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Overview

With the right tools, installing an aluminium pool fence is easy, and will give you peace of mind that your pool and spa are safe. This easy-to-follow video shows you the tools you need, how to set the posts and install the fencing and safety latch.

Steps

1Paint the screws

As the fence is black, we want to paint the screws the same colour. Drill holes in a piece of board and insert all of the screws. Spray paint the screws with black enamel paint.

Person holding an aluminium fence.

2Run a string line

Once you've planned where you want the fence to go around your pool or spa – run a string line. Hammer in a nail in-between two boards, so you don't damage the boards. Tie the string line to the nail and run the line beyond where the fence will end. Hammer another nail in-between the boards and tie the string to it so that the line is tight.
Person hammering a nail into timber.

3Measure the distance to the next post

To work out the distance between the first post and the second, measure the length of the fencing panel. Measure out this distance from the first panel and add a little bit more distance for clearance. Mark this spot. It's where your next post will go.

Person holding an aluminium fence.

4Set the second post

Place the second post on the spot marked for it. Make sure it's flush against the string line. Use the cordless drill and screws to secure the post to the decking.

Person placing down an aluminium fence.

5Place the fence on the wooden blocks

Place the two wooden blocks on the ground, in-line with the fence posts. Place the fence on top. The blocks make sure the fence and gate are at the correct height.

Alumnium fence and string line on the timber decking.

6Attach the fence to the posts

Slide the brackets onto the end of the top rail of the fence, with the flat side facing the post. Use the cordless drill and the two screws provided to fix the top rail of the fence to the post. Repeat this for the other side of the top rail. Secure the bottom rails in the same way.

Person drilling into an aluminium fence.

7Attach the hinges to the gate

Use the cordless drill and screws to attach the two hinges to the pool gate, one at the top of the gate, the other at the bottom.

Person screwing a hinge onto an aluminium fence.

8Attach the gate to the post

Place the two blocks of wood in-line with where the gate will go. Place the gate on top and clamp it to the post. Use the cordless drill and screws to attach the gate to the post
Person screwing hinge to bottom of aluminium fence.

9Set another post and attach the fence

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to set the posts into the decking and attach the fencing until you only have one fencing panel left to attach.

Person screwing end of aluminium fence into timber decking.

10Measure the last fencing panel

Measure the gap for your last fencing panel. Take into account that the bracket takes up some space between the pole and the top of the bracket. So leave enough room so that the bracket can fit between the pole and the post. If this isn't possible, cut a little bit off both ends of the fencing panel.

Person measuring timber deck.

11Mark and cut the fence panel

Use a white marker to mark the distance of the gap onto the fence panel on the top and bottom rail. Put on your safety glasses. Use a hacksaw to cut the panel to size.

Person holding an aluminium fence.

12Attach the panel to the post

Repeat Step 7 to attach the last fence panel to the post.

Person screwing a hinge onto an aluminium fence.

13Attach the gate lock

Place the gate lock on the inside post of the gate, with the latch sitting above the fence line. Use the cordless drill and screws to attach the top bracket for the gate lock to the post. Check the length of the latch and then attach the bottom bracket. If you're uncertain, check the instructions for installing the lock.

14Attach the lock to the gate

Follow the instructions in the gate latch kit and attach the two brackets onto the upright post.

15Attach the latch onto the brackets

Slide the latch into positon onto the brackets. Follow the instructions in the kit and use the cordless drill and screws to attach the latch to the brackets.

16Attach the catch to the gate

Align the line on the bracket with the line on the main part of the latch. Screw in the bracket with the cordless drill.

17Attach the gate's catch

There's already a screw in the safety catch. Slip the catch over the bracket and use the cordless drill to tighten the screw. 

18Check the gate closes

After attaching the gate's latch, close the gate to make it's aligned and locks in place.

19Tension the gate hinges

Use the allen key to tighten the hinges at the top and bottom of the gate. There are arrows to show you which way to tighten or loosen it. Make sure both hinges are equally tightened so that the gate closes properly. 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.