Installing Your Foot Rail

        
You're never alone when installing your foot rail or any other product we offer.   If you need assistance, simply call 877-747-2457 and a product specialist will guide you through every step of installation.

Before shipping, we visually inspect your order to be sure  that nothing leaves damaged or malformed.  Therefore, you should never need to apply excessive force to install a fitting or bracket.  Nevertheless, metalwork fabrication and production incorporates processes that can leave burrs and rough edges.  Although we do our best to minimize such issues, always wear protective gloves and eyeglasses when working with metal. It's also a good idea to check for proper fit of brackets and other components.  If necessary, you can use a metal file, steel wool or sandpaper to smooth any rough edges or protrusions.  If you're having any difficulty at all, PLEASE CALL US.   We're happy to assist you with installation and help you avoid scratching or damaging the tubing or components.

Installing your bar rail is a relatively easy task.  You may need a few basic tools which you probably already have or can purchase at most any hardware store. In most cases, just a pencil, drill, screwdriver, pliers and some household glue will do.

Other tools you may need include:

  1. Hacksaw or Chop Saw                                                                      
  2. Masking Tape
  3. File 

Most applications will NOT require you to cut your tubing. 
If you purchased a foot rail package or had us pre-cut your tubing so it is ready for installation, you will not need to do any trimming at all.  If you ordered tubing that's a little longer than you actually need, you'll have to trim on-site to achieve the exact measurements for your bar.

The tubing may be cut with a hacksaw, band saw or chop saw fitted with a fine metal cutting blade.  When cutting by hand, we suggest using a miter box.  Regardless of whether or not you use a power tool or hack saw, a sharp blade will make your job significantly easier and produce better results.  Stainless Steel is a particularly hard metal that will require a special cutting wheel/blade or band.  Take your time and cut SLOWLY.  File smooth any sharp edges or burrs.

If you have a kit with 3 or more sections, simply remember that two of the sections (outer sections) will typically be longer than the others.  This is done to achieve more consistent bracket spacing after insetting the outer brackets .

THE LONGER SECTIONS ARE ALWAYS PLACED  AT OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE BAR RAIL.

If your tubing comes in sections, you’ll be using splices.  To insert splices into tubing sections, simply squeeze the splice with your hands or a pair of channel lock pliers until compressed enough to insert… then insert splice half way into tubing and release.  Repeat for other end of splice.  Compress only enough to permit insertion --  Do not compress so much as to bend splice.

Steel sleeve or PVC splices may also be used and come with your order.  If you are supplied with  steel sleeves or PVC splices,  no compression is necessary to slide into the tubing.

In order to save shipping space, your order will often arrive with the splices inserted inside of the tubing.


If required for your installation, use your hacksaw,  chop saw or band saw to cut the foot rail tubing to its proper length. To achieve uniform bracket spacing that will permit you to cover any seams, always cut equal amounts off of each tube on a given side.  If using a hacksaw, you may want to use a miter box for the best cut. File off any burrs after you finish cutting the tubing.

If your tube is in sections, you’ll want to make your cuts on the end at which you’ll be placing the internal splice whenever possible. This will permit you to hide your cut under a bracket. If possible, maintain factory cuts where tubing will be connected to flush fittings. 

Position and install the brackets .

The brackets should be placed no more than 5’ apart and should be spaced as evenly as possible.For the best look, do not place brackets at the very ends of the tubing. We recommend an inset of 4”-6”. This spacing and inset is only a guide and personal preference and aesthetics should be considered, as well.

Screw the mounting brackets in place. Keep the position of any seam in mind when installing the brackets.  You'll want to be sure that there's a bracket accurately positioned to cover each seam where one tube connects to another.

Use wood screws, supplied by 4Rails.com, to attach brackets to bar or floor.

IMPORTANT: Be sure every bracket is plumb and level relative to every other.  We strongly suggest using a good level and chalk line. If brackets are at different heights or not in a straight line relative to one another, the tubing will not fit properly. OUR COMMERCIAL GRADE TUBING IS VERY RIGID, SO BRACKET ALIGNMENT IS CRITICAL FOR PROPER FIT.

Securing the tubing to the brackets

Next, place tubing through the mounted brackets.  To prevent the possibility of scratching the tubing, DO NOT twist the tubing through the brackets. Rather, gently wiggle the tubing slightly while pushing straight through.  Always check the inside of the bracket for any edges that could potentially scratch the tubing.  If your tubing is CURVED, consider placing brackets on tubing PRIOR to installing on bar face or floor.

Once the tubing is in place and visually satisfactory, mark the tubing while in place by sticking a Sharpee or pencil through the pre-drilled guide holes in each of the brackets. 

After marking all of the spots on your tubing, slide the tubing a few inches left or right and twist up to expose your marks. Drill tube using a #30 jobber bit or equivalent for screws size (available at most hardware stores). After all holes are drilled, reposition tubing and use the self-tapping screws,supplied by 4Rails.com, to attach brackets to tube. The self-tapping screws may be used even if the bracket hole is threaded.

 

CURVED TUBING WILL REQUIRE YOU TO INSTALL SET SCREWS WITHOUT MARKING AND TWISTING THE TUBING. 

Finally

Apply adhesive caulk or any household glue to the finial or end cap or to the inside of the tubing, and insert the finials into the ends of the tube . Twist the end cap or finial for better adhesion. SCREWS SHOULD NOT BE USED TO ATTACH FLUSH TYPE END CAPS.

BALL TYPE ENDS  slide over the outside of tubing and may be screwed and or glued into place.


Multi-sided bars with attached sides:
Follow cutting, splicing and other applicable instructions above but remember that the length of tubing required on each side to be connected will be longer than the bar face.The extra length will be determined by angle between the sides.This is due to the fact that the bar rail sits 6” or so from the face of the bar, so the point of intersection between two sides is up to 6” longer than the bar side (for outside angles at 90 degrees). Lay out all of your tubing on the floor prior to cutting or attaching sections.  Better yet, place masking tape on the floor to simulate the bar rail and lay out each splice, bracket, elbow, etc. Make your cuts so that all brackets are evenly spaced and a bracket is used to cover each splice seam.

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