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DIY Guide

Installing your ARC Fence is easy if you follow our simple instructions.

The Location

The first thing you should do is check the location of underground services (gas, water, telephone and electricity) so you won't run into difficulties when you're installing your new fence.

You should also check with your local council to make sure your new fence will meet regulations.

The Tools

These are the basic tools you'll need to get you going. Some careful planning, a little elbow grease and you're away.

The Materials

We will supply you with all the fence components and fixtures you will need, but you should also have some other basic materials on hand.

*Warning: when choosing a concrete mix DO NOT use Quick set concrete as it will lead to corrosion of your fence

Installing the Pool Gate

Safety Pool Gates

Self-closing ARC safety gates are designed specifically for pool fences

Which Way?

Regulations require that pool gates be installed to open away from the pool, so that young children will push the gate shut rather than open when trying to gain access.

Positioning the Gate

Dig holes for the posts and a trench for the bottom locating rail. To maintain spacing, you may also wish to use a top locating rail. Position the gate unit to match the above ground reference heights. Then prop and check the line and level.

Trade Tips: It's easier to install the gate at the same time as the fence panels. Leave the bottom locating rail on to maintain post spacing, particularly in expansive soils that may move over time.

Setting the Gate

Re-check the line and level of the posts and pour wet concrete mix into the post holes to finish.

Trade Tip: You will use less concrete if you backfill the bottom rail trench with soil. If you prefer to have top soil at the base of the post, fill the holes with wet concrete mix to a depth of 550mm or 50mm below the surface of the ground. Ensure you compact the soil well. Alternatively, fill the hole completely with wet concrete mix to a depth of 600mm.

Cleaning Up

24 hours after you have poured the concrete you are ready to remove the top locating rail and/or any protective packaging. Check the instructions on the gate for spring adjustment and maintenance instructions.

Installing the Garden Gate

Getting Started

The first thing you should do is determine which way you want the gate to open. For boundary fences, the gate should open in towards the property.

Hinge Set Up

Insert the hinge bush into the gate frame, then set the spacers into position so they can support the gate and provide ground clearance. Next, slide the hinge brackets into the hinge bushes and mark the locating hold position onto the gate post. Now remove the gate and drill holes to match the bolts provided. Finally, locate the hinge brackets into position.

Trade Tips: Make sure you keep the top of the gate frame level with the top of the adjoining fence panels.

  • The vertical wires of the gate should face the outside of the fence.
  • Fix the top hinge firmly but leave the bottom hinge loose until the gate is installed.
  • The hinge with the fixed pin should be used at the top of the post and slotted into one at the bottom.
  • Alternatively, you may prefer to use butt hinges instead of hinge bushes and brackets.

Gate Set Up

Slide the gate onto the lower hinge and drop the top hinge into the gate frame. Now tighten the bolts and check the gate opening action.

Trade Tips: Make sure the gate opens fully on sloping ground.

  • Adjust horizontal movement of the bottom pin to make the gap even between the gate and the post on the closing side of the gate.

Gate Catch Set Up

Firstly, position the ‘D' latch on the post with tek screws so it will be aligned with the striker bar when the gate is closed. Then fix the striker bar to the vertical gate frame and check for smooth operation.

Trade Tips: Set ‘D' latch height to match your personal requirements.

  • Don't fully tighten the tek screws on the striker until the gate operates smoothly.
  • If you have both the single and double gate, the bent striker is for the single gate and the straight striker is for the double gate.

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