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Pool fence maintenance

Cleaning Glass

A glass pool fence is not only aesthetically beautiful, practical and safe, but once installed, it is also very easy and cheap to keep clean.

Just like the windows on your house, you will want to occasionally give your glass fence a clean to keep it looking like new.

Here are some tips:

  • All you need is a bucket of hot water with the addition of some dishwashing detergent
  • Wash the glass sections with a sponge
  • Use your garden hose to remove the suds
  • Remove the remaining water with a squeegee
  • Strong abrasive household cleaners or solvents should never come in contact with your glass or posts

Powder Coat

For powder coated posts and panels we recommend that you use a damp soft cloth or sponge to wipe clean. A micro-fibre cloth is also excellent, as it will not cause micro scratches on the surface areas.

For stubborn stains, use methyl-based mineral spirits or mineral-based turpentine to avoid damaging the powder coating.

Stainless Steel Care

Stainless steel is a corrosion resistant chromium/nickel alloy steel that is strong and durable with excellent luster. However, it is not rustproof, particularly in the harsh environment of a swimming pool. Chlorine and bromine used for sanitisation are highly caustic chemicals for stainless steel and heat and humidity enhance the corrosiveness of these chemicals.

Regular cleaning is the best way to prevent corrosion and add to the service life for your spigots, railings, gate fittings and any other stainless steel equipment. The goal of your cleaning and maintenance program should be to keep the stainless steel’s protective chromium oxide layer intact. This is what prevents corrosion.

Things to try:

  • Apply a physical barrier between the stainless steel and corrosive agents by using a soft paste wax, such as an automotive wax. A coating of wax may last for up to six months, depending on equipment usage.
  • Clean frequently with a cleaner and water. Any cleaner that is safe for glass is usually safe for stainless steel.
  • Occasionally clean with borax, soda ash, or a non-abrasive commercial cleanser and water. Stubborn stains may be removed with a magnesium oxide, ammonia and water paste.

Pool Fence Regulations

When thinking about pool fencing it is important to place an emphasis on safety.

Each year children tragically drown in Australian pools. The Royal Life Saving Society shows the extent of the troubling statistics. A few recommendations in the report tell of steps we can take:

  • Maintain pool fencing
  • Active adult supervision when children are in, on, or around water
  • Restrict access to water by correctly installing pool fencing

The scope of this article is to provide you with general information to help you understand fencing regulations. It is not possible to cover every permutation of pool fence layout and design, therefore we offer an abbreviated guide to show you key aspects of the regulations.

It can be difficult and confusing to understand all the rules, and ultimately you will require a qualified certifier to ensure compliance. But remember that the goal is to save lives.

Fence Height and Footholds

A pool fence must be 1200mm in height. Measurements are taken from any point deemed ground level.

Glass Pool Fence Regulations

Watch out for rocks, broad window sills and other surfaces that are easily stood upon, as these items will reduce the minimum effective height of your fence.

A foothold can be anything – such as a tap, tree branch, pot plant or fence rail – that a child can use to gain access into the pool area. Footholds must be at least 10mm in width to be a concern.

Measurements are taken in a 900mm arc from any point along the top of the fence.

Pool Fence Regulations

Image showing some common regulations – QLD Development Code

There may situations where footholds exist, yet fence positions cannot be altered. In these cases you can make use of solutions including: tap covers, perspex shields and split-rail.

Existing Structures

Most modern yards are restricted of space and a clever design may be needed to fit in both pool and fence. Luckily you can utilise existing structures.

Using your house

Pool Fence Regulations

You may use walls as part of the fence providing that doors and windows have self-locking or -latching devices.

Wall surfaces should not be climbable.

Using boundary fencing

To minimise materials and save money it is often desirable to utilise the existing boundary fence. If so, the same regulations as above will apply to your neighbour’s fence.

If you cannot ensure this compliance, simply ensure that the fence is 1800mm high and has no footholds on the pool side 900mm from the top.

Pool Fence Regulations

Pool Gates

Gates are required to open outwards from the pool.

Gates must close automatically from any position. All GlassFit hinges are adjustable.

Gate latches should be at least 1500mm from the ground. When using glass gates this includes 1200mm(the height of the panel) and 300mm(return on back side of the panel). Ensure the gap on the latch side of the gate is no more than 10mm.

Pool Safety Inspections

In order to receive certification of full compliance to fencing regulations, you are required to seek the services of a pool safety inspector.

There are many companies that provide this service and a quick search will yield many results.

CPR Sign

CPR Poster

Pool safety laws require the latest Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation sign to be displayed near your pool or spa.

