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April 9, 2012 - Being developed by Subcommittee F14.40 on Chain Link Fence and Wire Accessories, proposed ASTM WK36470, Specification for Privacy Slats for Chain Link Fence, aims to provide means for increased standardization of slats inserted into chain link fences. Specific focus will be given to insert slats for specific chain link mesh sizes as well as pre-woven privacy chain slat products. Manufacturers, contractors, and other interested parties are invited to join in standards development.

Proposed ASTM Fences Standard to Cover Privacy Slats

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Press release date: April 4, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Slats inserted into chain link fences can provide up to 95 percent more privacy and enhance the aesthetic appeal of a fence. A proposed new ASTM International specification will answer the need for better standardization of these privacy slats.

ASTM WK36470, Specification for Privacy Slats for Chain Link Fence, is being developed by Subcommittee F14.40 on Chain Link Fence and Wire Accessories, part of ASTM International Committee F14 on Fences.

"Having a standard will provide specifiers and consumers with the information required to make the decision whether to use slats or not by understanding a product's capabilities, such as weather and wind resistance, ultraviolet stability, proper installation, percent of closure and other properties," says Bill Ullrich, principal, Link Consulting LLC, and an F14 member.

ASTM WK36470 will address insert slats for specific chain link mesh sizes as well as pre-woven privacy chain slat products. Products covered by the proposed standard are those that provide privacy to residential back yards and pools, enclose dumpsters and air conditioners and provide an additional level of security at schools, parks, junkyards and storage sites, and other locations.

Manufacturers of privacy slats, contractors and other interested parties are invited to join F14 in its standards developing activities.

ASTM International standards can be purchased from Customer Service (phone: 610-832-9585; ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

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ASTM Committee F14 Next Meeting: June 19, 2012, ASTM International Headquarters, West Conshohocken, Pa.

Technical Contact: Bill Ullrich, Link Consulting LLC, Annapolis, Md., Phone: 410-849-2610;

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