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Uniform Codes and Optional Solutions for Pool Gates and Fences.
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The following codes are universal to every local municipal code for pool gates.
1) Out-swing, opening away from the pool
2) Self closing
3) 48" minimum gate and fence height

The 4th restriction can vary from state to state, and county to county. You will need to inquire with the local Building Dept to determine their requirements.
4) Gate latch at 48" and a locking mechanism at 48"-60".

The majority of our customers opt for the following solutions
1) Self-Closing: The Lockey TB 175 or TB 400 hydraulic closure (Accompanied with our standard bronze ball-bearing 4" hinge)
2) Lockable Latch: Rocky Mountain latch E414 and matching Rocky Mountain dead bolt (single key with thumb-turn on the pool side)

  Our Standard Option #1 click the image for more info
 
Rocky Mountain Latch E414.
Rocky Mountain Deab Bolt DB507
Lockey TB175 Hydraulic Closure
   
 
 
$577
$369
$75

*The Lockey closer TB175 is for gates up to 48" in width. Larger gates require the TB400 at $225. Scroll down for more information on optional models.
This is a steady closing action for a reasonable cost. Available in black or white. It must mount on the that side of the gate opposite of the pool. Mounted in the middle of the gate or at the bottom.
It also allows for the use of our bronze ball-bearing hinges, which are the best hinges available anywhere.
Disadvantage: It is steel plated, so it will eventually show rust. Other model options are listed below--including stainless.

  Option #2 click the image for more info
 
Rocky Mountain Latch E414.
Rocky Mountain Deab Bolt DB507
Bronze Spring Hinge #30-450
   
 
 
$577
$369
$360/pair

*The Spring Hinge is stainless steel with a bronze patina. It will never rust.
Disadvantage:
-- The closing action is adjusted with an allen wrench. If you adjust it to close in the wind, it will slam when there is no wind. If you adjust it without wind, it will not close in the wind. Our gates do not like repeated slamming.

--Expensive

  Option #3 click the image for more info
 
Rocky Mountain Latch E414.
Rocky Mountain Deab Bolt DB507
Emtek Steel-Plated Spring Hinge
   
 
 
$577
$369
$78/pair

*The Emtek Spring Hinge is plated steel. The most common spring hinge on the market. Plated for exterior useage.
Disadvantage:
-- It will show rust within a few months and consequently the closing action will grow increasingly resistent.

  Option #4 click the image for more info
 
Rocky Mountain Latch E414.
Rocky Mountain Deab Bolt DB507
SureClose Hydraulic Closure
Requires and operable and a dummy hinge per gate
108 SF S Operable hinge (Code# 74108323)
108 SM S dummy hinge (Code # 74001313)
   
 
 
$577
$369
Approx. $800

*The Sure Close ReadyFit 108SF (operable) and SM (dummy) is an external mount hydraulic closure for gates up to 260 lbs. Will not rust. One plate mounts to the face of the post and the other to the edge of the gate. For most all pedestrian gates, one operable hinge is enough, with a dummy hinge to complete the pair. 1/2" hinge gap.

You need one operable hinge (108SF S and one dummy 108 SM S hinge per gate

Disadvantage:
--At approximately $800 per gate, it is Expensive.
--We do not carry an account for this item and must be sourced by the customer
__To the manufacturer's web site<http://ddtechglobal.com/product/sureclose_readyfit>
--Find a dealer <http://ddtechglobal.com/buy/results>

  A few photo mock-ups showing a visual of the SureClose Hinge
  The wood lags that are supplied with the hinges are nsufficient and designed for metal gates. Identical lags, but longer, are available on Amazon:
(Simpson Strong Tie Outdoor Accents Simpson SD10112DBBR50#10 x 1-1/2-inch Hex Head Black Powder-Coat Connector Screw (50-Pack), 1-1/2")
Most gates require only one SureClose Hydraulic closing hinge, shown on the bottom. The upper hinge isi dentical, but non-hydraulic.
 
