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A guide to installing a rod iron fence

The installation of a rod iron fence can be a time-consuming challenge for most home owners. Individuals who choose to forego getting the services of a professional installer or carpenter have a few factors to consider. You need to check the design, local regulations and the tools required before getting on with the actual installation process. This article provides you with a guide to installing a rod iron fence.

Design considerations

Fencing and gates made from wrought iron are stronger as compared to an aluminium or wood gate. The intricate design makes it a good addition to any home. However, the weight makes it difficult to work with, while the design only works with certain periodic styles such as Victorian and Tudor.

Laws and regulations

Different regions and states have different restrictions and policies on how the iron railing should be installed. You need to check any national and local laws applicable before performing the actual installation. Depending on the requirements, a licensed inspector and contractor may be required, before the iron gates and railings can be installed.

Purchasing materials

From the local hardware store, you need to purchase iron posts, panels and brackets. A masonry drill and bits are also useful to drill the brackets and fastening the iron work onto the concrete pad. Cinder blocks and wood shims are optional materials, but they can help in bracing the panels in position, while the fence is being installed. You always need to remember to use safety gear as well, when working with construction materials. Safety glasses can protect the eyes from any smoke and debris. A safety helmet helps to protect the head from falling rubble. You also need to remember to buy a face mask in order to prevent the lungs from breathing in any minute fragments.

Installation options

Installation of ironwork varies depending on local regulations and the existing space available. Gate panels and posts are often pre-assembled or pre-routed to standard sizes in order to make installation easier. Use a wall bracket when attaching the wrought iron gate to a wall, column or any type of post. Some regions may require that the iron railing be installed on a concrete pad. Make sure that the concrete pad is level before installing the metal fences. Drill L-brackets or concrete anchors into the pad in order to attach the gate. Use steel screws to secure the brackets to the posts of the iron gate.

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