- Allen wrench, as supplied
- Holemaker, as supplied
- Level Materials
- 8 uprights, as supplied
- 8 moisture seals, as supplied
- 18 T-joints, as supplied
- 4 hoops, as supplied
- 9 spacer bars, 1 shorter, as supplied
- 2 parallel clamps, as supplied
- 2 finials, as supplied
- Nuts, bolts, and washers
Step 1: Assembling the frame
Once you have unpacked the kit and checked each item against the instructions to see that all parts are there, separate the 8 upright sections and 4 of the moisture seals. Place a seal over 1 end of 4 of the uprights.
Step 2: Insert Upright Firmly Into Moisture Seal
Insert 1 end of the remaining 4 uprights firmly into each of the moisture seals from step 1. This will form the 4 straight sections of the arch: the front and back of both the left and right sides.
Step 3: Slide T Joints Down Upright Sections
Slide 2 T-joints down each of the 4 upright sections. Loosely screw the T-joints into position an even distance apart. Join a front upright section to a back section with 2 of the spacer bars by inserting them into the T-joints.
Step 4: Secure Spacer Bar to Hold and Stabilize Arch
Repeat with the other front and back upright sections. The spacer bars hold the arch together and prevent it from twisting. You may find it easier to fit the spacer bars by balancing the uprights on the ground.
Step 5: Assemble Top Section of Metal Arch
Assemble the top section in a similar way. Fit 2 spacer bars to each hooped front and back, then join the 2 sides together at the top with the short spacer bar and a parallel clamp at each end. Secure the clamps with nuts and bolts and tighten with the Allen wrench. Fit the finials between the parallel clamps.
Step 6: Locate Position on Ground for Uprights of Arch
Erecting the arch 1 Place the top of the arch on the ground precisely where you want the arch to stand, to locate the positions for the uprights. Be careful to keep soil out of the open tube ends.
Step 7: Make Holes in Ground for Uprights of Metal Arch
Knock the metal holemaker into each of the 4 post positions to the marked depth with a club hammer. Then, remove the holemaker carefully. The hole-maker should be marked at the correct depth, but if it is not, make your own marking to ensure each hole is exactly the same depth, about 12in (30cm) deep.
Step 8: Set Sides of Arch Into Prepared Holes
Set the 2 sides of the arch into the holes. Use a level to check that the posts are vertically set. Slide a moisture seal onto the top of each post, then set the top hooped section into these seals to complete the arch.
Step 9: Finished Gothic Metal Arch Made from Kit
Finished gothic arch Once the arch is constructed, check that the spacer bars are level and exactly opposite, then tighten all the nuts and bolts.
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