Squeaky pool fence gates – Pesky or hazardous?

Squeaky pool fence gates – Pesky or hazardous?

Your glass pool fence gate is one of the most essential parts of your entire pool fence– because if this is not properly looked after, it won’t just be irritating, 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 shown how to maintain it. If not, well we want to help guide you through some remarkably simple tips to maintain your hinges and keep your pool fence safe.
We were recently called out to a project in Burleigh on the Gold Coast to make a few straightforward realignments 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’ to make sure that it would stop making noises, and shut quicker. Thankfully we could assist, 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 taking care of a lovely pool in a duplex townhouse. It was a tiny area, but the owners had done an outstanding job at taking advantage of the space for this particular Gold Coast property. When we turned up the very first thing we did was open up 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 device that will generally desire to remain in a closed position. This is very important because if a gate wont self-close, then anyone might be able to get into the pool area, and this is especially troubling if you have small children.
In Queensland, Pool Fencing laws specify that you should have a gate which can self-close from any open position- even something as little as 1cm. This means there has to be a remarkable amount of tension and pressure 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 shut from this distance, then it has to be adjusted.

Squeaky pool fence gates – Pesky or hazardous?|

This is a very useful process that requires a very small Allen key or Hex key, and a little bit of patience.
Simply look at the hinge and search for a set of horizontal, equally 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 rotate that section of the hinge anti-clockwise. Once you do this, you will see a small metal pin in one of the holes to the left.
You will have to pry that pin from the opening it is in, and move it to a hole further to the left.
This is effectively adding tension to the hinge, and you should repeat the process of rotating the hinge section with the allen tool, removing the pin, and relocating the pin. Repeat this until you get a firm pressure on the glass pool gate. Remember, 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 equally 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 loud, simply reverse the process, and move the pin counter-clockwise and the allen key clockwise.
Still unsure? Don’t fret, we have put together a short video clip to really help you get to know how to adjust your pool fence.

If you have any issues about your Gold Coast Pool Fence Gates, hinges or other maintenance issues, please feel free to get in touch with 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.

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