How To Install a Round Above Ground Pool
|Installing a round above ground swimming pool can be done quickly if you’re prepared beforehand. This video will take you through the process of installing a round above ground pool and will help you be better prepared when you begin your project.|
|This video begins by showing you all the tools you need before you begin. Having them on hand will allow you to be more efficient in constructing your pool. Materials are separated, including hardware and tools so they are easy to find and accessible.|
|Quick Tip: Prepare everything you need before starting the installation process.|
|After organizing your tools and materials, this video shows you how to survey your installation area. Find a large and level area in your yard big enough to accommodate your above ground pool. Remember to check for utility lines and make sure your installation is in compliance with any state or local codes before building.|
|Quick Tip: You can rent a transit from your local equipment store or use a board with a level to make measuring more accurate and easy.|
|This section of the video demonstrates how to measure and mark the area where the pool will be built, adding an extra foot around the perimeter. This extra space will yield more work room.|
|Quick Tip: Use a measuring tape to measure out half the width of the pool. Place a marker on the center and walk the tape all the way around, tracing the perimeter.|
|Clear the Area:|
|It’s important to build your pool on an area free from sod, roots, rocks, and additional debris. Next, the video illustrates how to clear the area.|
|Quick Tip: Sod cutters are extremely helpful in expediting the process and highly recommended if removing large areas of grass for this installation. You can rent one from your local large hardware store.|
Since clearing the sod and debris may have affected the level of land, it’s necessary to even out the ground you’ll be working on. The video show you how to use a leveler to find the highest points in the installation area and dig to level it out. Uneven surfaces can cause your above ground pool to settle and damage the bottom of the pool. Once the area is within one inch of being perfectly level, you can start building.
|Quick Tip: Dig down higher areas rather than filling the lower areas for a more level surface area.|
Lay Down Rails:
|This portion shows examples of different bottom plates and highlights the differences between the stabilizer and bottom rails.|
|Types of bottom plates:
The next step is to connect each rail to its bottom plate. Metal, resin, and resin bottom cuffs connect to the bottom rails in the same manner. Once you’ve connected the rails to the bottom plates, measure the diameter in several areas to make sure the base is truly round.
Quick Tip: For easier installation, lay your bottom rails and bottom plates down along the perimeter of the installation area before connecting them.
Block Bottom Plates:
For support, the video demonstrates how to place a patio block underneath each bottom plate. It’s important to dig out the area where the block will be placed to ensure stability but keeping the track and the block level to the ground.
|Quick Tip: Make sure the block is level in all areas and then check the level of all bottom plates to make sure they haven’t changed.|
|Add the Base:|
|Next, the video demonstrates how the sand and pool base is added and evenly spread along the bottom of the pool area. Remove one of the bottom rails to easily cart in the sand.|
|Quick Tip: Use chalk or a marking tool to trace the bottom plate onto the block to make sure you place it in the exact same area when replacing the bottom rail.|
|Install the Wall:
Installing the wall can be tricky and difficult to maneuver. This portion of the video shows you how to effectively place the wall along the bottom track. If it’s uneven or the skimmer cutout falls directly over a bottom plate, this video will show you how to adjust the wall and bottom rails to get a perfect fit.
|Single Row Wall Bars:
There are a couple types of above ground pool walls: single row and staggered wall bars. The video shows you how to install both types for your convenience.
|Staggered Wall Bars:|
|Quick Tip: Use landscaping stakes and C-clamps to help keep the wall upright during installation.|
|Create Your Cove
This video quickly shows how to build a 6” to 8“high pool cove for support.
|Quick Tip: Create a 45 degree slope using sand or pool base.|
|Mount Your Uprights:|
|Next, uprights are installed into the bottom plates of the above ground pool. Uprights strengthen your pool wall and provided support to your pool. Tops of uprights are usually determined by an extra hole and secured using screws.|
|Installation is also demonstrated for resin uprights:|
|Quick Tip: When installing a resin upright, check to make sure all tabs are through at the bottom to ensure it’s fully snapped in place.|
|Tamp the Sand or Pool Base:|
|The next step shows you how to smooth out the bottom and tamp the base for an even and strong bottom base.|
|Quick Tip: Wetting the sand with water will make tamping easier and pack the sand better.|
|Install the Liner:
The liner is an essential component of your above ground pool and should be installed carefully. This video shows how installers lay out the liner and apply it to the pool. There are many types of liners and their highlights are listed below:
|Snap Bead Liner:|
|Quick Tip: Lay the liner out in the sun to make it easier to manage then re-roll it for easier transport and installation.|
|Attach Stabilizer Rails and Top Plates:
Once the liner has been installed, the video explains how to attach the stabilizer rails and top plates to the top of the pool wall. The stabilizer rails simply slide into each other all the way around the pool, reinforcing its circular shape. The top plates are secured onto each upright with screws.
|Quick Tip: Uses a leveler to make sure the uprights are completely perpendicular to the ground. This will ensure maximum stability of your pool.|
|Place the Top Rail:|
|Once the stabilizer rails and top plates have been installed, this illustrates how to place the top rails. This also shows that the method is the same if you have a resin top rail.|
|Quick Tip: Place all the top rails before screwing them down completely.|
|Fill With Water Slowly:|
|This section in the video shows how filling the water slowly will allow you to smooth out wrinkles in your pool liner. It’s recommended to fill the pool halfway then refer to the separate instructions on how to install the skimmer and return fittings. Once installed, you can finish connecting the rest of the pool equipment like the filter system and pump. After installing all the above ground equipment you need, you can fill the rest of the pool.|
|Quick Tip: Smooth out the liner when there is 1 inch of water in the bottom of the pool. This will allow you to adjust the liner, giving it a smoother, tighter fit.|
|Safety is the number one priority when using any pool. Your above ground pool will come complete with safety warning labels and must be placed on the pool it can be used.|
|Quick Tip: Contact the manufacturer to obtain safety labels at no charge.|
|Enjoy Your Pool:|
|Preparation is the key to building an above ground pool. Make sure you have the right tools and enough help before getting started. If done correctly, you’ll be enjoying your above ground pool in no time.|