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August 3rd, 2011


Adding a Pool Safety Fence around your pool is a good caution to take if you have children, pets or elderly around.

It provides  safety and adds charm to your swimming pool and deck!

US Aluminum Services is providing you with 6 Steps on how to add a Pool Safety Fence around your pool!. You can also view these steps at doityourself.com.

Tools and Equipment Needed

  • Garden hose or rope
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Tape
  • Stick, 4 feet long
  • Waterproof marker
  • Safety glasses
  • Gloves
  • Drilling machine and cement drill bits
  • Pool fencing and plastic sleeves
  • Pool gate with spring latch

Step 1 – Measure Area and Purchase Appropriate Fencing

Arrange a garden hose or rope at least 2 to 3 feet from the edge of the pool to determine where you will install the safety fence. Also mark the opening for the gate with chalk, which usually opens on to the pool stairs.

Draw the hose or rope tight and measure it to give you an idea of how much fencing you need to purchase.

Purchase the type of fencing that will compliment the architectural design of your house along with providing you peace of mind and the assured safety. There are many types available in home improvement or hardware stores such as aluminum, steel, wrought iron and treated wood that are generally five or six feet high.

Step 2 – Cut Sticks

Take your 4-foot long stick and measure and cut a piece 3 feet long. This will be used to measure the distance between the fence sections. Measure and cut another stick 2 ½ inches long from the remaining piece, to measure the distance between each panel.

Step 3 – Mark Drilling Holes

Use a waterproof marker to mark the areas, using the 3-foot and 2 ½-inch sticks to provide appropriate spacing. Do this all around the pool. Make sure you measure and mark the area accurately because you will be drilling holes over them.

Step 4 – Prepare Drilling Machine

Make sure your drilling machine has a cement bit to drill holes into your deck. Measure the plastic sleeves that came with your fence material and measure, cut and install a piece of tape the same length on the drill bit where it meets the sleeve. This will allow you to drill the size of the sleeve, without going too deep.

Step 5 – Drill the Marked Area

Make sure you wear your protective eyewear and gloves, and begin drilling the holes on the marked spots. Clean away loose cement and insert the plastic sleeves into the holes, pushing them all the way down. These will hold the fencing poles, so make sure they are tightly fit in the hole.

Step 6 – Install Pool Fencing and Gate

Begin at the gate and insert poles into the sleeves. Pull the fencing material, which is usually steel mesh tight between them. Work your way around the pool to install the fencing.

Locate the openings in the top parts of the poles where you want to install your pool gate, and insert a spring latch, followed by the gate. This latch is a building requirement to ensure the gate closes by itself immediately after it is opened.

Below are a few pictures of finished jobs done in the Central Florida Area by US Aluminum Services:

July 15th, 2011

If you are thinking about building a walkway or a pool deck in your yard, pavers are a great idea to use to complete the job! They will make your pool deck or walk way look beautiful!

US Aluminum Services has provided you with 10 steps in installing a screen door! All supplies can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowe’s. You can also view these steps from DIY network.

Features and Benefits of Having Pavers:

  • Belgard PaverSystems paver products
  • High Integrity Color
  • Slip & Skid resistance
  • Low Maintenance
  • Easy Paver Replacement
  • Hundreds of Shapes, Sizes, and Colors to choose from

Materials

  • concrete
  • masonry sand
  • pavers
  • cinderblocks
  • shovels
  • wheelbarrow
  • rubber mallet
  • straightedge
  • hammer
  • cold chisel
  • diamond edge wet saw
  • trowel
  • vibratory plate compactor

Tools

Step 1: Clear the Area

Before starting any excavation project, contact local utility companies to identify gas and water lines. Using shovels, wheelbarrows and good old-fashioned muscle, begin hauling out dirt and debris.

Step 2: Spread Crushed Concrete

Once dug to the right depth throughout the courtyard, fill the area up again. Start by spreading roughly two inches of crushed concrete evenly over the soil. The crushed concrete is an aggregate.

