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 abovground 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 done correctly a sand base creates the smoothest longest lasting base out there for above ground 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 in it. If this step is done prematurely it could cause the liner to tear, or wrinkles to form.
The swimming pools that we use are designed as above ground swimming pools. They are not intended to be sunk in the ground. Because of this, we do not recommend that you sink your above ground pool into the ground. If you choose to go ahead and do this anyway please be aware that you may encounter some problems down the road. For example, the corrosion process will be accelerated, and the backfill may cause the walls to cave in if the water level is ever reduced. You should also check all safety and local codes before sinking an above ground pool as it may not meet the standards once this is done.
Just as we recommend with the pool base, decorative rocks are okay to place around your pool as long as 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.
Pool Placement – 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 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 a week.
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 technically 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 do not have standard plumbing and are 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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