The Do It Yourself installation (DIY) Guide provided by Avant-Garde Glass has been produced in association with manufacturers and safety standards and regulations imposed in Australia. However, this guide is only an indication of the steps to be undertaken to successfully install a pool fence. Avant-Garde Glass reserves all its rights in the matters of liability and responsibility in the outcome of the pool fences installed by individuals. This DIY pool fence guide is only to be used for assistance. If you are unsure consult a professional.
Prior to work commencing
Before commencing work you must check for underground services (gas, water, telecom and electricity) by calling “Dial Before You Dig”, on 1100 and checking plans with your local council. You should also check with your local council to make sure you meet the requirements of pool fence regulations.
While moving and storing your glass panels, certain precautions must be undertaken. Ensure that the glass panels are always placed on rubber or timber; the glass panel must never come in contact with concrete or any hard surface as this may cause the panel to shatter. Be aware of your surroundings and ensure that there is enough room to maneuver. Before lifting panels, check the weight and call for assistance if required.
Use suitable equipment to ensure a safe working environment such as safety gloves and glasses, steel capped boots, suction cups and lifting devices.
To ensure the job goes to plan, it is crucial to have accurate measurements and order the correct panels and accessories.
Here is an example showing dimensions of where the glass pool fence is to be installed.
As we offer a wide variety of glass panels, it is easy to acquire the correct panels to match your site measurements, but for aesthetic reasons, it is best to have glass panels of similar sizes.
The placing of a pool fence must be a minimum distance of 100mm from the edge of the slab, to avoid breaking out the edge of the slab. Mark the spaces you need between each panel, keeping in mind that the gaps between panels must never exceed 100mm. We recommend gaps of around 50mm to be aesthetically appealing. For the installation of our standard gates, the spacing required is 830mm (800mm Gate), 930mm (900mm Gate) and 1030mm (1000mm Gate) which includes the gaps for hinges and latches. Keep in mind that you should not exceed a measurement of 100mm from the panel bottom to the ground, from the panel edge to another fence, pier or house, as this does not comply with government regulations.
Gap spacing between a hinged and a gate panel will be 12mm (hinges side). Gap spacing between gate panel and infill panel will be 18mm (Gate latch side). Taking the above into consideration, the fence layout shown below was designed. For the left hand side, we were left with roughly 38mm gap and for the side with the gate, roughly 46mm.
Marking out and Core Drilling
Before drilling, get a true line of measurements to work with using a chalk-line. Then mark out the positions of each glass panel with the gaps. The sketch below shows the mark-up of 1400mm panels with 46mm gaps between panels.
Now, refer to the spigot spacing details and make markings where to core drill for the spigots. For 1400mm panels, the spigot spacing is 250mm from the edge; the sketch below shows the complete mark up. After configuring where the spigots need to be placed, apply masking tape where you intend to drill the holes, as this will highlight the markings clearly.
Once you have double checked your markings and measurements, use a 70-85mm core drill-bit and drill a hole to a depth of approximately 120mm. Carefully remove the core using a pair of tongs, remove all the debris and excess water and ensure that the core hole is dry. Be careful not the chip or damage the tile.
Now attach the desired side of the spigot to the glass panel. Lay the glass horizontally on a surface with a protective covering such as the cardboard from the box of the panel or a blanket. Attach the spigots to the glass. Place rubber inserts on the glass, line up and position in accordance with the required spigot spacing. Dip the rubbers in soapy water if it is difficult to slide the spigot on. Insert the stainless steel pressure plate between the rubber and the inside of spigot and tighten using an Alan key. Ensure there is rubber between the glass and metal; at no stage should the glass touch the metal. Check that the spigot has been attached straight by using a setsquare. Fasten and lock the spigot into position. Place the dress ring on the correct way up and tape into position, preventing the cover plate from falling off when you stand the glass panel into position. You are now ready to erect your panels.
Place small blocks of timber on the outside of each hole approx. 50-65mm in height (Tip: Use 2 or more blocks to obtain the required height; having two blocks will ensure easy removal once the job is done). Allow enough room for your dress ring not to be affected, lift the panel and line up your spigots and under control, gently lower the panel into the holes. The bottom of the glass should rest onto the timber blocks that were placed there earlier. If the glass does not touch these blocks, your holes are not deep enough.
Once the panel is at the correct position, you are able to lean the panel to one side and it should stay in its holes by itself, providing you have followed the above steps correctly. Now check the horizontal level and use plastic shims for minor height adjustments to get the panel leveled. Now, check the vertical level of the panel and once leveled, use the glass support to hold the panel in place. Re-check for level and make adjustments.
Insert the next panel the same way and check for level. Use a glass clamp to the attach to previous panel. Note: Glass support is only required every second panel. It is recommended to use clamps both on top of the panel and the bottom (Pictures only show top clamp)
Insert all remaining panels of your fence using the same method. Now that all your panels have been placed into your desired position, it’s time to re-check the level from the start and adjust as required. Now that all your glass is connected together, check that all your spaces in between the glass are at your desired measurements. Once they are all locked into position, ensure the spacing and height levels are 100% accurate before moving onto the final stage.
You are now ready to mix up the grout. This mix needs to be fairly runny so it can fit into the small gap between your spigot and the concrete hole (a small watering would work best). Pour the grout so it fills up the entire hole.
In order to attach a gate panel to the swimming pool fence, you require the following panels and hardware.
- 12mm Glass Hinged panel (4 holes for attachment of hinges)
- 8mm Glass Gate panel (6 holes for attachment of hinges and latch)
- Stainless Steel Hinges (pair)
- Stainless Steel Latch
The distance required between the gate and glass panels is 30mm, hence the distance between a glass panel and hinged panel encompassing the gate should be 830mm (for a 800mm gate), 930mm (for a 900mm gate) or 1030mm (for a 1000mm) gate respectively. As in accordance with regulations, the gates must open away from the pool. Attach the hinges to the gate panel with the barrel facing away from the poolside. (Ensure that rubber gaskets provided are placed between the glass and hinges to prevent direct contact with the glass).
Before attaching the gate, place timber blocks on the floor in alignment with where the gate would go. Now you are ready to attach the gate panel. Align the holes in the hinges on the gate panel with the holes on the hinged panel and attach using the supplied screws and bolts. (Ensure the plastic tubing provided is inserted to every screw to prevent direct contact with the glass) . Attach the magnetic-latch onto the glass panel and ensure that the latch mechanism is facing the poolside. Now bolt on the latch keeper with the supplied screw and bolts to the latch body. (Ensure that the rubber gaskets provided are placed between the glass and Latch to prevent direct contact with the glass).
In order to make the gate self-closing, now add the tension pin in an appropriate tension hole using the provided 70mm bar to increase tension to the hinges. Check to see if the gate self-closes and self-hinges by releasing the gate freely from all positions. Make adjustments in the tension as required.
Finally clean the glass panels, spigots and hardware with soapy water. Wipe down the fence with a clean dry cloth to remove all residual stain and dirt. Applying a coat of self-cleaning coating (Enduroshield) to the glass panels will sustain a pristine look and reduce cleaning time.
Your DIY Glass Pool Fence is now ready to be used.