Above Ground Swimming Pool Installation Tips
For The Do-It-Yourselfers
Hopefully these quick above ground swimming pool installation tips will keep
you from making some of the most common mistakes. The two most important things to remember when installing an above ground
swimming pool are to make it perfectly round and perfectly level.
That means use a tape measure and a transit type level. I use a laser level to
first level the ground itself and then each individual footplate. This makes for
a safer above ground pool. It also makes the pool a lot nicer to look at.
It is very important to clear the ground of all vegetation. Once that is done
use the laser and completely level the ground. Next, use your
tape measure to lay out the bottom rail in a perfect circle. Oval pools should
have round ends but the side braces need to be set according to the manufactures
instructions. Again make sure they are perfectly level.
At this point I treat the ground with grass killer and start moving in the
sand. I pile the sand in the center of the pool and spread it out after the wall
has been erected. Once the wall is up and the outside framework completely
assembled I spread the sand and smooth it with a rake and broom. The rest of the
installation is done from the outside of the pool.
The liner then gets draped over the swimming pool framework and pulled over
until it is just off the sand. As the water fills the liner is slowly released.
When the water is at the edge of the pool coving it is time to shut off the
hoses and take a few of the top rails off. Pull the liner over and install the
coping and rods. If you move around the pool a few rails at a time you minimize
the risk of the pool wall blowing over. Once a little more water is in the pool
it is o-k to install the skimmer and return. When the above ground pool is full
it is time to start the filter and jump in.
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