Pool Fence Latches: What are my safety options?

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Wed, Mar 23, 2016

 In ground pools have become more affordable in the past decade and that makes the subject of operational gate latches a major benefit to homeowners and pool fence installers. It can be a confusing topic for those who are not familiar with pool code requirements

Pool safety latches are designed to make it difficult, if not impossible, for small children to open the gate. These latches typically open by pulling up on a knob that releases the latch. This is an unusual opening action and kids are not inclined to understand how to unlock the gate. The latches are installed at the top of the gate to ensure that the latch is ‘out of reach’. Virginia Pool Code requires that the latch mechanism be at 54” above ground or higher. These latches also have a key lock on them as well.

Pool gates must also be equipped with automatically self-closing hinges that open away not towards the pool area. Once the gate swings back to the closed position the latch will automatically engage: it is then necessary for the pool-owner to actually turn the lock on the gate for additional security. Every city, county, or municipality has some form of pool code or regulations regarding the gate latches for pool fences.

Choosing an aluminum or vinyl pool gate latch that is compliant with those particular regulatory codes, is very important for safety and liability . 

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Peace of Mind is Priceless

Even in the very rare situation that your city, county or municipality does not have a code regulating the use of pool safety latches it is always better to be safe rather than sorry. Your pool or fence professional will be familiar with your local pool fence code

By using an approved pool safety latch you will be providing security for your family as well as any wandering neighborhood children and pets who may exhibit interest in your inviting new pool. 

Below are a few options for your pool fence safety latch. Before you select and buy your latch, it is best to speak with your hired fence project manager in order to make sure that the pool fence you are installing or updating will work with this type of pool attachment.

MagnaLatch Series 3 Top Pull Manual Lock

  • Tested to 2 million cycles!
  • Up to 50% stronger!
  • • Visual Indicator provides locked & unlocked status
  • • 6-pin re-keyable security lock
  • • Vertical & horizontal alignment indicators
  • • Superior performance in extreme climates
  • • Industry's greatest gate/post movement tolerance
  • • Innovative vertical & horizontal adjustment
  • • T-track for superior fixing strength
  • • Lift knob is more ergonomic and child resistant
  • • Industry leading magnetic latching technology
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MagnaLatch Series 3 Magnetic Pool Child Safety Gate Latch - Top Pull 

  • World's most trusted pool safety gate latch. Industry leader protecting millions of toddlers and pets.

  • Superior magnetic mechanism ensures frictionless, self-latching every time. No jamming!

  • For Vinyl, Wood, or Metal Gates

  • No rusting or corroding

  • Super-tough polymer construction

MagnaLatch Key-Lockable Side Pull

 • Reliable latching action

• Key-lockable

• Adapts to all gates

• Magnetically triggered (no jamming or sticking)

• Quick & easy install


*Please note: Magna Latch only works on shorter fences
because the owner must be able to reach over the latch to operate it. 


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Topics: Code, Pool Gate Hardware, Regulation, Pool Gates

Chain Link Fences: Gauging Your Needs

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Thu, Feb 25, 2016
commercial grade chain link fence

Chain link fence is one of the most popular types of fence requested and installed today.

This popularity stems in part from chain link’s relatively inexpensive price and ability to mold to many safety concerns. This particular fence material is very flexible and ease of installation is a definite asset to its’ versatility. On a project with different ground elevations, a chain link fence may be the ideal solution.

Chain link is also ideal for projects that will cross stretches of terrain where beautification is not the primary intention.

Rear perimeter of military bases or any large government installations usually include at least one chain link fence application. It typically takes a back seat to high security steel and automatic gate applications but offers inconspicuous support to the other application as well as the denoting the property line.

Chain link fences come in a range of heights that make it suitable for a variety of applications. The shorter heights are commonly used in residential settings to reduce view obstructions.

Taller fences are most often selected for commercial use because of the increased level of security that more height can offer. Taller chain link applications may also include barb wire.

Chain link fence fabrics are also available in different gauges. A gauge is the measure of the diameter of the actual woven fabric metal. These sizes can vary widely, but 9 and 11½ gauges are the markets most common. 

The higher the gauge number, the less thick than metal material.  Therefor the smaller 11½ gauge is a popular application for residential fences where the family children or pets are the priority.

A more durable 9-gauge material is used when a higher level of security is needed.  This is more often the case for commercial or business applications. 

The difference between galvanized and vinyl coated chain link is that a vinyl coating is a manufactured vinyl coating. The metal under the vinyl is actually already galvanized then the vinyl is placed around it.This is a highly relevant option when choosing between the two, because coated material is better equipped to handle weathering over time. 

Standard galvanized chain link will begin to rust over time. Galvanized and coated materials are similar in terms of their sturdiness and longevity. Galvanized chain link usually carries a 10 to 15 yr. warranty against rust and corrosion. This fence is maintenance free, doesn’t require painting, and meets

ASTM specification 392 and federal specification R.R.F.-191.Galvanized fence tends to leave a rougher or “industrial” appearance. While vinyl presents an overall cleaner appearance and may even blend into the surroundings depending on the coating color selected.  This is one of the main reasons that higher end projects lean toward the vinyl coated fence materials.This will, of course, affect the final cost of the fence. The vinyl-coated material can increase the fence cost $1.50 per foot on a b 6-foot high fence. We hope this post will assist in determining the best chain link for your residential, commercial or government property.

