Squeaky pool fence gates – Annoying or risky?

Your glass pool fence gate is one of the most crucial parts of your entire pool fence– because if it is not properly cared for, it won’t just be annoying, it will be hazardous and unsafe.
If you have had Absolut Custom Glass or another Gold Coast Pool fencing company put in a Glass pool fence for you in the past, then you ideally have been shown how you can take care of it. If not, well we want to help guide you through some very 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 quick realignments to an existing pool fence because it had started making sounds. To the casual observer, one might have just thought the hinges should be ‘oiled’ so that it would stop making noises, and close quicker. Thankfully we could help out, because while some people’s instincts may be to oil a hinge, a pool fence hinge has to be wound up.
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 maximizing the space for this 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 generally want to remain in a closed position. This is very important because if a gate wont self-close, then anyone might be able to get in the pool area, and this is particularly troubling if you have kids.
In Queensland, Pool Fencing laws designate that you need to have a gate which can self-close from any open position- even something as small as 1cm. This means 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 usually get from a more open setting. If a gate can not shut from this distance, then it needs to be adjusted.
This is a very easy process that requires a quite small Allen key or Hex key, and a bit of patience.

Simply look at the hinge and look for a series of horizontal, evenly spaced dots or holes. You then need to place the Allen key or Hex Key in the left-most notch, 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 have to pry that pin out of the opening it is in, and relocate to a hole further to the left.

This is ultimately adding tension to the hinge, and you need to 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 tension 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 have to ensure that the bottom hinge is also similarly tensioned, and you will then be ready to test the gate’s reaction.
Don’t worry if it slams too hard– you wont crack the glass. But if it is too fast and too loud, simply reverse the technique, and move the pin counter-clockwise and the allen key clockwise.
Still unsure? Don’t fret, we have produced a short video clip to help you discover how to adjust your pool fence.

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

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