DIY Frameless Pool Installation Guide
Please check with your local Council regarding your pool fencing requirements IT IS ILLEGAL AND DOES NOT COMPLY WITH GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION.
⦁ Mark your proposed layout on the ground
Between each panel ensure you leave spacing, this spacing can vary as every job is slightly different. Remember not to exceed 100mm, 50 mm spacing is recommended purely based on looks, your spacing can vary depending on your total area where glass will be installed. (If installing an 800mm gate the total spacing is to be set to 816mm from glass panel edge to glass panel edge. The gate bolts straight on proving this spacing is correct.)
⦁ Marked the correct areas to core drill
Once you are confident that your layout of the glass panels are correct, that the spacing between each sheet is even and that you have marked the correct areas to core drill for your spigots to sleeve into. Once you are confident in your markings core drill your holes. Mark out your spigot centers as per your fence order.
⦁ Check you mark before core drilling
Using a 68mm Core drill with a template (drill a hole into a scrap piece of timber and use this to guide your core drill into, otherwise the core drill will slip and dance across your concrete/pavers chipping and scratching them beyond repair). Go to a maximum depth of 120mm, ensuring that no wiring or pipes will be affected.
Remove cores with BBQ tongs being careful not to chip the tiles. Remove any debris, excess water and ensure the holes are dry. If going into dirt or garden beds, then dig a hole at least 300mm x 300mm x 400mm deep. Fill the hole in with quick set or normal concrete and core drill when fully cured. Now that you have your entire core drilled holes clear and free from debris.
⦁ Prepare your glass & attaching spigots to glass
Attach the spigot with the desired side to your glass (side with screw markings and the non-screw side). Stand the glass sheet upside down, ensuring that the glass is protected by a matt or blanket. Attaching the spigot is straight forward, remove the screwable plate off the spigot, line up and position over your pre drilled holes in the panel. Attach the screw-able plate back onto the glass. At no stage should the glass touch the metal.
Check that the spigot has been attached straight by using a small spirit level or a set square. Fasten and lock the spigot into position. Place the cover plate on the correct way up and tape into position, preventing the cover plate from falling off when you stand the glass sheet into position.
⦁ Place glass in position
You are now ready to erect your panels. Placing small blocks of timber (standard framing pine 35mm thickness is recommended) on the outside of each hole approximately 50mm away. Allowing enough room for your cover plate not to be affected, flip the panel and line up your spigots and under control gently lower the panel into the holes. The bottom of your glass should rest onto the timber blocks that were placed there earlier.
Once the panel is at the correct position you are able to lean the panel to one side and it should stay in its holes by itself providing you have followed the above steps correctly. Insert all other remaining panels of your fence.
⦁ Brace the glass and adjust the lines.
Using two blocks of timber with a screw in the middle of it, place over the panels and tighten the screw so it clamps onto the glass straightening the panels next to each other. This process ensures that the glass panels are correctly in line with each other. It is recommended that you use two of the makeshift clamps placing one at the top and one at the bottom. Caution is required when you tighten the screw that at no stage it touches the glass to prevent chipping from the thread of your screw. Now that all your glass is connected together, check that all your spaces in between the glass are at your desired measurements. Attach timber bracing to the top of one of your makeshift clamps and stake it into the ground. Before locking off your bracing, double check that the panels are straight with a spirit level. Once they are all locked into position, ensure the spacing and height levels left and right are 100% accurate before moving onto the final step.
⦁ Mix up and fill grout
You are now ready to mix up the flow fill grout. This mix needs to be fairly runny so it can fit into the small gap in between your spigot and your concrete hole (a small watering can or a coke bottle with a nail hole in the lid works well). Pour the grout so it fills up the entire hole, clean up any spillage, especially on the spigots.
Allow to cure for 24 hours before removing the bracing.