The Best Discount Pool Plans: Liners, Ladders & Decks

Above ground swimming pools are great if you want to enjoy the amenities of a swimming pool in a backyard that has an area too small for the installation of an inground swimming pool. These swimming pools are easy to install; in fact, many of these pools are of the do-it-yourself quality.

Above ground is cheaper than inground

If your budget isn’t enough to get you an inground swimming pool and you really want to have one, then the logical choice will be purchasing an above ground swimming pool. These swimming pools cost less than digging and installing actual swimming pools; some above ground swimming pools can cost as less as $730 for a 42-inch pool in  the ‘Above Ground Pool Experts’ website.

Before the assembly

Almost everybody with some building experience can be able to assemble above ground swimming pools. The materials that are used in above ground swimming pools are prefabricated, so check all materials to see any damages made in transport. Also, you might want get some friends to install the pool with you, since this is a laborious activity.

The assembly:

Preparing the land

The first step of assembling above ground swimming pools is preparing the land. In some communities, a building permit is required to start, so ask around on how to get one. Place a marker – a nail or a wooden stake can do – where the center of the pool will be located and then trace an area slightly larger than that of the pool using spray paint. Next, clear the predetermined area from sod, rocks and other small impediments because the pool requires a flat surface to build on effectively; in some areas the minimum requirement to remove sod in assembling a pool stretches as much as six feet beyond the pool. Check the flatness of the foundation’s terrain through some surveyor’s tools. Opposite edges should only be completely flat or may be allowed to slope for about a centimeter; any number larger than that or an irregular surface may cause the pool to collapse. When leveling the terrain, make sure that you dig the highest point down to the level of the lowest point, not adding earth to the lowest point. Remember, above ground pools require flat, compact land; adding soil to the lower points make the ground unstable, causing the pool to collapse. After leveling the ground, make the earth compact by sprinkling some water on the open earth and then leave for two hours. Soak the ground again and leave to dry.

Establishing the foundations

It is time to establish some foundation for the pool’s braces. The sturdiest above ground swimming pools have braces that are mathematically arranged. Start first with the lowest ring, then the side braces. Patio stones, or blocks, are placed underground and beneath the braces for added stability. Check if the blocks are level with the ground, side to side and front to back, and with one another. Only 1/16 of an inch is the allowable offset in level; some pools may even collapse at 1/8 inches off level. The number of blocks is determined by the shape of the pool; more blocks are needed for oval and rectangular pools than the round ones.

Erecting the pool wall

After establishing the buttresses, it is time to assemble the walls. You just simply roll the wall following the lowest ring and attach the wall to the side braces. It is very difficult to undo the folded wall at once; roll the wall slowly around and fit this into the bottom tracks once in a while. Afterwards, create a 6-8 inch cove around the inside of the wall. Sand is the traditional material for cove-making but stick to ready-made cove as it is less abrasive and does not create divots. Above ground swimming pools are more comfortable if they have coves as they act as cushions.

Spreading the liner

The installation of the liner is the most important part in assembling above ground swimming pools, as the liner is the entire inside surface of the pool. The liner should be installed on a hot day, since on colder days the liner won’t spread out properly and will cause wrinkles to form. Spread the liner from the center outwards; the liner must rest on the ground and shall not hold the weight of the water. The installation manual shall provide more details in liner preparation, especially in making the skimmer and return holes. Extra liner is unavoidable and so are wrinkles. Should any wrinkle form, do not pull or stretch the liner. Instead, use a vacuum cleaner to suck out all the air under the liner.

Filling the pool and further setups

After the liner has been set, you now have the green light to fill the pool. The moment the pool has been filled, install the pump and filter system, lights and other pool apparatus; follow the steps in the manuals of the equipment. Consult the manual in applying chemicals to the pool.

After that, you can now fully enjoy your above ground swimming pool.