How To Put Up a Swimming Pool
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What better way to increase your family’s enjoyment this summer than installing a pool in your backyard? A pool offers your family a place to relax and cool off during those hot afternoons. What’s more? Pools add novelty to your home.
Now how to put up a swimming pool in your home depends on the type of pool you want, the quality, and the materials at your disposal. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to put a pool, but first, a look at the factors you should consider while installing one.
Let’s dive right in.
What To Consider When Putting Up Above Ground Pools
Installing an above-ground pool in your home is a huge investment. For this reason, you need to have a plan to ensure an incident-free installation process. Here are some of the factors you need to consider before getting started.
1. The Pool Area
This refers to the site in your property where you intend to have the pool installed. You should first establish that the site is suitable for pool installation even before you start bringing in the building materials.
But what is an ideal site? The ideal location for your pool should be away from trees, buildings and be in an open area to allow your pool’s exposure to sunlight. You should avoid utility lines and observe your local codes while choosing a suitable location for your pool. In addition to that, the pool area should be on even ground for stability.
And since your soil conditions can make the installation work difficult, especially if the ground is sandy or rocky, ensure that you consult a geotechnical engineer for a report before you start digging.
2. Zoning Laws
Every region has laws that govern the installation of swimming pools. Therefore before you start installing your above-ground pool, you should ensure that you observe such laws. For instance, some regions require that pools keep a certain distance from wells, sewer lines, property lines, and septic tanks, to mention a few.
Most regions require that you have permits before you begin any construction work on your property. Therefore, before you begin installing a new pool in your home, check with your local city hall for building permits. You do not want to find yourself on the wrong side of the law, or do you?
How much are you willing to spend on your above-ground pool construction journey? Before you begin the installation work, you should plan a budget. The budget should account for the equipment to use in the pool construction, the labor, and other miscellaneous costs.
Now depending on your budget, you can plan for the size and shape of your pool. Remember, the bigger the pool, the more labor, materials, and equipment you will need. Setting the budget for pool construction can be overwhelming; therefore, you could consult a pool contractor to help you develop reliable approximations.
However, it is worth noting that you further need to plan on how to maintain the pool, which requires money. You will need to purchase pool chemicals to keep the pool water clean and healthy. So make sure that you factor in the maintenance costs in your budget.
5. The Pool Functionality
What is the purpose of your pool? Before you begin the installation work, ensure that you have a clear plan on how you intend to use the pool. For instance, you may consider installing variable-speed current systems or underwater handrails if you intend to use the pool for sporting and training.
Safety should be a priority for every pool owner. Therefore, ensure that you have a safety measure plan for your pool. For instance, if you have small children in your home, you will want to keep them away from the pool. Therefore, you could restrict pool access by putting up a fence around the pool or install alarms to alert you when anyone enters the water.
You could also have the rest of the pool placed in a location within view of the house to keep an eye on swimmers while you are still indoors. That said, ensure that you check with your local codes to determine the safety measures you ought to put in place.
7. The Pool Type
Above ground pools come in different types. Therefore, before your pool installations, you need to decide on the pool type you want for your home. This also helps you to plan your budget.
The following are the various above ground pool types;
Semi-In Ground Pool
The semi-inground pool offers swimming solutions for people who come from sloppy and uneven geographical locations. The semi-inground pool walks the line between an above-ground pool and an inground pool as it is partially or completely buried on the ground.
The pool has a two-inch thick wall panel, comes in different shapes, including oval and round, and is easy to install.
However, the semi-inground pool is permanent; therefore, it is not ideal for potential pool owners who are constantly moving.
Steel Above Ground Pool
This type of pool is made from strong steel frames that have vertical support and side rails. Its bottom and wall are, however, made from vinyl, resin, or plastic.
The pool comes in different sizes and shapes, is 22 inches to 52 inches deep, and is easy to install. However, steel easily rusts and corrodes; therefore, the pool may be expensive to maintain. What’s more? The pool is heavy; therefore, it may be difficult to transport if you decide to move.
If you live in a region where the weather conditions are constantly changing, you should consider installing an aluminum pool. This is because the pool has the ability to handle different weather conditions. The pool is made purely from aluminum, but its wall has a powder coating that gives it a glossy luster finish.
Transporting the aluminum pool is easy as it is lightweight and can quickly be assembled and disassembled. In addition, installing the pool is easy and fast. However, aluminum constantly oxidizes; therefore, you have to observe regular protective coating maintenance, therefore more costs.