Requirements for CPR and Warning Signs

GlassFit Consultation Service
Brisbane: (07) 3807 6740
Melbourne: (03) 8768 7766

Need some clarification, or help with design? Try our consultation service

Form 15

When getting your pool fence certified by a registered inspector, they will require a form 15. This document shows the material to be certified, conforming standards and other relevant information.

Balustrade Measuring Guide

Steps to create a fencing plan

Define the area

Measure Balustrade

Draw the area where your balustrade will be located. Take note of important features, such as:

  • Your house position
  • Concrete and decking
  • Existing structuresPosts or brick columns
  • Stairs
  • Any object in the path of the balustrade

Take measurements

Measure Balustrade

Measure the distances between points of your balustrade line and write them on the plan. Be sure to measure where the fence will be ie. 100mm in from the edge of the deck (as seen in the example)

Calculate panels sizes

Measure Balustrade

Divide each section into equal sized panels, allowing for gaps and gates.

Panel sizes range from 800mm-1600mm

To get a general idea of how this can work for you, try our fencing calculator. Or send your plan through and we can help.

 

Aluminium Pool Fence Measuring Guide

Steps to create a fencing plan

Define the area

Measure Aluminium

Draw the area where your aluminium fence will be located. Take note of important features, such as:

  • Your house position
  • Concrete and decking
  • Existing structures
  • Boundary fences
  • Large trees and garden beds
  • Any object in the path of the fence

Take measurements

Measure Aluminium

Measure the distances between points of your fence line and write them on the plan

Calculate panels sizes

Measure Aluminium

Divide each section into equal sized panels, allowing for gaps and gates.

Panel sizes are 2450mm.

To get a general idea of how this can work for you, try our fencing calculator. Or send your plan through and we can help.

 

Glass Balustrade DIY Installation Guide

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 achievement customised to your needs.

If you need help, please get in touch:

Queensland: (07) 3807 6740
Victoria: (03) 8768 7766
enquiries@glassfit.com.au

Preparation

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.

Mud map

Ensure you have no gaps larger than 125mm at any point on your balustrade to comply with building regulations. The gaps between panels are ideally spaced at 50mm.

  • 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

Ordering

If you haven’t ordered your materials already, you can do so from the glass balustrade 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

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

  • 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

Drilling Holes

Marking out

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.

  • 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!

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 positions
  • 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

Installation

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

Handrail

50mmx10mm 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 positio

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!

If you are feeling mighty proud of your efforts, why not show it off? Share your experience, photos, tips and advice for others.

Frameless Glass Core Drilled DIY Installation Guide

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.

Preparation

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.

Mud map

Ensure you have no gaps larger than 100mm at any point on your fence to comply with pool fencing regulations. The gaps between panels are ideally spaced at 50mm.

  • 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 Planne
  • Measure from point to point on your chalk line and note it on the planner
  • Mark in gates and landscaping features

Ordering

If you haven’t ordered your materials already, you can do so from the Frameless Pool Fencing 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 installation 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

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

  • Tape measure (and licenced operator!)
  • Chalk line and pencil
  • Core drill
  • Bucket and jug(for pouring grout)
  • Spirit level
  • BBQ tongs (these will not be suitable for your next bbq!)
  • Cold chisel
  • Hammer
  • Sponge
  • Allen keys
  • Electrical tape
  • Braces, strips of timber and G-Clamps
  • Timber spacers approx. 35-50mm in height, and small plastic spacers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5mm for adjusting panel heights (available from most hardware stores)

Drilling Holes

Marking out

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

  • Mark your plan onto the concrete/paved area
  • If no longer visible, replace your chalk line
  • Place a 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.
  • Place a circle around these final marks to avoid confusion when drilling.
  • Double check all panel sizes, spigot positions and spacings again!

Core drilling

It is important to maintain accuracy when coring your post holes. You should ensure that your core hole is exactly centred on your pencil marks.

  • Using a 76-85mm core-bit, make yourself a template from a piece of plywood ± 300mm x 300mm
  • Drill through the piece of timber
  • Place the template so that it aligns with the pencil mark
  • Score your holes without water to a depth of 3-5mm
  • Turn the water on and finish drilling the holes to a depth of 110mm
  • Clean the area thoroughly to avoid staining the nearby surfaces with concrete slurry
  • Use a hammer and chisle to tap the cores loose
  • With your tongs, remove the cores
  • Drain the holes with a sponge

We recommend that you mark the core bit with tape at 110mm from the tip. This will allow you to know how far you have drilled.

Installation

Attaching Spigots

Your glass panels should be stacked, leaning against a wall, ready to go. Panels should be placed up-side-down to ensure the small compliance logo is at the top.

