Frequently Asked Questions
While we work on updating our FAQs, Livestock Steel welcomes you to email us directly with any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you on a lifetime solution to your fencing needs. Below is a list of the top 10 most Frequently Asked Questions we get asked here at LSS.
1) Where are you located?
Home office is based near Charlotte, North Carolina, but through distributorships, full Truckload and Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) deliveries, we service folks like our neighbors.
2) If your Guardrail is USED, how long will it last?
Highway Guardrail is zinc-coated, (“Hot-Dipped Galvanized”), to a federal standard and is expected to perform to a minimum 25 year service life. The heavy galvanized coating enables the barrier components to last decades, even after their removal from road-side service. We urge customers to compare the durability of Used Guardrail products to other materials, such as uncoated steel or wood, which require painting and/or replacement due to rotting or corrosion. Used Guardrail components have already been providing solid service for generations across our great nation. When considering future maintenance and costs of inevitable repairs, galvanized Guardrail products continue to out-shine other products by decades. Is it time to make this affordable, effective product work for you?
3) Where do you guys get this stuff? Is it good Guardrail? Why has it been taken out of service? Is it damaged or rusty?
Guardrail materials may be removed for the widening of traffic lanes or if the traffic barrier is being replaced by another barrier system, (such as Cable Barrier). This safety material is not qualified to return to service on federally-funded highway installations.
The majority of guardrail removed from our highways is VERY usable for fencing and/or barrier material in farm and ranch and and/or for use in livestock control. Working together with our “Can-Do” customers, Livestock Steel has invested years in building up the strength and longevity of our nation’s important agricultural infrastructure. We do this by making these durable, versatile materials available to our nation’s farms and ranches at very affordable prices and in affordable quantities.
We move products from contracted state and federal projects directly into your hands. After you purchase from Livestock Steel, the guardrail product lands on your property and it begins the second chapter of a very long life of American service. Livestock Steel works to assure that the used guardrail product removed from our nation’s highways is re-tasked into effective, useful applications benefiting our nation’s agriculture for generations to come. This re-tasking is almost always accomplished with little or no energy used to prepare these materials for you. Most customers take our useful, flexible products straight off the truck and put them to work immediately.
4) Can I purchase in “Less than Truckload” Quantities?
Yes. We do have a minimum order of approximately 1/6 of a truckload in quantity. Please call us for more information about shipping products to your door.
5) How long will it take to receive shipment?
Delivery time varies depending on truck availability and several other factors. Full truckload orders tend to ship faster, but the majority of orders can be delivered within several weeks from your phone call. Delivery can often take longer than three weeks on Less Than Truckload (LTL) orders. If you are planning on using the strength of solid, used guardrail products, it is best to order as soon as you know, so that we can have the best chance of shipping it to you at the best prices.
6) How much Guardrail comes in a bundle? How much do these bundles weigh?
12 inch or “W-Beam” Guardrail: The bundles of guardrail panel can weigh up to 3800 lbs. If you cannot lift this much weight from a standard flatbed truck, please inform us. We can sometimes make adjustments for your unloading purposes. The bundles often come in approximately these counts per bundle:
LONG PANEL: 20ea (520ft.) of LONG panel (26’ panel) per bundle. Weight is approximately 182 pounds per panel; 3640 pounds = 1 full bundle weight.
SHORT PANEL: 40ea (540ft.) of SHORT Guardrail (13.5’ panel) material per bundle. Weight is approximately 95 pounds per panel; 3800 pounds = 1 full bundle weight.
20 inch or Thrie Beam or Triple Humped Guardrail: A twenty count bundle will weigh around 2900 pounds: 20ea (270 linear feet) of SHORT 20 inch Guardrail (13.5’ panel) material per bundle. 20 Inch guardrail panels weigh approximately 145 pounds per panel. These bundles may also come in thirty and forty piece bundles, which weigh 4350 and 5800 pounds respectively. Please communicate how much your unloading machinery can safely handle before we load your materials, especially if you plan to purchase 20 Inch material.
Posts: 8ft. Used guardrail posts are commonly stacked in two lifts of 25ea. “Half-Bundles,” which are then banded together in to 50-piece “Full Bundle” stacks. Eight Foot Used Guardrail Posts usually weigh approximately 73 pounds each. Therefore, the Half-Bundles weighs 1825 lbs per lift and the 50ea Post “Full Bundle” stacks weigh approx 3,650 lbs per lift. Used Guardrail Posts commonly weigh Nine Pounds per Foot.
Here’s an image of stacked and banded eight foot steel guardrail posts. Notice how the bundles are staggered for easy splitting. (Image To The Right ->)
7) Do you offer different quality options on your guardrail?