Living in a region where you experience long sunshine seasons? Consider installing a resin pool. Unlike the steel pool, this type of pool does not get too hot under the sun.
A resin pool is made from a strong material, resin. The material is resistant to warping and dents, and it does not corrode or rust; therefore, you do not have to worry about expensive pool maintenance costs.
A hybrid pool is made from steel and resin. Now the hybrid pool materials work together to balance their limitations. How? Since steel easily corrodes, the parts of the pool exposed to the sun and water are made from resin. Resin is resistant to corrosion and rusting.
On the other hand, since steel is strong and durable, it makes the vertical portion of the pool, therefore, providing support to the pool.
Inflatable Above Ground Pool
This pool has a ring that inflates, allowing its wall to rise as you fill it with water, and is made from durable vinyl. Now, if you lack enough space in your backyard, this type of pool is ideal as it comes in varying sizes and shapes.
And if you are working under a tight budget, the inflatable pool is among your best options as it is pocket-friendly to purchase, does not bring permanent alterations on your property, and has an easy and quick installing procedure.
8. The Pool Builders
The construction process may be difficult for you, especially if you are not a pool contractor; therefore, you have to hire professional installers. Ensure that you are keen on the choice of your contractors for quality results.
You could consider checking potential pool contractor’s portfolios to gauge the quality of their work. Alternatively, you could seek recommendations and referrals from friends, relatives, or colleagues who have installed a pool in their homes before.
Now, if this does not yield fruits, search for pool contractors online, and look into their websites for reviews and testimonials from existing customers who have received installation services before. Then, hire a contractor who has positive feedback as they are likely to give you the full value of your money.
However, if you are working under a tight budget, you could consider installing the pool yourself. Installing an above-ground pool is pretty easy and does not take a lot of time; therefore suitable for DIY construction.
How To Put Up Round Above Ground Pool
Now that you know what to consider to have your pool installed in your home, the next step is to start the construction work. Wondering how to go about this? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to put up a pool.
Let’s dive in.
Step 1: Gather the Necessary Equipment
You should first ensure that you have all the necessary equipment to start the swimming pool construction. Some of these equipment includes;
- Skimmer and return
- Carpenter’s Level
- Patio Blocks 2″x8″x16″ (1 per each bottom plate)
- Tape Measure
- Landscape Stakes and C-Clamps
- Duct Tape
- Box Cutter
- 5/16 Wrench
- 1/4 Wrench
Step 2: Locate the Pool Installation Area
Once you have all the equipment you require to start building, you should then determine the site where you want your pool installed. An ideal site should be on a flat surface in your backyard, be 8-10 feet away from any trees and buildings, be in compliance with local codes and avoid any underground obstructions and utility lines.
Step 3: Measure the Installation Location
You want to have a guideline on how to start building your pool. Therefore, you should measure and mark the area where you will have the pool built.
You should start with the center point. The center point refers to the middle of the pool. For the best results, measure off from an existing feature such as the wall or the fence, and mark where you want the edge of the pool to be.
Next, use a tape measure to determine the radius of the pool from the marked edge. Stake the tape measure at the point.
Once you are done, pull the tape measure to the radius measurement. It is best to add one extra foot to the radius measurement to give room for error. Now, mark this point on the ground and all the way around the pool center point. This gives you the pool’s outline.
Step 4: Prepare the Area
Now that you have identified the pool installation location and have an outline, the next step is to clear the area to eliminate any unwanted material. This includes sod, rocks, roots, and debris that could damage the pool liner. If there is large grass on the ground, you could consider renting a sod remover to make your work easier. A rake will help remove any unwanted particles missed by the sod remover.
Once the ground is clear of the sod and debris, you need to ensure that it is leveled and even, to prevent the pool from settling over time. Therefore, you should use a leveler to find the high areas on the ground and dig them down to be at the same level as the low points.
Step 5: Create The Bottom Ring
Once the ground is even, next, you should build the pool’s bottom ring. To do this, you should use plates, stabilizers, and rails. Lay them on the ground on the building site and attach the bottom rail to its bottom plate.
Once all the rails are connected, measure the bottom track on various locations to ascertain that the pool is round and in the correct size. You can then go ahead and stake the ring into position.
For bottom plates, you could either use metal plates, resin bottom cuffs plate, or resin plate. Stabilizer rails are either crimped on one side or have male and female ends. Use the crimped one-side stabilizer rails as they are smaller and will get the job done. Ensure that the bottom rail is straight and larger than the stabilizers.
