Your glass pool fence gate is one of the most crucial parts of your entire pool fence– because if this is not properly looked after, it won’t just be annoying, it will be dangerous and unsafe.
If you have had Absolut Custom Glass or another Gold Coast Pool fencing company install a Glass pool fence for you in the past, then you hopefully have been told the best ways to take care of it. If not, well we wish to help guide you through some very simple tips to take care of your hinges and keep your pool fence safe.
We were fairly recently called out to a job in Burleigh on the Gold Coast to make a few quick adjustments to an existing pool fence simply because it had started making sounds. To the casual observer, one could have just thought the joints needed to be ‘oiled’ so that it would stop making noises, and shut quicker. Thankfully we were able to help out, because while some people’s instincts might be to oil a hinge, a pool fence hinge should 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 a fantastic job at maximizing the space for this particular Gold Coast property. When we turned up the very first thing we did was open the gate and wait for it to close by natural means by itself. A pool Fence Gate Hinge is a specially tensioned, self-closing product that will typically desire to remain in a closed position. This is important because if a gate wont self-close, then anybody might be able to get in the pool area, and this is especially troubling if you have children.
In Queensland, Pool Fencing laws designate that you have to have a gate that can self-close from any open position- even something as small as 1cm. This suggests there has to be a remarkable amount of tension and force that the hinge can exhibit to be able to close without the momentum that it would usually get from a more open place. If a gate can not close from this distance, then it should be calibrated.
This is a very simple process that requires a quite small Allen key or Hex key, and a bit of patience.
Simply examine the hinge and look for a set of horizontal, evenly spaced dots or holes. You then should place the Allen key or Hex Key in the left-most hole, and use the tool to turn 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 have to pry that pin out of the opening it is in, and relocate to a hole further to the left.
This is in essence cambering the hinge, and you should repeat the process of turning the hinge section with the allen tool, extracting the pin, and shifting the pin. Repeat this until you get a firm pressure on the glass pool gate. Remember, move the allen key anticlockwise so that you can then be moving the pin in a clockwise direction.
You will need to see to it that the bottom hinge is also equally tensioned, and you will then be all set to test the gate’s response.
Don’t worry if it slams too rough– you wont damage the glass. But if it is too fast and too noisy, simply reverse the technique, 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 care issues, please feel free to phone Absolut Custom Glass on 1300 937 902 and we can talk you through our ideas, suggestions, and possible options for you and your Gold Coast Pool Fence.