 
  The cylindrical end of both hinges adjusts the gap between the gate and post. A huge convenience to the installer, who can assume an even gap along the swing/latch edge by simply rotating the adjstment hinge cylinder
 
 


  Option #5 click the image for more info
 
Magna Latch
Self-Closing
 
 
Any of the above options
 
$70

 


SPRING HINGES

* Note: If a spring hinge is set to a certain torque, such as a windless afternoon, it will struggle to close against a breeze. If the hinge torque is set during a wind, then once the wind dies down, the gate slams shut, and will continue to do so until the wind picks up again.

 
Bronze #30-450. 4-1/2" ($180 each)
 
 
 
Emtek Plated 4" ($39 each)
 

 

 

POOL GATE HYDRAULIC CLOSERS

A solution that ignores most normal wind speeds by closing at a consistent rate.
Specifications / images below

Model
Gate Width
Gate Weight
Price
Descriptiom
TB-175
To 54"
To 125 lbs
$75
Not available for gates with Prowell jambs. Black or white coated steel.
TB-200
36"-52"
50 -125 lbs
$288
Black or white coated steel.
TB-200 stainless
36"-52"
50 -125 lbs
$426
Stainless Steel
TB-250+
36"-52"
50 -125 lbs
$525
Adjustable speed. . Silver, Black or white coated steel
TB-400
40" - 64"
75 - 175 lbs
$288
Black or white coated steel
TB-400 stainless
40" - 64"
75 - 175 lbs
$426
Stainless Steel
TB-450+
40" - 64"
75 - 175 lbs
$525
Adjustable speed. Silver, Black, or White coated steel
TB-600
44" - 72"
150 - 250lbs.
$288
Black or White coated steel
TB-600
44" - 72"
150 - 250lbs.
$426
Stainless Steel
TB-650+
44" - 72"
150 - 250lbs.
$525
Adjustable speed. Silver, Black, or White coated steel

TECHNICAL OVERVIEW

 
TB200 (Light Duty)
TB400 (Medium Duty)
TB600 (Heavy Duty)
Max. Gate Weight
50-125 lbs.
75-175 lbs
150-250 lbs
Max. Gate Width
36-52 in.
40-64 in
44-72 in
Max. Opening Angle
110 degrees
110 degrees
110 degrees
Type of Gate Material
Vinyl, Steel, Wood
Vinyl, Steel, Wood
Vinyl, Steel, Wood
Closing/Latch Method
Hydraulic/Nitrogen Gas
Hydraulic/Nitrogen Gas
Hydraulic/Nitrogen Gas
Material
Steel
Steel
Steel
Color
Black
Black
Black
Hinge Arrangements
In-line or Offset
In-line or Offset
In-line or Offset
Opening Pressure
Appx. 3-7 lbs.
Appx. 6-12 lbs.
Appx. 8-18 lbs.

See more at: http://www.lockeyusa.com/tb200400600.html#sthash.uMT2ppXK.dpuf

 
Lockey TB 175 Closer
 


FEATURES:

  • Lockey Hydraulic Gate Closer TB175 fits most flush gate and frame arrangements
    where the gate weight is up to 125 lbs and width is no more than 54 inches. Both the
    travel and latching speeds are fully adjustable, ensuring gates close in a controlled manner.
    These closers are particularly suited to garden gates, picket gates, barrier gates and
    lightwight doors (NON FIRE RATED).
  • No special skills are required to install the gate closes, as detailed step-by-step instructions
    are included. In performance tests, the TB175 has achieved 100,000 cycles. For Use With
    Gates Up To 125 LBS And 54" Wide.
  • Material Steel Color Black Finish Powder coated
  • Max. opening angle 90 degrees
  • Max. gate weight 125 lbs.
  • Max. gate width 54 inches
  • Types of gate material Timber / metal / vinyl
  • Gate closing speed Adjustable Gate latching speed Adjustable

*Note: Because of the 1-3/4" wide mounting plate, this is not for those with utilizing prowell's 1-1/2" thick jambs. (See TB400)


 
Lockey TB 200 / 400 / 600 Closers
 

* Note: The mounting plate for the TB400 can be swiveled to mount directly against the face of a jamb or post.