Step 6: Support The Pool Base
You want to ascertain that your pool base remains stabilized and leveled to increase its lifespan. Therefore, for the next step, you should install patio blocks. Each patio block should be placed under the bottom plates. Ensure that you place the patio blocks so that the bottom track is still sitting on the ground and that the blocks are level in all directions.
Once all the patio blocks are in place, you should then remove one bottom rail to cut in the sand. To ensure that you place it back in the same position after adding sand, you should mark the two connecting bottom plates. Now spread the sand evenly around the pool area and then replace the bottom rails.
Step 7: Install The Pool Wall
Once you have a level bottom of your pool, the next thing you need to do is install the pool wall. You can do this by using the bottom track on your bottom plates.
You should put the skimmer at the top of the pool wall and use landscaping stakes to support the wall as you attach the bottom track around the ring. In case the pool wall does not attach properly, you could adjust the bottom rails in and out to allow it to fit.
If, on the one hand, you are using single-row wall bars, then ensure that all wall bolts are attached using hand tools, every hole is filled with a bolt, there are rivets on walls, and that the wall bars do not touch each other. Additionally, ensure that you cover all the bolt heads inside the pool with at least three layers of duct tape.
If, on the other hand, you have staggard pool wall bars, then ensure that all the bars are attached, the bolts are attached through hand tools, and that every hole is filled with a bolt. Now the bolt heads inside the pool should also be covered with three layers of duct tape to avoid damaging the liner, and the wall bars should not touch each other.
To further support the pool wall, you should carefully build a six to eight-inch pool cove inside the pool wall to avoid scratching it.
Step 8: Install The Pool Uprights
Uprights help to offer strength and durability to the installed pool wall of your round above-ground pool. Therefore, you should attach the uprights to the bottom plates. To determine the top of the uprights, you should check for an extra hole at the center.
Ensure the diameter is the same in all directions in your above-ground pool once you have all the uprights installed. For resin uprights, ensure all tabs at the bottom are through to ascertain that they are installed in place.
Step 9: Install The Vinyl Pool Liner
To install the vinyl liner, you first need to level the base of your above-ground pool. This can be done by wetting the sand and stamping the pool area and raking it. You should then lay the liner in the pool carefully to avoid tears. For an incident-free laying out process, ensure that you lay the vinyl liner out in the sun for a few minutes before installation.
It is worth noting that there are different types of vinyl liners, with each pool liner requiring different installation methods. They include the overlap pool liner, beaded liner, and uni-bead liners.
The Overlap Pool Liner
Installing the overlap liner requires that you hang it over the wall while ensuring that its seams are straight up and down. Ensure that you secure the liner with plastic coping strips as you put it over the wall. In case of extra vinyl material, continue hanging it around the pool wall until the excess is gone.
The Beaded Pool Liner
Beaded pool liners, also known as snap beads, come with a beaded liner track or the bead receiver installed around the pool. Installing the receiver requires snapping the liner bead into it at random points around the pool. Once the receiver is fixed as per the desired outcome, you should put it around the entire pool.
Check the liner to confirm that it will not pull out under pressure once you fill the pool with water. It is worth noting that you do not require coping strips while installing a beaded liner.
Unibead Pool Liner
Unibead liners come with a “V-Bead” welded onto them. If you remove the V-bead, it becomes a snap bead; therefore, you simply hang it around your pool without the help of coping strips.
However, if you decide to keep the V-beads, you should open them and hang them directly to the pool wall, and no excess material will be left out. If you notice creases due to twisting, this means that the liner is not hung properly; therefore, you should proceed to make adjustments.
Step 10: Pool Liner Adjustment
Once you are done installing the liner next, you should work the wrinkles around the bottom towards the side of the pool wall and leave them at the pool cove. Next, you should adjust the liner material at the top of the pool wall to revive the wrinkles at the cove. Ensure that there is no air between the liner, the bottom, or the side pool wall.
Step 11: Install Top Rails, Top Plates, and Top Covers
After adjusting the pool liner, the next step is installing the top plates. Therefore, you should place the top plates onto the uprights. Use a level to ensure that the plates are straight and then tighten them with the right screws.
You should then install top rails by placing them around the pool and using screws to tighten them once they are in place. Finally, you should install and tighten top covers on pools uprights.
It is worth noting that if you install the top rails, top covers, and top plates properly, they will fit effortlessly into one another.
