How to use Gabion Baskets on site – A Step-By-Step Guide

Gabions arrive at your job site in flat packs and are easy to assemble – no special skills are needed.

This is a basic, step-by-step picture guide to assembling gabions on site.

Step 1:

Unfold each Gabion on a hard, flat surface. Stretch it out and stamp out any kinks. Make sure the factory folds are trampled really flat.

Step 2:

Fold the side and end panels to make a box. Join the top corners together with the thick wire (selvedge) sticking out from the corners.

Step 3:

Secure the binding wire at the top corners of the panels. Lace the edges with single loops and double loops in turn, with 10cm (4 inches) between them.

Step 4:

Wire several Gabions together into groups. Carry over to and join Gabions already in place.

Step 5:

After joining section to Gabions already in position, stretch empty Gabions using Spanish windlass or Tirfor.

Step 6:

Filling – in 3 goes:


Fill the Gabions only 1/3 full first with level surface on top. Bracing wires are fixed inside when the Gabion is 1/3 and 2/3 full.

Step 7:

How to fix bracing wires:

Lay wires flat across filling, loop through mesh and tighten by twisting. Use a stone to stop twisting.

Then – fix bracing wires and fill 2/3 full with level surface on top.

Then – fix bracing wires again and finish filling. Important: Filling should be  (3 – 5 cm) above level of wire sides.

Finally, lever down the lids and lace in place.

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