Step 3: Screed Sand

Lay out the conduit poles about two feet apart (Image 1). Since you will not be able to walk on the sand once it is screeded, work in small sections (Image 2).

Step 4: Lay Pavers

Lay the pavers down with the rough surface facing upward. This will give the courtyard more of a natural stone look. Place a straight edge along the length of the pavers just laid. By tapping gently with a rubber mallet, you are able to keep the pavers nice and flat.

Step 5: Continue Screeding and Laying Pavers

Continue screeding the sand bed one section at a time before laying the next area of pavers. Once laid, the pavers provide an excellent area to work without upsetting the newly screeded sand bed. Continue screeding and laying pavers, leaving the area for the fountain open.

Step 6: Lay the Fountain Foundation

Position four cinderblocks where the fountain base will sit, making sure they are level. These foundation blocks will help distribute the weight of the fountain and prevent uneven sinking or wobbling. Using a hammer and cold chisel, score the pavers along the line. If there are large areas where pavers need to be cut to size, a more modern technique can be used with a diamond blade wet saw.

Step 7: Add a Restraining Wall

Add a small DIY restraining wall along the flowerbeds burring the pavers in an upright position. This is an inexpensive, effective and attractive way to keep dirt and water from spilling over into the courtyard.

Step 8: Place the Fountain

After placing the fountain on its new foundation, add a row of pavers to serve as a small retaining wall for the plants.

Step 9: Spread Masonry Sand

Making sure to fill the spaces in between each paver, spread masonry sand across the entire surface. Leaving surplus sand across the top of the pavers helps cushion the surface when you use the plate compactor. The vibration of the plate compactor also helps to fill the joints in between pavers.

Step 10: Re-Sweep the Area

Finally, re-sweep the surface with the remaining dry sand. This process may have to be repeated over the new few days as the sand settles and rain compacts it.

Below are a few pictures of finished jobs done in the Central Florida Area by US Aluminum Services:

August 19th, 2010

US Aluminum Services has now openned yet another location in Tampa, Florida!   US Aluminum Services of Tampa offers FREE ESTIMATES and a BEST PRICE GUARANTEE! 

Phone Number is: 813-600-5327

Address: 503 E. Jackson Street, #132, Tampa, Florida, 33602

US Aluminum Services of Tampa offers a wide range of products in services!

Products and Services offered:

US Aluminum Services of Tampa Offers Services in:

  • Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Plant City, Brandon, Riverview, Zephyrhills, Port Richey, Keystone, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, Palmetto, Brandenton, Largo, Lutz, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, East Lake, Ruskin, Bloomingdale, Northdale, Lake Magalene, Westchase, Oldsmar, Gulfport, Boyette, Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Boyette, Temple Terrace, Mango, Tierra Verde.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, PINELLAS COUNTY, POLK COUNTY, MANATEE COUNTY, PASCO COUNTY!

August 2nd, 2010

US Aluminum Services jobs photos for July 2010 are up! Make sure to check them out so you can expand your imagination of your very own backyard retreat!

CLICK HERE Check Out July’s Jobs Photos at FLICKR!

June 11th, 2010

June 10, 2010

Aluminum Industry Announces Florida Construction Awards

The Aluminum Association of Florida held its annual convention and trade show at the Omni Resort ChampionsGate in Orlando on June 4 & 5.  One of the important events at the show is the awarding of construction excellence plaques to members who submit entries and photos as part of a construction contest each year. Entries are submitted in 12 separate categories and judged as to architectural compatibility, creativity, overall appearance, fitness of purpose and proper detailing.

For 2010, Orlando contractor, US Aluminum Service was the winner of TWO categories. Awards for best entry in the categories of Miscellaneous-Acrylic Room and Multi Level Pool Enclosure were presented to Thiago Davila, President of US Aluminum Services, by Mike Sonsini, President of the Association.

 

 

President Receiving Awards

President of US Aluminum Services, Receives Awards at the Aluminum Association of Florida Conference

Sunni Simmons

Aluminum Association of Florida