  • Remove the spigots from their boxes
  • Loosen the grub screws
  • Place a block of timber or an empty spigot box behind the first panel to make space to work
  • Measure in from each side 250mm (or the figure you chose)
  • Slide both spigots into position
  • Remeasure to guarantee accuracy
  • Tighten the grub screws to they grab, followed by a further half-turn
  • Slide the dress ring over the spigot, checking that the polished side is down, and tape it in position. Alternatively, use a rubber band to secure the dress ring.
  • Flip the panel and place it aside in a safe area.
  • Repeat the process for all panels, or enough to do a section of your fence

Erecting the glass panels

  • Re-flick your chalk accross the core hole centres
  • Place your timber spacers approximately 100mm away from each hole to avoid contact with the dress rings
  • Prepare your braces, weights and clamps.
  • Carry your first panel into position checking that the spigots line up with each of the core holes
  • Place the panel so that the glass sits on top of the timber spacers
  • While ensuring the panel doesn’t topple over, connect the first brace and add a weight to its foot
  • Continue placing panels in a similar manner, being careful not to knock the panels together

Depending on weather conditions and the quality of your braces you can connect up to three panels together using timber and clamps.

Level, plumb and straight

  • Choose the panel that sits at the highest point of the concrete. This will be your starting point
  • Place the small plastic spacers atop the timber, using a spirit level to guide your adjustments until the level reads true 
  • Repeat these steps with the panel beside, making sure the two panels are at the same height
  • Continue until all panels are level 
  • Measure your gaps and gate openings to ensure that they are correct
  • Next, move the panels so that the bottoms are aligned with the chalk line
  • Pick one panel and plumb it (making it vertically straight)
  • More the braces the surrounding panels so that all panels are aligned with each other
  • Check that the fence is in a straight line
  • To make adjustments, identify the problem area and tap the bottoms to move them – both sides of a gap
  • Plumb the fence again and check that is straight

Finishing

Using MP60 (Grout)

Double check everything and make sure you are 100% happy with the fence. There will be no turning back from here!

  • Add roughly two handfuls of MP60 into a small bucket (or ice cream container) and slowly add water
  • Continue mixing until you get a thick consistency, similar to melted chocolate or a thick shake. If you have excess water, simply add more grout
  • Using a funnel, jug or applicator pour and fill each hole to the top
  • Be careful not to nudge the glass panels, but if you do simply re-straighten them
  • Clean away any run off with a sponge as soon as possible
  • Drop the dress rings and clean any grout on the spigots
  • Grab a quick glass of water and have a union mandated break
  • Test the MP60 with a screwdriver to confirm it has hardened. This may take up to two hours, or as little as 10 minutes
  • When set, gently remove the braces

Installing the gate

  • Mount hinges to the gate as per directions.
  • Place timber spacers on each side of the gate opening
  • Put the gate in position.
  • Use packers to align the top of the gate with the top of the panels either side.
  • Place extra packers on the latch-side, so that it appears 1-2mm higher. Although this may seem too high, when finished it should line up perfectly.
  • Attach the hinges to the hinge panel, utilising the pre-drilled holes
  • Using a spanner and Allen key, tighten the gate securely
  • Remove the timber spacers and confirm that gate swings freely and lines up with the other panels
  • Make adjustments if necessary
  • Attach the spring-handle half of the latch to the gate, making use of the pre-drilled holes
  • Place the striker half (including pressure plate) on the latch panel and tighten the grub screws
  • Slide the latch panel over, if necessary, to reduce or increase the gap size

Pool Fencing Regulations:

  • Gates must open outwards from the pool area
  • The gap between the gate’s latch-side and the panel beside it must not exceed 10mm
  • Gates must close automatically from any position

Finish

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

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!

If you are feeling mighty proud of your efforts, why not show it off? Share your experience, tips and advice for others.

Glass Fence Design Tips

The need for a plan

Have you ever completed that home handyman project and later thought “I wish I had known that before I started”?

In order to avoid that awful feeling we have created a list of tips and design ideas to save you headaches and dollars, and help you achieve the most from your pool area.

Our outdoor spaces are a massive part of Australian culture and where we spend a great deal of our pleasure time, year round.

We know that summer means long days swimming, sunbaking and relaxing by the pool, and winter afternoons spent next to the outdoor chiminea reading a good book. However you do it, it’s crucial to plan your outdoor space to suit your lifestyle, all year round.

Things to consider

Your Pool area needs to allow plenty of space for the kids waterslide, the deck chairs for summer afternoon cocktails, the umbrella, accessing the skimmer box (not to mention the resuscitation area), but bear in mind your pool fence should allow for the cooler months when one does not necessary always want to walk through the pool area to get to that chiminea. Putting a great deal of thought into your fence design early on can have a great impact on many factors including functionality of your entertaining area, costs of both installation and materials and compliance to government regulations.

A few key factors should be planned very early in your project to avoid unwanted headaches and exorbitant costs. Below are some tips to get you started.

