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Learning more about Traffic Drums

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 By: admin

If looking for orange traffic drums for a road construction or parking lot project you may come up with a few questions before you decide on what you are going to purchase.  Some questions include: Do I need reflective sheeting, how heavy of a base should I get, do I need 4″ or 6″ bands?  Luckily these questions should be answered based on the specs of the project.

Another discovery you may come across is that there are different size and color traffic drums.  Drums used in Canada tend to have a smaller diameter than the ones in the US.  Also, it’s very rare to see anything but an orange traffic drum in the US while you will see black traffic drums in Canada.  If you need any questions answered about channelizer drums feel free to comment below.

traffic barrels, traffic barrel, traffic drum, traffic drums, channelizer drum, channelizer drums, channelizer, orange drum, contruction drumThere are many different options when you are choosing traffic barrels.  For example, you can choose the density of the plastic on the drum for most brands, like high density or low density.  Reflective tape is also an option (Engineer Grade, HI Intensity Grade, Diamond Grade).

Knowing what options to choose usually means checking the requirements of the job.  Also, if the job is going to be on a highway, it may be good to check the state requirements.  State requirements point out the correct base to use, the grade of reflective tape and possibly the density of the plastic on the traffic drum.

traffic barrels, sand barrels, traffic barrel, sand barrel, yellow barrelsThere can be confusion over what these are called, but the proper term is sand barrels, more generally they can be called traffic barrels.  Those yellow barrels you to ensure that if your car goes off course it doesn’t end up in what the barrels are in front of.  A lot of times they are in front of the concrete barrier that forms an exit off ramp.

These are not necessarily re directive, but they are still useful for protecting cars and trucks during a crash.  Chances are if they are hit hard you are going to have to buy a new one, but most are designed so that a minor hit won’t damage them.  Most barrels are able to be filled with sand, and can add up to around 1,000 pounds once filled.