Top Rails Not Fitting
I am having problems getting all of my top rails on properly. I am installing a 15x30x54 Bermuda pool about 2 feet into the ground. There are 3 rails that don't line up with the pre-drilled holes on the frame. The rails are to long. It almost seems like I need to move the frame out some to get these to fit.
Is this what I need to do or can I modify the rails by cutting them to the proper length.
Hi Mark. Usually when rails do not fit properly it is because of a real problem of some sort, but not always. Occasionally they are just not the right size and we modify them to fit.
With an oval pool there could be several reasons for the rails not fitting. An oval could have up to four, maybe five, different size rails. If in doubt, measure them all and be sure they are in the proper locations. You may have side rails, transition rails and possibly two different sized end rails.
Bottom rails could be the same way, with different sizes for specific locations. If these are improperly placed the top rails will not fit correctly.
The arc at the ends of the pool need to be shaped perfectly for the rails to fit, especially the transition rails from ends to sides.
Another tip is to make sure all the uprights are straight up and down. Many times just going back and adjusting the hole spacing on the top rails so that the uprights are straight will take care of the problem. In rare cases when the pre-drilled holes make no sense at all and just do not work, I resort to this method. I use whatever holes are available when the upright is perfectly straight up and down.
If all the uprights are straight, and everything else about the pool looks fine, and you are sure the top rails and bottom tracks are all in the correct locations, and they still won't fit, there is nothing wrong with cutting them down to size.