I'd like to ask a couple of questions in regards these two subjects:
Sliding Gate - It seems my city here in Frisco, TX, has an informal ordinance around the fact that with sliding gates and pool combination, the gate should close automatically in case of a power failure in the city. This could be accomplished by having a battery backup power, which is expensive. Alternatively, they tell you to build an iron fence along the driveway to keep people/children from accessing the pool. The iron gate will cost me around $700 for 25 ft.
Anyway, my pool builder said that someone from the city commented that it is possible to hook up the wires in the sliding gate motor, to make it close automatically when there is a power failure. Does anybody know how that is accomplished or has any schematic on how to accomplish this?
Tinted Window Issue - My PB told me that e of my windows in the back of the house, closer to the pool, may need to be glazed or tinted in order to make it safe proof. THe city code spells out that it has to be done if the window is within 5" from the water's edge. One window is within 4 1/2" while the other two, although outside of the range, are close to a pathway used to get out of the pool and the PB says it may indeed not pass inspection.
Anyway, I called a tinted window provider in the area and they quoted me $414 + tax for 3 windows that are 35" x 83". It is very expensive and since it is placed on the outside, not inside, it carries no warranty whatsoever. Also, this provider even told me that if he was me, he would invest in tempered glass instead since the tinted material will get damaged with time.
My question are these:
1) Are these the only products?
2) Do I need to have the whole window tinted or just the bottom part?
3) Is there a way to buy this product and install myself? Would you recommend it? Do you have any advise on where to buy them?
4) Wold you invest in the tempered glass?
Please note that my kids are 10 and 15, and are not the type that put themselves in danger.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.