Diamond Star Installation
Finishing Our Oval Pool
The start of
our Diamond Star Installation is
here. On this page
we will complete the job. All the photos can be enlarged by clicking on
photo shows how things look just before we start to unwind the
wall. The top rails still need passed out but everything else
is in place. We have our sand in the center of the pool as
well as the pressure plates, foam cove, pool cushion and shovel,
rake, and broom. The wall is in place in the area the filter
will be located and the tripod is ready to hold up the end when I
start unrolling it.
sidewall goes up so do the uprights and top rails.
There are never more than a few sections of wall up at any time
without the pool structure for support.
The wall on the pool sides will fall over easier than on the ends.
Every time I pass an upright, a top cap gets installed on it, to hold
the wall. The sides do not need rails immediately like the
ends do, the top caps hold the wall just fine.
shows the pressure plates in place and the foam cove
being installed. The wall has been bolted together and covered
with duct tape.
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The sand is
now being spread out over the pool pad. Pool pad
can be used over, or under, the sand. This pool came with the
pad or I would normally just use sand. Putting the pool pad
over fresh sand leaves the pool bottom full of footprints so I used
it under the sand. I like using pool pad over hard surfaces
like tile, concrete or a sand base that has been under a pool for
many years and is well packed. In this case the pad allows me
to use less sand and not have to worry about dirt clods getting into
the sand and showing under the pool liner.
many ways to install a vinyl liner. My preference is
explained on my
liner installation page
. It involves
stretching the liner over the assembled pool structure and letting
the water smooth the wrinkles out. Installing liners this way
gets rid of all the wrinkles and it allows the sand to stay free of
footprints. Once the sand has been smoothed it never gets
stepped on until the pool is full and all the water has packed it
This Diamond Star Installation presented a couple of challenges. It has
tile around the top and it was a j-hook liner. Tile print
around the top of a vinyl liner, to me, is ridiculous. It
looks terrible when it is uneven but, on the other hand, there are
far more important considerations to the liner installation process
than keeping the tile at the top even. Keeping the bottom and
the sides smooth are far more important factors than an even tile
pattern around the top.
For this Diamond Sart installation aligning the liner
perfectly in the pool before starting the water was critical.
J-hook liners have no extra liner to pull over the side like an
overlap liner would. An offset liner would cause too much liner
in some areas and not enough in others. Pulling the liner over
the rails evenly and letting it down evenly are also important
elements to a perfect install.
Because of the extra time spent
setting the liner straight, and working with a perfectly level pool,
this liner installed perfectly. When the water is near the
edge I started removing a few of the top rails and made my final
decision as to whether to use the j-hook or install the liner
Beaded liners have a tendency to be baggy on the sides,
so if I can pull the liner over the wall to snug it up, that's what
I do. Had the liner not been perfectly centered I would have
pulled some of it over the wall more than other parts. This
would have kept the sides wrinkle free but made the tile uneven.
Careful planning, and a little luck, allowed me to pull the liner
over the wall the same distance all the way around, keeping the tile
photo illustrates a basic filter setup using the skimmer and
return openings that were present on the wall. It also
illustrates a perfectly straight side and level top rails.
Not enough emphasis can be placed on using a laser level and making
every part of the pool perfectly level. Combine that with
using a string to set the sides straight and the end result is as
near perfect as possible.
factor to building the perfect pool is putting the
entire pool together before you put the liner in. No matter
how you plan to install the liner, this step is important.
There are so many advantages to doing it this way. Having
the top rails in place you can see exactly what the pool needs to
make it perfect. Without water in the pool you can easily
make changes at this stage, well, maybe not always easily, but
this is the time to make them, not later. Closely examine
the pool. Do you have a post that sits too high, or too low?
Are the sides perfectly straight? Are the ends set the same?
Are all of the transition corners set at the same angle?
Spend as much time as you need to make this "dry" pool perfect
before you proceed with the base, liner and water.
Star Installation was a complete success and we have another
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