13-Step Installation Guide for Above Ground Swimming Pools

Above Ground Swimming Pools for DIY Homeowners

Above ground swimming pools appeal to many homeowners because of its affordability, not to mention that you can install it yourself, hence, allowing you to save even more as you eliminate the need to pay for expensive pool contractors. However, you have to ensure that you properly install your above ground swimming pool and avoid uneven floors or wrinkled liners. Otherwise, you may just have to kiss your savings goodbye, or worse inflict injury to you or your family. Be guided by the following steps in installing your new pool.

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1. When it is said to be a do-it-yourself project, I hope you were not thinking of really putting up the thing just by yourself, were you? One or two pairs of hands are not enough to properly accomplish this Herculean task. To make things easier, faster, and even fun, assemble family, neighbors, and friends to help you with the Herculean task ahead. You can thank them after for their help by hosting a pool party.

2. With extra hands ready to help you, you can now prepare the foundation for your pool. Pull out sod all around the pool wall and make sure that no bamboo grass, nut grass, Bermuda grass, or any other grass can grow right through your above ground pool liner. Find out the requirements in your area, but some areas require as much as 6 feet of sod pulled out from above ground swimming pools.

3. With sod eliminated, most likely the ground will be uneven, so you have to dig out the higher ground within the area where sod was removed to make it level with the lowest ground. Do not rely on your eyesight to determine if the ground is already even, use a level or transit to measure the ground. Forget about building up low ground as this cannot hold up the enormous weight of the water that your pool will contain. The heap of earth will just be compacted by the tremendous weight. Make sure that ground is properly leveled because uneven ground can collapse the pool wall and could damage the pool, or worse, could cause serious injury to those in or near the pool. There are cases when simple leveling is not enough, but ground would have to be elevated. If this is so, seek the advice of a pool professional who specialize in the installation of above ground swimming pools.

4. Construct ample drainage to avoid water from accumulating in your yard, and consult an expert especially if your yard forms a natural valley. You have to realize that since your above ground swimming pool would be obstructing the normal flow of drainage, it can lead to the accumulation of water in your yard. So before you start patching or replacing the liner upon seeing water accumulation, thinking that it has developed a leak, check the drainage. This will save your the hassle and the dear price of replacing the liner.

5. Set down the foundation for the pool once the ground has been leveled. Clean sand is often the base used to underpin above ground swimming pools. By buffering the pool from the ground, it shields the liner from any roots, rocks, or other hard articles. It also serves as cradle for the pool floor giving it a comfortable feel beneath your feet.

If you want extra cushioning and liner protection for your pool, you can use a tough pool floor padding. Spending for this extra protection is more economical than spending for the cost of replacing a damaged liner and refilling the pool.

6. With the base of the pool set, the next step would be to set the foundation of the pool frame. Patio stones or blocks are usually used for this purpose and are plunged into the ground until they are stuffed in the ground. These rocks serve as support for the pool posts and buttresses. Use a transit to ensure that each stone is level in all directions, and that they are level with one another. Take note that even with as little as ⅛” in variation between the stones can cause the pool wall to collapse. Follow the specific manufacturer’s guide on how to position the stones.

7. Now the stage is ready for piecing the pool together. You will have to refer to manufacturer’s instructions for this since installation of above ground swimming pools differ depending on the manufacturer and model. The usual parts that go with above ground swimming pools include: bottom plates, bottom rails, top rails, uprights, caps for uprights, pool wall, pool liner, coping, and hardware. You may also find a return fitting and skimmer. When you have your pool delivered by truck, make sure to check each package before signing the bill of lading. Take your time to inspect the goods so that you can make sure that they are in good condition. Make sure that the items in the manufacturer’s parts list tallies with the items that you have received and that these are not damaged.

8. With the pool frame and walls erected, form a cove, or a six to eight-inch wedge of sand formed all the way around the inside edge of the pool wall. This is a step that you should not skip as it is requisite for above ground swimming pools. The cove will serve as a protective layer between the liner and metal frame, and will prevent the pool liner from slipping under the pool wall. Create a 45-degree wedge along the whole inner circumference of the pool wall by beveling the sand. Make sure that the sand is even all the way around and compressed. You can also opt for a pre-manufactured pool cove which can either be easily peeled and stuck or simply snapped onto the track of the pool wall. With the cove done, level the ground by tamping down the sand and to minimize turf in the floor of the pool. Get rid of sand on the pool wall above the cove to keep it from chafing against the liner that can lead to the formation of small holes.

9. Next is installing the liner, the most delicate part of the pool. Handle the material with care from opening the box to laying it out on the ground, make sure that there are no sharp objects that could puncture it. Inspect for tears or holes and check that the seams are appropriately sealed. This is to ensure that the liner has no defect. Imagine already filling the pool only to find out that the liner has a hole.

10. Spread the liner under the sun to warm up the vinyl to make it more flexible and easier to handle. Consult your manufacturer’s manual on how to prepare the liner, including how to punch out the skimmer and return holes. Keep in mind that liners of above ground swimming pools should not carry the weight of the water, so they must be laid on the ground in all parts. Make sure that there is no air space between the liner and the ground, and no downward pressure on the liner. Check the instruction manual for guide on how to hang the liner as the methods will vary according to style.

11. Expect to see wrinkles in the liner material due to the extra material allotted to offset any shrinkage of the liner. Lightly push any wrinkles of the liner toward the wall to level off the floor of the liner. Take care not to drag, pull or stretch the liner as it can lead to damage. Use vacuum to reduce air between the liner and the pool, as this can lead to wrinkling.

12. You can now fill your above ground swimming pool with water; you can use an ordinary garden hose or hire a water truck for faster filling.

13. With your pool filled with water, you can now attach your pump and filter system, lights, heater and other pool equipment. Again, refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for each piece of gadget. Also follow the instructions for the use of chemical to above ground swimming pool.

Carefully following the installation instructions for above ground swimming pools are critical to avoid any damage to the pool or injury to people in or near the pool.

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