Thursday, May 12, 2011

Installing Wrought Iron Railings

Iron railings add a traditional touch to security requirements.

Wrought iron railings are a wonderful way of adding a touch of history to an external perimeter. While many new railings are made of aluminum, wrought iron is a stronger and more traditional way of providing security to an area. Installing a set of wrought iron railings is a very challenging task, and one that may be best left to a professional, but it can be done with patience and hard work. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Discuss your railing requirements with your local zoning inspector, so you can obtain a permit to carry out the installation. There is a possibility you will have to be a licensed contractor to install wrought iron railings in your region.

2. Purchase the materials you need to erect your railings, such as connectors and posts, as well as the concrete needed to support the heavy construction.

3. Use your shovel to dig a foot-deep trough along the line where your railings will go. Pour concrete into this trough and tamp using a piece of lumber. Wait seven days for the concrete to cure.

4. Hold the hammer drill perpendicular to the concrete at a 90 degree angle. Drill 18 inches into the concrete. Wear ear and eye protection when carrying out this task.

5. Trowel fresh concrete into the hole you have just made and lower a wrought iron post into the hole. Use your spirit level to make sure it is perfectly vertical.

6. Use your measuring tape to ascertain the location of the next post hole, and repeat steps four and five. Leave the concrete to cure for 12 hours.

7. Affix the connectors to the posts, and then the horizontal rods to the connectors. These panels that fit between the posts should be pre-fabricated, and are able to be bolted on to each vertical post using a wrench.

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