Great Tips On Installing Posts For an Above Ground Pool Fence   

by Pool Builders on 08-18-2008 in Articles

If you are going to have a swimming pool installed in your backyard then you should be aware that a fence is a requirement. However; even if you have an existing fence around the perimeter of your property, you may want to install a separate above ground pool fence as an added level of security.

Chain Link Fence

While a chain link fence may look to be the most secure with its prohibitive looks, it is in fact one of the easiest for a child to climb and is also one of the most expensive to have installed. This is why for actual pool security, most people will choose a tall and difficult to climb wooden slat fence of one type or another.

String it Out First

Delineate the actual path of your fence by first stinging it out using wooden stakes and construction grade string that can be purchased at your local hardware store. Then make markings along the string in even increments, using a felt tipped marker and a measuring tape. Then dig nice post holes at least 18 inches deep and 12 inches across.

Nice Tall Fence Posts

Make sure that the 4x4 post that you purchase are long enough to account for the 18 inches that will be going into the ground and the height of your fence. This means that your posts should be at least 10 feet tall when you buy them. Each post hole should take a small sack of ready mix concrete also.

Stick a Rock in Each Hole

Before you install the posts into their respective holes, you will want to place a small fist sized rock in the bottom of each hole. This is so that when the post and the concrete is put into the hole, the bottom of the post will be slightly elevated up and away from the dirt and fully encased in cement, which will help to prevent rot or termites from eating away at the post from the bottom.

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