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How to avoid spoiling your Home-Made Pool fencing: Securing the Panels Together

We are a skilled professional pool fencing installation business on the Gold Coast– and if we were to give one tip to those DIY people out there, it is ‘be sure you complete the project’. We’re regularly called in to help repair DIY projects when they fail, and all too commonly it is because they failed to remember the final procedures– connecting the panels together. Therefore, we would like to help you understand how to tie your panels together– because this will help to avoid damage in high wind areas. It is one of the final stages to a reliable installation, and an element that many DIY assignments neglect to contemplate. This is particularly relevant if you reside near the coast or in a high-wind place because you may have observed that your brand-new fence bends around ‘a bit too much’. Irrespective of what kind of fence you have put up or if you have fastened it to a wooden decking or into concrete this is an imperative step. For this problem, there are two options to prevent this type of movement, the easy way, and the correct way.

The quick fix:

There’s a product on the market that is commonly called a ‘ridge-clamp’ this is a little stainless-steel butterfly clamp with a screw in between two small pieces of the stainless steel that fits in between the panels. Each section of the steel has a rubber insert to ensure that no steel touches the glass surface. Once inserted between two panels, they are usually arranged at the top of the panels (as that is where the movement is) they may be tightened which will get rid of much of the panel movement. The majority of glass pool fence suppliers will stock these at varying costs and a couple of different sizes.

The Reliable Solution:

The alternative approach is to install a Nano-capping rail that fits over the top edge of the glass and runs the length of the glass pool fence or glass rail. (In most states this is compulsory to have fitted to balustrade or some other type of handrail) This is a small u-channel that is glazed onto the top of the panels. A little more intrusive than the ridge clamps, but the result is a much stronger structure. With this solution, there is no metal touching glass, rubber or wet glaze. However, it can only be welded on concrete applications because of bending of wood in dry and wet weather.

 

If you want to learn more about a few of the other inherent issues with DIY pool fencing, steps to fix them, or to get a free quote on pool fencing materials, then please call us on 1300 937 902 or browse through our Glass Pool fence websites  and our DIY Frameless Glass website.

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