Aqua Leader 12' x 24' Pool Installation
This is an Aqua Leader above ground pool, by parent company Wilbar, installed
by myself and a helper in Arizona. We install pools all over the state. More
photos and insights into the Aqua Leader oval installation can be found on this
page, LX Oval Pool Installation. The Lx line of pools is meant to be salt water
friendly with almost all resin parts and a stainless steel service panel. It is
overall a very well constructed pool and user friendly to install. For Arizona
above ground pool installation information visit here.
Assembly of the side braces is
one of the first steps in this pool installation. It's a fairly easy
process or you refer to the instructions.
One at a time the brace
assemblies are assembled.
This pool has three braces on
each side that sit about 41" apart, center to center. One side of pool has
been set, level front and back and with a cement block under the rear of
the assembly. I always use the side bottom rails as spacers when setting
the braces. With a 24' length pool the 12' mark ois the center, that is the
point the center strap passes over.
Here I am using the laser
level to check the final position of the next set of braces to be set.
Front and back they all need to read the same level as the overall grade of
The braces are set and the end rails
are connected. This line of pool has three different lengths of bottom
rails, the four sides, the four transition rails and the rest of the end
rails. The transition rails, the ones coming off the four end braces, have
two different style ends, be sure to get those positioned correctly.
The pressure plates are in the
pool ready to be laid out a little later. the sand is now being brought in
and piled down the center of the pool, well out of the way of where the
wall needs to be rolled out and installed.
The pool wall is being
installed and the framework of the pool set up at the same time.
Installing the uprights and top
rails at this time allows me to see that the sides are straight and that
everything fits the way it should. It also prevents the pool from blowing
over and it is a step we do before installing the liner.
The pressure plates have
been set in place, the sand spread out and smoothed, and the pool is ready
for a liner.
This shows the liner
being placed into the pool. Before this can happed the liner is opened up
on a smooth service, in this case the front driveway. A sunny location is
also desirable. Once opened up it is rolled so that we can carry it to the
pool and set it in.
All this is
done from outside the pool so that once the sand is smoothed no one gets
back into the pool until it is full of water. We have pulled the liner over
the top rails so the the bottom is smooth and the seam that goes around the
bottom part of the liner is the same distance from the top rail all the way
around. It is also very important with an oval pool to make sure the end to
end seams are perfectly centered. With a 12' wide pool one seam runs down
the center of the liner from end to end. This seam needs to be in the exact
center of the pool at each end.
When the water is near the
edge of the pool we remove the top rails and fold the liner into place. The
is done a few rails at a time never letting the wall have a chance to blow
over. At the far end of this photo shows the coping has been installed and
the resin top rods installed, this is plenty of support to keep the wall
Notice the even overhang of the pool liner
on the outside of the pool. Any excess liner has been folded back into the
pool. This gives the outside of the pool a nice clean look.
The top rails then
get installed. My helper is usually doing this while I am finishing with
the skimmer, return and filter setup.
A finished pool and another happy