LX Oval Pool Review
This is 15 x 30 LX Oval Above Ground Pool. It's the salt water version of an Aqua
Leader, by Wilbar, pool. These are popular pools purchased from the Pool Factory
online. Here we will take a look at some of installation steps for an oval pool
and my comments.
The overall quality of this pool is about as good as it gets.
Everything is solid and fits the way it should. The bottom rails are plenty
big enough to firmly hold the pool wall. The service panel is a nice
addition, especially if you are using salt water.
This page covers
the oval part of this Aqua Leader pool. Round pools are a lot easier, the
ovals take a lot more time and attention to detail. Follow the instructions
to assemble the brace assemblies, these photos show how I set them. While
not exactly according to the instructions it combines my fifty years
experience and modifies the manufacturers directions just a little, only
because I know exactly what works and what doesn't.
I start with a very
simple layout of the pool size. I stick a screwdriver into the ground at
each end of the 30' length and one in the middle at the 15' mark. I do the
same side to side. I now have 5 screwdrivers marking the pool area giving
me a good overview of the pool footprint. Next I set up the laser level and
check the pool side to side and end to end, now I can get the pool area
leveled to within an inch.
With the ground level I
want to start setting the side braces. I have measured off the fence and
set a couple more screwdrivers into the ground and a attached a string line
This pool has four
braces on each side that sit about 41" apart, center to center. My center
screwdriver will line up in the middle of the two middle braces. Starting
on the side with the string line I have marked where the braces will sit
and dug the trenches. There is a block set in the back of each channel. The
top of the block and the trench itself need to be exactly 2" below my pool
I have used the side
bottom rails to check my trenches and I am ready for braces.
One at a time the braces
go into the trenches and lined up with my string line.
This side is set the way
it should be. The bottom rails are connected, the braces lined up with the
string and distances at the front of the brace channels are all the same.
One more check of the
level and this side is ready to fill in with dirt.
With this side packed
solid I begin laying out the other side. I am using the bottom rails as
spacers and the straps to get my correct distance.
When the side is in
place I square with the other side and mark where the trenches need to be
dug. These braces then get set aside and the digging begins.
The trenches are dug, I
am double checking level while the straps are being connected and all the
The backfill around the
braces is almost done and the hard part of installing an oval pool is done.
Here the end rails have
been connected and laser leveled at each footplate and the pool is ready
for a sidewall. Normally this is the point where we open up the ground
cloth and wheel barrow the sand into the pool area. In this case we were
going to use the Bobcat and dump the sand in over the top of the wall. The
biggest difference in the way I do things is my use of the pressure plates,
note that at this point they have not been used. I lay them out under the
grand cloth and just before the sand.
This is the wall going
up and the pool being assembled.
I assemble the uprights
and top rails as the wall is going up, this gives the wall the support
needed to keep it from blowing over.
I can also determine all
the parts fit the way they should and that all the corner transition rails
While the sand is being
brought in the foam cove is being installed.
The sand is spread and
smoothed and it's time for a liner. That's for a different page.
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Below are some more of my illustrated installation pages with plenty of help and advice.
Oval Pool Installation
Diamond Star Above Ground Pool
Atlantic Above Ground Pool
Oval Pool Deep Ends
Diamond Star Installation
Quest Oval Pool Installation
Above Ground Swimming Pool Installation
Aqua Leader Installation
Above Ground Pool Liner Installation
Above Ground Oval Installation
Expandable Liner Installation
Above Ground Pool Deep Ends