Step 12: Fill The Pool With Water
You should slowly fill the pool with water as you walk around the liner. This helps to work the wrinkles outside the pool, creating a smooth surface for your pool floor.
Once the water is filled halfway, you should install the filter and the skimmer and return. Ensure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the installation procedure to avoid making mistakes.
Once the filter and the skimmer and return units are in place, you can go ahead and fill the rest of the pool. But remember to attach the safety labels on your installed round above-ground pool.
Filling the pool marks the end of the installation process, and you can now enjoy limitless relaxation and thrilling swimming sessions in your pool.
3 Tips For Maintaining Your Pool
Once you have your pool installed, you now need to keep it clean and well maintained. But how do you do this? Here are a few guiding tips.
1. Keep Chemical Levels Balanced
So your pool manufacturer or contractor suggested that you need to add pool chemicals to the pool water to keep it clean and safe for swimming. What you may have missed is that you need to ensure that you balance the chemical levels; otherwise, you will experience a murky uninviting pool, not to mention irritation on your eyes and skin. Therefore, ensure that you maintain the standard pH, alkalinity, and chlorine levels.
2. Clean the Filter
The pool’s filtration system helps to remove dirt and debris from your pool. However, when the filter is not cleaned, the dirt particles accumulate and clog the system. This, therefore, means that the filter will not function properly, resulting in cloudy pool water. Therefore, to avoid this, follow the filter’s manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean it.
3. Regular Scrubbing and Skimming the Pool
A skimmer helps to get rid of leaves and debris from the surface of the water. Therefore for the best results, you should skim the water regularly. However, there are stubborn stains and debris that cling to the pool wall and floor. And this is where scrubbing comes in. You should invest in pool brushes to remove the stubborn stains to ensure a clean pool. Just remember to keep the filter running.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are questions other potential pool owners ask.
1. How do you prepare the ground for a pool?
To prepare your yard for pool construction, you should first choose the space where you want the pool installed. Next, you should mark around the perimeter to create the poo’s outline. Once you have an outline, you should then remove all the sod, dirt, and debris on the location. This helps to avoid damage as you lay the liner.
When the surface is clean, you should determine the high points on the pool area and dig them down to level with the low points. And voila! The area is now ready for you to start construction.
2. What is the best thing to put under an above-ground pool?
The ideal thing to put underneath your pool depends on the pool type. For an inflatable or Intex pool, a tarp will get the job done. However, there are quality options to choose from that can also offer the required support for your unit. They include commercial pool pads and foam tiles.
3. How do you install a pool by yourself?
To erect a pool yourself, you should first gather the required equipment and pick the right location in your backyard. You should then measure the area to create an outline for your unit then clear it to remove dirt and debris. Next, you should level the bottom to start the pool construction.
The first step to your construction procedure is the bottom assembly while supporting it with bottom rails, plates, and stabilizers. You should then attach the pool wall. Once the wall is in place, erect the uprights and the liner. Be careful while erecting the pool liner to avoid damaging it, as this could lead to more expenses as you repair it.
Finally, install the top rail, top cover, and top plate and fill the pool with water.
4. How hard is it to install an above-ground pool?
DIY pool construction is not difficult since above-ground pools are pretty easy to erect. However, since you are doing the work yourself, the process requires a lot of hard work and consumes a lot of time. However, you will have the satisfaction and self-pride of having provided your family and friends a place to relax and enjoy summer afternoons.
5. Do you have to put sand down before above ground pool?
The best pool base material for your above-ground pool is sand. This is because sand effectively protects the vinyl liner from tears and piercings caused by rocks and other objects. For the best results, ensure that you add two-inch deep sand under the pool floor.
6. How long does it take to put up an above-ground pool?
The period it takes to erect a pool in your backyard depends on your proficiency if you install the pool yourself or that of your contractor. That said, most above-ground units will be erected between one or two days. However, it could take longer if you plan on adding pool features or fencing.
7. Can you install above ground pool yourself?
Yes. Instaling above ground pool may seem difficult or a lot of work, but it is easier than you presume. You simply have to follow the above procedure, and you will have a pool in your yard within no time. However, if you have difficulty installing the pool by yourself or do not have sufficient time, you could consider hiring a professional contractor.
Want to enjoy your above-ground pool within the shortest time possible? Start by having a well-thought-out plan for your pool. An above-ground pool is easy to erect, and when done correctly, you will bring thrilling swimming experiences right in your backyard!
However, ensure that you maintain the pool by balancing the chemical levels, cleaning the pool’s filter, and brushing and skimming the pool.