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Glossary. Broward County Aluminum Fencing – Railing and Manufacturing. Fencing Terms ( Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach )

ALUMINUM FENCE AND RAILING SUPPLY

ALUMINUM FENCE MANUFACTURER, SUPPLIER AND DISTRIBUTOR.

BROWARD COUNTY (FORT LAUDERDALE – POMPANO)

GLOSSARY

A

Adjustable Panel
See “Rackable”.
Adornments: Decorative accessories used to customize fencing and gates.

Alloy
A substance composed of two or more metals, or sometimes a metal and a non metal, which have been intimately mixed by fusion, electrolytic deposition, or the like.

Arched Gate
A gate with its top horizontal rail(s) curved, having the form of an arch.

Automatic Gate Operator
A mechanical device used to open and close a gate, such as one at the end of a driveway.

B

Baked Enamel
A economical one-coat painting process where the top-coat is applied directly to the material; no primer is required.

Ball Cap
A spherical ornamental cap for the top of a post, available for all post sizes.

Baluster
Any of a number of closely spaced vertical supports for a railing.

BOCA, ICBO, SBCCI: Various organizations which formally consolidated into a single 50,000 + member organization called the ICC (International Code Council).

This organization provides world class service to members and customers and is dedicated to public safety through development of building safety and fire prevention codes. Feel free to visit the ICC site for up to date information and services. www.iccsafe.org.

BOCA (Building Officials and Code Administrators International Inc.) National Building Code: A nonprofit agency which has members that span the building community to enforce codes. This organization has developed strict guidelines for safety of outdoor, indoor, private, and public pool, hot tub, and spa settings. They have set the standard for model codes in the aforementioned areas and materials manufacturers, developed strict guidelines for safety of swimming pools. Refer to section 421.10 for enclosures for private swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs. These guidelines, though still widely known as “B.O.C.A. Codes,” became “I.C.C. Codes” in 2003 when this organization became the I.C.C. (International Code Council); see pool safety. www.bocai.org.

Blank Post
A post that is not punched and therefore has no holes to receive the horizontal rails of a fence panel.

Boss Screw Flange
A projecting base plate designed to be used in conjunction with a Boss Screw Post for the purpose of installing a fence on hard surfaces such as concrete, as shown in Options & Accessories.

Boss Screw Post
An aluminum post, designed primarily for Integrity™ Encore!™ hand railing and commercial grade fence collections, constructed with internal corner screw channels to accept screws for the attachment of a complementing surface flange, as shown in Options & Accessories.

Bottom Rail
The lower most horizontal rail, or channel, of a fence or railing panel or gate, always punched to allow for vertical picket intersection.

Butterfly Scrolls
Aluminum ornaments designed to be attached to the vertical pickets of a fence and resembling the wings of a butterfly on each side of the picket.

C

Cantilever Slide Gate
A rigidly constructed gate projecting from two closely positioned vertical posts, in which the projection is great in relation to the depth of the posts; gate maneuvers by rolling on hardware attached to posts which keep it raised above grade as it is rolls open and closed.

Caps
Decorative snap-on covers for posts, standard flat type included with every Integrity™ post purchased unless upgraded.

CFS
See ”Concealed Fastener System”.

Channel
Another name for the horizontal rail of a fence panel or gate.

Circles
Aluminum ornaments, circular or ringed in form, designed to be attached to the top two horizontal rails of a fence between the pickets.

Classic Bottom
Refers to the position of the bottom horizontal rail of a fence in relation to the vertical pickets whereby the pickets protrude below the bottom horizontal rail by approximately 4” (or more, depending on the style or grade).

Clip
(also known as a ”rail end clip”)
See ”Rail Notch.”

Collection
Refers to a specific grouping of Integrity™ fence styles based on certain attributes, e.g. Resort, Residential, Designer, Premier, or Ultimate.

Column
1. A decorative pillar
2. A rigid, relatively slender, upright support, composed of relatively few pieces (see “Pillar”).

Common Carrier
A business that transports goods, offering its services to the general public under license or authority provided by a regulatory body; on this site, a private trucking company.

