GLI Protect-A-Pool Fence Installation Instructions

The following tools are required for installation:

  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Chalk line
  • Rotary hammer or hammer drill
  • Power screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • ºî masonry drill bit
  • ºî Hex head bit
  • Extension cords
  • 5/8î masonry drill bit
  • Template (included)
  • Scissors
  • Power drill
  • Concrete epoxy
  • Household glue or PVC cement

    WHEN USING PROTECT-A-POOL DRILLING GUIDE, A ROTARY HAMMER DRILL AND 5/8î X 18î SDS BIT MUST BE USED.(Drill Bit available for sale on the fencing page)

    1. Decide where you want your fence. When installing PROTECT-A-POOL Removable Safety Fencing take these guidelines into consideration:

  • The fence must isolate the pool area from all exits of the house
  • All sides of the pool area should be enclosed by either the PROTECT-A-POOL fence and/or another permanent barrier such as a block wall, house, wrought iron fence, etc..
  • If PROTECT-A-POOL fence is not being used as a total enclosure, and a tie-in to an existing structure is necessary, that structure must be strong, sold and high enough not to allow a child to get around, through or over the structure.
  • Do not place fence adjacent to another structure that a child may climb upon. This includes raised seating and decorative boulders. Exception; unless that structure is being enclosed as well.
  • Fence should be a minimum distance away from the pool edge to allow proper maintenance while fence is in use.

    2. Determine your starting point. If the run of the fence is going to be straight it is important to snap a chalk line to ensure that the fence remains a straight line.

    3. FOR 4FT HIGH FENCING: Using the outside holes of the template, mark the four holes for the first panel or using a tape measure mark holes 39 æî on center.
    FOR 5FT HIGH FENCING: Using the outside holes of the template, mark the five holes for the first panel or using a tape measure mark holes 29 æî on center.

    -IMPORTANT: When marking the holes for a curved run of fencing, holes should be marked up to ºî closer or further apart to make up for slack in the fence.

    4. Using the PROTECT-A-POOL drilling guide (available through dealer) or with a level and a square drill the holes that have been marked. A double drilling procedure is recommended (but not required) by first drilling a ºî pilot hole and then a 5/8î finish hole. This will help insure the proper angles. IF USING PROTECT-A-POOL DRILLING GUIDE A ºî PILOT HOLE IS NOT NECESSARY.
    Angle guidelines are as follows:
    a. Holes for a straight run of fencing should be drilled at Ω degree angle with the top of the pole angled away from the pool.
    b. Holes for an outside curved run of fencing should be 2 to 3 degrees with the top of the pole angled away from the pool. Tighter curves may require an angle up to 5 degrees. *Mark holes closer together to accommodate the fabric wrapping around the pole.
    c. Holes for an inside curved run of fencing should be 2 to 3 degrees with the top of the pole angled toward the pool. Tighter curves may require an angle up to 5 degrees. *Mark holes further apart to make for slack in the fence due to less fabric wrapping around the pole.
    This method allows for the fence to be pulled tight under tension to 90 degrees.

    5. Make sure holes are clean of debris, insert (do not pound) plastic deck sleeves in the holes and install the first panel. If sleeves do not slide in easily then re-drilling the hole may be necessary.

    6. For the next panel use the two closest holes of the template to mark the distance between the panels, allowing exactly three inches on center.

    7. Repeat steps 3-6 until all holes have been drilled and fence panels installed. 90 degree rule: It is not recommended that 90 degree corners be used, although it is sometimes necessary. In order to maximize the strength of the fence do not design 90 degree corners within a single panel. A 90 degree corner can be made by placing two panels at a right angle and angle the poles away from each other by 5 degrees. Be sure to make adjustments before you drill.

    8. Sometimes special width panels are required. Using standard panels follow this step by step procedure to manufacture custom width panels. IMPORTANT: Fabric must be taut and straight in all directions.
    a. Determine panel width required.
    b. Using scissors or a utility knife, cut the fabric of the standard panel at least 4î more than the desired width.
    c. Utilizing any unused pole (or you can purchase a pole from your dealer), first detach trim from pole by using screw driver with ºî hex head bit Next mark desired width using chalk line, then fold fabric back and under leaving fabric Ωî longer than marked and refasten trim to pole along marked line, making sure that the fabric is between the trim and the pole.
    d. When satisfied with the proper panel width, trim excess fabric away from pole with either scissors or utility knife and then use a flame (i.e., cigarette lighter) to carefully melt together any frayed edges.

    9. When all holes have been drilled and fence panels installed they need to be attached with hooks and eyes. To attach hook and eyes first remove the top screw (or in the case of steps the corresponding screws) with a screwdriver and the ºî hex bit. Next, screw the hook in one hole and the eye in the corresponding hole on the next panel (a screw driver slipped through the eye hole will provide added leverage) and latch poles together. Note: In some cases, such as attaching the fence to an existing structure a second hook may be required on the opposite end of the fence panel and the eye must be attached to the structure. Extra hook and eyes, anchor shield and additional hardware may be required but are not included. Check with your dealer.

    10. Install vinyl post caps by placing a few drops of glue (we recommend a household al purpose type glue or PVC cement, check the label before you buy) inside the caps and then sliding them on the post and twisting to ensure that the entire surface is covered with glue.

    11. After all fence panels have been installed and Hook and Eyes attached and you re satisfied with installation; remove fence completely and remove sleeves from deck. Then using a concrete epoxy squeeze a small bead of the epoxy around the sleeve in a circular motion from top to bottom and re-insert the sleeve into hole. Be careful not to get any epoxy on the inside of the sleeve and wipe up any excess epoxy. A towel with a little acetone will help make wiping easier.

    12. Gates: You can place a gate wherever two panels meet. Drill an extra hole on poolside of the fence 3 away from the next closest pole. Drop the Delrin deck sleeve into the hole and you have your gate. Just put the pole into the hole and roll the fence up.

    13. Your PROTECT-A-POOL Fence is now complete. Keep gate panels closed and fence fastened at all times. PROTECT-A-POOL Fencing is not intended to be a substitute for proper adult supervision nor is it a guarantee against access to the pool. Children should be carefully watched at all times.


    Layers of protection such as a fence, wall or natural barrier around your pool can help reduce unauthorized use. Make sure pool entrance has a self-closing and self-latching gate and is properly maintained. Check with local building codes to be sure you are in compliance with fencing laws.