Above Ground Pools

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How to Install an Above-Ground Pool in Your Own Backyard!

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Owning a house with a swimming pool is a dream of many people. The idea of being able to have a whole pool to yourself and swim anytime you want without making a trip to the public pool is absolutely delightful. Also, you don’t have to worry about kids peeing or some kind of bacteria in the water.

Unfortunately, buying a house with a pool is very expensive. Having a pool built into an existing house is possible… but that involves a lot of renovation work that will inconvenience you for months and likely result in all your neighbors hate you for the drilling and dust!

There is an option that is much less expensive and takes a lot less set-up — getting an above-ground pool!

Above-ground pools are perfect for if you have space in your yard that isn’t quite enough to dig a whole swimming pool but is also in need of some sprucing up. And they’re relatively easy to set up! Here is a general step-by-step guide to installing your above-ground pool.

1. Remove the soil and grass from the area for the pool to be installed

Check the requirement codes in your state for how much you can dig up before you begin. Make sure to check the measurements of the pool and dig out a bit more than needed.

2. Level out the ground

Once you’ve finished digging out the area, check to see how even the ground is. Usually, one side will be higher than the other. Dig out the side that is higher to match the lower as the lower side will likely be more compact and hence withstand water pressure better once you fill the pool.

You should also check with contractors regarding the conditions of the ground in your yard. In some cases, you might need to support it with some dense, heavy, compact material as a sub-base. It is always important to get professional help when doing any sort of modifications to the ground in your house!
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3. Set up the drainage system

Check the current drainage and piping systems in your house and neighborhood. A pool might end up obstructing the natural path of water drainage in your area. This can result in swamping of your yard as water cannot flow through.

The drainage system chosen is also dependent on the geography of your house. For example, if you live in an area with a lot of slopes and the to-be pool area is in a valley, then water will flow down from all sides. Tricky situations like this will probably require some professional help.

4. Setting the Foundation

Leveling the base of your pool is extremely important as it will prevent soil erosion. This is especially critical if you did not use some sub-base and hence it is virgin soil. Using patio-stones or blocks will help to level out the base of the pool, and remember to line the sides as well, as unlined sides will also cause erosion.

You have to be very precise when you set this foundation — more than a 1/16” difference in the level of set blocks can result in the walls of the pool buckling. Ensuring and maintaining an even level is necessary for the pool to be set properly. It will take some trial-and-error to get a suitable leveling, but it will be so worth it when it is!

5. Line the Base of the Pool

But you don’t go and lay the pool just yet! The pool is likely made of some soft vinyl material, which will not feel very comfortable when put against the rough and rocky surroundings. Hence, you have to line it with some smooth, debris-free sand or clay. It will act as a sort of pillow between the two layers of extremely different textures. This material you use should also be able to absorb any sort of movements within the ground as well as seasonal changes like freezing or thawing.

6. Assemble the Pool!

Now it’s finally time to assemble the pool! Before you excitedly lay out the pool though, do one more check of the foundation to ensure it is all level and even. Depending on whether you have a rounded or square pool, just make sure it looks smooth. If the foundation is not eve, when you lay the pool, you will immediately see wrinkling which will be impossible to take out once laid and filled with water.

Line the pool wall first — keep it rolled up and start at one position and then slowly unravel it flat against the sides. It will be much easier to have a few people working on this together. The instructions manual will indicate how to secure it down with the nuts and bolts provided. You might need to duct tape it down too, so make sure you have some on hand!

A pool cove is like a frame that will line the inner perimeter of the pool to ensure the metal pool frame and vinyl layer do not touch. This is a super important step in ensuring no depressions in the base occur. Carefully put the liner on. You will not get a perfectly smooth liner with no creases and do not stretch it out too much.

Finally, assemble the pool frame in accordance with the manual! Although this is much easier than digging out a whole new swimming pool, it still requires quite a lot of manual labor. Most people just don’t have the time or available manpower in the house to do all that landscaping, not to mention it will require lots of shovels… So why not skip steps one to five and go straight to step six: assembling the pool!
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An above-ground pool will be your best friend all summer long! Now you can save the trips to the public pool and enjoy privacy in your own yard, the perfect way to spend the hot season.
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