Sneak Preview Summer Classics Home at Fortin Ironworks

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The NEW Summer Classics Home Store at Fortin Ironworks is almost done!

Even though our grand opening date is not until April 13th, you are the first to be invited to shop in the new store. Summer Classics Home at Fortin Ironworks will be open for viewing Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm. Starting in early spring, after our grand opening, Summer Classics Home at Fortin Ironworks will also be open evenings and weekends.

Thank you,

Fortin Ironworks
fortin@fortinironworks.com

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Fortin Ironworks has exciting expansion plans for 2012!  We will be adding approximately 1000 square feet to our existing 5500 square foot showroom.  This renovation will provide you with dedicated design spaces for our ornamental iron products and better showcase the products we manufacture.  In addition, we will become your exclusive central Ohio Summer Classics outdoor furniture dealer with extended evening and weekend showroom hours.

But first we must make some room in our showroom.

So we are announcing a Pre-Renovation Clearance Sale !

Starting December 7th, 2011 and running thru December 31st, 2011 almost everything in our Showroom will be selling for 50% off the original retail price.  We will also stay open until 6:00pm every Wednesday.  Be sure to check our seasonal hours.

The Sale will include all premade, in-stock home accessories.  All sales of these items will be final.  No returns will be permitted on these sale items.  Excluded from the Sale are Patio Furniture pieces, Custom Orders, Stock Railings, Basketball Sets and of course all pre-purchased items.  If you purchased a ‘Groupon’ or other online gift certificate, please save it for a later date.  No coupons or discounts certificates can be used in conjunction with this offer.

Now is a very good time to buy holiday gifts or treat yourself.  Come in soon for the very best selection of available merchandise.

Thank you,

fortin@fortinironworks.com

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Fortin Ironworks
944 West Fifth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43212
ph:614.291.4342
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Check us out in the new issue of Buckeye Journal

Buckeye Journal Spring 2011

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Fortin Ironworks recognized as a ‘Silver Partner’ at Habitat for Humanity Greater Columbus

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Self-Installed Iron Handrails – The Benefits

Self-installed iron handrails are a plus for any homeowner, as well as their guests. They are simple to install, and they address some of the issues of litigation that can occur on your property if someone were to get hurt.

It is impossible to plan for every contingency, but it is wise to address what is possible, especially if you have elderly parents living with you, or visiting you on a regular basis.

Iron handrails are not only easy to install, but they are beautiful and will give you many years of service.

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Self-Installed Iron Handrails

Self-Installed Iron Handrails

Many people may have thought about installing handrails, especially iron handrails, due to their durability and beauty. In the past, one of the things that hindered you moving forward was the perceived difficulty of installation. Handrails are a very practical choice for many segments of our society, and the ability for either the homeowner, or a handyman to do a quick install is a major plus.

The elderly in particular benefit from handrails, so that they don’t slip, fall, and injure themselves. Iron Handrails can aid them in maintaining their balance because of their sturdiness. The purchase and installation of a set or iron handrails may in fact be a perfect gift.

Some homeowners might think that installing iron handrails will be challenging, but there are self installed iron handrails that can be installed by the homeowner with an easy to install safety feature. Self-installed iron handrails are not only beautiful, but they can save your hard earned cash to use elsewhere

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What Tools & Materials Will I Need to Install an Iron X Handrail?

Tools Needed:

  • Electric or battery drill (hammer drill for masonry)
  • Drill bit to accompany your fasteners (choose the right fasteners)
  • Wrench to fit your fasteners
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Metal Saw

Materials Needed:

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What anchors do you suggest when installing Iron X Handrails?

 

TITEN HD® MINI

TITEN HD® MINI

CONCRETE: Simpson Strong Tie Titen HD Mini Concrete Screw Anchors (Zinc) 1/4″ x 2-1/4″ or Tapcon 5/16″ x 2-1/4″ Hex-Washer-Head Large Diameter Concrete Anchor.  Both of which require a 1/4″ masonry drill bit.

VENEERED SCENARIOS (BLOCK, BRICK, PAVERS, ETC):  It is advisable in most situations other than concrete to use epoxy anchoring adhesive.  Due to varying factors in brick construction, i.e. different sand mixes, different internal structure (3-hole, 5-hole, grout-filled, hollow), when drilled through to anchor, a blowout is often experienced on the backside of the brick or the drilled holes are inconsistent due to uniform brick or stone structure.  We suggest Red Head® Redi-Drive adhesive A7 and a suitable length all-thread x 5/16″ diameter to penetrate through the veneer into the substrate below.  Please follow manufactures instructions on all fasteners for best results.

CONCRETE BLOCK:  UltraCon Concrete Screws® 5/16″ Diameter x 6″ model #ELG516.  It is advisable to buy an anchor long enough to get through the block into the substrate below.  The baseplate anchor holes may need reamed to fit these anchors

PAVER BRICKS UltraCon Concrete Screws® 5/16″ Diameter x 6″ model #ELG516.  It is advisable to buy an anchor long enough to get through the block into the substrate below. The baseplate anchor holes may need reamed to fit these anchors

LIMESTONE: It is not advisable to drill any holes into limestone as it is very soft and susceptible to cracking.  If you must install into limestone we suggest UltraCon Concrete Screws® 5/16″ Diameter x 6″ model #ELG516.  It is advisable to buy an anchor long enough to get through the block into the substrate below. The baseplate anchor holes may need reamed to fit these anchors


Stainless Steel Hardware

Stainless Steel Hardware

WOOD: 5/16″ diameter stainless steel bolts completely through the steps with a washer and nut on the other side.  Buy your anchors suitable length to go completely through the step.

ALTERNATE WOOD: 5/16″ diameter stainless steel lag bolts.  It is advisable to buy anchors long enough to get through the step and into the underlying wood structure.

COMPOSITE DECKING:  5/16″ diameter stainless steel bolts completely through the steps with a washer and nut on the other side.  Buy your anchors suitable length to go completely through the step.

ALTERNATE COMPOSITE DECKING?  5/16″ diameter stainless steel bolts completely through the steps with a washer and nut on the other side.  Buy your anchors suitable length to go completely through the step.

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Video how to install Iron X Handrails into concrete?

Installation Animation

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What step material is not suitable to anchor Iron X Handrails to?

Paver steps suitable for Iron X Handrails

Stone steps suitable for Iron X Handrails

Loose block, cracked concrete, broken brick, loose stone steps and broken steps are NOT suitable to anchor Iron X Handrails to.  Steps capped with natural or cultured stone should be anchored through the top layer into the concrete substrate below.  If you are unsure about installing an Iron X Handrail onto your steps, please contact us.

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