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.
Our first job is always
that of doing the ground prep, making sure we have a flat, level area to
install the pool. This yard was an easy one with only minor leveling
required. The customer had removed the landscape rock leaving us with a
flat dirt area.Assembly of the side braces is
the next step in this pool installation. It's a fairly easy process but
always refer to the instructions. It's a good idea to install all the bolts
before tightening any of them.
One at a time the brace
assemblies are being assembled. My helper is usually doing this part while
I am setting up my string line, taking some measurements and digging
trenches for the brace assemblies and the blocks that go under them. We are
going to set one side against my string line and then work across to the
This pool has three braces on
each side that sit about 41" apart, center to center. One side of pool has
been set, leveled front and back and a cement block under the rear of each assembly. I always use the side bottom rails as spacers when setting
the braces. I set the center brace first in the dead center of the 24' length,
then the other two are set. I am then going to connect the the straps so I
know the proper distance where to next three braces will be set. With the
straps in place and the bottom rails in place I square the two sides. Only
when I know exactly where these braces will sit do I start digging the
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. One
end fits into the side brace while the other end fits into the footplate,
the same as the rest of the end bottom rails. Each footplate is then
leveled, making the entire pool perfectly level.
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. It can become very difficult to
install a pool wall into a bottom track that is full of sand.
The pool wall is being
installed and the framework of the pool set up at the same time. How much
structure we build and when depends a lot on the weather conditions. With
an oval pool be very careful to secure the sides, they tend to want to fall
over, even without a breeze. We use the top plates on each brace as soon as
the wall is firmly in place. What we do on the ends depends on the wind, if
it is gusty the uprights and top rails get installed as we work around the
pool. On a still day we may just support the ends with a few shovels leaned
against the wall on the inside of the pool. As soon as we know the wall
meets up at the end the way it should the pool frame gets assembled.
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, since we
will drape the liner over this framework.
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
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
Above Ground Pool Liner Installation
Above Ground Oval Installation
Expandable Liner Installation
Above Ground Pool Deep Ends