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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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Need help? Contact our support team

Brisbane & Gold Coast 07 3807 6740 Melbourne 03 8768 7766

@glassfitaustralia

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