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Building the swimming pool fence

In late March, I applied for a building permit (a public record) from the RM of Brokenhead for our swimming pool, a splash deck and the fencing that would enclose the pool area (see the Pool Plan View). Three sides of this fence were to be permanent chain link while the fourth side was to be a temporary wood fence that would eventually be replaced by the south wall of the yet-to-be-built clubhouse. My wife and I began site preparation by removing trees and stumps to make way for the new fence and pool. We built the wood fence first. I hand selected and hauled all of the treated lumber from Winnipeg to Naturist Legacy Park. It took us several days to set the nine posts and then attach rails and fence boards. In mid-April, we purchased our chain link fencing from Wallace + Wallace of Winnipeg. A member with a truck and large trailer hauled these fencing materials to the park. Another member had by this time crafted a special auger that we would use to dig holes for the metal fence posts. After I plotted their precise locations, a fellow member helped me dig holes and carefully set the posts (we would leave one section open for excavation equipment to access the pool site). Post tops and rails were then added. With these steps now done, I and several other members worked together to unroll, size, tension and then attach the actual chain link fencing. The last job was to hang the gates. The completed enclosure was 60 feet wide by 64 feet long. The fence was a minimum of six feet high to comply with Manitoba Health regulations for swimming pool enclosures.

These photographs from my personal collection were taken in March and April 2012. Click or tap to enlarge (opens in new tab / window).

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