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G & D Steel & Fabrication

Witch Lane Farm

Deans Lane

Charter Alley



RG26 5SE

Tel:  01256 851752
Fax: 01256 851753




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Welcome to G&D Steel Fabrication

G&D Steel and Fabrication have been in business in the Berkshire / Hampshire area since 1996. Owned and managed by Neal Collins and Ian Lister who have over 60 years of experience in  metal fabrication

A friendly, professional and quality service is guaranteed from our team of skilled craftsmen in the fabrication and installation of metal works, insulation and structural steel assemblies.

We provide a service based on a highly skilled expert team, working together with the customer to provide a professional quality service on time and on budget.

We specialise in the design and manufacture of  bespoke products that provide practical, cost effective solutions to individual customer requirements.  Focusing on a highly personalised service the company offers customers a convenient and rapid service.

From the smallest job to the very largest, G&D can expertly cater to your metal work needs.


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Sheet metal is simply metal formed into thin and flat pieces. It is one of the fundamental forms used in metalworking, and can be cut and bent into a variety of different shapes. Countless everyday objects are constructed of the material. Thicknesses can vary significantly, although extremely thin thicknesses are considered foil or leaf, and pieces thicker than 6 mm (0.25 in) are considered plate.

Sheet metal is available as flat pieces or as a coiled strip. The coils are formed by running a continuous sheet of metal through a roll slitter.

The thickness of the sheet metal is called its gauge. The gauge of sheet metal ranges from 30 gauge to about 8 gauge. The higher the gauge, the thinner the metal is.

There are many different metals that can be made into sheet metal, such as: Aluminium, brass, copper, steel, tin, nickel and titanium. For decorative uses, important sheet metals include silver, gold, and platinum.

Sheet metal has applications in car bodies, airplane wings, medical tables, roofs for building and many other things. Historically, an important use of sheet metal was in plate armor worn by cavalry, and sheet metal continues to have many decorative uses, including in horse tack.


Welding is the main focus of steel fabrication. The formed and machined parts will be assembled and tack welded into place then re-checked for accuracy. A fixture may be used to locate parts for welding if multiple weldments have been ordered.

The welder then completes welding per the engineering drawings, if welding is detailed, or per his own judgment if no welding details are provided.

Special precautions may be needed to prevent warping of the weldment due to heat. These may include; re-designing the weldment to use less weld, welding in a staggered fashion, using a stout fixture, covering the weldment in sand during cooling, and straightening operations after welding.

Straightening of warped steel weldments is done with an Oxy-acetylene torch and is somewhat of an art. Heat is selectively applied to the steel in a slow, linear sweep. The steel will have a net contraction, upon cooling, in the direction of the sweep. A highly skilled welder can remove significant warpage using this technique.

Steel weldments are occasionally annealed in a low temperature oven to relieve residual stresses.


Fabrications, when used as an industrial term, applies to the building of machines, structures and other equipment, by cutting, shaping and assembling components made from raw materials. Small businesses that specialize in metal are called Steel fabs

Steel fabrications shops and machine shops have overlapping capabilities, but fabrication shops generally concentrate on the metal preparation, welding and assembly aspect while the machine shop is more concerned with the machining of parts