 Black vinyl chain link usually carries a 10 to 15 yr. manufacturer warranty against chipping peeling and fading and it is virtually maintenance free.One of the major advantages of any chain link fence is its somewhat transparent (able to be seen through) design. However, it does not completely disappear to the eye. Because of this, the consumer must think about how they want their final project to look.  


Topics: Perimeter Security, Homeowners Association, Residential Fence, Commercial Fence, Code, Fence, Fence Maintenance, Richmond Fence, Comparison

The 1st Monument: Iron Fence preserves America's earliest history.

Posted by Michelle Goodwin on Sun, Dec 08, 2013

Boundary Stone in Patrick Henry Apartments  Arlington Boundary Stones

The Boundary Markers of the Original District of Columbia are the 40 milestones that mark the four lines forming the boundaries between the states of Maryland and Virginia and the square of 100 square miles (259 km²) of federal territory that became the District of Columbia in 1801.While abandoned long ago, these structures are actually our nations first perimeter marker.

The Residence Act of July 16, 1790, as amended March 3, 1791, authorized President George Washington to select a 100-square-mile site for the national capital on the Potomac River between Alexandria, Virginia, and Williamsport, Maryland.

President Washington selected the southernmost location within these limits, so that the capital would include all of present-day Old Town Alexandria, then one of the four busiest ports in the country. Acting on instructions from Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Major Andrew Ellicott began surveying the ten-mile square on February 12, 1791.  

The stones had all but disappeared but were recovered by volunteers from the Maryland Society of Surveyors while working on a resurvey of the D.C. line. David R. Doyle of Silver Spring, Maryland, placed the marker in his garage in 1991. Just south of Washington DC in Arlington, A survey team in 1791 led by Major Andrew Ellicott placed these fenced in markers. A humbly sit 39 milestones that mark the four lines forming the boundaries between the states of Maryland and Virginia and the square of 100 square miles (259 km²) of federal territory that became the District of Columbia in 1801.

Before the surveyors stepped in, the relics of our nation's infant stage had been ignored and were largely unknown, even by those who live a few feet from them. No one has been quite sure what to do with them for more than 200 years. 
Only one, the boundary stone in is a National Landmark. The other 39 are on the National Register of Historic Places, but receive no federal preservation money and no maintainence.
Some of the stones are all but gone, some have been moved to accommodate road and building construction and others have been stolen or lost, according to the Nation’s Capital Boundary Stones Committee’s Boundarystones.org site. All 10 stones within Arlington’s limits are authentic originals. They are at the following locations: 

  1. North side of Walter Reed Parkway 100+ feet east of intersection with King Street. Only the stump of this stone remains. Its current condition is consistent with Woodward's 1908 report that the "stone is broken, and the top seems to be lost. The entire base, with a few inches of the finished portion, was found lying on the ground in approximately the same spot where it had originally been placed." This stone is now nearly 45 feet from its original position and is enclosed by wrought iron fencing structures that protect and preserve them. 5000 block, Old Dominion Drive (private residence)
  2. 3000 block, N. Powhatan Street (private residence)Andrew Ellicott Park, 2824 N. Arizona Street
  3. Benjamin Banneker Park, 1701 N. Van Buren Street
  4. In the parking lot of Patrick Henry Apartments Complex, the 6000 block of Wilson Blvd
  5. Carlin Springs Elementary School parking lot
  6. The median on the 1000 block of S. Jefferson Street
  7. The north side of the 2700 block of S. Walter Reed Drive
  8. Fairlington Village, King Street, between S. Wakefield Street and I-395 
Four of the forty original boundary markers were not in or near their original locations in 2006. Three of these had been replaced with protective gate markers. Below, summaries of some of the most intriguing stones and their current locations.

Southwest No. 2 Boundary Marker

7 Russell Road: east side of Russell Road just north of King Street. This is neither the original stone nor the original location. Baker and Woodward reported the original stone to be missing as of the late 1800s, and DAR records show that the current stone was placed at this location in 1920. The original stone was located about 0.35 northwest of this replacement. According to Woodward, the original "stone was evidently placed on the east side, and very close to, [King Street], on the eastern side of Shuter's Hill, in a subdivision" now called Rosemont.  
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Southeast No. 4 Boundary Marker

Adjacent to Fairlington Village at the edge of east side of King Street between S. Wakefield Street and Route 395. According to Woodward, farm plows had destroyed the top of this stone by the early 1900s. After being repositioned when the highway was widened, the remaining portion of the stone has sunk very low into the ground but is still safe from vandalism or street traffic thanks to an ornamental fence enclosure.

Southwest No. 5 Boundary Marker

North side of Walter Reed Parkway 100+ feet east of intersection with King Street. Only the stump of this stone remains. Its current condition is consistent with Woodward's 1908 report that the "stone is broken, and the top seems to be lost. The entire base, with a few inches of the finished portion, was found lying on the ground in approximately the same spot where it had originally been placed." This stone is now nearly 45 feet from its original position and secured by a specialty fence Specialty Fence.

