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Aluminum Picket Railing Installation Instructions
- Cordless Drill
- Safety Glasses
- Miter Saw W/Non-Ferrous Blade
- Tape Measure
- 6″ #2 Sq. Drive Bit
- 3/16″ Drill Bit
Actual Picket Panel Sizes Are As Follows:
- 6′ Panels = 69.43″
- 8′ Panels = 91.31″
- 3″ posts are required to reach 6′ & 8′ lengths
It is the responsibility of the installer to meet all local code requirements and obtain all required building permits. The installer should determine and implement appropriate installation techniques for each installation situation. Williams Architectural Products or its reseller shall not be held responsible for improper or unsafe installations.
STEP ONE – Determine necessary posts required and prepare (end, center or corner)
Install Lower Deck Rail Clips – Two Options:
Option A – When No Lower Rail Clip Jig Is Available
Measure 2 5/16″ from top of casting shoulder and place a pencil mark for location of the top edge of the rail clip. (Dia. #1)
Center clip on post and secure with (2) – #8×3/4″ TEK screws.
Option B – Using Lower Rail Clip Jig
Place lower rail clip jig (w/arrow facing base plate) on top of base plate upper edge. (Dia. #2)
Place clip in hole and fasten with (2) – #8×3/4″ TEK screws.
STEP TWO – Securing Posts to Deck
Install proper post blocking as per (Dia. #3). Use proper attachment screws or anchors as directed below. (Deck screws at each post location, are not provided with kits).
With 3/16″ drill bit, pre-drill through deck boards and into blocking.
Level and plumb post using shims.
Secure posts to deck with suggested screws.
Install post cap and post base vinyl plate cover. (Dia. #4)
STEP THREE – Cut Deck Panels
Clamp or hold panel against post, adjust for equal end spacing. (Dia. #5)
Mark the top and bottom rails.
Cut panel 1/16″ less than opening size.
STEP FOUR – Secure Deck Panels to Posts
Slide bottom channel of pre-cut panel on to lower clip. (Dia. #6)
Insert clips into top channel of panel on each end.
Using (4) – #8×3/4″ TEK screws, attach the upper 2-clips to the post.
Using (8) – #8×3/4″ TEK screws, secure the upper and lower clips to the panel.
STEP FIVE – Cut and Install Top and Bottom Rail Snaps
Measure between posts at the top and bottom. (Dia.#7)
Cut top & bottom snap covers 1/16″ less than opening.
Clean cut areas and apply touch-up paint on all exposed metal.
Snap each rail snap over the corresponding rail channel until properly seated. (Dia. #8)
STEP SIX – Install Support Legs
For openings greater than 4′, install support legs under center of bottom rail (Dia. #9)
Slide support leg under bottom rail and mark.
Install two deck screws at location of support leg, install support leg over screws.
Using (1) – #8×3/4″ TEK screws, secure the support leg to bottom rail. (Dia. #10)
STEP SEVEN – Install Stair Panels
Hold or temporarily clamp stair panel against posts and adjust for equal end spacing (Dia. #11)
Mark the panel at 4 locations of post connection.
Miter cut panel at marked locations and place panel in opening. Cut rail 1/16″ less than opening.
Mark posts for location of bottom rail clips.
Remove panel and install lower clips. (Dia. #12)
Clean cut areas & apply touch-up paint on exposed metal.
Place cut panel between posts, push rail onto bottom clips, place clips into upper channel, attach clips to post and secure panel to all clips as per Step 4. (Dia. #6)
Miter cut and install top and bottom rails as per Step 5. (Dia. #7 & #8)