How to Install Weathervanes

Weather vanes, although used for the practical purpose of gaging wind direction, are also a charming addition to your home.
Weather vanes are filled with character and history, and you are sure to get lots of compliments on them. Their precise installation can be a challenge, but it is possible for you to do it yourself.

Determine the best place to put your weather vane. This can be anywhere from the roof to an exterior wall. Although you should obviously place your weather vane in a location subject to wind, every installation is different. It depends on the chosen location.

Position your weather vanes rod. Drill a hole that is just as wide as the weather vanes rod, which will vary. Install the weather vane straight into the ridgepole on the roof; on a cupola, it needs to be installed right into the peak, straight through to the cross brace. On a wall, it can simply fit into a mounted, L-shaped wall bracket.

Secure the weather vane rod tightly, ensuring that it is level. If you had to drill a hole through your cupola or roof, caulk the hole to seal it. If you`re mounting it into a concrete foundation, check on the weather vane for three days, as the concrete sets, to ensure that your rod stays plumb.

Assemble the rings and globes onto the weather vanes spire. Most importantly, your weather vane should come with a directional letters, including anNfor North, which you must set to true north. To find true north, youll need to locate north with a compass, and adjust it according to a magnetic declination map. Alternatively, you can orient your north towards the North Star, which can be found at the end of the Little Dipper`s handle.

Coat the topmost section of the spire--the part which will be covered by the vane sculpture--with heavy grease, to ensure easy movement.

Install one steel ball into the tube at the base of the ornament, and slide the vane on top of the spire.

Wait for a good wind, and watch your ornament work.

Things You Will Need

  • Electric Drill
  • Pilot Level
  • Silicone Caulk
  • Compass)
  • Wheel-bearing Grease
  • Ball Bearing


  • Weather vanes are often installed at significant heights, making their installation a dangerous task. Consider enlisting a licensed roofer to install it for you.


  • Use extreme caution when working on a roof!