Swimming Pool FAQ
Questions And Answers
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an above ground pool, repairing a wall, finding replacement parts, pool fencing
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63. How far can I sink an above ground pool into the
Two to three
feet is ideal. Any more than that and you run a
bigger risk of the pool caving in. You always want to make sure the
water level is higher than the dirt. If the pool is too far into the
ground and the ground around it gets too wet it could easily cave in. It
is also a good idea to wait at least two years after the pool is
installed before draining it, should you need to. This gives the dirt around it plenty of
time to pack. Even then the pool should be drained and refilled in a
day or two. The longer it sits empty the more likely it is to collapse.
64. Can I repair holes in my sidewall or do I have to
Holes in the
sidewalls can be repaired safely. If the pool is
under warranty and the company will replace it for you that is usually
the safest way to go, but if the pool is a used or an older one and you
can't afford to replace it, repairs can be made. Please use your best
judgment here as I can't be responsible for pools that were not
repaired properly and fail. The majority of the water pressure is near
the bottom of the pool so be the most careful in this area. Small rust
holes near the bottom of the wall can be repaired by taping long
lengths of 12" wide aluminum flashing to the inside of the wall and
then covering the bottom half with pool cove. I would not repair holes
that are too big in this area because of the large amount of water
pressure. Small puncture holes in the wall from the midway point up can
be repaired by duct taping any lightweight flat material to the inside
of the pool. A lot of times the area around the skimmer will be the
first to go. The rest of the pool seems fine but the skimmer just came
off in your hand. I would duct tape into place a large piece of flat
aluminum or steel to cover the opening and at least another 12" in all
directions. I would then cut a new skimmer opening in a better section
of wall. Another method I have seen used is to rivet the patch into
place and make the new opening in the same place. My pool wall repair
a stainless steel plate made just for this purpose.
65. How far can my filter be from the pool?
are designed to sit next to the pool and be below water level so that
they are gravity fed. The farther a filter is placed from the pool the
less affective it will be. If you are using standard equipment try to
keep it within ten feet of the pool. For longer runs you should
consider a larger HP pump. If the pool is in the ground and the
equipment is at ground level I would go with an in ground pool pump.
They have a different impeller that is designed to draw water out of
66. Where can I find replacement parts for my above ground pool?
There are times when a top rail or upright get damaged and the
rest of the pool is still in good shape. To replace these parts you
could start by checking all the local pool stores and see if anyone in
your area handles parts for that model. You could check with the
manufacturers web site and see if they could be of any help. I also have an
entire section of this site designed to help above ground pool owners find parts
for their pools. Above Ground Pool Parts
67. Where can I find fencing for my pool?
Sears sells a nice above ground
that is designed to adapt to any model pool. It is made with vinyl so
there will be very little upkeep and it will stay looking nice for at
least the life of the pool. Vinyl is also lighter than steel so the
shipping costs will be less. The fencing is sold in sections so you
just buy the amount that you need. Some of the pool manufacturers offer
fencing designed for their specific pools on their web sites. Some of
the retail outlets also offer fencing as an option to go with their
pools. Pool fencing is a great way to make your pool safer.
68. Can I replace just my sidewall?
This is possible but not usually the best option. If you are
replacing the wall because of rust it is very likely the bottom rails,
footplates and the lower portion of the uprights will also be damaged.
Check very closely the condition of the rest of the pool before
deciding. Unless you find a great deal on a used one side walls are
very expensive. A good quality used pool can sometimes be bought for
the same or less than just a new wall. In a lot of cases entire new
pools can be bought for less than just a wall. Repairs can also be made
to a damaged wall so check all the options before deciding to replace
just the wall.
69. The paint is peeling off my top rails, should I replace them?
The only time it is
really necessary to replace top rails is
when they are rusted through or they are bent beyond repair. Most of
the time the rails can be removed from the pool, sanded and repainted.
I have even seen people take their rails to an auto paint shop to be
sand blasted and painted. They come back like new, and in any color you
70. You said it is OK for dogs to swim in my pool with
me but how can I get them out safely?
Some dogs can be trained to climb out using a standard ladder, some may need
a little more help. This
deck ladder from
Sears would probably be just the thing.
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