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 or6 foot length (120cm and 180cm).

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