We can often provide our customers with choices in the quality of Used Guardrail product and pricing.
a) The Standard quality for our USED Guardrail Panel is “A Quality,” which means the panel has no significant presence of rust, the panel is quite straight and has not been cut to any length other than the standard/ordered length of 26ft and/or 13.5ft per panel.
b) The “B” quality rating means that the panel may have some presence of rust. Most customers who have experience with used guardrail know that even the presence of rust on 12-Gauge guardrail panel presents no compromise of the usability of the panel. Yes, even our “B” quality panel is straight, solid and excellent for use as a livestock control panel.
c) We provide: “RE-STRAIGHTENED” Guardrail Panel. Re-straightened Guardrail panel was once bent, but has been re-rolled with an engineered re-straightening machine to return the material to its original “W” shape. This material is sold at a reduced price, although it is often difficult to tell the difference between an A quality panel and a re-rolled B quality panel. B-quality panel may also include some significant presence of surface rust. Prices and availability vary on this product. Please call us for more information.
d) “CUT” panel. “Cut” panel is Guardrail panel that has been shortened with a Chop-Saw. These Lengths, availability and prices vary. Please call us for more information about “CUT” panel.
e) POSTS: Our USED post products are solid and are often an excellent choice for use as livestock control. In general, these items do not vary in quality. Please see this excellent option our products page.
8) How many rails and what configuration do most folks use?
Many producers install 3 panels of 12” used guardrail panel. These approximate heights might vary according to application. Suggestions which have been provided to Livestock Steel for an average installation, looked something like this:
a. Lowest Rail: (Measuring from the bottom edge of the lowest guardrail panel to the ground): Approx. 10-14 inches from ground level.
b. Middle Rail: Approx. 6 to 8 inches above the Lowest Rail.
c. Top Rail: Approx. 8 inches above the Middle Rail.
d. Therefore, the TOP of the highest rail may be Approximately 60-68” in height.
9) What types of posts have previous Guardrail buyers used to mount their guardrail?
What options do you offer for posts?
a) Some guardrail buyers report that using a strong enough post or pole is a major consideration when using Used Guardrail for livestock fencing. Livestock Producers report the best performance when their used guardrail panel is installed on a post, which is comparable to the strength of the guardrail panel itself.
b) Some customers have commented: When installing Guardrail panel on wood poles, the poles should be larger than six inches in average diameter – and that the range of 8 or more inches in diameter seems to work best.
c) When using wood, a common practice appears to be large lag screws to fasten the Guard Rail panel to the post. Installers have reported that using a healthy diameter lag bolts is faster and also means that the panel may also be fairly easily removed and/or re-set if/when needed. Threaded rods or through-bolts might be used when the wood will not allow a lag screw to be used, but are generally not suggested by experienced installers.
d) When using a steel material, such as the Guardrail I-Beam posts, buyers have reported that the panel can be quickly welded directly to the posts. Livestock producers who have welded the panel to Guardrail posts also mentioned that special care needs to be taken to keep the guardrail posts square with the run of Guardrail in order to provide sufficient length for the run of the welding bead. When welding Zinc-coated products, there are special precautions which must be observed. We encourage anyone involved to research and be well aware of such precautions.
e) Other users have bolted the panel to the steel posts by making a hole in the flange of the posts and attaching the panel directly to the flange of the post by use of approximately a 1.5 inch length bolt. The diameter of this bolt can be approximately a 5/8 thread.
10) What are some of the ways in which highway guardrail products are used?
Every day at Livestock Steel, we provide used highway guardrail; guiderail; W-Beam Panel, 20” ‘Thrie-Beam’ Panel; high-quality, used 6 inch Galvanized I-Beam Posts and fencing packages. These products support a growing, range of applications, such as: Parking Lot Barrier; Fencing for Private Installations; Homeland Security Barrier Applications; Traffic Flow-Pattern Barrier; Business and Personal Property Security Fencing; Race Track Safety Barrier; Traffic Control Applications; Industrial Safety Applications; Work-Zone Safety Installations; Erosion Control Applications; Wind Control Barrier Systems; Water Control Devices, Road Water Diverters and much more. For over a decade we have been here for your calls and/or questions on how our products can meet the needs our nation’s industries, agriculture, and our families for many years to come.
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If you have any questions that were not fully answered in the FAQ's, then feel free to contact us by phone. Again, we at Livestock Steel look forward to working with you for a lifetime fencing solution for your livestock using the benefits of guardrail fencing.
289 Calton Hill Lane
Rutherfordton, NC 28139