Tools for Installing Side Folding Security Grilles

Our side folding security grilles are designed to be as easy to install as possible, but they’re still a working part of your store infrastructure, and installation needs to be done correctly. Whether you’re looking to install security gates in a mall, airport or security closures in a pharmacy, the installation steps need to be followed to the letter!

This post is designed as part of a series that will supplement the step-by-step instruction guide that we give to our customers.

tools for Security grille installation

Tool Checklist

Here’s the list overview – we’ve included some notes below where understanding the details can help you avoid “gotchas” that some of our customers have run into. When in doubt, contact our highly experienced customer service department for guidance at 1-800-663-4599.

  1. 2 people (experienced in construction, ideally professional contractors)
  2. Safety equipment
  3. Ladder or work platform
  4. Dolly (if required for heavy doors)
  5. Mitre saw with non-ferrous blade
  6. Steel saw (only if installing grille in an aisle).
  7. Cordless drill
  8. Hammer drill
  9. Concrete drill bits (1/4”, 3/16”, 3/4”)
  10. Standard drill bits (1/8”, 316”, 1/2”)
  11. Driver bits
    1. #2 square (Robertson) x 3” long
    2. #2 Phillips (star)
    3. 5/16” hex
  12. Screwdrivers
    1. 1/4” flat
    2. 1/8” flat
    3. #2 square (Robertson)
    4. #2 Phillips (star)
  13. (2) 7/16” combination wrenches or drivers and sockets
  14. 8 oz. hammer
  15. Rubber mallet
  16. Metal file
  17. 4”squeeze clamps
  18. Pencil
  19. Measuring tape (Imperial, not Metric)
  20. Chalk line
  21. Level (4’)
  22. Gloves
  23. Utility knife
  24. Mild all-purpose cleaner
  25. Rags

Notes on Tools and Materials

1. A Non-Ferrous Saw Blade is Essential

The most common pitfall customers run into is accidentally using a ferrous saw blade to cut the track, as these are a common part of most tool kits. Ferrous blades will melt the aluminum track or otherwise leave bad edges.

We specifically require a non-ferrous saw blade to ensure that the cuts are clean and square – or else you’ll run into problems at the joints.

2. Screws and Drill Bits

Dynamic Closures supplies all screws needed for typical installations in wood or sheet metal. If your header is made of another material you will need to source the proper fasteners. For example, if you’re attaching directly into concrete you’ll need concrete screws, and I-beams will require nuts and bolts of the correct size.

Please note that mounting the track to the header requires square-head screws for extra grip (our Canadian customers know these as Robertsons). If you’re new to square screws we’re sure you’ll come to love them in short order, as they almost never strip.

It’s also important to make sure you have the right length driver bits because you’ll need to be able to reach into the track.

3. Chalk Line

We recommend using a chalk line instead of a laser level for marking the path of the track on the header. Laser levels can be used, but we find that a chalk line, when marked properly, is infallible.

4. No Track Lubricant Needed

You read that correctly – please don’t add any lubricant to the track. The plastic wheels glide nicely along the aluminum rails just the way they are.

Many years ago, we did use lubricants but we found they accumulated dust and grit that interfered with door performance and could cause long term damage. All you’ll need to do when installing is ensure any debris inside the track is wiped away.

5. Changing Locks

Sometimes door locks need to be either rekeyed or changed entirely to conform to the master. While a locksmith will normally do this for you, if you are doing this yourself you’ll need additional tools, especially a 3/32 allen key.

6. Loading In

Before you do any lifting, it’s important to plan your load in, especially when installing in multi-floor facilities. Even standard-height doors can weigh hundreds of pounds and will not fit in most elevators. Coordinate with the maintenance and security teams for your facility as needed to ensure a smooth load in.

7. Lifting

While we package individual door sections in separate boxes to keep the weight manageable, please ensure you know and use proper lifting technique when carrying and repositioning the doors. In particular, you will need to be able to align the door vertically and lift it a few inches further to pop it into the track. We note the weight on each box.

Aside from a dolly, for standard doors you should not need any specialized lifting equipment, although exceptions do occur for some of our larger custom doors like this one. In almost all cases you’ll need 2 people to lift and manage the boxes.

8. Safety Equipment

Installing a security grille involves overhead work, so hard hats are required. Eye protection is also a must, especially when cutting metal track. If you’re a professional contractor, you should be familiar with the complete safety gear list needed for a commercial site.

Next: Verifying Delivery

In our next post, we’ll cover one of the key job planning tasks: verifying the site and the delivery, and ensuring it matches the specs. We’ll also talk about some surprises our customers have run into in the past.

Have questions? The friendly experts in our support team are here for you.

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