Straps on Oval Above Ground Pool
by Jim Melchionna
I seem to have a few broken straps under my pool and I am trying to replace them. The rest of the pool is in great shape. I may also be looking for some tracking sections for the bottom that seem to have split. Do you know what the strapping material is made of?
I have 6 verticals on each side and each vertical has a 45 degree support. It appears the strap starts at the edge of the 45 with 2 screws (looks like aluminum there, it then goes under the vertical). I think it's attached to the vertical under it, not sure – that's another question, and then under the pool.
When I am replacing straps under above ground pools I go to Home Depot and buy a roll of construction strapping. It's a steel strap material used in home construction. I then use tin snips to cut the material to the lengths I need them. Then I attach the straps to the brace channels with a series of heavy duty self tapping screws.
Most of the time the existing straps are bolted to the brace channel somewhere near the front. Unbolting them is usually not necessary, just cut the straps with tin snips and lay the new material over top of what's left of the old strap.