FEATURES:

- Closes large and small gates up to 250 lbs. (depending on the model) easily and gently
- Hydraulic/Nitrogen Gas controlled closing speed - Installs on side, top, middle or bottom of right or left hand gates
- Mounts on opening side of gate, pushing the gate closed
- Maximum opening angle of 110 degrees (LockeyUSA recommends use of a mechanical stop to restrict opening angle)
- Mounting brackets and fitting bar included
- The TB200/400/600 is not compatible with gates less than 30 inches wide
- Also available in Stainless Steel (TB200-SS/TB400-SS/TB600-SS)

IMPORTANT: MINIMUM/MAXIMUM OPERATING TEMPERATURE
- Minimum: 15 Degrees Fahrenheit
- Maximum: 100 Degrees Fahrenheit

Operation of the closer in temperatures below or above the minimum and maximum Operating Temperatures may result in improper operation or complete failure of the closer.
- See more at: http://www.lockeyusa.com/tb200400600.html#sthash.uMT2ppXK.dpuf

 
Lockey TB 250+ / 450+ / 650+ Closers
 

FEATURES:

- Quick and easy installation for both in-line and offset hinge arrangements.
- Adjustable hydraulic (Nitrogen Gas) controlled closing speed.
- Suitable for use with Lockey's keyless security locks.
- Made of steel with a bright Zinc plate finish.

Ideal for...
- Both new and existing gate systems
- Residential and commercial gates
- Pool gates
- Any application where gate must close automatically for safety and security.
- The TB250+/450+/650+ are not compatible with gates less than 30 inches wide

Finishes Available:
- Silver
- Black
- White

IMPORTANT: OPERATING TEMPERATURE NOTICE - Minimum: 15 Degrees Fahrenheit - Maximum: 100 Degrees Fahrenheit
Operation of the closer in temperatures below or above the minimum and maximum Operating Temperatures may result in improper operation or complete failure of the closer. - See more at: http://www.lockeyusa.com/tb.html#sthash.XZFuwMB6.dpuf


Wooden Gate Designs

 
Magna Latch Vertical Pull for Pool Gates
 

Click Here to visit their Web Site

Wooden Gate Designs
 
SureClose Hydraulic Knuckle Hinges
 

The SureClose® ReadyFit Hinges are compact, heavy-duty, hydraulic, hinge-closers designed for commercial, industrial and estate gates. The external mounting brackets allow quick and easy alignment and installation. No need for drilling large holes! Designed for commercial, industrial, custom residential and estate gates, SureClose ReadyFit hinges come in two basic models, with choice or aluminum or steel mounting brackets. All self-closing models feature a final snap action for overcoming electric or coded locks found in many security applications. Also available is a non-self-closing version (for access control and most heavy commercial or residential gates). Hinges can be used in different combinations for a variety of applications. All hinges are sold individually.

>>To Manufacturer's WebSite
wood gatesSureClose ReadyFit 108 SF----D&D Technologies    
 

Features:

For all square post steel or aluminum gates
Fits a broad range of applications

Heavy-duty construction
Robust, durable and designed to last (500,000 cycles)

Dual Bearing Glide System
Withstands heavy loads

Aluminum versions have 50 micron thick anodizing
High corrosion resistance

Works on left or right-handed, inswing or outswing applications
Versatile design options

Mounting brackets can be powder coated and/or painted
Non-invasive

Best warranty in the industry
Rigorous testing programs ensure SureClose if of the highest quality, enabling us to back each model with a 2-year warranty. If you have any problems, D&D will handle them personally.