Concealed Fastener System (CFS)
A fence design with doubled horizontal railing, one rail nested in the other, hiding the fasteners while increasing strength and closing off the bottom, making the panels virtually insect-free; identified by the Don Phillips™ commercial trademark, this feature is available in any style of fence and in any collection with some exceptions.

Concrete Mixer
(also commonly called a cement mixer)
A device that homogeneously combines cement, aggregate such as sand or gravel, and water to form concrete using a revolving drum to mix the components; portable concrete mixers are often used on smaller projects so that the concrete can be made at the construction site, giving the workers ample time to use the concrete before it hardens.

Configuration
The relative arrangement of the parts or elements of a whole fence; the structural arrangement of the components of a fence panel or gate.

Coring
(or core drilling)
To remove by drilling (a cylindrical sample) from the interior, as of a concrete patio; a method of installing fence posts to a hard surface without the use of flanges.
Corner Post: This post is used on a corner where your fence makes a 90 degree turn. Holes are punched on adjacent sides.

Counterbalance
The weight or force of the tail of a cantilever slide gate, counteracting the weight of the portion of the gate that slides open and closed while projecting above grade from two closely positioned support posts anchored below grade.

Curved Configuration
A fence line that deviates from a 180 degree straight line by slightly adjusting the direction of a fence panel at each line post, the cumulative effect of which creates an overall rounded configuration without the panels themselves being rounded or bent.

Custom Fence
Fence panels, gates, posts and accessories customized for specific conditions, as in height, width or other attributes with certain product limitations.

Cut Sections: Fence panels that need to be cut to a fit in a desired space.

D

Diagonal Brace
A punched rail positioned diagonally and welded on a gate leaf, intersecting the vertical pickets, extending from the bottom of the middle horizontal rail of one side of the gate leaf to the bottom rail on the opposite side.

Deck Mount or Welded Plate: This type of hardware is attached to the bottom of a post
and is used in situations where a posts must be mounted onto an existing concrete pad or to a wall.

Double Gate
A gate with two leafs, latching together where they meet but hinged separately on opposite sides of the gate opening.

Drive Gate

A specific gate designed and manufactured with engineering specifications depending on opening pattern. Drive gates are usually ordered to adorn a grand entrance to a property for vehicules, either residential or commercial. It could be single or double leaf.
Drop Rod
An attachment for the base of a gate leaf to keep it securely positioned using a cylindrical rod protruding downward into a drilled hole extending below grade; available in locking or non-locking, most commonly used for double gates because the gate latch is not installed on a stationary post.

E

Easement
A legal right held by one property owner to make use of the land of another property owner for a limited purpose, such as right of passage.

End Post
Punched posts used to attach one panel to one post on one side of the post.

Estate Gate
A specific gate designed and manufactured with engineering specifications depending on opening pattern. Estate gates are usually ordered to adorn a grand entrance to a property, either residential or commercial. It could be single or double leaf.

Estate Scroll
Large aluminum ornament designed to be attached to the vertical pickets of a fence panel or gate.

Estimated Cost
Preliminary, approximate calculation of the cost of materials for a fence project, as opposed to a detailed quote based on a specific list of materials to be provided.

External Access Kit
A device allowing a gate latch to be operated from outside the fence. See “Lokk-Latch® with External Access Kit”.

Extreme™
Fence feature tightening the space between vertical pickets to the fence panel by adding more of them, making the fence safer for small animals, more difficult to climb, and slightly increasing privacy attributes.

Extrusion
The process by which an aluminum alloy is formed into a continuous shape such as that of posts, vertical pickets, or horizontal rails that are then cut to length and fastened together..

F

Factory-installed
Fence panel or gate features that are pre-assembled at the factory and are shipped ready-to-install.

Fasteners
Screws that attach vertical pickets to horizontal rails and horizontal rails to posts or mounting brackets.

Filler
1. Material used in lieu of pickets within the frame of a cantilever slide gate.
2. A piece of a fence panel used to enclose a narrow opening between two posts or between a post and a structure, usually cut out of a full size panel.

