We are having a removable pool fence installed around our pool next week. I have a young son (almost 3) and think it'll give us a little more peace of mind. The visual barrier alone will keep him away but I don't want to freak out every time we're sitting on the patio that he's going to trip and fall in.
The installer asked me to be home in the morning when he starts laying out the location for each of the poles. Our basic plan is to fence off the corner of the yard (including the shed) so the fence will hug one side of our pool. That means it'll have a couple sections installed in the ground (pvc piping laid in concrete) with tension applied by attaching to the existing fence.
I'm curious if anyone has a recommendation or lesson-learned regarding the actual location for the poles though. I want to stay off the coping ... but how far back into the deck should we place the poles? If you're swimming (with most of the fence still in place) then you'll still have space to use the other side of the pool or jump from a wall. I had planned to have it installed just a few inches from the coping.
We didn't purchase any gates. They were $400+ and we're expecting this to be a (mostly) short term solution (maybe a couple years before it can come down for good). The fence is tension based and hard to remove while under tension. When you want to swim you unlatch the poles and then either open or remove a section of the fence. The 15 ft sections only weigh 12 lbs.
Any lessons learned or recommendations?