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Hammer Drill Guide : Installing Peg Pole Pool Fencing

Whether you’re a seasoned professional in installation, just starting out in the industry, or diving into a DIY project, drilling the correct angled holes for a pool fence is crucial for both functionality and aesthetics. The Hammer Drill Guide presents the most cost-effective method for installing a removable pool fence. Let’s explore the steps for utilizing the Hammer Drill Guide effectively.

Tools Needed

  • Drill Guide (recommended)
  • Pliers
  • Hammer Drill
  • Box Cutter
  • 5/8″ X 18″ Masonry Drill Bit
  • 5/8″ Rebar cutting Bit (if needed)
  • Marker (Pencil or Grease Pencil)
  • ¼” Masonry Drill Bit
  • Chalk Line
  • Cordless Drill with #2 Phillips bit
  • Garden Hose or Rope
  • 1/8” Drill Bit
  • 5/32” Drill Bit
  • Bullet Level
  • Tape Measure
  • Zip Ties

No Lean Setting

Starting with the guide’s first setting, we aim for drilling straight, or plumb, holes, referred to as NL (No Lean). This is essential when your fence is designed to follow a straight path, ensuring all holes are plumb, except for those designated for the gate, which we will discuss in more detail shortly.

No Lean setting on Hammer Drill Guide


Begin by inserting the ⅝ inch hammer drill bit through the bottom of the drill guide.

Hammer Drill Guide, insert bit

Next, using a deck sleeve and a sharpie, mark the drill bit to indicate the required drilling depth, approximately 4 ½ inches.

Marking for Sleeve Depth
Hammer Drill Guide, marking depth for drilling

Before attaching the drill, place the guide over your mark. Use the three Allen bolts to adjust the guide, ensuring the bubble is centered for level drilling. This step should be repeated for each hole to ensure consistency.

Adjusting the bolts on the hammer drill

After attaching the drill, align the tip of the drill bit with your mark, ensuring the side of the bit is along the chalk line. To stabilize the guide during drilling, position both feet on it. Begin drilling at a slow pace, then gradually increase speed.

Stand with your feet on both side of the guide when drilling

Once you break through to the other side, stop drilling, remove the drill and guide, and promptly clean up any resulting dust to prevent it from entering the holes.

Clean up and debris

This is a properly drilled hole, perfectly aligned with your chalk line.

Properly drilled hole example

Rinse each hole with water

Rinse out each drilled hole

Insert the deck sleeve.

Insert Sleeve
Insert Sleeve

After all holes are drilled and sleeves inserted, you’re ready to install the fence and gate.

Install the fence

Light Lean Setting

For installations requiring curves, the LL (Light Lean) setting allows for a slight, 3-degree inward or outward lean, depending on the direction of the curve. Straight sections will use the NL setting for no lean.

Curved Install
LL - Light Lean

Setting Examples

LL or 3 Degrees
Plum Drilled Holes
LL or 3 Degrees

When installing a Rectangular post or a Double Pole truss for your gate, apply the LL setting for a slight 3-degree lean.

Gate Truss/Post Settings

Position the guide sideways, drilling holes so the gate trusses lean slightly towards each other

Setting up drill for gate truss drilling
Hammer Drill Guide: Installing Peg Pole Pool Fencing

This is an example of how it will look before you attach the trusses to the fence

Hammer Drill Guide Gate Truss Lean

The simplest gate option is the U-Safe gate, requiring plumb (No Lean) holes.

U Safe Gate

The U-Safe gate arrives with all necessary hardware pre-installed, allowing for straightforward, hassle-free installation directly from the box.

U Safe Hassle Free Installation

Heavy Lean Setting

And Lastly, HL or Heavy Lean is between to 6 to 7 degrees is designated for more extreme angles like the double pole corner

Heavy Lean Installation Example
Hammer Drill Guide: Installing Peg Pole Pool Fencing - Heavy Lean
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