Do It Yourself Pool Fence: Setting Your Posts  

by Pool Builders on 07-27-2011 in Articles

If you are like a lot of new pool owners today, you may be considering installing your own pool fence. Hey, it all makes perfect sense these days because for one thing you "need" to have one, and for another labor costs money. Besides a "basic fence" is a relatively straight forward affair. However, do keep in mind that you do want your final results to look like nice professional work.

So then you can make things a whole lot easier on yourself from the start, by opting for a basic one-by-six redwood dog eared slat fence. All built on a basic two-by-four framework, attached to four-by-four posts. Nothing fancy on top. Just take a ride around your area, and you'll find more than one because it's a rather popular fence style. Some will be painted but most will be left natural.

So you need to start out by simplifying the picture in your head. That is that you should basically put any thoughts of the finished fence on the back burner, so to speak, and just think about the framework of the fence you're about to build. Build a nice frame then you can build a nice fence on top of it. Now this type of fence frame starts out with 4 x 4 posts, and to be sure you don't come up short, buy 10 footers. You can cut the excess off the tops.

One mistake to avoid that happens far more often than people like to admit to, is building a fence over the property line, and it's easy to do. The problem that you face, is that there May or may not be boundary markers, and even then someone may have moved them at some point in time. So one thing that you can do, is take a trip down to county land records office to do some research, and if there any doubts you may want to hire a surveyor.

So now that you have your boundary lines identified and your fence lines mapped out, it's time to drive a large stake into the ground at each identified fence corner. Then after that's been done you need to run a string from stake to stake to delineate your actual fence. Where it's going to go. Then after that has been completed, you need to use a felt tipped pen and a tape measure to mark out every 8 feet on your strings. That's where the posts are to be set.

Simply pound a small stake into the ground below each mark on the stings. Those small stakes are your reference markers for digging "nice & roomy" 2 foot deep holes for your posts. After that task has been done, simply drop the posts into their holes with a generous amount of cement, plumb them up with a level, brace them off, and allow the cement to cure for about a day before you start in building your framework.

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