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INSTALLING A McGREGOR POOL SAFETY FENCE - 8

 


ATTACHING THE FENCING TO THE POOL FENCE FRAMEWORK

Metal Hexagrid Pool Fencing

Start about a foot before a corner post and unroll the fencing on the ground just outside the line of posts. Put bricks or something heavy on it to keep it from rolling back up again, and proceed until you come to an end, a gate, or another corner, or until you reach the end of the fence roll. Now put something heavy on the roll at this point to keep it from rolling back up and return to where you started.

Raise one side of the fencing to the top of the post and use a zip-lock tie to attach the fencing--at a point about one foot from the end of the roll--to the brace band's bolt if using top support wire or to a place on the post just below the top rail if using a top rail. Then do the same thing at the next post down the line, pulling the fencing reasonably taut before applying the tie.

Arrange things so that the pool fencing reaches the ground. If the fencing fails to touch the ground, lower one or both of the relevant zip ties or brace bands until it does. If there is an inch or so of fencing on the ground and you cannot raise the bands, plan on bending this mini-fold outward so that it runs flat on the ground when you stake the fencing down.

At the corner post where you started, attach the fencing near the bottom of the post with a zip tie, and then (after again pulling the fencing reasonably taut) do the same at the second post. Now see if the fencing has major bows in it. Some minor bowing in or out is acceptable (the fencing should not be installed drum tight), but major correctable distortions are not. Should such distortions exist, resolve them by cutting one or another of the zip ties, re-positioning the fencing, and replacing the cut zip tie with a new one.

Attach the top of the fencing to the top support wire or top rail by placing two zip-ties between the two vertical posts, putting one tie about a third of the way between the posts and the other about two-thirds of the way between them. Go back to the first post and add zip ties at about 1-foot intervals to secure to the fencing to the post. Then attache the fencing to the top rail with zip ties or to the top support wire with zip ties or hog ring staples, applying about 1 tie or staple per foot of fence.

Repeat this procedure to hang the fencing between the next two posts, and then the next two, until you have finished hanging the fencing all along the run. If the last post in the run is an end or gate post, terminate the run by cutting the fencing and extending it an an inch or two beyond the attaching zip ties, or else by wrapping it around the post and then securing it to the post with zip ties, whichever you prefer.

If the last post in the run is another corner post, two possibilities exist. If the area being fenced follows the absolutely flat grade of the water in the swimming pool, you can turn the corner and continue the run of fencing as though this corner post was a line post. Or else, if turning the corner causes the grade to change, however slightly, terminate the run by attaching the fencing to the corner post with zip ties; then cut the fencing a foot or so beyond the post and start a new run of fencing that follows the new grade

Once you have got the fencing running along this new grade, it's easy to connect the old and new runs. Simply twist the cut ends of one run into the mesh of the other and vice versa. These cut ends really want to stick into your fingers; but if you can avoid that the joining is simple and no additional ties are needed.

Proceed in this manner to hang the fencing all around the fence until you come back to where you started. When you are done, check to ensure that the fencing is touching the ground everywhere, and also to affirm (if you are using a top support wire) that the wire is not sagging. If the wire is sagging, tighten it as necessary until it runs straight by undoing and redoing one of the anchoring "hangman's knots." this completes the hanging of your pool fencing.

 

 

Welded Wire Pool Fencing

Start at a corner post and unroll the pool fencing on the ground just outside the line of fence posts until you come to an end, gate, or another corner, or until you reach the end of the fence roll. Put bricks or something heavy on the fencing to keep it from rolling back up again in either direction, and return to the post where you started.

Raise one side of the fencing to the top of the post. Use a zip-lock tie to attach the end of the fencing to a point near the top of the post and use another zip tie to attach the top of the fencing to a place near the top of the next post. Also, attach the fencing to the top rail or top support wire with two more zip ties, placing the first tie about a third of the way between the two posts and the second about two-thirds of the way between them.

Arrange things so that the fencing touches the ground. If if fails to touch the ground, lower the top rail or top support wire until it does. Alternatively, if the top rail or top support wire is not high enough, raise brace bands and/or posts to correct this situation. (To raise a post that is not in a cement footing, remove the post--if necessary by digging down a foot or so around the post with the help of a spade. Then, once the post has been extracted, insert pebbles or crushed rock into the hole so as to raise the post's height appropriately.)

At the corner post where you started, use a zip tie to attach the fencing near the bottom of the post. Then, after making sure that the fence mesh is running straight up and down, go to the second post, pull the bottom of the fence taut, and use another zip tie to secure the bottom of the fencing to the post.

Go back to the first post and add zip ties at about 1-foot intervals to secure the fencing to the post. Then attach the fencing to the top rail with zip ties or to the top support wire with zip ties or hog ring staples, applying about 1 tie or staple to the top support wire per foot of fence, or applying about 1 tie to the top rail every 2 feet.

Now repeat this procedure to hang the fencing between the next two posts, and then the next two, until you have finished hanging the fencing all along the run. When you come to the last post in the run, terminate the run by cutting the fencing at the post and cutting off any projecting ends before attaching the end of the fencing to the post with zip ties. Likewise, before starting the next run cut off any projecting ends.

Proceed in this manner to hang the fencing all around the fence until you come back to where you started. When you are done, check to ensure that the fencing is touching the ground everywhere, and if it is not make any necessary adjustments. This completes the hanging of your fencing.