While installing above ground pool seems a hard job, but in fact can end out being fun weekend activity involving a couple of people. It is the preparations that matter the most. If you hire professionals for those easily doable jobs, then your pocket would be lighter by a few hundred dollars, for the pool installation charges are now $300 per hour. It is infact a very easy DIY job and if you have help from a few of your buddies or family members it can be a piece of cake.
Let us help you out in this project and give you a step by step instruction of installing an above ground pool. It would only take a day or two to fix the whole thing and enjoy the lovely pool with your family.
Before beginning any work or project it is really important to get yourself organized, pool installation is no different. Get all the tools that you would be needing for the job.
The Most Common Tools For Above Ground Pool Installation
Sand Skimmer/Return Fitting
Carpenter’s Level and/or Transit (optional)
Phillips Head Screwdriver
Landscape Stakes and C-Clamps (optional)
Patio Blocks 2″x8″x16″ (1 per each bottom plate)
Analyze The Location
Location is of paramount importance for the installation of the above ground pool. As once you have installed the pool it would be a hell lot of difficulty to move the pool to another place.
So be careful and research well before finalizing a place. If you have a sloping hillside location then it can be the best bet. In any case, the following are some of the points you must keep in mind while choosing the place for pool installation.
- It should be near to a garden hose and water that you can use to fill the pool.
- To plug in the pool pump, it should be near to a grounded GFI outlet.
- It should be easily visible from the house and preferably near to it.
- Should be near to Easements or Setbacks and not encroaching.
- There should be no trees near it and it should get sufficient sunlight.
- There should be good drainage near it.
Take Accurate Measurements And Approvals
Measuring correctly is very important as incorrect measurement could ruin the whole setup. To measure the land it is best to take a stake and at the center of the place of the pool place it. Now place the end of the tape measure over the stack and take a measure of 13 feet.
This means that you would get a diameter measuring 26 feet. This gives you a 1 feet distance to work. Now you have to mark the perimeter of this circle, for this, you can use a stick, paint, or thread for marking. If there are any uneven surfaces, plats, or other hindrances, remove it.
Clear The Area
After you have done the marking and removed the uneven stuff, it is very crucial to clear the area of any roots, sod, rocks, and other things that are cluttering the area. You can use sod cutters to make this work easier. You can check whether the area is cleared as per your satisfaction through the carpenter’s lever.
There should not be any unevenness in the ground as a minute difference can affect the even distribution of water in the pool, and this can cause additional pressure to be fallen in the pool sides which are on the lower side of the pool.
This step is of grave importance, especially if you are living in a hilly location. If this is the case then you would need some external mechanical help and may also need a skid steer street leader. If the ground is decently flat then with the help of shovels (Probably a nosed shovel.) and picks. Probably a nosed shovel.
Use the carpenter’s tool to measure the level of the ground. Be very careful to dig down the areas that are high and never build up the areas that are low. If your pool is uneven then it would damage the bottom of the pool and make it settle.
After leveling bring the floor materials to the middle of the pool. Now make your 24 round circles by assembling the bottom track connectors. Check again for the diameter which should be the same at every place to 24 feet.
Set Up The Place With Blocks
To start with, place a couple of stakes behind the amassed rail into the ground to keep it from moving, while you keep on working.
After the circle is round, burrow down an inch, and spot an 8″ x 16″ patio block under each rail connector. Patio blocks seem as though level soot blocks, just 1.5″ thick.
The squares ought to be set into the ground, even with the encompassing ground, so you don’t raise the base rail up and off the ground. The base rail must sit on strong ground right around, and on the patio blocks at every connection.
Continue to level the rail going from 1 square to the following. Ensure that all squares are similarly and precisely level to one another, and the rail is immovably upheld right around.
Wetting And Tapping
The temping and wetting are also important steps in installing an above ground pool. If you have soil that is loose, it is always a great idea to tamp it with a motorized tamper or you can even do it with bare hands.
When the pool is filled with water its weight can reach up to 110,000 lbs, so it is very essential to check whether the soil is firmly packed. If there is any error the whole pool can collapse under pressure.
To help the loose dirt to settle you can always water to saturate it. This can be done with the help of a lawn sprinkler.
Pool Base And Floor
You should ensure that the pool liner is secured, for this bare soil should be covered with smooth similar material of soil. The above ground pool base should be made with sand as not only is it readily available and soft on feel but also it is very economically priced.
Make a two-inch base with sand for your pool. The problem with sand though is that it is too soft this leads to floor irregularities like heel marks over time.
So you can try some other options like stone dust or vermiculite (sand and concrete mix). The stone dust resists shifting and lays flatter, while the vermiculite gives a durable but hard floor. To check whether the base material is evenly spread a carpenter’s tool can be used at a measurement of 8’2*4.
