Silt Curtain Section Connections
Attaching Silt Curtain Sections
Before you begin this installation procedure, please make sure that your silt curtain has been properly laid out prior to connection. This helps make the silt barrier installation process easier, and removes the hassle of trying to figure out which section belongs where.
Sections of turbidity barrier should arrive your site in bundles. Place each bundle so that sections are approximately 15 to 20 inches apart. Straps can be untied here. (Please note that after connection is complete, skirts can then be tied up again prior to installation in the water.)
Step-by-Step Instructions for Connecting Silt Curtain
STEP 1: Attach the Bottom Chain of the Silt Barrier.
Bottom chains on these one section should be connected via shackle or snap hook to the bottom chain or ring of the adjacent section.
Please note that along the bottom of medium or heavy duty Type II and Type III barriers there should be a steel stress plate and a snap hook. The snap hook for one section should be connected to the steel ring of the adjacent section. (View more information on connecting the Snap Hook)
Type 1 or economy barrier will not feature this snap hook. Instead, shackles will perform the function of bottom chain connection.
STEP 2: Slide Together Aluminum Connectors.
Aluminum extrusion end connectors are typically used on most Type 2 or Type 3 barriers to help connect sections together. These connectors should slide together between sections. Toggle pins can then be inserted.
These aluminum connectors will not be present on Type 1 barriers so this step can be skipped.
STEP 3: Attach Grommet Eyes of the Barriers.
Grommet eye's located on sections of the silt barrier can then be joined together using rope or zip ties. Similar to step one, the grommet eye for one section should be aligned with the grommet eye of the mating section. This can be repeated throughout the entire length of the silt barrier.
Once the steps above have been performed on your silt curtain, your barrier should be ready for towing and installation to your location. Additional steps to take during this process include the following:
- Furl/Reef up the flotation by tying a reefing line around the flotation log.
- When towing the curtain, take care not to allow the curtain to become twisted.
- Avoid sharp objects or areas which may damage the curtain when deploying it.