Do It Yourself: How To Install A Pool Safety Fence

If you have children, elderly, or pets in your home and a pool in your back yard, then you need to build a fence around it for safety. Find out how to install your own pool fence easily with these instructions.

Having a swimming pool in your back yard can create a fun place for you, your family, and friends to spend time together. If your pool doesn't have a safety fence surrounding it, though, it can become a dangerous place where children, pets, and the elderly can easily fall into it.

Before you choose the type of pool fence you want to install, you will first need to check with your local codes and permits department. Some cities have specific rules and laws about how safety fences around swimming pools must be built.

When you think about a fence for around your pool, you probably think of the traditional chain - link fences that have been so popular. These fences basically consist of a heavy wire mesh that is attached to metal poles that are set in the ground. Some fences have barbed wire strung across the poles at the top, but, unless you live in a high-crime neighborhood, this added deterrent won't be necessary.

While a chain - link fence is durable and long - lasting, it is also difficult to install and costly to purchase. You need to use a post - hole digger to make the holes for the poles to be installed into. The poles can be placed directly into the ground, but the best way is to support them with a concrete base. Then, the heavy wire mesh is unrolled and installed onto the poles with suitable hardware. As with any fence, you can have as many swinging gates as you choose too.

Times have changed, and there are a few different types of fences on the market today than you can easily install around your pool. One of these types is a seemingly - transparent fence that is made from a polyester mesh attached to poles. The mesh material is made durable to withstand the weather, as well as moisture and pool chemicals. It's also resistant to mildew, and it's strengthened so it won't collapse as time goes by.

Other advantages are that you can see inside the entire fence at all times. With chain - link fences, children, or even adults, can get a foot hold in the links and climb up and over the fence. However, this type of fence cannot be climbed. It can also be rolled up and stored in the winter.

This type of safety fence is so easy to install, in fact, that one adult with an electric drill can do it by him or herself. And, if you decide to remove the fence, one adult can handle that job too.

The supporting poles are set and latched into nylon holders that never rust or otherwise become unusable from weather damage. The weather - resistant mesh is attached to the poles. Therefore, there is no specified gate. Any place that you choose to enter the pool can be opened by unlatching a pole and rolling a section back out of the way.

This type of fence comes in either four or five foot heights, and it meets OSHA standards for swimming pool safety. You can either use this fence to completely encircle your swimming pool as a freestanding fence. Or, you can use it to attach it to an existing structure - such as a shed, your house, a fence, et cetera - on one or more ends. This type of fence is sold by the foot.

There is also a fence you can install around your pool that is sold in sections. To install it, as with any fence, you will need to measure the diameter of your pool so you can calculate how many sections you will need to purchase. If you have an above - ground pool, and you have a deck around it, you can actually snap the sections into place around your deck.

You can also purchase a wood fence that is sold in sections. It is installed by nailing or screwing the sections together. Whatever fence you purchase, be sure that you follow the manufacturer's directions in order to achieve the best results.

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