Monday, 30 July 2012

DIY Pool Fence

If you have just purchased and/or installed a pool in the privacy of your property, it is usually required to have a fence installed as a safety measure. Pools are a prime attraction for children and although fences are not 100% foolproof, they do provide a measure of safety in keeping kids, pets, and uninvited guests away. Depending on the style, size, and work involved in getting your new fence installed, you can end up paying a tidy sum to get the job done. There are, however, alternatives that will save you quite a bit of money if you are willing to put in extra work. If you are one of these people, then you might want to consider investing in a mesh pool fence.

Mesh pool fences are optimal for self-installation because they are relatively easy to install, and they are harder for children to climb over. Most mesh fences are either 12 feet across and 4 feet high or 10 feet long and 5 feet high. It is common to install the taller fence, as most children who could hop over a fence that size will know about pool safety standards. The fence consists of a thick thread that, unlike a chain fence, makes it hard for kids to climb onto and over into your pool. Installation can be completed in three steps as follows.

Measure where posts will be drilled
Before you drill holes into the ground for your fence posts, determine how much space you’d like between your pool and the fence, and measure out the appropriate distances between fence posts so that there is no slack in the fiber thread.

Insert post sleeves into ground
Once you have drilled holes into the ground, use your hands to place the post sleeves about 80% into the holes. Afterwards use a hammer or mallet to inject the remaining sleeve into the hole. If the sleeve gives you trouble, remove it and check for anything blocking it and perhaps drill again to make proper room.

Set posts securely in sleeves
For your final step, unroll your mesh fence one post at a time and fit smugly into the sleeves. Ensure that the fence is secure and that there is no lack in the thread, or that the integrity is in doubt. Once you have done this, then you have successfully built a do-it-yourself pool fence.

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