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Balustrade Install

This guide is designed as a reference only and may be incomplete, or not suitable for your purposes. Each fence should be assessed individually.

GlassFit accepts no responsibility for how the information provided is used.

Preperation

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Welcome

Congratulations on deciding to install your very own glass balustrade. Your determination to DIY will not only save you a pile of money, but the finished product will be a proud acheivement customised to your needs.

A word of warning: your finished pool fence - both in terms of strength and aesthetics - will be dependant on how well you prepare, and the accuracy in which you install.

Toughened Glass can not be cut or altered so careful planning is imperative.

Help Line
  • (07) 3209 3877
  • (03) 8768 7766
  • enquiries@glassfit.com.au
Mud map
  • Physically mark your work area with a chalk line, so as to create your desired layout
  • Draw your plan (not to scale) on the Fence Planner
  • Measure from point to point on your chalk line and note it on the planner
  • Mark in gates and landscaping features

Balustrade Measuring Example

Regulations

Ensure you have no gaps larger than 125mm at any point on your balustrade to comply with building regulations.

Gaps

The gaps between panels are ideally spaced at 50mm.

Ordering

If you haven't ordered your materials already, you can do so from the glass balustrade systems page.

For any late changes to design, give us a call. We can swap materials, although a small restocking fee applies.

Getting ready

GlassFit has created your balustrade kit to be as simple as possible to install, however, it should be treated as a serious building task and due care should be maintained.

If you are new to working with glass and DIY projects we suggest you read through the entire guide before breaking ground. Give our staff a call, or send an email if you have any questions. Please don't hesitate to call - our staff have years of experience in installations and enjoy helping a budding DIYer.

Unlikely though it is, should you lose your nerve, we have backup teams of quality installers on standby!

Tools of the Trade
  • Tape measure (and licenced operator!)
  • Chalk line and pencil
  • Power drill and drill bits
  • Angle grider or saw with metal cutting blade
  • Spirit level
  • Allen keys
Tool Hire

GlassFit may be able provide tools that may be hard to find. Ask us how we can help.

1: Drilling Holes

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Marking Out

It is time to start the installation, so grab your tools and let's get started!

  • Mark your plan onto the decked area
  • If no longer visible, replace your chalk line
  • Place a soft pencil mark where each edge of the glass panel will be, ensuring the gaps between are approximately equal accross each section
  • Mark in any gates, allowing for gaps
  • Mark spigot placement 250mm from the original pencil marks(excluding gate area). For panels smaller than 1000mm you may wish to reduce this figure.
  • Double check all panel sizes, spigot positions and spacings again!
In Other Words...

When marking out your main job is to reproduce the measurements shown on your plan.

Check to make sure your markings represent the materials you have been supplied.

Drilling holes

It is important to maintain accuracy when drilling holes as deviations may become apparent on completion.

  • Place your spigots exactly centre on your pencil marks
  • Use a string line to ensure your spigots are in a straight line **add picture
  • Mark the hole postions
  • If necessary, fix timber noggins below
  • Pre-drill your holes with a 3-5mm drill bit
  • Use a larger drill bit, drilling to the depth of your decking boards to avoid splitting
  • Brush clear any timber shavings

2: Installation

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Placing Spigots
  • Using screws or bolts, tighten the end spigots of each section
  • Plumb these spigots, using plastic packers until they are vertically straight
  • Using a string line as a guide, bolt and plumb the remaining spigots
Erecting the Glass Panels
  • Prepare the spigots, making sure glass can easily slide in
  • Carry your first panel into position
  • Place the panel into the spigots as carefully as possible
  • Ensure the panel cannot fall (you may wish to tighten the grub screws for safety)
  • Continue placing panels in a similar manner, being careful not to knock the panels together
  • Make the gaps between panels equal
  • Tighten all the grub screws
Adjustments

If your fence is not quite perfect, don't panic. Our spigots are designed for easy adjustment.

  • Tightening the top grub screw will push the panel away from you
  • Tightening the bottom grub screw will draw the panel towards you
  • Loosening both screws will allow you to slide the panel back and forth
  • Place a small packer in the seat of the spigot to raise the glass panel

3: Hand-rail

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50x10 Flat rail

Flat rail is attached by mini-spigots or handrail brackets, through holes in the glass panels.

  • Remove your hand-rail and brackets from their packaging
  • Attach the brackets to the glass ensuring they are equal distance from the top of the panels
  • Measure the length of rail required, taking into account fittings and the distance the rail sits-off the glass
  • Once you have the measurement (did you double check?), cut the rail with a grinder or suitable saw blade
  • Combine the rail with the fittings and put it in place
  • Mark holes of any wall-brackets and pre-drill these
  • If everything fits correctly, glue the parts together with a metal bonding agent
  • Place the rail back into position
  • Tighten all fittings and wall-brackets into position
Round Q-rail

Round Q-rail sits on top of the glass panels, firmly holding it in place.

  • Remove your hand-rail from its packaging
  • Measure the length of rail required, taking into account dimensions of the fittings
  • Once you have the measurement (did you double check?), cut the rail with a grinder or suitable saw blade
  • Combine the rail with the fittings and put it in place
  • Mark holes of any wall-brackets and pre-drill these
  • If everything fits correctly, glue the parts together with a metal bonding agent
  • Place the rubbber seal onto the glass panels, stretching the entire length
  • Place the rail on top of the rubber and push down firmly
  • It may help to slide the rubber up into the rail between pushes
  • Use water and detergent to get the rubber evenly positioned
  • Tighten all fittings and wall-brackets into position
Finish

Job well done, time to celebrate.

For any major problems, pick up the phone and give us a call. We have seen it all before, and know how to fix it!

WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

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