DIY Pool Fence Installation
Your local fence contractor or installer may try to scare you by telling you that this not something that can be done by a homeowner. Ignore what they tell you because if you have just a little bit of mechanical ability, you'll be fine. Specialty Pool Products offers 2 ways to fence your inground swimming pool. The first option is our ornamental aluminum Evolution fence and the second option is our mesh safety fence.
DIY pool fence installations can be better than many contractor installs - if you pay attention to every detail and all of your measurements are precise. After reviewing the following information, you'll have all of the necessary details on how to install your own pool fence and be happy with the results. By installing pool fencing yourself you'll save yourself a lot of money and should end up with a better finished project.
Before talking about the installation for your inground pool fence, there are a couple of things to consider before you purchase either our Evolution Fence or any brand fence. Our Evolution aluminum fence is sold as a 6ft wide section, and 48”, 54” or 60” tall - in a powder coated textured finish. Similar in look to wrought iron, but a lot less expensive and no maintenance. The mesh safety fence is only available in 48" heights, which are 10 ft in length. Poles every 3-4 feet allow the mesh fence to pivot and curve a bit easier than the 6' wide aluminum fence sections.
Check with your local municipality for restrictions, requirements and any building codes placed on your property by your local town. It is very important that you know your local code before you purchase and install your inground pool fence. You can probably find the information on your local .gov website.
Before purchasing your fence make a drawing showing the location of the area you want to enclose, figure out the total linear measurement. Some people use chalk or tape string sections to the deck, to simulate the fence layout, then measure the entire length of the fence. This will let you know how much pool fence you need. Indicate location of gate or gates, if you plan on having one, and note any transition locations between deck levels. By doing this before you begin to shop, it will help make sure you put together better comparison pool fence prices.
Evolution Aluminum Pool Fencing Installation:
- Post hole digger
- Core drill w/ auger bit
- Carpenter's level
- Measuring tape
- Chalk or string line
Installing Aluminum Pool Fence In The Ground
- Lay the job out by stretching a line out for a visual of where your fence will run. You can use a chalk line, or spray paint to draw your line. Mark your post holes 6’ on center for a 6’ section. The gate post openings should measure actual gate size.
- Dig the post holes approximately 2 ½’ deep (just below the frost line).
- String a line 4” higher than the height of your fence: 48” fence = 52” line height.
- Fill each post hole with concrete
- Make sure you plumb and level the posts and pickets while the concrete is setting. You might have to brace your post while concrete sets if necessary.
- Hang your gate or gates on the appropriate gate posts
- Attach any gate or post hardware or fence accessories
Note: If you need a partial fence section less than 6ft you can cut section to size. Replace the vertical rail rod hole drilling a 3/8” hole on center.
Removable Mesh Pool Fence installation:
- Measuring tape
- Utility knife
- Chalk or string line
- Rotary hammer drill
- Extension cord
Installing Mesh Safety Fence Into the Pool Deck
- First determine location of the fence but there are certain criteria you should use when deciding where to locate your fence. Make sure the fence isolates the pool area from all exits of the house. All sides of your pool area should be enclosed either your inground removable safety fence or another permanent barrier such as house, block wall or fence. If you are not using the safety fence as a total enclosure you must tie into an existing structure. The structure must be strong enough and high enough not to allow a child to get into pool. The fence should be a minimum distance away from the pool edge to allow for proper maintenance while fence is in use.
- After determining the location start by running a chalk line around the area of fence, so you can use it as a guideline so that you can make sure your fence remains straight.
- We sell the 4’x10’ section so for this you want to use the outside holes of the template that is provided, mark the four holes for the 1st panel or you can use a tape measure and mark holes 39 ¾” on center.
- Next with a level and a square or the inground safety fence drilling guide, this is available for rental and recommended. The item # for the drilling guide is B4005.
Drill, Baby, Drill!
Drill the holes into the concrete deck - per the Angle Guidelines below:
- Holes for straight line of fencing should be drilled at 90 degree angle.
- Holes for outside curve run of fencing should be 2 to 3 degrees with top of pole angled away from the pool. Tighter curves may require up to 4 degrees. Mark holes slightly closer together to accommodate the fabric wrapping around the pole.
- Holes for inside run of fencing should be 2 to 3 degrees with the top of the pole angled toward the pool. Tighter curves may require up to 4 degrees. Mark holes slightly further apart to make for slack in the fence due to less fabric wrapping around the pole.
Using these methods will allow for the removable pool fence to be pulled tight under tension to 90 degrees.
- Use a shop vac to remove any debris from holes and tap plastic deck sleeves into those holes, then install the 1st panel. If you don't have a shop vac, use a garden hose to clean ou the hole. If your sleeves do not fit you might have to redrill the holes, slightly larger around the top.
- For your next fence panel use the 2 closest holes of the template to mark the distance between the panels, allowing exactly 3” on center.
- Repeat steps 3-6 until all of the holes are drilled.
Mesh safety fence panels are 10ft long, but if you need a different length it can be shortened. Make sure the mesh fabric is taut and straight in all directions. Trim fabric with scissors or a sharp utility knife but make sure you leave an extra 4” more than desired length. First, detach trim from the pole by using a cordless screw driver, with a ¼” hex head bit. Mark the desired length using the chalk line, then fold the fabric back and under leaving the mesh fabric between the trim and the pole. Re-fasten the screws along the chalk line.
After all fence panels are installed they need to be attached with the hooks and eyes that are provided. Install all of the vinyl post caps by placing a few drops of glue or PVC cement inside the caps and then slide them on the post. You can create a gate opening wherever two panels connect. Or, you can install a self-closing and self-latching gate. If you are installing a pool fence gate, please see our installation manual for more detail.
Now is time to congratulate yourself because you successfully installed either an aluminum pool fence or our mesh safety removable pool fence. After all of your hard work it's time to sit back and enjoy a cool refreshing beverage.
SPP Pool Expert