Buster Crabbe Oval Pool

by Todd Williams
(Wilkes-Barre, PA )

We recently purchased a 4 year old Buster Crabbe pool (used). It is an oval above ground 15 x 30 in good condition. We leveled ground to within 3/4" - 1".

My questions are, my outer side walls (with buttresses) have settled a bit and are leaning out approx 1" at the top on each side, is this a concern? Apparently we forgot to add pavers under the out riggers and just put them under the actual uprights. What would be the ramifications to leave this like it is?

Also, after filling the pool we have a bit of an air pocket at the top of the liner. Is it best to leave this alone or try and remove it, and if so, how? Love the Site and looking forward to your insight!

Hi Todd. The blocks under the backs of the buttress assemblies are just about the most important part of an oval above ground pool installation. I do not see any way the pool could be safe for use without them.

block under pool brace
The pool could be drained down below the half way point and the blocks installed fairly easily. You would gently push the pool side uprights inwards and install the blocks. Use a torpedo level on the uprights and adjust the blocks until they are straight up and down. If you are careful you should not damage the cove in the process, but check it from inside the pool before refilling.

This would also be a good time to remove the air bubble at the top. Remove a few top rails, rods and coping. Pull the liner up tight and reassemble. When the pool is full again the sides should be straight and the liner tight.

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May 28, 2011
Question About Buster Crab Pool
by: signguy05

I also bought a used buster crab pool. But my question is, my pool has straps that connect two uprights together. Obviously the uprights on either side. Well, the pool I have the straps are broke due to rust. Will this problem stop me from putting this up, I guess asking if they are a necessity?

Hi. Yes, they are very important. But they are also easy to replace. Home Depot sells a strapping material used in home construction, it is very easy to buy some of that and replace your rusted straps.

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