Weathervanes are a rare meeting of simplicity and fascination. With few working parts, an uncomplicated design, and a simple function, weathervanes still manage to capture whimsy and wonder around the world. Despite its few parts and straightforward construction, putting together a weathervane can seem daunting at first glance. So if you’re puzzled about piecing together a weathervane, have no fear; let Valley Forge Cupolas show you how to assemble a weathervane!
When you buy a weathervane from Valley Forge Cupolas, your kit will include: the weathervane figure, two copper spacer balls, a set of directionals, a brass ring and two assembly rods (one large and one small). Some weathervanes also come with a retaining clip, a necessary piece for any weathervane with a flange. Properly putting together your new weathervane is easy, and you’ll only need a few tools to get the job done right; seek out a set of wrenches, find a flathead screwdriver, and you’ll be ready to get started!
First, place the large assembly rod into the roof mount, garden stake, or base that you’ve chosen to display your weathervane. Then, hand screw the small assembly rod into the top of the large assembly rod. Once hand tight, use wrenches and the tightening slots on each rod to fully tighten the assembly rods. After the assembly rods are installed, slide the brass ring down past the small assembly rod and use a flat head screwdriver to tighten it near the base of the large assembly rod. Be careful; the brass ring will break if tightened too hard!
Once your assembly rods and brass ring are in place, it’s time to move on to the final steps of the weathervane setup! Take the large spacer ball and slide it down over the assembly rods until it’s resting on the brass ring. Now interlock the directionals and place them on top of the large spacer ball, making sure that the set screws are aligned, one above the other. The directionals are meant to remain stationary, so tighten them until they no longer swivel on the assembly rod.
With the assembly rods, brass ring, large spacer ball and directionals all in place, the weathervane process is nearly complete! Simply place the small spacer ball, large hole first, down on top of the directionals. If you’re worried that the small spacer ball is loose and wobbly, don’t be; it’s meant to have some play. For the final step, place your chosen weathervane figure onto the assembly until it’s resting on top of the small spacer ball. Voila! Your new weathervane is complete!
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