How To Install A Pool Fence

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Put up a new fence around your pool that looks good and provides safety
Aluminium fencing is a popular choice for a pool surround, as it is low-maintenance, quick to install and very affordable.
This swimming pool previously had an unsightly fence around it that wasn’t up to code and needed to be replaced. Installing the new fence was an easy weekend job.
The 2450 x 1200mm Protector Aluminium panels used for this project are powdercoated, come in a range of colours and are priced from $87.
The new fence provides essential pool safety without detracting from the look of the backyard.
If you have a steep yard, you can step the panels down the slope.
Pool fencing can only be stepped a maximum of 100mm. If your slope is too steep for this, go to the Special Orders desk at your local Bunnings to discuss options for a raked panel.
Step 1. Excavate post holes
Clear the area of foliage and run a stringline low to the ground, using a fence panel as a spacer to mark the post holes at 2500mm centres. Excavate the post holes 200mm in diameter and 600mm deep with a power auger.
Step 2. Position the posts

Set a stringline for the post tops. Allow a gap of up to 100mm below and 50mm above each panel, with the latch post extending 300mm above the gate. Position the posts in holes and fill with concrete, sloping the surface for runoff.

Step 3. Attach the panels

Slide the panel brackets over the top and base rails, raising them into position on temporary blocks. Use a spirit level to check the fencing panels are level, then secure the brackets to the posts with self-drilling Tek screws.

Step 4. Cut the panels

If the fence needs to negotiate an angle other than 90º, change the direction of the fencing by cutting the ends of the panel rails using an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel. Touch up the cut ends with spray paint.

Step 5. Hang the gate

Attach the self-closing hinges to the outside of the gate using Tek screws, 80mm from the top rails and level with the base rail. Space the gate evenly, using a torpedo level to check the gate is level.

Step 6. Attach the gate latch

Secure the latch at least 1500mm above ground level, closing the gate with it in position. Tap in the post caps, then adjust the springs on the hinges to ensure the gate will close from any opened position automatically.

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