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How To Install Lockers

Quite often we are asked if we offer installation services for lockers.  We can offer installation services on certain lockers but generally only if it is a large project with at least 50 lockers.  For locker installations smaller than this it is often not a cost effective option.  However it is very simple to install lockers yourself if you are a competent person with some DIY skills.  Or maybe you have a caretaker or handyman to hand at your school or workplace who will find installing lockers well within their capabilities.  Also installing lockers yourself will save you some money. If you are considering purchasing from our extensive collection, read our simple ‘how to’ guide to find out how easy it is!

Safety First - Things to Check Before you Start

Make sure you install on a strong, level and even surface.

Make sure the locker base is flush with the floor.

Check the suitability of the wall before fitting.

Is the area to be drilled clear of hidden electrical wires, water or gas pipes?

Have you got the correct number of parts and fixtures.

Check the lockers over for any signs of damage before commencement of installation.

Remember to remove keys from the base of the lockers before positioning if you have camlocks.

Make sure you have adequate facilities for disposing of the locker packaging materials.

Tools Required

For  your locker installation you will need:

A spirit level, spanner, drill and handling equipment.

Suitable wall fixings  - not provided by 3d Lockers(dependant on the make up of the wall)

Wooden wall battens 2” x 1” if fitting to a wall with a skirting board.

Locker nesting nuts and bolts – 4 per side.  These are provided.  Alternatively appropriate rivets may be used.

Ideally two people are required to do an installation. Suitable PPE safety clothing such as eye protection, safety shoes, gloves, knee/elbow pads and a helmet may be required.

Positioning & Configuration of Lockers

Most  lockers have an unstable height to depth ratio which means lockers are tall and thin and could easily be pulled over.  To avoid any mishaps, lockers should ideally be secured together side by side to ensure stability.  Lockers should be also be fixed back to a wall or back to back of another run of lockers.

A single run of lockers must be secured to a suitable anchor point with a suitable bracing mechanism. Lockers on stands or seat/stands should be fixed down to the stand or seat/stand as well as side to side and back to a wall or run of lockers.

Securing Lockers

Run of Lockers – Runs of 1 or more lockers must be fixed together side by side. Make sure the unit is securely in position and bolt together side by side. Use 4 no. 6 x 12mm nesting nuts and bolts into the 4 pre-drilled hole locations within the locker side panels and hand tighten.  All fasteners must be tightened with appropriate tools after first assembly is completed.

Securing To A Wall

Using fasteners suitable for the type of wall, fasten each locker to the wall using the holes provided (fixings not provided with locker as we don’t know the makeup of your wall).  Please make sure that the head of any screw used has a diameter greater than the diameter of the mounting hole on the product and that the fixing is safe and secure before use.  Use the 2 top fixing holes already pre-drilled in the rear of the lockers.

Fixing Back to Back

Ensure the unit is securely in position and bolt together side by side. Use 4 no. 6 x 12mm nuts and bolts into the 4 locations within the locker side panels and hand tighten. The top two mounting holes must be used to safely fix the lockers back to back to each other.

Obstructions

If the lockers are impeded by skirting boards, floor coving or pipework, stands can be used to raise the lockers clear of the obstruction. The rear leg of the stand can be inset to avoid the obstruction.

If wall fixing lockers, they can be fixed directly onto walls or on to wall-fixed timber battens. Timber battens can be used on irregular wall surfaces or if the lockers are positioned in front of a skirting board. This leaves a gap between lockers and the wall.

The top batten is used to prevent items falling down the back of the locker and the bottom batten is used to secure the locker back to the wall.

Looking After Your Locker

Locker fixings may become loose over time. Make sure you check exposed fixings regularly and re-tighten where necessary.

To clean steel lockers, all you need to do is wipe with a duster or soft cloth. Do not use solvents.

It is recommended that all locks and hinges are regularly maintained with a suitable lubricant.

If any doors or locks become damaged, we recommend replacing these as soon as possible so security is not compromised. We can offer replacement doors and parts, simply speak to our sales team at 3d Lockers for more information and pricing.

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