Weathervane Information Page
This page contains information, videos and photographs about our weathervane. It also tells you where you can purchase them from. A a diagram about how to assemble the weathervane. If you are a retailer such as a garden centre, DIY store etc and would like to purchase this product to sell to your customers please email us. EPI Plastics does not sell direct to the public.
Norman Wood, the Managing Director of EPI Plastics puts one of his Weathervanes on top of his home.
If you click on the ebook to the left you can download our latest information about the weathervane, how it works, and how to assemble it.
Introduction by Norman, the owner of EPI which manufactures the Weathervane.
Norman explains how to put the Weathervane together.
Where Can I buy the Weathervane?
EPI Plastics is a manufacture and doesn't sell directly to the public. However, you should be able to buy it from any good garden centre, Hammer Hardware, Mitre 10, Palmers Garden Centres,and other similar stores. If they don't have one ask them to contact us and we'll send it to them for you. Our contact details are at the bottom of this page and you can pass these on to them.
A list of recent dispatches are as follows (however, phone just in case they've sold out). Starting at the north of New Zealand and working our way to the bottom dispatches have gone to -
**** Please Note... the Google Maps function is being tested and rolled out, hence not all have a google map with them yet ****
McCarthny Mitre 10, 1 North Park Drive, Kaitaia, Ph 09 408 1660
Hammer Hardware, 5 Agency Ln, Silverdale, Auckland, Ph 09 426 6807
Mitre 10 - Helensville, 41 Mill Rd, Helensville, 09 420 8153
Plastic Box, 20/54 Mt Wellington Highway, Auckland, Ph 09 527 73
Grove Mitre 10, 1 Princess St, Onehunga, Auckland 09 636 7169
Palmers Gardenworld, Cnr Pegion Mountain & Pakuranga Rds, Pakuranga, Auckland, 09 534 6847
Storage (Plastic) Box, 28 Subway Rd, Pukekohe, Ph 09 238 334
Mitre 10 Mega, 1 Maahaunga Dr, Hamilton, Ph 07 854 3754
JJ's Garden Centre, 27 Te Kowhai Rd, Te Rapa, Hamilton, 07 849 3167
Mitre 10, 70 Studholme St, Morrinsville, 07 889 111
Payless Plastics, 414 Cameron Rd, Tauranga, Ph 07 577 0023
Mitre 10, 15 McAlister St, Whakatane, Ph 07 308 8115
Mitre 10, 10 Liverpool St, Kawarau, Ph 07 323 7779
Palmers Garden Centre, 157 Sala St, Rotorua, Ph 07 347 7507
Palmers Garden, Cnr Devon & Katere Rd, New Plymouth, Ph 06 758 7455
Gilbertson Mitre 10 Mega, 200 Taupo Quay, Wanganui, 06 345 3492
Mitre 10 - Dannevirke, 155 High St, Dannevirke, 06 374 6045
Mitre 10 - Fielding Darragh's, 19 Bowan St, Fielding, Ph 06 323 4054
Twigland Gardeners, 240 Middleton Rd, Johnsonville, Wellington,
04 477 4090
Mitre 10 - Mega Petone, 25 Bouverie St, Wellington, 04 569 8311
The Met Shop, 5 Swan Lane, off Cuba St, Wellington 04 384 7683
Bay Nurseries, 33 Bateup Road, Nelson, Ph 03 544 8662
Hammer Hardware, Markham St, Amberley, Ph 03 314 8121
Mitre 10 - Mega Ferrymead, 1005 Ferry Rd, Christchurch, (03) 366 6306
Mitre 10 - Upper Riccarton, Cnr Brake & Leslie Sts, Christchurch 03 348 7468
Mitre 10 - Beckhenham, 240 Colombo St, Christchurch, 03 332 7557
Mitre 10 - Bishopdale, 135 Farrington Ave, Christchurch, 03 359 5443
Oderings Nurseries, 92 Stourbridge St, Christchurch, Ph 03 332 9099
Mitre 10 - Mega Hornby, 350 Main South Rd, Christchurch, 03 349 8497
Evergreen Garden Centre, Cnr Robinson & Main South Rds, Templeton, Christchurch, 03 349 2929
Mitre 10 Mega, West St, Ashburton, Ph 03 308 5119
Mitre 10 Mega - Timaru, Cnr Arthur and Bank Streets, Phone 03 688 3146
Hammer Hardware, 85 King St, Temuka, Ph 03 615 8761
Redbarn, 375 Andersons Bay Road, South Dunedin, Ph 03 455 6123
Mitre 10 - Mega Dunedin, 350 Andersons Bay Rd, Ph 03 455 3344
Garden Place ITM, 1 McGlashan Street, Mosgiel, Dunedin 03 489 8885
Mitre 10 Alexandra, 28 Centennial Ave, Alexandra, Ph 03 448 6884
Hammer Hardware, 156 Palmerston St, Riverton, Ph 03 234 9900
What is a Weathervane and how does work?
A weather vane is an instrument for showing the direction of the wind. They are typically used as an architectural ornament to the highest point of a building. Although partly functional, weathervanes are generally decorative, often featuring the traditional cockerel design with letters indicating the points of the compass. The word 'vane' comes from the Anglo-Saxon word 'fane' meaning 'flag'.
The design of a wind vane is such that the weight is evenly distributed each side of the surface, but the surface area is unequally divided, so that the pointer can move freely on its axis. The side with the larger area is blown away from the wind direction. The pointer is therefore always on the smaller side (a north wind is one that blows from the north). Most wind vanes have directional markers beneath the arrow, aligned with the geographic directions. Wind vanes, especially those with fanciful shapes, do not always show the real direction of a very gentle wind. This is because the figures do not achieve the necessary design balance: an unequal surface area but balanced in weight. To obtain an accurate reading, the wind vane must be located well above the ground and away from buildings, trees, and other objects which interfere with the true wind direction. Changing wind direction can be meaningful when coordinated with other apparent sky conditions, enabling the user to make simple short range forecasts.
Other Peoples Weathervane Photos (send your pictures to Norman Wood) -
Assembly is relatively easy. See the video above. However, firstly open the box get the N-S and place it on top of the W-E. Then the Rooster is paced on top of the "spindle" or "axle" on which it spins pointing into the wind. There are a number of methods of attaching the weathervane to a house, fence etc. The assembled weathervane can sit on the top of a dowel (like a broom handle), it will need to be screwed into position so that the whole weathervane doesn't rotate, it must be fixed and only the Rooster should move. There is a small indentation in the base which is where the screw needs to be placed - you may need to drill a hole out.
The broom handle (cut down to size) or dowel then can be fixed to the side of a house or fence. Alternatively, a small block of wood could have a socket drilled out, using a "lock hole drilling attachment" to a drill. The hole into which the dowel is placed should not go all the way through the wooden block as preferably two screws needs to come up from the bottom to hold the dowel in place, alternatively it could be glued into place with "no more nails". The block is then screwed to the top of the house or turret... MAKE SURE THAT THE "N" FOR NORTH IS ACTUALLY POINTING TO THE NORTH.
The rates quoted in this website generally include freight for orders over $300 (plus GST) to main centres and towns excl Rural Delivery.
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