News and Updates

News and Updates on Useful Bloke / Mark Brooks Fencing

Fencing Material Shortages

30/09/2020
There are increasing shortages of some fencing products at this time. Chief among these are concrete products including gravelboards and slotted posts.  Some timber products is also in short supply.
I have been told (unofficially) the issue with concrete relates to shortages with the reinforcing steel rods that are placed in the posts and gravelboards as they are manufactured.

Unfortunately some jobs are being delayed due to this.

there is an alternative system available called Durapost.  This may suit some customers.

Details are here

New Website!

Hello and welcome.

The long awaited revamp of the Useful Bloke website is now here. This was largely meant to be a 'Corona lock-down' project but I always seemed to have something else to do. Its now mid August 2020 and I am dodging thunder storms so have finally got around to looking at images of fencing jobs past and writing details about fencing panels, gates and posts.

I hope the site is useful in show casing my work.

Material Supply Issues.

August 2020.

The fencing industry has largely coped with the lock-down easing fairly well around Bedfordshire however the strain is beginning to show now. We are mid way through August and because not all manufacturers have got fully up to speed yet, some fencing materials are now in short supply.

This means that not all suppliers have all products all of the time. This is frustrating for all installers who are now having to shop around to obtain components. 

Durapost is here!

August 2020.

I have seen some stuff over the past 30 years or so I have been in the business. Some just hasn't caught on and some was absolute rubbish. I never hear any more about the liquid that was going to turn soil into a concrete type substance, wonder what happened to that?

Durapost is a genuinely different and I am pleased to be able to supply and install this product. This is a fencing system, largely based around a universal metal post that can be used instead of Timber or Concrete fence posts. 

Please see details here, this is genuinely good stuff and though initially more costly than comparable concrete posts is much more versatile and pleasant to look at.