     

Wooden Gate Designs

POOL CODE SPECIFICATIONS

Links to Various Pool Code Interests
 
Meeting Pool Code Options (for images, scroll to bottom of page)





** US Consumer Product Safety
Pool and Spa Safety Publications


** Safety Barrier Guidelines (PDF)

Lockey Hydraulic Closures
** Hydraulic Gate Closer Lockey TB175

** Hydraulic Gate Closer Lockey TB400
SureClose Hydraulic Hinges (D&D Technologies)
**ReadyFit 108SF S
Coastal Bronze
**Stainless Spring Hinge #30-450

** General Info and Latch Products by FenceMax

**

In accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, erect your fence so that it bars entry around the entirety of your pool. Your house can act as the "4th wall" of the barrier around the pool, but if so, there must be an alarm connected to the doors of entrance to the pool and out of the house.

The fence or other barrier should be at least 4 feet high. It should have no foot or handholds that could help a young child yo climb it.

Vertical fence slats should be at least 4 inches apart to prevent a child from squeezing through.

For any pool barrier, the maximum clearance at the bottom of the barrier should not exceed 4 inches above grade, when the measurement is done on the side of the barrier facing away from the pool.

Gates should open out from the pool and should be self- closing and self-latching. The gate should have no opening greater than ½ inch within 18 inches of the latch release mechanism. This prevents a young child from reaching through the gate and releasing the latch

(* Note: This varies with local codes. Gates with locking latches at 60 inches do not normally require the above stipulation.)

If the fence is chain link, then no part of the diamond-shaped opening should be larger that 1¾ inch. The mesh size should not exceed 1¼ inches square.

Use this guide when the release mechanism is located less than 54 inches from the bottom of the gate.

If horizontal members are equal to or more than 45 inches apart, vertical spacing shall not exceed 4 inches.

Fence gates should be self-closing and self-latching. The gate should be well maintained to close and latch easily. The latch should be out of a child's reach.

When the release mechanism of the self-latching device is less than 54 inches from the bottom of the gate, the release mechanism for the gate should be at least 3 inches below the top of the gate on the side facing the pool.



BOCA National Building Code - Enclosures for Private Swimming Pools.

You should always check with your nearest Building Department for current codes/requirements pertaining to pool barriers in your area. The BOCA National Building Code provided for reference below should only be used to gain a basic understanding of the types of requirements you may encounter locally.


THE BOCA NATIONAL BUILDING CODE/1999

Founded in 1915, Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc. (BOCA) is a nonprofit membership association, comprised of more than 16,00 members who belong to every aspect of the building community, from code enforcement officials to materials manufacturers. BOCA is dedicated to preserving the public health, safety and welfare in the built environment through the effective, efficient use and enforcement of Model Codes.

421.10.1 Outdoor private swimming pool: An outdoor-private swimming pool, including an in-ground, above-ground or on-ground pool, hot tub or spa shall be provided with a barrier which shall comply with the following.
1. The top of the barrier shall be at least 48 inches above finished ground level measured on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. The maximum vertical clearance between finished ground level and the barrier shall be 2 inches measure on the side of the barrier which faces away from the swimming pool. Where the top of the pool structure is above finished ground level, such as an above-ground pool, the barrier shall be at finished ground level, such as the pool structure, or shall be mounted on top of the pool structure. Where the barrier is mounted on the pool structure, the opening between the top surface of the Pool frame and the bottom of the barrier shall not allow passage of a 4-inch diameter sphere.

2. Openings in the barrier shall not allow passage of a 4-inch diameter sphere.

3. Solid barriers shall not contain indentations or protrusions except for normal construction tolerances and tooled masonry joints.

4. Where the barrier is composed of horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is less than 45 inches, the horizontal members shall be located on the swimming pool side of the fence. Spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 1-3/4 inches. Decorative cutouts shall not exceed 1-3/4 inches in width

5. Where the barrier is composed of horizontal and vertical members and the distance between the tops of the horizontal members is 45 inches or more, spacing between vertical members shall not exceed 4 inches. Decorative cutouts shall not exceed 13/4 inches in width.

