how to erect a 1000x500x500mm galvanised steel gabion basket.
1. Confirm all parts
Confirm you have all panels and spiral winders. A gabion basket with dimensions of 1000x500x500 is comprised of 6 panels and 12 spiral winders:
Quantity of 4 x 1000x500 panels
Quantity of 2 x 500x500 panels
Quantity of 4 x 1000mm length spiral winders
Quantity of 8 x 500mm length spiral winders.
All spiral winders can be cut back to a more appropriate length if this better suits your project.
2. START WITH THE LARGEST PANELS
Begin by taking 2 of the largest panels (1000x500). Stand the panels on their ends and place the edge of the panel at a right angle to the edge of the other panel.
3. ADD THE 1ST SPIRAL WINDER
Take the first 1000mm length spiral winder. Begin winding the spiral through the mesh of both panels. Once it's through the first or second aperture, you will be able to spin the spiral through your hands in a quick motion to complete the threading through the entire panel.
Continue this process for 3 of the 4 x 1000mm spiral winders. At this point do not place the 4th spiral winder. The intention is to do this last once the basket is full of rock filling.
4. ADD THE 1st END PANEL
Once all 1000x500 panels are in place (remember the last 1000mm spiral winder has not been installed yet), take the 500x500 panel. This is the end of the basket. Sit the 500x500 panel in position on the top of the basket. Using a 500mm spiral winder, begin to attach the panel to the rest of the basket by interlinking the edges via the spiral winder.
Continue this process for all edges EXCEPT the edge which will allow you to open the basket and fill with rock.
5. Add the 2nd end panel
Once 3 of the 500mm spiral winders have joined one end of the basket, flip the basket over and continue the same process on the other end.
6. FILL YOUR BASKET WITH ROCK
By this point all panels will be in place and you should have 1 x 1000mm spiral winder and 2 x 500mm spiral winders remaining. This is the point in which you want to fill your basket with rock. Once fill with rock, attach the 1000mm spiral winder along the long edge and the 2 x 500mm spiral winders along the short edges.
7. CELEBRATE WITH HIGH FIVES ALL ROUND!
That's it, your basket is done! Why not stand up on it to see how strong the 5mm gauge steel is. No warping or bending here! Brilliant job!
8. ADMIRE YOUR HANDYWORK
See the full video of how to build a gabion basket here:
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