How to Build a DIY Pool Fence

diy pool fenceFor many homeowners, setting up a fence around a pool area is a must; doing so ensures that kids and pets stay out of the pool when an adult isn’t available to supervise. While a professional can install fencing, it is possible for the average person to install his or her own fence, saving money in the process. Before you begin the process, be sure to read any instructions that come with the fencing and gather up the necessary materials. You want to have everything on hand and ready to go when you get started on the project.

Pre-Installation

Before you get started, you need a plan, complete with measurements. It is important that the aluminum fencing stay on your property line and meet up with any local codes to ensure compliance. If you don’t already have this information, it is imperative that you seek it out before ordering your fencing. You also need to decide if the fencing is going to be planted into the ground, which requires concrete, or above ground and attached to some type of tile, wood, or cement deck. Once the fencing has arrived, take out all the pieces and create a complete inventory, grouping similar pieces into piles. This ensures that the process goes smoothly once installation begins. Many homeowners find it helpful to lay out the posts and panels where they are going to be installed to create a general outline for the project. Another important part of preparation for fencing installation is finding a friend to help out. Because of the work required, the alignment checking, and the overall process, having at least one person available to help can make the job easier and more efficient.

In Ground Installation

If you are installing your aluminum fencing into the ground, surrounding the entire pool deck, you will need concrete to create stability as well as durability. Start with the gate, installing one of the posts for the gate first and then allow the concrete to harden. Then, attach the gate along with the second post. From here, things get a little easier as the fence begins to fall into place with each section. It is important that throughout the process, you check to make sure that you are following the proper line of the fencing and keeping everything level before the concrete begins to harden. Because there is a high learning curve on this type of installation, it makes sense to take your time and consistently check to make sure you are staying on track. Remember that any section that will not fit your borders can be cut with a hacksaw. Once the job is complete, be sure to replace any of the dirt or grass that has been moved during installation for a seamless look in your pool area.

On Top Installation

Just like in ground installation, start with the gate because these pieces cannot be modified. Be sure to order the deck mounts to go along with the fencing, providing you with a way to create stable aluminum fencing around your pool area. If you don’t have the mounts, you won’t have enough support to keep the fencing up. It is important to note that deck mounts will not work with certain types of fencing. If you plan to use the top installation method, be sure to check and see if your preferred fencing will work this way. Once the gate is established, begin working your way around the pool area, making sure that you are staying within the lines of the fencing that you had in mind.

Installing the Gate

Both methods for DIY fencing installation suggest starting with the gate. This is one of the most important parts of your fencing because it provides access to and from the area. If you want the gate to open properly, specific measurements must be taken. Usually three-fourths of an inch of space is needed between the post and the gate, allowing it to easily open and close. Most jurisdictions require that the gate swing outward from the pool; this can be easily accomplished by the way you install the spring loaded hinges.

Take your time during the installation process. You’ve already invested in a quality product; now make sure that it can do its job. Taking time to measure in advance ensures that you ordered the right amount of fencing. As you work through the installation process, the time spent measuring, waiting for cement to harden, and lining up the gate, posts and panels is an investment in your property. Don’t try to rush through the process. Instead, take your time and make sure the job is done right.

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