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Happy Daisy Wind Vane Installation

The picture below shows how the screw or nail holes can be used to attach the Happy Daisy Windvane in an upright position.
Happy Daisy Wind Vane Installation
However if you want to suspend the Happy Daisy from a tree or a pergola, a clothes line or the eaves or facia board you will be able to use the hook (and it is designed not to be able to be blown off.

Quick and easy to install, It all just clicks together.

To Assemble your Happy Daisy Wind Vane.

There are 3 parts – the Body, the Stem and the Fan

Step 1. Press the tip of the body int the hole in the centre of the Fan until it clicks into place.

Step 2. Press the tip of the stem into the hole in the body until it clicks into place….It’s as simple as that!

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Windsock Fitting & Care

When using the cable ties to attach the windsock to the windsock frame, ensure that the cable tie’s ‘buckle’ is inside the rim to avoid the windsock material becoming damaged by rubbing on it. Once fitted, cut off the cable tie excess length.

Windsocks will not function correctly if the mouth is not vertical and facing into the wind.

The cable ties should be tight enough to restrict the movement, so that there can be no wear from rubbing of the windsock against the frame.

The windsock side seams should be at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions. (Along side each other, not top and bottom.)

To increase the life of the windsock, remove and rotate 180° after six months, then the following six months, remove the windsock again and turn inside out, re-hang with seams at the sides, then after another six months (depending on the condition) rotate windsock 180° again.

The above actions will more than double the windsock life.

Windsocks are not repairable, a torn windsock may give a false wind speed and direction.

Any windsock will perform at its best without any wind sheer influence from buildings, roof angles, trees, or orographic influences, so where possible consider placing the windsock at a distance greater than 25m from any other standing object, if this is not possible or practical, increase the height of the support as much as possible. Regulation height for a windsock is 6.7m (22ft) for 8 and 12 foot length windsocks.

This measurement is from the ground to the lower rim of the windsock.

This height requirement is not applicable to ‘Wind Indicators’ of windsock design and shape. There are 4 or 6 foot length (120cm and 180cm).

Large windsock pole installation
Windsock pole installation diagram

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Windsock Installation 4 & 6 foot

Windsock to Frame

Attach windsock to frame using the cable ties supplied, keeping the longitudinal seams of the windsock at the 3 & 9 o’clock positions. The cable ties should be tight enough so that the windsock is restricted form rubbing on the frame rim.

Windsock Frame to Vertical Support

Any suitable support pole or pipe may be used to gain the required windsock height.

Windsock notes

If a pipe is being used, insert a bolt or a pin, through the upper hole in the support rod, then insert the rod into the pipe. A rubber cap, such as a chair leg end piece, may be used to cover the join.

4 and 6 windsock pole 1

Note that the 23cm space between the holes of the frame support rod, will match up with the hole spacing of most BHP metal star posts and may be directly attached using wire, bolts or cable ties.

This method is well suited to a 4 foot windsock; and using two star posts joined, will well suit a 6 foot windsock. (The extra height needed, due to extra length.)

Tape over any sharp parts that are within the sweep of the windsock, or cut a hole in a plastic spray can lid, a small tin can, or cut the base out of a plastic bottle, then sleeve onto the support rod in order to cover any rough projections that could snag the windsock at this joint.

4 and 6 foot windsock pole 2

For a more permanent windsock installation, the star post section may be covered with any suitable 50mm PVC vent pipe so that there are no external sharp parts that could cause windsock damage. This pipe is readily available at around $6/m

It is recommended to snip the cable ties and rotate the windsock, top to bottom (180°) on a yearly basis.

Standard cable ties may be used, the black ties tend to be more ultraviolet resistant than the clear ones, and as a result the black ones should last longer.

It is important that the windsock pole and frame is exactly vertical, or the windsock will constantly swing to one side.

The 4 & 6 foot windsocks are available in ripstop, they are chemical & UV resistant, and of a lightweight sailcloth material in white, yellow, pink or orange.

White has the least problem with fade, Yellow can normally be see the greatest distance, and tends to attract attention more than the white. Pink is used on grassland and forest areas, where white or yellow blossoms are possible, and orange is used in snow areas only.


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How To Care For Your Windsock

To extend windsock life, rotate 180 degrees, (top to bottom) each year.

The seams of the windsock should be horizontal (9 o’clock and 3 o’clock)

Black Cable Ties offer better UV protection than clear.

Cable Ties are a quick and easy method of attachment and should be pulled up tight enough to restrict the windsock rubbing on the support frame. Any suitable method of firm attachment may be used.

The Windsock Frame should be exactly vertical, otherwise the frame will constantly swing to the low side, and this tends to cause the windsock to tangle or wrap around the windsock support pole.

8 foot and 12 foot Stainless Steel windsock frames supplied by Glenview Products have stainless bearings top and bottom and can be fitted with a 12 volt lighting kit which will operate from any 12 volt automotive type battery, or plug into vehicle cigarette lighter.

Warranty 25 Years.

Windsock Lighting

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