Topics: Fence Design, Perimeter Security, Gates, Specialty Fence, Commercial Fence, Historical Fence, Historical Fence, Code, Fence Permit, Regulation, Fence Maintenance, Maintenance, Cast Iron Fencing

Who Calls Miss Utility For Fence Installation?

Posted by Kristen Fugere on Thu, Mar 01, 2012
Hurricane Fence Company will happily contact Miss Utility on the behalf of homeowners and general contractors when excavation work is needed in Virginia. Miss Utility can be reached directly by dialing 811 or calling 1-800-552-7001.
We will need to gather the following information from the customer prior to calling:
  • Contact information (name, phone number, email address)
  • The address of where the work will take place, along with any cross streets
  • The city or county where the work will take place
  • The name of the subdivision and lot number (*required for new subdivisions)
  • A detailed description of where the work will be conducted on the property
  • Whether or not the work area has been marked with white paint (*required when a specific location of an excavation cannot be given)
  • Any special instructions about gaining access to the property (such as locked gates or unrestrained animals)
  • Driving directs when needed (especially to rural locations)
Once the call has been placed and all of the customer’s information has been given, Hurricane Fence will be issued a ticket number and a list of utility companies that are notified by Miss Utility of Virginia. Not every company is a member of Miss Utility, and not every member has underground lines on your property. The markings made by Miss Utility are valid for 15 working days. If the project is not completed by the end of the 15th day, Hurricane Fence will request an updated ticket.


From the website: www.missutilityofvirginia.com
 Miss Utility
“Miss Utility is the “one call” Virginia communications center for excavators, contractors, property owners, and those planning any kind of excavation or digging. The Miss Utility center notifies participating utilities of the upcoming excavation work so they can locate and mark their underground facilities in advance to prevent possible damage to underground utility lines, injury, property damage and service outages.
The Virginia Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act requires that Miss Utility be called at least 3 working days in advance of the planned work to allow time for marking, that the marks be respected and protected, and that excavation is completed carefully. Utility locators have 48 hours beginning at 7 am on the next working day (after our call) to locate the lines and place their response on the Positive Response System.”


Article contributed by Michael Fugere.

Topics: Code, Fence Permit

What Are The Latest Fence Codes For 2011?

Posted by Dawn Lowndes on Thu, Aug 18, 2011

fence codeFence codes vary depending on the city and state where one a fence is to be erected. It is important to understand the specific fence building requirements for a localized area. The local building ordinances can range from very strict to rather loose depending on the area authority. They can cover specific aspects of fence plan including height, style, color and location.  Again, these codes can vary from city to city as well as neighborhood to neighborhood. Therefore, before proceeding with any plans for a new fence it is very important to fence codecheck with the areas Homeowners Association (HOA), as well as the city and state governments.  The city or county building code office is where you would actually begin. YES, erecting a fence does require a building permit.

Taking a good look at fence building codes topic requires breaking it into individual categories.


This is the first area that needs to be discussed is pool fence codes. This is because it has the most stringent code restrictions. The typical pool fence code requires that a fence be at least 48 inches tall with no more than a two-inch gap beneath the fence. This prohibits children and small pets crawling underneath the fence. The gates MUST be self-closing and self-latching to prevent the gate from being left open or easily pushed open by a small child. There are also varying restrictions based upon the particular style that one chooses, for example: chain link, wood, vinyl PVC, and ornamental.


Residential fence regulations can vary greatly depending on the specific city and HOA Guidelines for fence codes. These restrictions usually speak to the fence style, color, height and location. Sometimes you are restricted to one particular style of fence. An example of this would be an entire housing development that requires 6 ft high white vinyl privacy fence. It could also be a situation where you are not so limited to style, but the code may not allow for a chain link fence to be installed. The location restriction is seen in areas that do not allow you to put a fence up in your front yard, or could just restrict the type of fence to be used in the front yard.


This particular situation affects mainly businesses that require a large dumpster toDumpster fence code hide their disposed trash until pickup. In many areas it is required by codes that an enclosure be built around the dumpster. This is mainly due to the eyesore that most dumpsters create. The style and height of the enclosure will generally vary based on the height of the dumpster itself, and the buyer's particular wants, needs and budget. Dumpster enclosures should generally be designed in a way that limits visibility of the dumpster. Examples of this would be a wood shadow box type enclosure or a chain link enclosure with privacy slats.

The categories previously discussed are not the only areas that are affected by fence codes, but they are a certainly few of the important ones. It is always important to check with your local city and Homeowners Association for their specific code before constructing any type of fence. You do not want to have to tear down and replace a brand new fence. The frustration would only be outweighed by the unwarranted cost. A professional fence company that is operating in your locality will be familiar with the system and process of the locality. You may want to consult them for information.

Article contributed by fence professional Luke Drylie

Topics: Residential Fence, Dumpster Enclosure, Code, Pool Fence, codes

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