Exploring the DIY Pool Fence
As this blog frequently shows, the addition of a pool fence to your yard can be a major boon to safety. These fences are easily customizable to fit around your pool. To make it even more helpful, the DIY nature of these fences means that they can be installed without the need for a contractor. That is a huge help for people who like to get their hands dirty.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to install these fences. We have plenty of helpful guides available on the website. Additionally, our customer service team is readily available to help.
Start with Strong Mesh
Before you choose a DIY pool fence, you should take a closer look at the mesh. Ideally, a homeowner is looking for a strong and durable mesh. It should be strong enough to withstand the pushes of curious kids and pets. It should also be able to stand up to the elements.
Fortunately, the Pool Fence DIY mesh pool safety system is up to the task. The fence is constructed of industrial-strength Textilene PVC-coated nylon mesh, which has a strength rating of 387 pounds per square inch. Tension-based support is an important aspect of choosing your mesh. A smooth vinyl coating is also mildew-resistant and easy to clean.
Height is also a big consideration. A pool area will be better protected by a DIY pool fence that is too high to climb or jump. In this case, we’re looking at a black-colored 12-foot-long section of fence with a 5-foot height. In some areas, this height is required to meet official pool safety building code requirements. Even if this is not the legal case in your area, a taller fence is always recommended. The fence should be tall enough to block kids or pets from jumping over.
One final note on the mesh: the fence should include a border that surrounds it on all sides. This extra protective measure helps prevent the mesh from unraveling and provides additional support to keep the mesh from sagging over time. More strength is always better.
Strength in Poles
Pool fence DIY's barriers can be installed into a variety of surfaces. This includes concrete, pavers, sand or crushed stone. The fence can also be installed on a wood deck, into the dirt, in rock gardens, and other loose surfaces.
The Pool Fence DIY should be held up by aluminum support poles that are triple-reinforced. This will help it stay strong and tall. Additionally, the support poles should be placed no more than 36 inches apart to provide optimal tension.
What is Included?
When taking a look at this particular 5-foot by 12-foot Pool Fence DIY Section, here is what is included:
- A 5-foot high x 12-foot long section of mesh pool fence with five integrated poles.
- Each pole includes a 1/2-inch stainless steel peg, deck sleeves/caps and safety latch.
- An installation template.
Installation requires a rotary hammer drill. We covered this product a few weeks ago in great detail.
Add Extra Layers of Defense
According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of death among children from ages one through four. While a DIY pool fence is crucial, it shouldn’t be your only line of defense. There are many tips that can help to prevent disaster in your yard. Besides installing a self-latching gate and alarms, be sure to check the rest of Pool Fence DIY's blog.