Finials: A type of adornment used to customize the top of a picket

Finish
The surface coating of the aluminum used to manufacture fences.

Flange
A projecting plate attached to the base of a post making it possible to mount it to a hard surface such as concrete.

Flat Top
An aluminum fence with a horizontal rail capping all vertical pickets at the top of the fence.

Flush Bottom
Refers to the position of the bottom horizontal rail of a fence in relation to the vertical pickets whereby the pickets do not protrude below the bottom horizontal rail, making them “flush” with it.

Freight Rate Table
A chart on our Shipping Terms link indicating the cost of freight to ship our fence products order from Pompano Florida to its destination.

Four-way Post
A punched post used to attach four panels to one post using four sides of the post.

G

Gate Frame
The structural support of a gate consisting of vertical post uprights welded to horizontal channels forming a ”frame.”

Gate Leaf
The actual hinged, structurally framed, swinging and detachable part of a fence; a single gate has one leaf and a double gate has two leafs..
Gravity Latch: A standard non-lockable latch, not suitable for pool applications.

Gate Post
A post installed adjacent to a gate, usually with an upgraded wall thickness, used to attach gate hardware; can be a blank post or more commonly, a punched end post when a fence panel is also to be attached.

Gate Stop
A rubberized pad accessory that softly brings the lower part of the gate frame into contact with the gate post, helping to stabilize the gate and protect it from being pushed inward beyond the latch point.

Gate Swing Direction
Refers to whether a gate is hinged to swing outward, away from the enclosed area (this is standard and typically a code requirement for pool enclosures), or inward, toward the enclosed area (not standard, but sometimes unavoidable).

Gate Upright
The vertical posts welded to each side of a gate leaf to form the support frame of a gate.

Gate Width
The distance between the latch post and hinge post (inside-to-inside) on a single gate, the distance between the two hinge posts (inside-to-inside) on a double gate.

Grab Rail
The horizontal top rail profile hand rail, especially when used independently and not as part of a panel, as in when attached to the wall of a staircase.
Gravity Latch: A standard non-lockable latch, not suitable for pool applications.

Grade
1. A classification or standard of fence based on quality, size, or other physical attributes.
2. The level at which the ground parallels the bottom of a fence panel or gate.

Grades: Divisions of strength for aluminum fencing. Higher grades are made with larger and thicker profiles.

Grade Slope
An incline or decline of the ground creating a hill and measured in terms of “rise over run,” as in, “grade rises 24” over a run of 18 feet.”

Gold
A color option available only for certain accessories, as listed in Options & Accessories.

H

Heave
To rise as if thrust up: The ground heaved and pushed the post footing above grade.

Hinge Post
A post used on the hinge side of a gate, used to attach the hinge mechanism; can be a blank post or more commonly, a punched end post.

Hop
Informal term used to describe the uninterrupted installation of a fence line through a sudden change in grade. ”Hopping” over the obstruction is generally accomplished in one of two ways: stepping the fence or using protruding pickets in conjunction with rackable panels.

Horizontally Adjustable Rail Mounting Brackets
Enable the directionally adjustable attachment of the horizontal rails of standard fence panels to structures such as pillars, buildings or posts without punches to accept rail insertion.

I

I.C.C.
(International Code Council), see “B.O.C.A.”

J

J-Bolt Hinge
Gate hinge with a metal plate wall mount and bolt that is secured to a gate upright by being screwed directly into it.

.050” to wider (and thicker wall) 1” x 5/8” x .062” with vertical flutes added for aesthetic appeal.

K

Knock-down
An unassembled fence panel.

L

Large Project
Any fence purchased from exceeding 500 linear feet of fencing material.

Latch Post
Post used on the latch side of a gate, used to attach the latch mechanism; can be a (punched) end post or a blank post.

Line Post: This post is found within a “line of fencing”. Line posts have holes punched on opposite sides of the post.
Locinox Latch: A decorative latch that is key lockable..

Lokk-Latch® PRO-SL
The commercial trademark of a D&D Technologies gate latch with all the popular features of the basic Lokk-Latch® model, but the added security of a ‘self-locking’ function, automatically locking as it closes and requiring a key to re-enter or -exit. Often used at apartments, condos, commercial and other security-conscious properties.

