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The 3 Steps To Installing Weather Vanes
Weather vanes have been around for centuries and while there are some who consider them to be an outdated form of equipment, there are still a wide range of people who rely on them on a daily basis. But what about those who wish to install a weather vane of their own and are not up to date on the proper installation steps?
Fortunately, we are here to provide you with the information that you need to make an informed decision each and every step of the way. To get started on the process of installing weather vanes, be sure to read on and learn more…..
1. Selecting The Proper Vane
Too many people end up putting the cart before the horse in these instances and forgetting about the importance of making a proper selection. Whether your reasons for installing the vane are cultural or practical, there are certain considerations that must be made first. There are numerous styles and materials to select from and in many instances, personal preference will make the decision for you.
Some vanes are constructed from copper, while others are oxidized before being sold. If you are someone who simply wants to install the vane and not have to worry about it again, select one that has not been oxidized already. All you will need to do to maintain it is apply a slight copper polish from time to time. A free moving vane should be fine as long as it has been installed properly.
2. Obtain The Proper Hardware
The installation process when it comes to your weather vanes is not one that should be too complicated, even for those who consider themselves to be relative novices. Each vane comes with two brackets that are easy to use, as the front eve bracket and the adjustable pitch mount are each equipped with adjustable feet that makes them easy to attach to your chosen surface.
To attach these brackets, you will need lag bolts or heavy duty screws that are designed to be used with wood. Experts caution that you are going to want some materials that are weather resistant. For example, galvanized bolts and screws tend to work best for these endeavors and you may also want to use stainless steel.
3. Take The Correct Safety Measures
It all starts by selecting a ladder that can not only handle your weight, but also the weight of your tools and your chosen vane. If the ladder cannot provide you with the proper footing and is in any way unsafe, this is a sure sign that you need to select a better one, so that you can steer clear of the problems associated with a wobbly one.
Take your time during the installation process and wear shoes that provide you with the right amount of grip. If you are experiencing any sort of discomfort or fear during this process, there is absolutely nothing wrong with contacting a professional. Keep the tools that you are using within close reach and make sure that they easily accessible, so that you are not doing too fussing with them once the installation has begun in earnest.