6. Maximum mesh size for chain link fences shall be a 11/4-inch square unless the fence is provided with slats fastened at the top or the bottom which reduce the openings to not more than 13/4 inches.

7. Where the barrier is composed of diagonal members, such as a lattice fence, the maximum opening formed by the diagonal members shall be not more than 13/4 inches.

8. Access gates shall comply with the requirements of items 1 through 7 of Section 421.10.1, and shall be equipped to accommodate a locking device.
*Pedestrian access gates shall open outwards away from the pool and shall be equipped to accommodate a locking device. Gates other than pedestrian access gates shall have a self-latching device. Where the release mechanism of the self-latching device is located less than 54 inches from the bottom of the gate:
(a) the release mechanism shall be located on the pool side of the gate at least 3 inches below the top of the gate;
(b) the gate and barrier shall not have an opening greater than ½ inch within 18 inches of the release mechanism

9. Where a wall of a dwelling unit serves as part of the barrier and contains a door that provides direct access to the pool, one of the following shall apply

9.1. All doors with direct access to the pool through that wall shall be equipped with an alarm which produces an audible warning when the door and its screen, if present, are opened. The audible warning shall commence not more than 7 seconds after the door and door screen, if present, are opened and shall sound continuously for a minimum of 30 seconds. The alarm shall have a minimum sound pressure rating of 85 dBA at 10 feet and the sound of the alarm shall be distinctive from other household sounds such as smoke alarms, telephones and door bells. The alarm shall automatically reset under all conditions. The alarm shall be equipped with manual means, such as touchpads or switches, to deactivate temporarily the alarm for a single opening from either direction. Such deactivation s hall last for not more than 15 seconds. The deactivation touchpads or switches shall be located at least 54 inches above the threshold of the door.

9.2. All doors with direct access to the pool through that wall shall be equipped with a self-closing and self-latching device with the release mechanism located a minimum of 54 inches above the floor. Swinging doors shall open away from the pool area.

9.3. The pool shall be equipped with a power safety cover. Where in a closed position, the cover shall be capable of holding a weigh of 485 pounds, shall not have any openings that allow passage of a 41/2 inch sphere and shall incorporate a system to drain standing water that collects on the cover. The cover control switch shall be permanently installed in accordance with NFPA 70 listed in Chapter 35, and be key-operated and of a spring-loaded or momentary-contact type. Where the switch is released, the operation of the cover shall stop instantly and be capable of reversing direction immediately. The switch shall be in the line of sight of the complete pool cover**10. Where an above-ground pool structure is used as a barrier or where the barrier is mounted on top of the pool structure, and the means of access is a fixed or removable ladder or steps, the ladder or steps shall be surrounded by a barrier which meets the requirements of items 1 through 9 of Section 421.10.1. A removable ladder shall not constitute an acceptable alternative to enclosure requirements

Layers of Protection
Supervision is always your primary layer of protection, but as the study shows, 69 percent of the drowning incidents occurred when parental supervision failed and there were not other backup layers in use.

1. Access doors to the pool area with high locks are a secondary
layer of protection.**
2. Alarms on access doors is another layer of protection.
3. A pool safety barrier (fence) separating the pool from your home and all access doors and entrances is one more layer of protection.
4. Water survival training for a child when he is capable of crawling or walking to the pool.
5. CPR and your knowledge of rescue techniques are a final layer f protection should there be an accident.


The goal, with instituted layers of protection, is to come as lose to a fail safe system of preventing drowning incidents as possible. Meaning that if there is a momentary lapse of supervision for whatever reason, we have several backup systems in place.

All must fail before a drowning can take place. A door has been left unlocked or open, the alarm system or device for the door has been turned off, the pool safety barrier has been left open, your child does enter the water, panics and does not attempt to utilize survival swim training, CPR is administered too late to save the child

 
 
 

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