Pool Wall Is Too Short
by Joe Sweeter
(Jonesville Mi USA)
Do you have any helpful hints on putting up a wall on an above ground pool? We are having trouble, we sat it in the track and came up about 4 inches short and we don't know what we are doing wrong.
Hi Joe. From looking at the photo this is the amount of overlap you get in the track when you pull the wall together so that it meets. The wall would need to be taken completely out and the gaps in the track reset, then the wall can be re-installed. The gaps need to be even all the way around the pool.
The bottom rails fit into bottom plates and usually have about a quarter to a half inch gap between each other. When the wall is to long the gaps need to be opened up, when it is short the gaps need to be closed.
If your bottom rails are inside the footplates and butt up to each other, no gap, and your wall is to short you probably have the wrong rails for your pool. You could use a hacksaw and cut a little off of at least half of them and see if that would work. It may require cutting a little off of all of them to keep the pool round.
This photo shows a wall ready to have the nuts and bolts installed. Notice the small gap at the ends of the bottom rails. These gaps are the same at every foot connector, this is very important.
Pool Wall Not Meeting
The pool we are installing is 18X33 oval and the wall is not meeting, need about 3 more inches to meet, what are we doing wrong?
Hi. This happens a lot. It just means you need to take the wall down and re-gap your bottom rails. The rails at both ends of the pool need to be pushed a little farther into the footplates.
When doing this type of adjustment it is important to close the gap on all the footplates, not just one or two. By gaining three inches of wall at one, maybe two, footplates you will through the end out of roundness. The top rails will fit funny also. They are all the same size and they need the space between footplates to all be the same. To small of gap between footplates will leave the rail to long and wind up spreading the tops of the uprights to get it to fit.