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If you’re looking for a versatile and durable solution for your construction or DIY project, look no further than Speciality Metals’ Mild Steel Square Hollow Section Steel Tubing Box. With various lengths available, you can easily find the right size for your needs. Plus, this product is not only cost-effective but also eco-friendly since it’s recyclable. Thanks to its great weldability, machinability, bendability and formability, this square hollow section is a go-to for many professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike. Trust us, this steel tubing box won’t let you down!
The Speciality Metals Company is one of the leading suppliers of box section in the United Kingdom.
Box sections, also known as mild steel hollow sections or ERW tubes, are widely used in a variety of applications and come in both square and rectangular options.
The 80mm x 40mm x 3mm Mild Steel Square Hollow Section Steel Tubing Box, manufactured by Speciality Metals, is an excellent choice for projects that require a versatile and durable material. With various lengths available, this square hollow section can be easily adapted to fit a wide range of applications. Furthermore, this product is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly, as it is fully recyclable. In addition, this tubing box boasts great weldability, machinability, bendability and formability, making it a top choice for many professionals in the industry. When it comes to square hollow sections, this product by Speciality Metals is sure to meet and exceed expectations.
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Yes, Square Hollow Section (SHS) steel is completely recyclable. Steel is one of the most recycled materials globally due to its ability to retain its properties even after being recycled multiple times. The recycling process involves melting down the used steel and reshaping it into new products. This process reduces the demand for new steel production, making it more environmentally friendly. It’s also economically beneficial as recycling steel consumes less energy compared to producing steel from raw materials. Therefore, using and recycling steel products like SHS contributes to sustainability efforts and a circular economy.
Maintaining Square Hollow Section (SHS) mild steel involves various practices that help to keep it in good condition and prolong its useful life. Here are some of the steps:
Regular Inspection: Perform regular checks for any signs of corrosion, rust or physical damage. Early detection allows for immediate action before these issues escalate.
Cleaning: It’s important to clean the SHS mild steel frequently to remove dust, dirt and grime which can cause rust or corrosion. Using a mild detergent or a specialized metal cleaner can work well for this.
Rust Removal: If rust is spotted during inspection, it should be removed as soon as possible. This can be done using a wire brush, sandpaper or rust-removing chemicals. After rust removal, the area should be cleaned thoroughly.
Painting/Coating: Applying a fresh coat of paint or a rust-inhibiting coating can be beneficial, especially after cleaning and rust removal. This not only improves the appearance of the steel but also provides an extra layer of protection against the elements.
Galvanising: If the SHS mild steel is used in highly corrosive environments, galvanising, or applying a zinc coating, might be necessary. This process provides excellent rust and corrosion resistance.
Proper Storage: If the SHS mild steel is not being used immediately, it should be stored in a dry, clean place to prevent exposure to moisture. Also, avoid storing it in contact with corrosive materials.
Routine Maintenance: For structures made with SHS mild steel, regularly checking and tightening any bolts or other connectors can help maintain the structural integrity.
Remember that the frequency and extent of maintenance required for SHS mild steel will depend on the conditions in which it is used. More demanding conditions, like outdoor use or use in corrosive environments, will require more frequent and comprehensive maintenance.
Painting or coating Square Hollow Section (SHS) steel involves several steps to ensure good adhesion of the paint or coating and a long-lasting finish. Here’s a basic step-by-step process:
Cleaning: Before you start painting, it’s essential to clean the surface of the steel thoroughly. Remove any dust, dirt, grease or grime that may interfere with the adhesion of the paint. Mild detergent and a cloth, sponge or soft brush can be used for this task. If there is any rust on the steel, it should be removed using a wire brush or sandpaper.
Drying: After cleaning, allow the steel to dry completely. Any residual moisture could cause problems with the paint adhesion and lead to premature failure of the paint job.
Priming: Applying a primer is a crucial step when painting steel. The primer acts as a bond between the steel surface and the paint, helping to prevent rust and improve paint adhesion. There are specific primers designed for use on metal surfaces, and these are usually the best choice. The primer should be applied evenly according to the manufacturer’s instructions and then allowed to dry fully.
Painting: Once the primer is dry, you can apply the paint. It’s recommended to use a paint that’s designed for use on metal and suitable for the intended use of the steel. For example, if the steel will be used outdoors, a weather-resistant paint would be a good choice. Apply the paint in thin, even coats, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. Usually, two coats of paint are sufficient for a good finish.
Sealing (optional): In some cases, you might want to apply a sealant or top coat after the paint. This can provide additional protection against the elements, especially for steel that will be used outdoors or in harsh environments.
Maintenance: Once the paint or coating is applied, regular maintenance will help to keep the steel in good condition. This might involve cleaning the steel periodically and checking for signs of rust or damage to the paint.
Remember to always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using any cleaning products, primers, paints or coatings. Using appropriate safety equipment, including gloves and safety glasses, is also important.
Square Hollow Section (SHS) steel, like all types of steel, has the potential to corrode when exposed to certain conditions such as moisture and specific chemicals. However, there are ways to enhance its resistance to corrosion. Galvanising, or applying a protective layer of zinc to the steel, is one common method as zinc corrodes before steel, therefore safeguarding the steel beneath. Another method is painting or coating the SHS steel, which creates a barrier between the steel and the corrosive environment. Certain types of SHS steel are made from stainless steel or weathering steel (COR-TEN), which have inherent properties that increase their corrosion resistance. Stainless steel, for instance, contains chromium that forms a protective layer when reacting with oxygen. On the other hand, weathering steel develops a stable rust-like appearance over time, acting as a protective layer to prevent further corrosion. Lastly, cathodic protection is a technique used often in large-scale steel structures or pipelines to prevent corrosion by making the metal surface a cathode of an electrochemical cell. Despite these preventive measures, it’s important to regularly inspect and maintain SHS steel structures, especially in harsh environments. For specific applications, it’s always recommended to consult with a steel supplier or corrosion specialist for the most appropriate solution based on the specific conditions the steel will be subjected to.
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