Aboveground Pool Questions
- What kind of base should I use under my liner
- When should I cut in the skimmer & return?
- Can I sink my aboveground pool into the ground?
- Can I put rocks around the outside of my pool?
- Where should I put my pool?
- How many people does it take to put up an aboveground pool?
- How long does it take to assemble/install an aboveground pool?
- Can I leave the aboveground pool empty?
- What is the difference between a soft-sided pool and an aboveground pool?
- Can I install an aboveground pool myself?
There are a lot of choices out there today, but we still recommend fine sand be used as a base. The sand should be evenly distributed and thoroughly tamped. When correctly done a sand, base creates the smoothest, longest lasting base out there for aboveground pools. Do not use any substance with high alkaline or acid content, as it will corrode metal parts.
The skimmer and return should be cut in when the pool is 1/3 to ½ of the way full of water. This will allow the liner to stretch into place before any cuts are made. If this step is done prematurely, it could cause the liner to tear or wrinkles to form.
The aboveground swimming pools that we use are designed to be used above the ground. They are not intended to be sunk in the ground. Because of this, we do not recommend that you sink your aboveground pool into the ground.
If you choose to go ahead and do this, please be aware that you may encounter some problems. Problems being the aboveground pools may collapse due to the surrounding pressure of dirt, the walls may cave in if the water level is ever reduced, the warranty on the aboveground pool will be voided, the corrosion process will be accelerated. You should also check all safety and local codes before sinking an aboveground pool as it may not meet the standards once this is done.
Decorative rocks are okay to place around your pool if you do not use any substance with high alkaline or acid content as it will corrode the metal parts of your pool. Products such as wood chips are also potentially harmful to your pool because they retain moisture. If the metal parts are constantly wet, then they will corrode faster. To prevent this from happening use a materiel that allows the moisture to drain through at a normal pace.
The pool should not be placed over top of septic lines, phone, power, or water lines, Etc. Pool should not be placed immediately underneath or beside overhead power lines.
See manufactures warnings for more specific information or contact the manufacture directly.
We recommend using 4 people to put up an aboveground pool.
It depends on the installers background. If you have experience in carpentry, it may only take then 1 day to level out the ground (always level down) and 1 day to put up the pool. For people with less experience, it may take up to 3-4 days.
It is not safe to leave an aboveground pool empty. The wall frame structure of an above ground pool relies on the outward pressure of the water to keep the walls stable. Not having water in an assembled pool does not provide stability to the pool walls which can be severely damaged should there be an environmental event.
A soft-sided pool is an easy set pool usually with soft side walls they may have a frame, but they are not a real aboveground pool. Aboveground pools have steel walls, they are made to stay up all year round and have standard pool plumbing. Soft sided pools are made to be taken down after the season ends and do not have standard plumbing, their pluming is measured in millimeters verses inches.
It depends on your experience if you are worried about installing an aboveground pool yourself, we offer packages with our aboveground pools for installation.
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