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1. What is the easiest way to install?
Attach one side at a time. Place the first side around a spindle, then use both hands to force-flex the second side between the adjacent spindle. Don't skip a spindle.
2. Do I really need the bumpers?
This may take some experimenting. Depending on your spindles and the weight of your planters you may none, 1 or 2 layers of bumpers. Position the solid side of the bumpers against the spindles. Most wood rails do not require the bumpers.
3. How do I increase or add tension if I have older railings with wider spaces in between spindles?
Pull arms apart to add or increase tension. RailScapes are adjustable.
4. How do they work?
A perfect combination of tension, torque and grip. Alone these forces cannot accomplish what they can in unison.
How do I know if Plant Traps are for me?
1. Your floor ledge extends 4 or more inches beyond a bottom horizontal rail.
2. Your vertical balusters have at least 2" between them.
The Plant Trap is not for you if your railing has a solid face (glass) or your deck's floor does not extend beyond the face of the railing.
How do I install Plant Traps?
1. Slide under & against interior of bottom horizontal rail. Lift plant over railing & reach between spindles to handle & lower safely to shelf.
2. Position planter flush against exterior of railing. Drive stake thru holes & down into soil. Stake at an angle if railing is thick. Check & adjust occasionally.
Can I still use Plant Traps if I have less than 4" of ledge?
Yes, you can have 3 (but no less). To work for 3" bolt an L-bracket to Trap's slit and tighten against ledge. Use a wing nut for tool-free hand tightening. Hardware not included. Note: You don't have to attach anything to your deck. The L-bracket sits against deck and is fastened to the slit in the bottom of the Trap.
TIPS FOR ADDED SECURITY
1. For plastic containers drill a small hole down thru the top lip. Insert one prong of the stake through lip and the other into the soil. This is helpful for shorter containers when the stake doesn't have a lot of soil to grab.
2. Bolt your pot to the slit at the bottom of the trap
How much weight can Plant Traps hold?
Up to 20 lbs per Trap.
How tall can my container be?
Up to 12” in order to fit on the shelf and under the top tab.
How fat can my container be?
The depth of the shelf will be 12” minus the thickness of your bottom rail. Do not exceed the depth of the shelf.
How many Traps do I need to support window like long boxes?
Usually one for small boxes and 2 for longer boxes. You'll have to make a judgement call.
What is the hole in the bottom for?
The slot is primarily for drainage. It can also be lined up and secured to your planter's drain hole with a screw & nut (not included).
What is the Plant Trap made from?
A rust-resistant steel product called Galvanneal.
Can I put anything else on my Plant Trap?
We must insist - nothing else should be supported by a Plant Trap but plants and their containers.
What do I do if the Plant Trap is tipping?
Re-position the planter and Trap tightly around the railing and restake or try a smaller container.