Hi everyone - My mom and step-dad just bought a new country house with a very large in-ground pool and we hope to visit often (me, DH, and our two sons currently 2.5 years and 8 mos). Unfortunately the pool is not currently fenced nor is it required to be by law in her area. Intending to fence it immediately, we hired a childproofing company that specializes in these mesh removable pool fences. They came to do the initial measurements last weekend and found that the patio around the pool is not solid enough to install the fence footings (it is old). We're all crushed because we hope to visit for a week or more in July and none of us can relax without a fence. We've spent one weekend there already and we were all surprised at just how stressful the presence of the pool is. I thought that as long as our toddler is closely supervised, it would be okay for now but there's no way.
My mom intends to replace the patio around the pool eventually but not for a few years for financial reasons and also so that it can be worked into the overall landscape design, which needs an overhaul. As it is, the only way we can see to put in a proper fence is to dig concrete post holes all around the outside of the patio. If we have to do that, we will. However the expense and mess of a job like that would be pretty significant considering it would likely all be undone/redone in a few years when the landscaping and patio are redone.
So I'm trying to think of removable temporary fencing options that would work in the mean time and that are somewhat affordable. At most until there is a permanent fence we would be visiting two or three times a year for 3-5 days each time. We would prefer not a cover-type barrier, though the company did say that the pool surround is stable enough for that so maybe we have no choice. These are the other ideas I've come up with so far:
- several of these connected together
- orange plastic "snow" fence tightly strung on iron or wood posts hammered into the ground
- wood snow fence (comes in a roll, 2" vertical wood slats wired 2" apart) strung on iron or wood posts hammered into the ground
- chain link fence that comes on a roll strung on iron posts hammered into the ground
- rental modular fence from a special events supply rental company
Each of these options would be a few hundred dollars instead of $4000+ (which we will gladly spend when my mom is ready for a permanent fence). I'm thinking not of total prevention but rather accident deterrent with the understanding that children are never allowed outside alone and will be closely supervised at all times.
Am I nuts or would one of these options suffice for the occasional short visit? We're lake people so we have very limited experience hanging around pools and have no idea what is reasonable. Do you have any other ideas?
Thanks so much for reading! Sorry this is so long!