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It is perfectly possible to install your own aluminum fencing, and the same is true of an aluminum pool fence. Doing the work yourself not only saves on labor costs but also brings a great sense of pride and achievement. Aluminum is a lightweight material that is easy to maneuver but remains strong and durable, making it ideal for pool fencing. It is also resistant to rust and the effects of water, which makes it the perfect swimming pool surround. 

As with all DIY jobs, failing to prepare means preparing to fail, as the old adage says. Here are some top tips to remember when installing your own DIY pool fence.

Pool Gate with drop rod

1. Get your tools ready

Before starting work, ensure you have all the tools you are going to need on hand. Having to run to the hardware store in the middle of installation costs valuable time and can see the project going from a day job to needing several days to complete. Most of the tools required for installation are already in the average toolbox, while those missing can be found at a good hardware store. You may also want to enlist some help for the project.

2. Clean around the pool first

Before starting the work, clean and clear the area around the pool, making sure it is free of foliage and debris. Anything that gets in the way around the pool could hinder your measuring and make it less accurate than it should be.

3. Know your property lines

Installing your pool fence beyond your own property lines is illegal and can lead to problems with your neighbors. Before installing your aluminum fence – whether it’s a pool fence or otherwise – it is wise to check your property lines. If you cannot find them, you will need to get in touch with a surveyor or real estate agent. Installing a pool fence beyond your own lines can be a costly and time-consuming mistake.

4. Install your gate first

Install your pool gate first and use it as something of a marker so you can evenly space your posts around the perimeter and achieve a more symmetrical look.

5. Look up the legal details

Legal requirements surrounding swimming pool fences vary greatly from state to state, although most have some form of regulation in place. Many use some or all of the BOCA swimming pool codes (Barriers and Fencing for Swimming Pools section of the BOCA National Building Code, published in May 1999). Get to know this guidance. Even if it is not in force in the state in which you live, following it will make sure you have the safest pool fencing possible. There may also be regulations for pool fences issued by your community or homeowners’ association. 

6. Pay attention to the slope of the land

You can still install an aluminum pool fence on sloping land, but it will require a little more careful measuring to ensure you get an even and symmetrical finish. The amount of concrete and the level of posts will vary depending on the slope of the land. 

7. Check for inground fixtures

Before you begin cutting your post holes, make sure you have checked for inground fixtures such as water lines, electric cables or gas lines. Cutting through these and causing damage is another costly and time-consuming mistake.