Lokk-Latch® with External Access Kit
The commercial trademark of a D&D Technologies latch identical to the top-selling Lokk-Latch® except with an ”External Access Kit” included to allow the main latch to be operated from outside the fence.

Lower Rail
The lower most horizontal rail, or channel, of a fence or railing panel or gate, always punched to allow for vertical picket intersection.

M

Magna Latch®
Magnetically triggered gate latch designed to self latch and highly regarded for use in pool enclosures. Magna Latch is A child safety pool latch that is key lockable. Meets all relevant Barrier Codes for pool and child safety.

Matte Finish
Powder coated paint finish not reflecting light; not glossy; ”flat”.

Max-Rack
Fence panel allowing for the absolute maximum rackability possible.

Mid-Rail
The horizontal rail, or channel, of a three-rail fence or railing panel or gate, located between the the top rail and the bottom rail, always punched to allow for vertical picket intersection. Four-rail fences are said to consist of upper mid-rails and lower mid-rails.

Mounting Brackets
Enable the stationary or directionally adjustable attachment of the horizontal rails of a fence panel to structures such as pillars, buildings or posts without punches to accept rail insertion.

N

Nominal
Being such in name only; so-called; putative.

Non-conforming condition
A field condition necessitating the use of customized fencing material.

Notch
See ”Rail Notch.”

Nouveau
Vertical picket option that eliminates pressed point peaks by simply cutting pickets and capping them with vinyl cap inserts.

O

Offset Welded Flange
A projecting plate welded to the base of a post making it possible to mount it to a hard surface such as concrete. Usually welded on center, when offset the post is welded flushed over to one side of the flange, allowing it to ”hug the wall” when surface mounted.
Opening Gate Paterns
1.- Swing Gate Patern
2.- Slide Gate Pattern
3.- Cantilver Gate Patern
4.- Rolling Gate Patern
5.- Overhead Gate pattern

P
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Panel
The basic factory-assembled construction of an aluminum fence, consisting of vertical picket and horizontal rail extrusions fastened together by internal intersection and screws.

Pass-through Structure
Any structure such as a house, garage, shed or pool house that enables entry into a fenced-in area from an area not fenced-in.

Perimeter
The border or outer boundary of a parcel of land.
Pickets or Balusters: The vertical members of the fence

Pillar
An upright shaft or structure, of stone, brick, or other material, relatively slender in proportion to its height, and of any shape in section, used as a building support, or standing alone, as for a monument.

Permit
An authoritative or official certificate of permission as in a building permit from a local governing authority; license.

Plugs
Vinyl inserts used to cap the vertical pickets of spear top fences with the optional Nouveau™ feature.

Pool Safe
A pool enclosure that complies with B.O.C.A. pool safety standards.
Pool Fence.A pool fence is a type of fence placed around backyard swimming pools, commonly to improve pool safety and to help prevent small children or pets from accidentally falling into the pool and drowning.
Pool Fence Florida Law (Basic)
All Pools public and private must:
Here are the highlights of the B.O.C.A./I.C.C. pool safety standards:
1.    The fence must be a minimum of 48″ tall (or taller, depending on distance between horizontal rails).
2.    The middle horizontal rail must be at least 45″ above the bottom horizontal rail (to prevent using the horizontal rails as a kind of ladder for climbing).
3.    The spacing between pickets must be less than 4″.
4.    If space between pickets is less than 1 3/4” (as in our Extreme feature), rule #2 does not apply and fence does not have to be taller than 48” (because the tighter picket spacing has made climbing much more difficult).
5.    The space between the bottom horizontal rail and the ground must be less than 2″.
6.    The gate(s) must be self-closing and self-latching.
7.    The gate(s) need to open out (away from the pool area).
8.    The opening mechanism of the latch must be at least 54″ above grade (ground level).

