Seventeenth Post

Official launch of Mk2/Mk3 fixed hasp and staple and base plates 21 September 2020


Does your hasp match your padlock for security?


Due to customers request and what seems to be ongoing frustration of finding a suitable hasp and staples that not only offers a good like for like match to their padlock security and our cover plates and suitability to the various padlock shackle dimensions available.


We have put ourselves to the challenge and introduced our Mk2 Fixed Hasp and Staple for Shrouded, Discuss and Container type padlocks and our Mk3 version which includes our base kit for total protection.


How many times have you researched for a new padlock only to purchase the item then go through the whole process again for the hasp and staple and how do you feel once the reality sets in that the weakest point is now the hasp and staple!


What would you consider to be a good hasp and staple and padlock combination at an affordable price whilst still protecting all your most valuable assets that you have acquired other the years whether personal or business related.


We are living in turbulent times with the pandemic and the repercussion of business failures and subsequent job losses throughout the world, so now is not the time to skimp on security now is the time to embrace better protection for all your assets as normal security measures such as Insurance policy claims may not be as fast as Pre-Covid conditions expect delays and possible increase in premiums in the years to come.


Now is the time to invest in a robust preventative policy that will help safeguard you against possible business failure not just loss of assets or loss of your no claims bonus "if they can see it they can steal it" Protect what you have worked hard for all your life and keep safe.



Key Points of a good hasp and staple for your padlock



Feature 1: Allow for various sizes of shackles up to 15 mm.


Reason: You may wish to purchase a bigger padlock in the future.


Feature 2: Hasp and staple ideally should be at least 5 mm thick steel construction not just tin stamped steel.


Reason: Attacker with a crow bar will easily twist low quality tin stamped hasp and staple from any surface material.


Feature 3: Zinc plated powder coated construction.


Reason: Global warming extreme weather conditions requires good quality products for long term operations.


Feature 4: Suitable for left or right hinged doors or gates.


Reason: Our Multifunctional hasp and staple saves you money and time and makes it easier for you to reuse product on another door or gate.


Feature 5: Secured with 10 mm bolts not just screws.


Reason: Flimsy 4 mm screws perhaps only 35 mm long will not provide the same level of strength as a 10 mm thick coach bolt 65 mm long on any type of door.



Feature 6: Adjustable width between hasp and staple to secure container type padlocks.


Reason: Our fixed positioned hasp and staple allows a more secure fitting and support for container type padlocks.


Feature 7: Easy to install but difficult for attackers to forceable remove.


Reason: Once you have fitted the hasp or staple to the door frame its a simple matter of lining up the opposing hasp or staple on the door "no more miss-aligning clasp with staple"




Fifteenth Post

Announcing our new company name 4tress4gates Ltd 20 August 2020




4tress4gates Ltd better associates our company with our products 4tress4u®, 4tress4gates® and our fencing installation services using the DuraPost® system



We aim to provide the best products and services along our journey during these turbulent times of COVID-19.



And with our subsequent name change reflects our commitment to our company products and services for many years to come.

Fourteenth Post

YouTube DuraPost® Fencing



At 4tress4gates® we have embarked on the next stage of our development which includes installation services of DuraPost FENCEMATE® fencing systems.


Our decision to become a Trained Installer of the DuraPost® FENCEMATE® fencing system is to offer an all round service for our customers which includes gate security with 4tress4gates® and outbuilding security with our 4tress4u®.


We thought long and hard of how we could provide a complete package system and service to our customers and deciding on what sort of fencing system we would look to support and recommend alongside our product ranges.


After researching and debating possible fencing systems to adapt to our services we made the decision to avoid installing concrete or wooden post fencing systems as we know these old methods of installation tend to degrade over the years.


Wooden post will warp, rot and crack and concrete post eventually start to crack or chip from the effects of wind damage or the constant rattling of fences panels during high winds leading to ingress of water which eventually will expose the steel reinforcing bars that subsequently start to rust within the concrete.


Global Warming and wasted resources is something we all need to think about concrete cannot be reused so will be sent to landfill sites along with the metal within its construction. "whereas DuraPost® can be recycled"


Also we wanted a product that offers better security features such has preventing high winds blowing out the fence panels from between the slotted post and preventing the known security flaw of the installation that allows opportunist to simply lift the fence panels up to gain access.


Birkdale FENCEMATE® created a solution that not only improves the look of the ugly concrete post or weakness of wooden post by providing a post made of galvanised steel, this new FENCEMATE DuraPost® complements the beauty of wood with the strength of steel to create durable fencing that’s stronger, lighter faster and more secure as the fence panels are screwed to the DuraPost® thereby restricting wind blow outs and opportunist gaining easy access to your property grounds.


FENCEMATE DuraPost® doesn’t rot, crack or warp like wood and won’t chip or crack like concrete meaning that it is longer lasting and guaranteed for up to 25 years (Terms and Conditions apply).


FENCEMATE® offers additional components to make a complete fencing system such as composite gravel boards steel post caps all in various colours designed to accommodate a wide range of fencing panels, adding both strength and style to your property this fencing system along with our product 4tress4gates® and 4tress4u® will provide you with a long lasting robust secure boundary for your home or business.


And finally the posts have been officially tested to withstand 110 miles per hour winds something that will be required in these extreme weather conditions that we are experiencing around the globe.






Call me for a chat! Mobile: 07847 511 968 Between 9am-6pm Monday-Sunday



Thirteenth Post

Padlocks History



Padlocks the basic principle has not changed significantly over many hundred of years but hand tools and power tools continue to changed with technology.


A list of tools now used in another way!


  • Crow bars: The first documented crowbar use was in France. Crowbars started as straight hexagonal pieces of metal used for robbery on ships to break through doors. The crowbar then quickly became useful for opening boxes. The crowbar was named after the crow's foot or beak.

  • Crow bars now offer a strong robust wrecking tool to jar away screws from timber or metal buildings that's why it's best to use bolts on any external defence.


  • Pipe wrench: A pipe wrench is any of several types of wrench that are designed to turn threaded pipe and pipe fittings for assembly (tightening) or disassembly (loosening).

  • Pipe wrenches are now being used to twist padlocks from hasps and staples.

  • Angle grinder: An angle grinder, also known as a side grinder or disc grinder, is a handheld power tool used for grinding (abrasive cutting) and polishing.

  • Cordless angle grinders easily cut through padlock shackles, hasp and staples so its best to give them all around protection from this menacing tool.

The basic principle is if it can be seen it can be attacked so offer some other form of defence! Our cover plates provide that reassurance that you have Provided a barrier from not only the crooks but also the tools that they use!


Twelfth Post

Broadcast BBC 12 November 2019



England flooding


Why insurance may not cover damage By Kevin Peachey Personal finance reporter.



We all need to do whatever we can to support our community our nation of hard workers we after all depend on our rural rural farmers for the food we have on our table.


Click to view report of floods

Eleventh Edition

Fly tipping is on the rise!


Across the country organised crime is behind the illegal dumping of waste.


Now is the best time to consider upgrading your gates, don't be a victim of fly-tipping make your boundary gates a visible deterrent to organised crime with our adjustable hook and band, padlock hasp and staple cover plates.


Click this link to view images fly tipping



Click this link to view Gate security to deter fly tipping


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