Ironcraft fence or Metal is considered the most durable material to use for outdoor decorative railing and safety fencing. This has made iron the most popular choice for centuries. The overall need for maintenance and repair is minimal. Sometimes rust starts pit and corrode the metal or anchor bracket separates from the concrete in which it is installed. Staying on top of these minor repairs will protect the integrity of the railing. A few hours of work will help metal railings retain beauty and use for the next generation.
Fixing Loose Iron Railings Anchor
Lift up the loose rail anchor at the bottom of the ironcraft fence and remove loose dirt and concrete from the hole. Pull out the end of a screwdriver or small trowel and suck up left over with a wet / dry vacuum cleaner. Remove all of the loose material down to an area of solid concrete. Install a concrete bit into a drill and drill a hole down into concrete that is the same size as the hole in the anchor bracket. Place a 5/16-inch galvanized steel threaded rod in both the anchor and concrete holes. Estimate how long the rod is needed to reach from the base of concrete, up through the anchor bracket with space for a nut and washer. Mark the excess with a marker. Secure the rod to a store bench with a vise and use a bow file to remove the extra length. Sand the edges smooth with a file.
Mix a small batch of quick-drying cement. Add the cement to a bucket and mix water until it is the consistency of a thick soup. Lift up the rail anchor iron fence and pour cement into the hole. Position the anchor in the correct position by supporting it with small boards to hold it upright and straight. Put the rod down through the hole in the anchor bracket until it reaches the concrete foundation. Unpack properly by placing a small piece of wood over the bar and pressing it with a hammer. This will also help to solve cement.
Paint an iron fence
Place a dust sheet over all items and areas that would be affected by color spraying. Scrape the surface of the railing using a small steel brush and a gloved hand. Sand the surface with 120-grit sandpaper to rug it for painting. Wipe the railing with thanks cloth to remove dust. Lightly spray a layer of metal primer. Include the areas and which are rusty or exposed metal. Slowly spray a layer of metal paint. Keep the jar 12 to 18 inches away and stop moving as you spray to avoid runs and drips. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours before handling the railing.