Now the base material used needs to be smoothed with wooden floats or trowels. After this with a heavy tamper tool, tamp the floor. This process gives a smooth and level bottom and erases any tamping marks. Firm and tighten the floor with light mist spray. After this you can proceed towards installing the liner guard or floor padding.
Connecting The Bottom Rail
The bottom rail is a track that holds the pool divider and the uprights in a position that is locked. The bottom rail pieces interface start to finish where they get together at every connector plate.
Which additionally fills in as the base plate for the upstanding posts between each divider. When you have the entirety of the rails secured set up, take a few cross-checks, to be certain that the pool is totally oval or round as per your wish.
You may wish to likewise check the level once more, by running strings over the pool, from the base plate to base plate. Pull the string firmly, and hold a carpenter’s level at the degree of the string.
You can likewise utilize travel, or shoot a laser bar from a patio paver, over the pool to the inverse paver. Check for level on every patio block before shooting the laser over the pool. The pool base or floor should come up to the head of every patio block that you spot to help each erection.
Now Roll Out The Pool Wall
The pool wall is made of a sheet of solid steel that is laminated and galvanized which is rolled up in tight composition. Now for installing the pool wall this sheet of steel needs to be unrolled and fixing it in the bottom of the bottom track or rail.
This cannot be done alone and here is where you would be needing the help of at least two people. To help you hold the track and stabilize the wall. For avoiding damages or injury it is always better to keep a piece of cloth or cardboard under the roll.
Your pump and filter should be located where the skimmer is. The skimmer cutout should also be done at the beginning of the roll. After a few toiled movements the wall would all be standing tall in the pool.
Now with the help of the bolts connect the ends. The point to remember in this step is that the smooth end of the bolts should be inside the pool and the nuts to outside, to avoid any injury to the body.
Install Top Rail, Uprights And Stabilizers
Next, the uprights are introduced into each bottom plate of the over the ground pool. Uprights fortify your pool divider and offer help to your pool. The highest points of every upstanding is normally dictated by an additional opening close to the top.
Slide the upright into the bottom tar sleeve to snap it in.
No extra equipment is required.
The stabilizer plates should be placed on upright’s top and should be fixed or screwed to it. On the top edge the top rail should be positioned and should also be screwed to upright.
The foam gives extra padding and smoothness to the pool. It also protects the liner of the pool. Foam can also be used to build a floor padding that is placed below the liner.
A pool cove should be placed that makes a smooth transition between the pool floor and wall. It also protects the floor from the issues of overstretching.
Vinyl Pool Liner Installation
With some help you can cover the vinyl pool liner on the walls and to fix it use the coping strips. If you have liners that are beaded, on the top of the pool wall the bead receiver should be attached.
Before unfolding the pool liner box it should be placed inside the pool. In cold weather the liner should be kept inside in warmth until it is flexible and ready. The seam should be put half way up the cove near the bottom perimeter. With the help of coping clips hand the liner over the wall. Your partner should be outside of the pool and should be putting side supports. To keep the pool strong and firm he should install the under rails on the coping strips.
Before filling the pool with water it is important that you use shop-vac to set the liner and against the pool wall use the suction to pull it. The hose of the shop-vac should be run in a skimmer hole in between the liner and the wall, at above 3” from the pool cove.
The turn of shop-vac, return hole, and skimmer hole should be masked with duct tape. This helps in equal placement of the liner all around. The wrinkles should also be removed by moving the liner.
Now when you have taken care of the wrinkles, start filling the pool with a garden hose. Also, make sure that the shop-vac is running. Keep filing till the water level reaches to 6”.
After this level is achieved pull the hose gently behind the liner and close the vac. Let the water fill up in the meantime you can put up the top connectors and top rails. After the level of water reaches the return holes and skimmer you should shut the water hose.
Face Plate Installation
At the skimmer hole make a small x cut with a sharp knife, this should be in the skimmer opening on the wall. One gasket should be out behind the liner. The second of the gasket should be put on the liner’s top, the holes should be lined up with a faceplate.
The head should be large preferably a number 3 Philips. The screws should be fixed tightly for a better grip. To save the vinyl patching material trim the inside of the skimmer.
Now again make a X on the liner on the return hole, which should go through the return hole. Now with the help of a large nut install the return wall, and grill through the wall inside to the outside the wall.
Remember the gasket is already mounted. Now for final touches trim all the excess vinyl wrapping treads hanging around the pool. Now with your hands tighten the nut and place the gasket. Now check all the screws and channel locks and see whether all are tight.
Tada It’s Done.
And just like that is all done. With this self-made above the ground pool, you would not only save at least a handsome amount of money, but it would also fill your heart with content and joy to see the fruit of your labor. Above all this you would also bring the precious smile on the faces of your loved ones, who can now soak in this amazing house pool and enjoy their family time. This would make all this toil worth it.