How to install aluminium pool fencing

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How to install aluminium pool fencing

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Project 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. 

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Paint the screws
2 Run a string line
3 Measure the distance to the next post
4 Set the second post
5 Place the fence on the wooden blocks
6 Attach the fence to the posts
7 Attach the hinges to the gate
8 Attach the gate to the post
9 Set another post and attach the fence
10 Measure the last fencing panel
11 Mark and cut the fence panel
12 Attach the panel to the post
13 Attach the gate lock
14 Attach the lock to the gate
15 Attach the latch onto the brackets
16 Attach the catch to the gate
17 Attach the gate’s catch
18 Check the gate closes
19 Tension the gate hinges
  • Step 1. Paint the screws

    Because 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.

  • Step 2. Run 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.
  • Step 3. Measure 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.

  • Step 4. Set 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.

  • Step 5. Place 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.

  • Step 6. Attach 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.

  • Step 7. Attach 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.

  • Step 8. Attach 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
  • Step 9. Set 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.

  • Step 10. Measure the last fencing panel

    Measure the gap for you 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.

  • Step 11. Mark 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.

  • Step 12. Attach the panel to the post

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


  • Step 13. Attach 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.

  • Step 14. Attach the lock to the gate

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

  • Step 15. Attach 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.

  • Step 16. Attach 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.

  • Step 17. Attach 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. 

  • Step 18. Check the gate closes

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

  • Step 19. Tension 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

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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