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Squeaky pool fence gates – Bothersome or unsafe?

Your glass pool fence gate is one of the most necessary parts of your entire pool fence– because if it is not properly looked after, it won’t just be irritating, it will be hazardous and unsafe.
If you have had Absolut Custom Glass or another Gold Coast Pool fencing company set up a Glass pool fence for you in the past, then you hopefully have been told how you can take care of it. If not, well we want to help guide you through some remarkably simple tips to take care of your hinges and keep your pool fence safe.

We were recently called out to a job in Burleigh on the Gold Coast to make a few basic realignments to an existing pool fence because it had started making sounds. To the casual observer, one may have just thought the joints should be ‘oiled’ so that it would stop making sounds, and shut quicker. Thankfully we could help, because while some people’s instincts may be to oil a hinge, a pool fence hinge needs to be tightened.

The pool fence in question was only a small, single sided fence covering a lovely pool in a duplex townhouse. It was a tiny area, but the owners had done an awesome job at making the most of the space for this particular Gold Coast home. When we got there the very first thing we did was open up the gate and wait for it to close by natural means by itself. A pool Fence Gate Hinge is a specially tensioned, self-closing device that will typically intend to remain in a closed position. This is important because if a gate will not self-close, then anybody might be able to get into the pool area, and this is especially troubling if you have kids.

In Queensland, Pool Fencing laws designate that you have to have a gate which can self-close from any open position- even something as small as 1cm. This shows there has to be an impressive amount of tension and force that the hinge can exhibit to be able to close without the momentum that it would typically get from a more open setting. If a gate can not shut from this space, then it has to be adjusted.

This is a very quick process that needs a very small Allen key or Hex key, and a little bit of patience.
Simply look at the hinge and try to find a set of horizontal, equally spaced dots or holes. You then should place the Allen key or Hex Key in the left-most hole, and use the tool to spin that section of the hinge anti-clockwise. Once you carry this out, you will discover a small metal pin in one of the holes to the left.
You will need to pry that pin out of the notch it is in, and relocate to a hole even more to the left.
This is basically cambering the hinge, and you have to repeat the process of turning the hinge section with the allen tool, removing the pin, and moving the pin. Repeat this until you get a firm tension on the glass pool gate. Keep in mind, move the allen key anticlockwise so you can then be moving the pin in a clockwise direction.
You will need to make certain that the lower hinge is also similarly tensioned, and you will then be all set to test the gate’s response.
Don’t worry if it slams too hard– you wont break the glass. But if it is too fast and too noisy, simply reverse the method, and move the pin counter-clockwise and the allen key clockwise.

If you have any questions about your Gold Coast Pool Fence Gates, hinges or other maintenance issues, please feel free to contact Absolut Custom Glass on 1300 937 902 and we can talk you through our tips, recommendations, and possible options for you and your Gold Coast Pool Fence.

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