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    Delgard Aluminum Pool Fence Installation

    July 10, 2014
    mattspencer

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    Installing a beautiful aluminum pool fence gives peace of mind and adds elegance and value to your backyard. Aluminum fence sections are modular and connect together easily.

    Whether this is an entire new pool perimeter fence, or a smaller internal fence for added safety, any handy homeowner can install an aluminum pool fence, with simple tools and materials. Here's what you need to get started:

    PLANNING

    Information: You need to know where the property line lies, and any setbacks or easements that affect your fence placement. You also need to know your local pool fence requirements to construct the fence accordingly. In particular, find out the required fence height, gate width and how deep the posts must be set into concrete.

    Delgard™ 54" aluminum fences meet most pool fence codes when installed correctly, but always check with your inspector or local building and zoning division before ordering and installing a pool fence. We have aluminum fence heights of 48", 54", 60" and 72" available to meet any code requirement, and all of our gates use self-closing and self-latching Magna Latch hinges.

    Materials: You will need pool fencing of course - panels, posts, hardware and gate(s). SPP offers 3 grades of Delgard™ aluminum fencing - in a Good, Better, or Best selection, and two styles to choose from. You will also need several bags of concrete to set the posts into the ground.

    Tools: Post hole digger or power auger, rubber mallet, screwdrivers, hacksaw or miter saw, drill with attachments, extension cord, carpenter's level, several stakes and a ball of string, and a measuring tape. To mix the concrete you'll need a wheelbarrow or mixing tub, and a hoe or shovel, along with enough water to mix And, you'll want a good helper, doing it alone would be a lot of work.

    PREPARATION

    1. Draw a fence plan on 8x11" paper, plotting  the location of each post, attachment points to other fences or structures, and gate location(s).
    2. Call811 or your local utility marking service, to mark your property for underground wires or pipes.
    3. Separate and count your fence materials - panels, line posts, gate posts and corner posts. Check against the fence plan.
    4. Clear the fence line of any plants, rocks or debris. Solid high ground is better than soft low ground.
    5. Use shovels to level the ground or tamp-in fill dirt, to create an even surface beneath the fence line.
    6. Run a string between stakes placed every 8 feet, roughly where the posts between panels will be placed.
    7. Measure, adjust and tighten string to keep it the same distance above the ground from stake to stake.
    8. Recheck that your string line is at least 2" away from the property line or setback distance.

    PLACEMENT

    Gate Posts or End Posts:

    1. Start with the gate posts, locating and digging two 9" wide holes 24-36" deep. A power auger makes the job much easier and faster.
    2. Double check the distance between gate posts, to match your gate width.[important title="Setting Posts in Concrete"]
      • Mix up concrete with water, into a slightly dry mix. Pour into the hole, tamping every foot, up to 2" below the turf line.
      • Set posts into fresh concrete, pushing down hard to your finished height.
      • Use wood side supports to hold the posts vertical.
      • Measure and adjust distance between gate posts before concrete hardens, use level to make sure posts are vertical.
      • Remeasure distance between posts and recheck for level every 5-10 minutes, as concrete hardens.
      • Clean off any unwanted concrete from post with a wet cloth or paper towel.

    Line Posts:

    1. Refer to installation manual for correct spacing of the posts for your fence model.
    2. Beginning from a gate post or end post, measure and mark your next 4-8 line post locations.
    3. When raking your fence, or installing on a slope, be sure to measure at ground level.
    4. Dig the next 4-8 holes, transporting the removed dirt via shovel and wheelbarrow, to another location.

    Fence Panels:

    1. Wait until the gate post or end post concrete has hardened - typically 1-2 days, to support the weight of the fence panels.
    2. Position the line posts into each of the previously dug holes.
    3. Slide the horizontal rails of a fence section into the punched holes of the first post, until you hear it click.
    4. Corner posts require the horizontal rails to be notched ½", in order to fit both sides into the post.
    5. Continue to connect a run of 4-8 post and fence sections.
    6. Follow the Setting Posts in Concrete instructions above and filling with concrete.
    7. Use bricks under fence sections for support and even height.
    8. Once 4-8 sections are installed, tighten up the screws and align the top rails.

    Fence Gates:

    1. When concrete around gate posts has set-up completely, you can install the gate hinges and gate.
    2. The finished gap between the gate and the gates posts should be ¾".
    3. A pool fence gate should open outwards, not swing inwards.
    4. Measure mark and mount top and bottom hinges on one of the gate posts with self-tapping screws.
    5. Measure, mark and mount the latch on the opposite gate post.
    6. Loosen the hinge tension until gate can be pulled open by an adult, but swings securely shut by itself.

    ~ That's all Folks!

    Pool fencing is a requirement for nearly every jurisdiction in the United States. Attractive and easy to install, aluminum pool fencing makes the requirement more affordable. This allows a pool owner to consider more fencing than they might otherwise find affordable. And more fencing means a safer pool.

    pool-fencing-ideasCall us when you are designing your pool fence. We can help you through the maze of planning, preparation and placement no matter the terrain or location, and even if your local pool inspector is a bit persnickety!  

    Matt Spencer
    SPP Pool Expert    

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