1) One of my main concerns is how the Billboard Barricade holds up compared to a steel barricade. Care and maintenance aside, would you say that the Billboard Barricade holds up as well as a steel barricade? Have you experienced any bending or cracking of the plastic?
I find that they hold up better. Have not had anything on them break, bend or crack. I find steel fencing/barricade incredibly difficult to move, and the connection pieces bend. Let alone, it looks like people are in a cage rather than on a VIP patio.
2) Did you ever have any problems with the fold in feet? For example, breaking or folding in while in place?
The feet work great. When you have new fence pieces they are very tight and take some effort to move down and turn into place. Over time, they loosen up. But like I said, have not had any break, or become unusable.
3) How does the mobility factor help you and your team during the setup & breakdown phases of your events?
These are far superior to steel barricade for moving, placing and tearing down. Very, Very stackable and easy to store in our warehouse.
4) Do you still use steel barricades? If so, are there certain areas at your events that you use the Billboard Barricade instead of steel?
We do not use any steel barricade at our event… I don’t like steel barricade, can you tell??
5) How well does the Billboard Barricade hold up in high winds?
We do use water in some of our entrance barricades to help with wind. We have not had to use the ballasting enhancements, but I have seen it at other venues and looks very good and sturdy.
6) Do you make good use of the ballasting enhancements? For example, filling the barricade with water or sand. Or, using a rebar post on unpaved surfaces?
7) Do you ballast in areas where patrons are likely to lean on the fence?
See above #5 – we generally have a pretty ‘mellow’ crowd at the Utah Arts Festival, and have not had to use any ballasting for leaning or crowd surging. Once they are connected together, they are very sturdy as a unit.
8) What do you do to ballast on paved surfaces? Can you pin the feet to the ground or do you just use water or sand?
Just water. We have used some sandbags on opposites sides and alternate feet. This helped with a windy year. If you have places on grass, and are prone to winds, I would use the ballasting system.
9) Would you say that the Billboard Barricade helped to decrease injuries in the workplace? For example, cuts, scrapes, pinching of fingers, etc.
I would say it has reduced injury. Previously we rented would fence from our rental company… I know I got poked in the hands and fingers with nails, screws and slivers. Plus, these are much lighter weight. Two average people can carry 3 properly stacked sections at a time.
10) You mentioned that OTW can work on the signage for the fence pieces. Do you use their services or do you work with a local signage company to fulfill your signage needs?
We did use their signage service. It was great, and they have the hardware to attach the signs to the barricade… one stop shopping.