Installation Instructions for Aluminum Horizontal Slat Fence

Installation instructions for our QS line of Aluminum Slat Fences

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Inground Installation

For 6ft fence, you will be installing 8ft posts (2ft below ground, 6ft above ground).

Dig your post holes 27″ deep and put 3″ of rock on the bottom. Level your posts and pour in concrete as shown in the video.  Make sure you have at least 72″ of post above ground before you pour the concrete.

Gate Assembly

Cut your slats to the desired width of your gate. 

To cut your slats, we recommend using a miter chop saw with a fine tooth carbide tip blade.  Don’t use a metal cutting blade, it will melt the ends of the aluminum resulting in a sloppy cut.

Heavy Duty Gate Frame Assembly

Fence Assembly with Gate

 

Side Frame & Gate Frame Assembly

Most installations use our Slotted Channel Posts (slotted channel groove on sides of post).  But in the event you’re installing a gate, you need a Blank Gate Post on the hinge side of your gate to allow for hinge screws.  To attach slats to the Blank Gate Post, you need to purchase a Side Frame, which is a U-Channel that attaches to the Blank Gate Post.

Side Frames are also used to attach to walls or pillars where a post is not needed, or if you prefer the sleek look of the Side Frames.

Surface Mount Installation

STEP 1 – Position Posts

Position the assembled fence exactly where you want it permanently installed.

If your concrete isn’t perfectly flat, you may have to shim the bottom of the post base plate so that the posts are level. If you want to follow the slope of the concrete with your fence, you could first assemble the aluminum slats inside the outer posts, and then secure to your concrete surface. The posts won’t be vertically level, but they will follow the slope of the concrete.

Step back and walk around the entire fence and check that it looks visually pleasing before anchoring the posts.

STEP 2 – Drill Holes and Anchor

We recommend using 3.75″ x 3/8″ Concrete Wedge Anchors to anchor your posts.  If you can’t find 3.75″ long, 3.5″ will suffice.

We recommend drilling one hole at a time, followed by a Concrete Wedge Anchor.

Mark the 4 corner holes in the center of each hole. Drill one hole, blow debris out with compressed air, and bolt down with the supplied Concrete Wedge Anchor.

NOTE: If you happen to have a ¼” masonry drill bit, drill pilot holes first with that bit. If not, it’s ok.

Drill one hole into the concrete with a 3/8” Carbide Tip Masonry Drill Bit. Drill ½” deeper than the length of the Concrete Wedge Anchor.

After the hole is drilled, dust aside the concrete powder, and blow the hole out with a Can of Compressed Air.

Insert a Concrete Wedge Anchor 8 into the hole. Be sure to add the washer and nut before you hammer! Hammer all the way down. Tighten the nut with wrench or socket.

Before drilling the next hole, be certain that the fence section is exactly where you want it.

Next, for the 2nd hole, go to the opposite post and drill and add a concrete wedge anchor.  Now that the fence is in place finish the remaining 6 holes by drilling one at all time, followed by a Concrete Wedge Anchor.

STEP 3 – Attach Post Caps

Attach the Post Caps to the top of each post. Press on and pound down with your hand or rubber hammer.

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