Your glass pool fence gate is one of the most vital 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 ideally have been told how you can take care of it. If not, well we wish to help direct you through some quite simple tips to maintain 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 quick adjustments to an existing pool fence because it had started making sounds. To the casual observer, one might have just thought the hinges had to be ‘oiled’ to make sure that it would stop making noises, and shut quicker. Thankfully we could assist, because while some people’s instincts might be to oil a hinge, a pool fence hinge needs to be wound up.
The pool fence in question was only a little, single sided fence covering a lovely pool in a duplex townhouse. It was a compact area, but the owners had done an incredible job at taking advantage of the space for this Gold Coast home. When we arrived the very first thing we did was open the gate and wait for it to close by natural means on its own. A pool Fence Gate Hinge is a specially tensioned, self-closing product that will naturally intend to remain in a closed position. This is essential because if a gate wont self-close, then anyone might be able to get into the pool area, and this is particularly uncomfortable if you have children.
In Queensland, Pool Fencing laws spell out that you have to have a gate that can self-close from any open placement- 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 typically get from a more open position. If a gate can not shut from this distance, then it has to be calibrated.
This is a very straightforward process that needs a quite small Allen key or Hex key, and a little bit of patience.
Simply look at the hinge and find a series of horizontal, evenly spaced dots or holes. You then need to 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 notice a small metal pin in one of the holes to the left.
You will have to pry that pin from the notch it is in, and move it to a hole even more to the left.
This is effectively adding tension to the hinge, and you have to repeat the process of rotating the hinge section with the allen tool, extracting the pin, and shifting the pin. Repeat this until you get a firm tension on the glass pool gate. Don’t forget, move the allen key anticlockwise so that you can then be moving the pin in a clockwise direction.
You will have to ensure that the lower hinge is also equally tensioned, and you will then be ready to test the gate’s response.
Don’t fret if it slams too hard– you wont damage 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 problems about your Gold Coast Pool Fence Gates, hinges or other routine maintenance issues, please feel free to phone Absolut Custom Glass on 1300 937 902 and we can talk you through our ideas, recommendations, and possible options for you and your Gold Coast Pool Fence.