Question - Which way should gate open?

Answered by: Marilyn Ramirez  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 22-06-2022  |  Views: 1392  |  Total Questions: 11

A gate should always swing inward toward private space, not outward toward public space. The hinges can be placed on either side of a single gate. If the gate will swing into a sloping hillside, mount the hinges on the downhill post. The gate should open outwards (away from the pool). Gates should open outwards and not facing directly to the swimming pool. If your gate opens inward, you should adjust it to make it swing to the required direction. How to Open a Gate From the Outside Fence Stand inside the gate and familiarize yourself with the latch or sliding bolt. Walk outside the gate, pulling the gate closed behind you--if a latch has been installed, the latch will lock into the closed position automatically. Stand near the gate post that houses the latch or dead bolt. Position your top hinge against the gate at the top cross brace. Depending on the hinge style, you can install it on the exterior of the fence or on the interior of the gate. Place the hinges where the gate will swing in the direction you desire, either away from the enclosure or into it. A gate should always swing inward toward private space, not outward toward public space. If the gate is made to swing against a wall or section of fence, mount the hinges on that side. If a pathway approaches the gate from an angle, hinge the gate so that it opens toward the path, rather than blocking it off.

All gates should be designed with a locking device. These are the gates people walk through. Swimming pool barriers should be equipped with a gate or gates which restrict access to the pool. Gates should open out from the pool and should be self-closing and self-latching.

Fines range from one penalty unit to seven penalty units. The maximum penalty for non-compliance of pool fencing legislation is 165 penalty units.

Can I use a boundary fence as part of my pool fence? Yes, although if the fence forming part of the pool area has horizontal rails on the outside of the pool area, the rails need to be more than 900mm apart so it's unclimbable for small children.

If your pool is deeper than 18 inches, you are required to install a fence around it. For private pools, there are specific measurements that you are supposed to follow depending on the state or county you live in. There are numerous materials that you can use when installing a fence.

There is a national standard that requires that all swimming pools must be at least 10 feet away from the house walls. As mentioned, this will protect electrical wiring from leaks, floods, and splashes.

Typically, a pool fence is required if the body of water is at least 18 inches deep. If there is a deck around the above ground pool, that may affect the requirements in some states, so you need to check your local laws. But, many do stick with the four feet pool fence rule.

Many municipalities do require a pool fence even for above ground pools. In most cases, you must have a fence of at least four feet tall. As long as the body of water (either in-ground or above ground) is at least 18 inches deep, you do need to install a fence.

For gates with standard 2x4 framing and 4x4 posts, leave a 1/2- to 3/4-inch space between the latch post and the gate frame. On the hinge side, it will depend on the hardware you use. About 1/4 inch is usually sufficient.

You will want to make your gate 1 to 1-1/2 inches smaller than the opening to allow for swing and hardware.

Mix enough two-part epoxy wood putty to fill the crack and trowel it in with a putty knife. Wait for the putty to set, then swing the hinge back and drill a 1/4-inch pilot hole through each of the holes in the hinge. Drive a screw into each hole. Reinforce the gate with a cable if the wood itself is twisted.