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    pool fencing laws

    Okay, I don't know which section to post this in, so I will start here and hope the moderators move it if they feel its in the wrong spot!

    We just recently bought a intex metal frame pool (15' x 42"). Our yard is not fully fenced and I know we need to rectify that. Since it's a "temporary" pool, are the rules any more lax? Can I get away with a more temporary-style fence? I hate to invest huge amounts in a fancy pool fence when we may only keep it for a year. Please, don't flame me, I know it's about safety and that concerns me as well. Right now, I'm just keeping the cover on and the ladder put away when we're not using it. Obviously this is NOT enough. I'm aware of that. Every story sells these inflatable and metal frame pools now. Does everyone have a pool fence? Is it a case of look-the-other-way until there is a horrific accident? I don't intend to start a debate. I just need to know what to do!

    Can anyone advise me on inexpensive fencing methods? We're located in Linn County, Oregon. Does anyone know the laws here?

    Thanks so much!
    Cheap metal frame Intex above ground pool until I get brave enough for the real thing.
    3,681 gallons, 15'x42" round.
    Filter pump

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Coastalish 'down easter'

    Re: pool fencing laws

    Welcome to TFP!!

    It's my understanding that with an AG pool no fence is required on the yard, as long as the steps aren't in or are made inaccessible. If you have a deck it must be secured as per IG rules (4' fence with self closing gate)

    HOWEVER : since the passage of the 'Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act' - all bets are off and you should check with local officials to see if you are in compliance of the new nuisance pool law

    Edited for language. JasonLion
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    Re: pool fencing laws

    AG, IG, makes no difference i massachusetts. Need a 4 foot fence, with an autoclose gate. Some states only require a fence around the ladder of an AG pool if the pool wall is over 4 feet high. Call the building inspector for your town, he/she will know.

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    Re: pool fencing laws

    What about a screen encloser? Are you ok as long as the door stays locked?
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    Aug 2008
    Mendota Heights, MN

    Re: pool fencing laws

    This is what we did for 5 years.
    Intex Ultra 18' x 52" AG 6,981 Gal.
    3 - 2'x20' solar panels
    Hayward XStream 1500 Cart Filter
    Hayward 1-1/2 HP 2-speed Superpump
    Aquabot Pool Rover
    2-Softub 300 hot tubs (yup just got one for the lake)
    TF Test Kit Doing the BBB for 7 years
    Medota Heights,Minnesota

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    Re: pool fencing laws

    Wow, that screen enclosure looks pretty awesome, but I don't think it would meet our state laws. I talked to the building inspector (as someone suggested above) and it looks like we need a 4' high fence with a self-latching gate. I guess I'll have to call a fence company.

    Thanks everyone. Any other suggestions would be welcomed!
    Cheap metal frame Intex above ground pool until I get brave enough for the real thing.
    3,681 gallons, 15'x42" round.
    Filter pump

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    Jun 2008
    Carrollton, GA

    Re: pool fencing laws

    I live in the county (Georgia) and you do not even have to have a fence around an inground pool. The only requirement with an above ground pool is if the deck is 30 inches or more above the pool you have to have railing at least 30 inches high. All of this varies from state to state and county to county. Different laws in different states. Here you can add electrical without a permit but must have a permit to put a roof ove a deck or porch.

    18x33 AGP, BAQUAPURE 200 lb sandfilter, 2 1/2hp Workhorse pump (2 speed)

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