If you plan to Do-It-Yourself, please do your research. Familiarize yourself with government regulations, talk to your pool builder or certifier about your proposed plans, or speak to one of our staff who will help you make the right decisions

Think about your substrate, almost anything can be accomplished, but if poorly thought out it can be costly

Timber decks

Timber Decks not only look great but are a definite favourite these days for pool surrounds. Pool fences must be secured to the structural frame of the deck not the decking boards alone. Timber noggins need to be installed between bearers; we recommend structural pine or hardwood 140x45mm minimum, fixed with either galvanize batten screws or nails.

Fences cannot be mounted to the decking boards alone. This is simply not strong enough.

Semi-Frameless Gates on timber decks should hinge off existing structural posts or the House itself. Base Plated Posts just simply do not have the strength to carry the weight of a Gate constantly opening and closing over time.

Earthing posts and spigots
Certain metal objects that are installed within 1250mm of the waterline are required to be earthed. For further information on this please consult a qualified electrician.

Steps and climable objects

There are many objects near a pool fence that can be deemed climbable including:

  • Boundary fence rails that are less than 900mm apart. This can be rectified by using timber slip rail that is sawn at 60 degrees
  • Retaining walls
  • Window sills
  • Garden taps and external power points. Covers made from perspex can be purchased that are at 60 degrees thus eliminating the foot hold
  • Steps onto decks
  • Raised garden beds
  • Plant branches in close proximity to your fence at less than 60 degrees

For further information see pool fencing regulations.

Ground levels

Your ground level is important and can affect your pool fence layout. You must ensure that your pool fence is a minimum of 1.2m high at all points. Should your ground height change, i.e. over a step or a garden bed, you may require custom panels of glass that can become quite expensive. Planning for this early on could devoid the need for this and reduce costs.

Pavers, laid onto cracker dust or sand, are not a suitable anchor for pool fences. Pavers should be lifted and foundations poured.

Core Drilling your posts or spigots into a concrete slab is not only the most secure means of installation, but can be cost and time effective.

If Core Drilling, do not use standard concrete to set the spigots or posts. It may shrink, thereby loosening the spigots with time. We recommend using a product called MP60, which is much stronger and not susceptible to shrinkage. It is available in store.

Frameless Glass Pool Fence Measuring Guide

Define the area

Measure Frameless

Draw the area where your balustrade will be located. Take note of important features, such as:

  • Your house position
  • Concrete and decking
  • Existing structures
  • Posts or brick columns
  • Stairs
  • Any object in the path of the balustrade

Take measurements

Measure Frameless

Measure the distances between points of your fence line and write them on the plan.

Be sure to measure where the fence will be ie. 100mm in from the edge of the concrete (as seen in the example)

Calculate panel sizes

Measure Frameless

Divide each section into equal sized panels, allowing for gaps and gates.

Panel sizes range from 100mm-2000mm

To get a general idea of how this can work for you, try our fencing calculator. Or send your plan through and we can help.

Frameless Glass on Decks DIY Installation Guide

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.

Preparation

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.

Mud map

Ensure you have no gaps larger than 100mm at any point on your fence to comply with pool fencing regulations. The gaps between panels are ideally spaced at 50mm.

  • 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 Planne
  • Measure from point to point on your chalk line and note it on the planner
  • Mark in gates and landscaping features

Ordering

If you haven’t ordered your materials already, you can do so from the Frameless Pool Fencing 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 installation 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

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

  • Tape measure (and licenced operator!)
  • Chalk line and pencil
  • Power drill and drill bits
  • Spirit level
  • Allen keys

Drilling Holes

Marking out

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.

  • Mark your plan onto 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 across 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!

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
  • Mark the hole positions
  • 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

Installation

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

Finishing

Installing the gate

  • Mount hinges to the gate as per directions.
  • Place timber spacers on each side of the gate opening
  • Put the gate in position.
  • Use packers to align the top of the gate with the top of the panels either side.
  • Place extra packers on the latch-side, so that it appears 1-2mm higher. Although this may seem too high, when finished it should line up perfectly.
  • Attach the hinges to the hinge panel, utilising the pre-drilled holes
  • Using a spanner and Allen key, tighten the gate securely
  • Remove the timber spacers and confirm that gate swings freely and lines up with the other panels
  • Make adjustments if necessary
  • Attach the spring-handle half of the latch to the gate, making use of the pre-drilled holes
  • Place the striker half (including pressure plate) on the latch panel and tighten the grub screws
  • Slide the latch panel over, if necessary, to reduce or increase the gap size

Pool Fencing Regulations:

  • Gates must open outwards from the pool area
  • The gap between the gate’s latch-side and the panel beside it must not exceed 10mm
  • Gates must close automatically from any position

Finish

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

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!

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