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Weathervane Guide

This guide details everything that you need to know regarding weathervane maintenance, positioning, and installation.

We suggest you follow the succeeding points in order to successfully maintain your weathervane:

1. It is recommended to apply light engineering grease to the shaft and within the shaft sleeve (tube).
2. The shaft sleeve should be clear of dirt or debris.
3. The shaft itself has a point on which the weathervane topper rotates. 
4. Mounting locations are important. It is vital to fit your vane within a clear and open space. We recommend the use of a qualified tradesperson.
5. To protect your weathervane from corrosion and to keep the sharp/attractive finish, we recommend annual (or as required) repainting using any automotive paint in matte black, or any colour of your choice.

On installation, use any exterior metal paint to provide a finished top coat, the weathervane is only matte black primed. WD 40 can also be used and provides an oily all-over coating. This procedure is perfect for our copper weathervane range as it will help to keep its original finish for longer. An alternative method of preservation for our copper weathervanes is to regularly apply a fresh top coat of clear yacht varnish. 

Warning

The Weathervane top is held on with a locking screw. The locking screw needs to secure the head from coming off, but equally as important, must be freed enough to allow the vane to spin freely.  We recommend that all weathervanes are installed by a qualified tradesperson, who assess the installation location for suitability. Due to their decorative nature and material, they are not always suitable for coastal locations or locations which receive excessively high winds or storm-like conditions. We recommend inspecting your weathervane yearly to ensure any necessary maintenance is completed. 

Weathervane Size & Positioning

Weathervane Sizes

Our wind vanes come in two sizes – standard and large. The bracket supplied is adaptable and can be fitted either horizontally or vertically, depending on your desired weathervane placement. Which size is best for your property depends on a few factors, as well as the overall look you are aiming to achieve. If your property features a cupola, or domed peak at the summit of a roof, the deep black of the iron will be silhouetted against the open sky. A standard sized weathervane is perfect in this case, as it will easily be seen when fitted.

If you are mounting your weathervane to a roof apex or side of a building, barn or shed it is more likely that the vane may be lost in the background, particularly with dark brickwork or foliage behind it. A large size, or hand painted weathervane, may be a better option in this scenario. You may also want to consider a copper vane as these are bright and reflective, but will oxidise and darken in finish over time for a vintage or antique look.  If affixing to a ridged roof, you will need to purchase a ridged affix bracket.

Please note that, with many of our more elaborate weathervane concepts, design takes precedent over functionality as achieving accurate readings in most urban areas can prove challenging regardless of design. With these weathervanes, you will not have the same level of accuracy or responsiveness you would achieve with the likes of a wind measurement device such as a wind sock.

Weathervane Installation Guide

For mounting your weathervane you will need to use the following drill bit sizes depending on the weathervane ordered: -

Cast Iron (Both Sizes) – 12mm

Cast Aluminium WV017/ALU – 10mm

We highly recommend seeking the assistance of a qualified tradesperson when fitting your new weathervane.

  1. Within the packaging you should receive a detailed document depicting each weathervane component. Using this document check you have everything you need to begin.
  2. To help make installation as easy as possible the mounting bracket can be fitted either vertically or horizontally to a gable end.
  3. Once you are happy with the orientation of the bracket, using a spirit level for guidance, mark out the fixing holes for the bracket at the installation site.
  4. Refit part (B) into bracket (A) and tighten grub screws. Please check the bolts are suitable for your type of wall (i.e. stone or brick) before commencing.

Some may find it easier to assemble the weathervane from part B onwards on the ground before fitting to the now installed bracket but this is entirely down to personal preference.

  1. Fix the pole, part B, to the mounting bracket followed by the larger ball fitting.
  2. The directional arrows should interlock and be fixed in place by the two supplied screws.
  3. Using a compass, line up the north arrow in the correct position and then fit your finial to the top of the pole.
  4. The weathervane top is secured in place using a locking screw. It is vital that this screw remains tightly fitted to ensure the finial remains in place, while being positioned correctly to allow the weathervane to turn freely in the wind.
  5. To improve the change of direction of your weathervane, grease can be applied to the pole component to facilitate a smoother, more responsive movement.

 Installed Weathervane

Our range of copper weathervanes can be set up using the diagram pictured below.

Copper Weathervane Installation

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