How to Remove a Safety Fence Around a Pool

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A pool’s safety fence is primarily designed as a barrier against small children. You can remove the safety fence if no children are present or are gong to be present when the pool has water in it, if state laws allow. The procedure to remove a safety fence is straightforward and involves landscaping tools that households with outdoor pools already have on hand. You will not need any mechanical or electrical skills.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Utility knife,
  • Adjustable wrench,
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Pickaxe
  • Shovel
  • Remove the pins from the hinges of the fence gate using a pliers. Pull the fence gate off from the fence and place it aside.

  • Remove the plastic ties, pipe fittings or connectors from the sides of each pole using a utility knife, an adjustable wrench or a Phillips screwdriver -- depending on how the fencing is attached. Remove the fencing from both sides of the pole.

  • Dig around each pole of the safety fence with a pickaxe. Loosen the pole by pushing it back and forth in the hole. Have an assistant help you pull the poles out of the hole. If concrete had been poured into the hole, break the concrete using the pickaxe before pulling the poles out.

  • Grip the plastic inner sleeve in each hole with the jaws of a pliers. Pull the sleeve up so that you can grab hold of it. Pull the sleeve out of the hole with your hands once you can grip it. Place the sleeves aside.

  • Fill in the holes using a shovel. Place the parts of the safety fence away for safekeeping, or dispose of them in a proper manner.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check with local authorities to ensure that removing the safety fence yourself doesn’t violate any ordinances -- and that there are no underground cables or other obstructions that you must take into account before removing the fence.

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