When installing your pool fence it is important to realize that the purpose is to prevent entry, not exit. Consequently, the fence should be installed at least 48” away from any objects or grade inclines that could be used a “stepping stone” to gain entry into the pool area, such as steep hills, large rocks, retaining walls, air conditioner units, pool heaters, etc. If space is tight, consider a fence on the high ground. Failure to follow this code may result in costly non-compliance citations, including forced re-installation to meet code. We don’t want this to happen to you but more importantly, the safety of children is paramount!Post: A vertical member usually installed every six to eight feet. Most posts are cemented in to the ground. The fence sections are attached to the posts.

Post Caps: A cap which is added to enclose the top of a post. Standard four sided flat caps and decorative ball caps are available.

Post Punch
Holes of a specific size and shape punched into a post to accept the horizontal rail of a particular grade of fence panel.

Powder Coating
A completely dry finishing process whereby finely ground particles of pigment and resin are electrostatically charged and sprayed onto the electrically grounded aluminum alloy and then oven-cured so that the particles adhere until melted and fused into a solid coating.

Premier Collection
The commercial trademark of a specific grouping of fence styles based on the attributes and configuration of their components, all with a classic bottom.

Pressed Point
The form of a picket when compressed, stamped and finished into a decorative point at its peak.

Protruding Pickets
Vertical pickets extending out above or below the boundary of a horizontal rail, often but not necessarily beyond the normal range.

Punched Post
Post with holes of a specific size and shape to accept the horizontal rail of a particular grade of fence panel.

Punched Rail
Horizontal rail (or channel) with holes of a specific size and shape to structurally integrate with the vertical pickets of a particular grade of fence panel or gate.

Puppy Pickets
Fence feature adding a horizontal rail and short pickets to the bottom 16” of the fence panel, tightening the space between pickets on this portion of the fence, making it safer for small animals.

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Q

Quote
A detailed calculation of the cost of a fence project based on a specific list of materials to be provided.

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R

Rackable
Term referring to a fence panel’s ability to adjust and conform to the contour of a grade slope. Fence panels are available to accommodate a 30″ drop over a 6′ span.

Reduction
The space needed to accommodate gate hardware, calculated as the difference, in inches, between the size of a gate frame and the size of a gate opening.

Rail Pool Fence
Residential flush bottom fence styles, all designed to comply with B.O.C.A. pool safety standards.

Rail
The horizontal channel extrusion of a fence to which vertical pickets are affixed.

Rail End Clipper
(also called a ”rail end notcher”)
A tool used to ”notch” the ends of the horizontal rails of a fence, allowing them to slide into the narrower punched holes of a post. Since horizontal rails come factory-notched, this tool has limited use for do-it-yourself installation and is most often used by high volume contractors who cut and ”re-notch” material on-the-job.

Rail Notch
(also known as a ”rail clip”)
Horizontal rails, sized larger (top to bottom) than the holes of a punched post are notched (clipped narrower), allowing them to fit into the smaller hole, sliding into the post until the end of the 3/4” notch is reached, stopping the rail in position for quick and easy fastening.

Rail Profile
The outline or contour of the cross section of one of four distinct horizontal top rail designs for hand railing; or the outline or contour of the cross section of any horizontal rail of and railing products.

Rail Punch
Holes of a specific size and shape punched into the horizontal rail of a fence panel to allow the vertical pickets of a fence panel to be fastened to the rail as they pass through it or are nested into it.

Retaining Wall
A wall for holding in place a mass of earth or the like, as at the edge of a terrace or excavation.
Rings: Decorative accessories which may be added to the space between the two top horizontal rails of the fence or gate.
Rise-over-run
The ratio of the grade altitude change to the horizontal distance between any two points on the line, as in, ”grade rises 24” over a run of 18 feet.”

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S

Safety Cover
An impenetrable covering that completely covers a pool, spa, or hot tub, preventing access to the water when there is not supervision.

Setback
Refers to the legal distance required by local code from property lines to the placement of a pool, fence or other structure.
Section or Panel: This is the actual fencing that is suspended between the posts. It consists of the pickets and channels which are screwed together.

Scrolls: A decorative accessory placed between pickets used to “dress up” fence sections or gates.

