Balustrade Installation Guide
Installing a modular balustrade is quite easy and any reasonably skilled DIY person can do it quickly with maybe a bit of help from a friend or neighbour. At the onset you need to ensure that the balustrade design confirms to BCA (Building Code of Australia) regulations, more specifically to AS1170.
Balustrade Materials you will need
This article is a balustrade installation guide for standard sized balustrade panels (2 m), corner posts (1.1 m x 5cm x 5cm), end posts (1.1 m x 5cm x 5cm)and top rail panel bracket (50 x 25) single lugs i.e. 2-hole.
Balustrade installation guide Step # 1
Before you begin using the balustrade installation guide, calculate the number of panels and posts you will require. Since you now know the standard sizes of the panels, it should be relatively easy to calculate how many would be required to cover the length you have in mind. Caution: It might be a good idea to pay a visit to your nearest hardware supplier and confirm the sizes he has in stock.
Balustrade installation guide Step # 2
Buy the material based on your calculations.
Balustrade installation guide Step # 3
Use a pencil or marker to mark the position of each post. If you need to fix panels to a wall then you will need to mark positions for the top rail panel bracket.
Balustrade installation guide Step # 4
Cut the rails to the required length after marking any special lengths including 3 cm space for the sleeves and panel bracket.
Balustrade installation guide Step # 5
Start at one end and begin installing the first panel fixing it securely to a wall or fitting it to an end post as required. Then fix the next panel by inserting the sleeve into the top capping and fixing the panel bracket to the bottom capping using 4.8mm Aluminium rivets or TEK screws. You will need to use a minimum of 3 brackets per rail. Continue the process until all panels are fixed.
All posts should be securely fixed to the floor. If your floor is concrete, use stainless steel DYNA-bolts or CHEM-set studs. For timber decks use 8 or 10mm coach screws. The underside should be securely bolted from underneath the floor boards. Make sure you fit chocks under the deck. Oversized flat washers should be used between nuts and the timber. Use of large washers ensures the nut does not dig into the timber and it also makes it easier to remove if required. If the nut digs into the timber the entire post will become loose and unsafe.
Double check all fittings and fastenings. They need to be tight and rigid. Once your panels are in place, fix the corner and end posts as required. Make sure there are no sharp edges anywhere. If you notice any sharp edges, use a good heavy duty file to smoothen it off.
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