Install Pool Properly to Prevent Problems

by Pool Builders on 02-19-2008 in Articles

Thinking of a do-it-yourself above ground pool install? Pool installation is not difficult, but ensuring that you do it properly is essential to the success of your backyard oasis. This guide, though, should help you install your pool without a problem.

The first step after you've chosen your above ground pool model is to choose the appropriate place to put your pool. Once you've done that, you'll need to begin to remove the sod around the area. Don't forget, installing a pool often requires a license or a permit from your local city council, so check on the building code requirements before you ever pick up a shovel.

When you have removed all of the sod, it's time to start leveling the ground. Start on the high side, and then dig out to the lowest area of your pool building site. While there are a few exceptions to this rule, that will apply to most backyard install pool procedures. The next step is to tamp, or pack the ground into place. Doing this by hand is not going to be effective in most cases. You'll usually need to invest in a bit of equipment for that step.

Once the ground is tamped, it's time to use some crushed stone or sand as a sub-base to help keep your pool level after it has been installed. Your instructions will tell you which is going to work best for your pool. Again, you'll need to tamp it into place before you move on to the next step.

Now it's time to begin to assemble your above ground pool. You'll want to put the bottom of the pool and the supports together carefully. Reading the instruction manual here will really help. Once you have the bottom rim in, putting some ground stakes around it every three feet will help to keep it from moving around as you install the rest of your pool. The walls are your next step. This may require the help of your family or some neighbors, because pool walls are usually quite heavy, and it is difficult to direct them into their tracks.

The liner for your above ground pool is the next step in the install. Pool liners are best put in during warm weather, as the liner material is far easier to work with and less likely to wrinkle on you. Your uprights and the top rail are your final step in the process. Again, your instructions should guide you on what to do first in this situation.

Finally, it's time to put some water in your new above-ground pool. You'll need to fill it very slowly, and soothe out any wrinkles that appear in the liner during the process. If any problems occur, it's best to go ahead and drain the water, then refill it again after you've sorted the problems out.

An above ground pool is a wonderful investment, but ensuring proper installation procedures are followed is essential.

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