There is nothing more pleasing that being able to complete a task which otherwise needs an expert intervention. Also, considering the rate of inflation, the words ‘affordable’ and ‘expensive’ have reached new heights now. Thus, DIY are always a happier choice and many people going for this. This is all the more if the job has anything to do with your own house and enhancing the security of it. Security doors, the fly meshes, and fire alarms; the options for protecting your house are so many these days. Now, if you have a pool outside your house, then you might be worried about the possibility of someone falling in the water or similar other accidents. This is also true of smaller resorts and hotels with less man power to guard the pool premises. This is a situation when pool fencing comes into play. Guarding your swimming pool from unwanted intruders, pets, kids jumping in without adult supervision, these rails perform a good job. Installing them is not too difficult if you follow this DIY guide.
- The first step is to create the fence holes; so you need to use a power auger to create holes which are 200 mm wide and 600mm deep. You will obviously have to clear the area of all foliage and accumulated dirt before this.
- Use a string line in order to measure the top of the posts and keep a space of about 50 mm above and 100mm under the panel. The latch post should extend about 300mm above the gate.
- Fill the holes with concrete and then slope the surfaces.
- Now it is time to fix the fence. So you will need to slide the panels over the base and top rails by keeping on blocks for the time being. After this you will have to fix them with the trek screws.
- In case you want to change the direction of the fence, you will need to use a cut off wheel with an angel grinder and then cut the rails according to your requirements. If you do not like the chipped paint, you are free to use some spray paint over it.
- The self-closing hinges will be attached to the exterior, approximately 80mm from the top horizontal panels and at par with the rails at the bottom. You can use trek screws for this work. Check level.
- The gate latch should be attached 1500mm above the ground. Post caps now need to be attached for the gate to open and close properly.
Your pool fence is now installed. You should check the level and functioning of the hinges and the latch before you finalize. Now before choosing a fence, it is important to know about the kinds of pool fences available in the market. Here are some of the most commonly seen ones:
- Aluminum pool fences –These are the most common of the lot and are easy to install and handle. These are low on maintenance and affordable as well. They come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes. However, not all aluminum pool fencing can be painted with ease; some call for a professional.
- Wooden pool fences- These are built into or along timber decks on the side of the pools. These are versatile and carry an old school, classy feel to them. They can also be easily changed, re-painted and altered to suit the needs and change the look of the house. There is a wide variety of colors available in the market for painting wooden pool fences.
- Glass pool fences – These are the most expensive of the lot and for obvious reasons. They give one’s home exterior and pool surroundings an extremely suave look. They are difficult to maintain and not for all DIY experimenters. However, there are some varieties of glass pool fences which are meant for DIY installation and come with an easy guide.