Aboveground Pool Fence Installation

aboveground-pool-fencingAbove ground pool fencing is a requirement in most areas, for pools deeper than 36″.

Fortunately, Above ground pool fences are inexpensive and easy to install yourself, in a few hours.

aboveground-pool-fencing-closeupAs you can see in these images, above ground pool fences attach to the uprights of your pool. Each section of light weight resin fencing is 64-1/2″ long, to fit nearly 99% of all aboveground pool wall panels.


Installing above ground pool fence requires only simple hand tools, which most people should have around the house.


The drill is needed to drill holes into your uprights, to mount the pool fence brackets. The saw may be needed to trim the fence at the end of your fence run, or to connect to a partial pool deck fence, or to your ladder or step section.


To find out how many fence panels you will need, count the number of uprights on your pool. These are the vertical posts, in between wall sections. Count them twice to be sure, then refer to this handy chart.


Aboveground resin pool fence is sold in 3 Kits, A, B & C. Depending on the how many uprights you have on your pool, different combinations of the 3 pool fence Kits will meet your needs.


1. Install all of the post mounting brackets to the vertical uprights of the pool. Mount them just below the the top rail connector caps, or as high on the upright as possible. Measure the holes before drilling, so that all of your fence posts are mounted at the same vertical height.

Tip #1 for ordering a new pool coverDon’t overtighten the screws that hold the fence post brackets to the top rails – or they may strip, and lose their grip.aboveground pool fence post bracket

2. Assemble the fence post and push into the mounting brackets. The assembly is adjustable to accommodate different top rail widths. Set the distance for all, and tighten the set screw to secure the fence post into the mounting brackets.

3. Measure the distance between fence posts, and if necessary, cut the horizontal rails to fit inside of the fence post at a depth of 5/8″. The soft and flexible resin material is easy to cut with any saw, but a fine toothed hacksaw may give the fastest cut, or you can use a power saw.

Tip #1 for ordering a new pool cover

After carefully measuring the distance between mounting brackets, cut both top and bottom rails together, to the same measurement.

fence-pool4. Assemble the fence panels, to your measurements. Install the vertical pickets into the top and bottom horizontal rails, until you have a complete fence section to install. Measure, cut and assemble each fence section separately, as the measurements may vary between fence posts.

5. Mount the assembled fence section using the supplied screws, in between each fence post. Keep screws loose at first, so that you can adjust the angle of fence sections, if needed.

Tip #1 for ordering a new pool cover

Use a plain old screwdriver to keep from driving the screws in too tightly, which a power drill can do fairly easily.

Do It Yourself above ground pool fence – for just a few hundred dollars, you can have a safer swimming pool, and come into compliance with new local laws requiring above ground pools to have a fence system.

These all-resin pool fence kits have a 5 year warranty, and new this year, are now in a Taupe color, (that’s tan or beige, guys).

For more info, see our Vinyl Works Pool Fence Installation Manual, and If you have any questions on sizing, buying or installing our pool safety fence for above ground pools, give any of our associates a call – or, just leave a comment below!

Davy Merino
InTheSwim Blog Editor


Aboveground Pool Fence Installation — 2 Comments

    • Hi, great question Donna. For winter covers, the rails of our aboveground pool fence systems don’t actually touch the pool top rails but are secured to the vertical (uprights), so a winter cover can be pulled over the top rail, cinched with the cable and cover clips or wall bags used if needed for wind. Solar Covers however, or a solar pool blanket – that would be a problem when used with aboveground pool fencing, since you would have trouble removing and replacing, without using a solar roller or solar cover reel placed across the center of the pool, which then becomes hard to remove (cover + reel) from the pool. Solar rings or solar squares would be easier to use on abg pools with a complete abg fence system, and serve as a good substitute for solar blankets. Another option however, is to cut the solar blanket into manageable sections, such as 4′ long strips that can be pulled over the edge under the fence, or into quadrants, that can be folded up, from inside the pool, and then placed on a deck, or wedged under the fence rail, while the pool is used.

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