Self-Closing Hinges: Spring hinges that are standard on most aluminum fences. This type of hardware allows the gate to self-close behind you. Self-closing hardware is required on all fence systems which must meet pool codes
Side Wall
Refers to the thickness in inches of the side walls of a horizontal rail, vertical picket, or post.

Single Gate
A gate that is comprised of just one leaf hinged to a post on one side and latched to a post on the opposite side.

Slide Gate
See ”Cantilever Gate”.

SmartRail
Rail system used on fences.

Spacing Between Pickets

A measurement of the actual distance between two vertical pickets.

Spear Top
An aluminum fence with pointed vertical picket peaks, either pressed point or with finials factory-installed.

Staggered Spear Top
An aluminum fence with pointed vertical picket peaks staggered in height on an alternating basis.

Stair Rail
Hand railing specifically designed for installation on a set of stairs.

Stationary Rail Mounting Brackets
Enable the stationary attachment of the horizontal rails of a fence panel to structures such as pillars, buildings or posts without punches to accept rail insertion.

Stepped
A method of installation on a sloped grade whereby the fence panels attached to each side of a post are staggered or ”stepped,” causing one panel to be positioned lower than the other. This method is sometimes used in lieu of racking the panel.

Stringers, Rails, or Channels: The horizontal bars of the fence. The stringers, rails, or channels increase the stability of the fence sections. Generally speaking, the more rails per section, the greater the stability of the fence.

Survey
A legal document showing the boundary lines for a parcel of land, any improvements, easements and building setback lines and if any improvements (buildings, pool, shed, fence etc.) encroach over any easement, setback or property line and/or if any of the improvements on the neighboring property encroaches onto the parcel’s property boundary lines.

Swing Gate
Any gate attached to a post or structure and designed to open or close by the use of hinges instead of parallel sliding or rolling mechanisms.

Swivel Mount: A bracket used to achieve any angle other than 90 degrees.

T

Tabs
The extended protrusions of a horizontal rail mounting bracket, pre-drilled to accommodate screws for attachment to a structure often used when it is impossible to attach bracket from within the internal chamber of the bracket due to inaccessibility.

Tail
The counterbalance extension of the projecting portion of a cantilever gate, giving functional support through its attachment to two closely positioned posts when the gate is in a projected, or closed position.

Termination Point
The end of a fence panel or series of adjacent fence panels, as in up against a structure, or at the point of a gate opening.

TGIC Polyester
Triglycidyl isocyanurate (TGIC) powders are one of two polyester powder coatings being used commercially (the other is urethane polyester). TGIC powders have very good adhesion characteristics, corrosion resistance, and exterior durability. They can typically be cured at lower temperatures than urethanes and have shorter cure cycles. They also provide good edge coverage and tough, thick films.

Three-way Post
A punched post used to attach three panels to one post using three sides of the post.

Titan™ Hinges
Durable hinge system with nylon bushing, used for larger swing gates requiring attachment to 4” square posts, such as Regal Estate™ gates or wider Ultimate™ grade gates.

Top Rail
The upper most horizontal rail, or channel, of a fence or railing panel or gate, punched to allow for vertical picket intersection only for spear top fence designs and never for flat top fences.

Top Wall
Refers to the thickness in inches of the top side of a horizontal rail.

Truck Assembly
The apparatus by which a cantilever slide gate is rolled open and closed. Truck assemblies are included with every cantilever slide gate but can also be purchased à la carte.

Truck Freight
The method used to ship when order exceeds the limitations of ground parcel services such as Fedex Ground or UPS.

Tru-Close® Hinges
The commercial trademark of D&D Technologies spring-loaded gate hinges designed to self close and highly regarded for use in pool enclosures, as listed in Options & Accessories.

U

U-Frame Gate: An upgrade to a standard gate that has a welded frame in the shape of a “U”. This results in a much stronger construction and is recommended for high traffic areas.

Underground Lines
Utility lines buried below grade; may be public utilities such as phone or electrical lines, or private utilities such as swimming pool-related pipes and wires.

