How To Open Your Above Ground Pool

by Pool Builders on 05-13-2011 in Articles

Each spring brings that time: time to open your above ground pool for the swimming season of summer. It has been a hard, cold winter, and it seems so long ago that your pool was open and the water was gleaming. This step-by-step guide will get your above ground pool open and operating in practically no time.

1. Start by siphoning off all water that might be collected atop your pool's cover. if you are going to use an electric suck pump, it is a good idea to place a plastic frisbee or similar object between the cover and the pump.

2. Carefully remove any leaves and other debris from the top of the cover.

3. Disconnect and take off the cover cable from the ratchet.

4. Take off any cover clips and water tubes.

5. Take Off the cover slowly. Be careful not to let any debris that is atop the cover fall into the pool when you slip off the cover.

6. Remove the pillow by untying its string. Deflate the pillow.

7. Remove any sticks and leaves or other items from the pool with a leaf net or a skimmer.

8. Expect the water level to be low. This occurs due to ice, evaporation, and water displacement.

9. The water level will probably be low. Add more. It is important that the level of the water be halfway up the skimmer. You should maintain this water level throughout the pool season.

10. Check your skimmer, pump, and filter to be sure that they are in proper working order.

11. Install the pump onto its base. Fasten it with two pump mounting screws.

12. Connect the ground wire to the pump.

13. Put the filter onto the base.

14. Check to be sure that all rubber o-rings are lubricated and in good condition.

15. Securely connect the union between the pump and the filter.

16. Securely connect the filter hose from the pump to the skimmer.

17. If you will be using a chlorinator, attach the return hose from the chlorinator to the filter. Then attach the return hose to the outlet.

18. Be certain that all hose clamps are secure.

19. Be certain that the lid cover on the pump is secured tightly.

20. Use the removal tool to remove the winter plug from the return fitting. Then take off the aquadoor, or ice-plate, from the skimmer.

21. Make sure that all the screws on the skimmer are secure.

22. Attach the eyeball return piece. Be certain that the fitting parts are all assembled before installing. Once installed, make sure to point the fitting at a downward angle.

23. Install the skimmer weir and skimmer basket.

24. If you have a deck, install the ladder into the flanges on the deck's surface. If you do not have a deck against or around your pool, install the A-frame ladder. If you intend to use drop-in stairs, first place sandbags into the stair unit, then submerge the stairs in the water. Insert the handrail into the flange of the deck or stairs.

25. Be sure that every electrical connection is grounded.

26. Turn on your filter system.

27. If you have a DE filter, insert the necessary amount of DE. Expect to 'bump' your filter several times during the first 24 hours of usage.

28. If you use a cartridge filter, be sure to install the filter cartridge.

29. If you have a sand filter, make sure to insert the drain plug into the tank. Be certain to properly fill your filter with filter sand. You should replace the filter sand at least every two years.

30. Backwash the filter.

31. Shut the pump off.

32. Turn the the handle of the valve to the position marked 'filter' and turn the pump on.

33. Don't vacuum your pool for at least 24 hours.

That's all. You may now swim in your pool. Have fun and enjoy the water.

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