Tips For Installing An Oval Pool
Cantar Oval Installation
Today we installed
an 18' x 33' Gilbralter, Cantar, sold by Leslies, and I thought to take a
few photos. I started taking
photos after the grass was removed and the ground completely level.
first photo shows the massive strength of the buttress free design. An
extremely heavy U-channel is used for both the vertical and horizontal brace
supports. My wife had made the comment to the customer about each assembly
being so heavy it took two men and an ape just to move them. As I was
carrying one to the pool area I asked where my two men helpers were. They
next two photos in this oval installation are the brace assemblies installed. I start by
laying the entire brace system out on top of the ground. I then mark where
the trenches will go and move everything out of the way. When the trenches
are dug I set a 12" patio block in the rear. At this point I use a laser
level and level the trench and the block. The brace channel measures 3".
If the ground you leveled reads a 6 on the level stick the trenches and blocks
should be set at a 9. When the trenches are all level the braces can
be set back into place. I recheck all the all measurements to make sure
the assembly is square. I then recheck the level at the front and rear of
the channel. This time I measure from the top of the channel, ground
level, so my number would be 6.
This photo shows the pool ready for sand. The end footplates have
been leveled and the ground treated with grass killer.
have moved about 7 tons of sand and started to unroll the side wall. Notice the
sand is in the center of the pool area, no where near the bottom rails. The
last thing I want is to be filling up the track with sand as I am putting the
can see the interlocking rods getting installed and taped.
They keep the wall from blowing over and also allow an adequate structure to
stretch the liner over.
wall has been installed and a lot of duck tape used to hold the wall
tight to the side braces and to protect the liner from getting torn by the
braces. Be very careful when doing an oval installation not to let the
side of the pool blow down. This is one of the few pools I would do
with just the interlocking rods for support. The majority of my oval
installations involve building the entire frame of the pool before installing
photo the sand has been spread and smoothed. I do my final
smoothing with a soft push broom. Once I climb out of the pool I do not get back
in to install the liner. The sand base on this pool will always stay this
smooth, or close to it.
the liner from the outside of the pool. We pull it over the
rods to where the bottom is perfectly smooth and the overhang on the outside is
the same all the way around.
This is how the liner looks from the outside
of the pool just as we start the hose running. Having the liner overhang
even on the outside assures the liner is properly centered. This is
critical with an oval installation.
After a long
day the pool is done. Although this photo does not show
it, the steel side brace uprights have been capped with the same uprights that
are used on the ends.
are many correct ways to build a pool. This is just my way.
I hope it will give you some ideas for your own install. It is impossible
to go into every detail without writing a book. There are also many
different makes and models and they all install in there own unique way.
But I hope this helps some.
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