Upright
The vertical posts welded to each side of a gate leaf to form the support frame of a gate.

V

Vertical Pull Magna-Latch
Magnetically triggered gate latch designed to self latch using the same revolutionary technology as the standard Magna-Latch design but in a smaller, more compact body.

Vertically Adjustable Rail Mounting Brackets
Enable the directionally adjustable attachment of the horizontal rails of rackable fence panels to structures such as pillars, buildings or posts without punches to accept rail insertion.

VOC
Any of various organic chemical compounds (as formaldehyde or gasoline) that evaporate quickly especially from solvents, adhesives, fuels, or industrial wastes and that contribute to photochemical smog in the atmosphere.

V- Track

Normally used a track and aligment mechanism for slide gates. Metal blade with V shape mount on the solid ground.

W

Walk Gate
An often-used industry synonym for a single leaf gate or pedestrian gate

Wall Mount: A bracket used to attach the fence panels to a blank post, a house, or to brick columns.

Wall Thickness
Refers to the actual thickness, in inches, of the walls of the aluminum extrusions used to make Integrity™ fences.

Wedge Flange
See “flange”

Welded Flange
A protruding rim, edge, rib, or collar, as on a wheel or a pipe shaft, used to strengthen an object, hold it in place, or attach it to another object. See “flange”

Width of Gate
The distance between the latch post and hinge post (inside-to-inside) on a single gate, the distance between the two hinge posts (inside-to-inside) on a double gate.

Rack Fence
Fence panel allowing for the increased rackability.

Z-LokK

Magnetic gate lock with dual security lock cylinders, re-keyable to match existing door locks for an integrated security system, as listed in Options & Accessories.

CHAINLINK FENCE GLOSSARY

Aluminized – In chain link fabric, describes fabric woven from steel wire that is coated with aluminum before weaving.

Aluminum Fencing – usually residential grade type fencing made of aluminum.

Barbed tape – Strip of metal, machined to produce clusters of sharp points.

Barbed wire – Metal strands with sharp metal barbs woven in along its length.

Barbed wire arm standard – A post fitting used to hold barbed wire in place. May be vertical or angled to hold three strands of barbed wire, or “V” shaped to hold six strands of barbed wire.

Bottom rail – Horizontal member of the framework running continuously along the bottom edge of the fence.

Boulevard clamp – A two piece clamp with carriage bolts and nuts designed for 180 horizontal rail connections to a line post (also called line rail clamp).

Brace band – A symmetrically formed strip of metal shaped to fit around a post and used with a carriage bolt and nut to attach the rail end or brace rail end truss rod tightener to the post. Also used for attaching barbed wire, tension wire, and other items to a terminal post.

Brace rail – A compression member at terminal post or corner posts. Commonly the same diameter of the top rail.

Brace rail end – A cup-shaped fitting similar to a rail end with provision for attaching a truss rod.

Cantilever slide gate – Any horizontal slide gate spanning an opening, lacking a top or bottom support within that opening. It is counter-balanced with additional framework (weight) to support the gate while it is closed.

Center stop – A device to receive and hold the drop bar on a double gate.

Corner post – A terminal post, at which the direction of the line of fence changes in two different directions.

Cross fencing – Fence lines that divide pastures within a piece of property.

Drop bar – Component of a double gate latch assembly. (sometimes called drop rod)

End post – The terminal post at the beginning or end of one line of fence.

Fencing Fabric – A fencing material made from wire wound and interwoven in such a manner as to provide a continuous mesh without knots or ties except in the form of knuckling or of twisting the ends of wires to form the selvage of the fabric.

Frame hinge – A fitting that attaches to the gate frame and functions with the post hinge to enable the gate to swing.

Framework – The basic structure supporting the installed fabric and gates, namely the posts, top rails, braces and bottom rail (when specified).

Galvanized – Pertains to zinc-coated steel articles used in fencing.

Galvanized after weaving (GAW) – In chain link fabric, describes steel fabric that is zinc coated after weaving.

Galvanized before weaving (GBW) – In chain link fabric, describes steel fabric that is zinc coated before weaving. This process provides a smoother fabric with a more uniform zinc coating, enhancing the rust protection.

