How to Install Weathervanes

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Weather vanes, although used for the practical purpose of gaging wind direction, are also a charming addition to your home. Weather vanes are filled with character and history, and you are sure to get lots of compliments on them. Their precise installation can be a challenge, but it is possible for you to do it yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric Drill
  • Pilot Level
  • Silicone Caulk
  • Compass)
  • Wheel-bearing Grease
  • Ball Bearing
  • Determine the best place to put your weather vane. This can be anywhere from the roof to an exterior wall. Although you should obviously place your weather vane in a location subject to wind, every installation is different. It depends on the chosen location.

  • Position your weather vanes rod. Drill a hole that is just as wide as the weather vanes rod, which will vary. Install the weather vane straight into the ridgepole on the roof; on a cupola, it needs to be installed right into the peak, straight through to the cross brace. On a wall, it can simply fit into a mounted, L-shaped wall bracket.

  • Secure the weather vane rod tightly, ensuring that it is level. If you had to drill a hole through your cupola or roof, caulk the hole to seal it. If you`re mounting it into a concrete foundation, check on the weather vane for three days, as the concrete sets, to ensure that your rod stays plumb.

  • Assemble the rings and globes onto the weather vanes spire. Most importantly, your weather vane should come with a directional letters, including anNfor North, which you must set to true north. To find true north, youll need to locate north with a compass, and adjust it according to a magnetic declination map. Alternatively, you can orient your north towards the North Star, which can be found at the end of the Little Dipper`s handle.

  • Coat the topmost section of the spire--the part which will be covered by the vane sculpture--with heavy grease, to ensure easy movement.

  • Install one steel ball into the tube at the base of the ornament, and slide the vane on top of the spire.

  • Wait for a good wind, and watch your ornament work.

Tips & Warnings

  • Weather vanes are often installed at significant heights, making their installation a dangerous task. Consider enlisting a licensed roofer to install it for you.
  • Use extreme caution when working on a roof!

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