Gate frame - The structural members of the gate.Gate holdback or keeper – A device to receive and hold the gate leaf in an open position

Gate latch – A fitting to hold the gate in place when closed

Gate opening – The clear distance between the gate posts

Gate post – The post to which a gate is attached by hinges and latches. It may also be used as a terminal post.

Gate transom – A panel of chain link fabric, that does not move, over the top of a gate opening, framed with top and bottom rail. Typically used in tennis court fence.

Gauge – Diameter or thickness of the steel framework, that is used to make the fence pickets and rails.

Height – The distance before stretching from the top edge of knuckle or twist to the bottom edge of the knuckle or twist of the fabric.

Hog ring – A preformed open wire clip designed to close up into a ring to secure chain link fabric to horizontal tension wire.

Intermediate rail – Horizontal member of the framework running continuously at any point between the top and bottom of the fence (sometimes called middle rail).

Knuckle – The selvage obtained by interlocking adjacent pairs of wire ends and bending the wire back into a loop.

Line post – The intermediate post in a fence line supporting the fabric top rail or tension wire and barb arm where applicable. (maximum spacing of 10′ between line posts).

Line post cap – A cap or top with a loop used to position the top rail or tension wire on top of the line posts.

Line rail clamp – Same as boulevard clamp.

Loop cap – Same as line post cap.

Mesh – In chain link fabric, the clear distance between parallel wires forming the diamond.

Middle rail – Same as intermediate rail.

Offset hinge – A swing gate hinge that permits the gate to swing 180 degrees from the closed to the open position.

Panel clamp – A two-piece clamp with carriage bolt and nut designed to secure prefabricated panels together.

Perimeter fence – Fence line around the outer boundary of a piece of property.

Polymer coating – A term used to describe color coatings, such as PVC (poly-vinyl chloride), polyester, and other polymers used for coating purposes.

Post cap – A fitting atop a post usually to exclude water from tubular posts.

Post hinge – A fitting that attaches to the gate post, the pintle of which fits into the frame hinge receptor permitting the gate to swing.

Pull post - A terminal post used in a line of fence to brace a long stretch or to effect a change in elevation along the fence line.

PVC – Poly-vinyl chloride coating on fence materials.

Rail end – A cup-shaped fitting used with a brace band to connect the top rail or to brace to a post.

Rail end band – Same as brace band.

Scroll – A decorative ornament on top of a gate.

Selvage – The edge finish on woven chain link fabric joining pairs of pickets. The selvage may be knuckled or twisted (barbed). Standard selvage is K&K when the fabric is under 72″, and K&B when the fabric is 72″ high or above.

Sleeve, top rail – A fitting used to join two pieces of top rail together end to end, when a swaged top rail is not used.

Swage – The formed end of a piece of top rail so that it will fit into and join another piece of top rail.

Tension band - An offset strip of metal shaped to fit around the terminal post and used with a carriage bolt and nut to attach the tension bar to the post.

Tension bar – The bar used with tension bands or other post connectors to secure the fabric to a terminal post. The bar is slid down into the very last fabric lace where it is closest to the terminal post.

Tension wire – A wire, with or without a pattern on it. Typically used along the top of a chain link fence in place of a top rail or along the bottom of a chain link fence for additional security. (Sometimes called coil spring wire, or coil wire)

Terminal post – The basic load-bearing post for a line of fence, to or from which the fabric is stretched; it may be an end, gate, corner or pull post.

Tie – Wire, clip, or band used to attach the fabric to the top rail and line posts.

Top rail - Horizontal member of the framework running from terminal post to terminal post on top of the line posts.

Truss rod – A tensioning rod, used for bracing in gates and at terminal posts. May be threaded at one or both ends or contain a tightener or turnbuckle for adjusting tension.

Truss rod tightener – A tightening device used with an adjusting nut and a truss rod (sometimes called turnbuckle).

Twist - Type of selvage obtained by twisting adjacent pairs of wire ends together in a close helix of 1-1/2 machine turns, which is equivalent to three full twists.