Stacie L became a DIYer for many reasons—mostly to save money. She has tips that she has used herself to help with your DIY projects.
Plan Your Pool
This article is based on my own experience and those I personally know who have successfully assembled their own backyard swimming pools. It's hard work and it may take more time than you expected, but in the end, it will be well worth it.
Before you can begin to assemble a pool, preparation is needed for the location. You must be sure it is free within 20 feet from trees and branches that may hang over the pool. It's also important to know where septic tanks, underground wiring, and water pipes are located. Another consideration is a level location, free from rocks and tree roots.
The bottom of the pool liner should be resting on a soft material, such as sand. In this case, four to six tons of sand will be needed to be brought in. Spread the sand level and tap it down before you begin to assemble the pool.
How Long Will Assembly Take?
Assembling a 24-foot, above-ground pool will take a few days, depending on the amount of help that is available. With careful planning, the job should run smoothly, without any unforeseen problems.
Materials You'll Need
- Pool pump and filter
- Pool kit
- Electric or battery-powered screwdriver
- Duct tape
- Measuring tape
- Spray paint
- Metal or wooden stakes
- Cement blocks (2" x 4" x 16")
- Stand in the middle of your pool location and measure out 14 feet from the center. Mark the ends with a stake or spray paint. Mark a spot about every 5 feet. You should have a round circle with spray paint or stakes.
- Remove all the components and lay them out on the ground away from the actual pool location.
- Look for the instructions booklet, material list and equipment needed list. Inspect parts and check against materials list.
- Remove the bottom metal tract sections from the packaging. Begin laying out and connecting the tracks until finished. Your pool may come with metal plates that the tracks attach to. The cement blocks will be sunk into the sand directly under the metal plates.
- Unroll the aluminum wall of the pool, and begin inserting the bottom into the tracks. This will take some help, as it will be heavy.
- When you insert the entire wall into the tracks and end up meeting the start of the wall, you will connect the ends with bolts provided, with the automatic screwdriver. Tighten up each bolt as much as possible, careful not to strip the screw.
- Start inserting and attaching the upright metal braces that will hold the wall in place. They will attach to the bottom on the plates or track, depending on the pool model.
- When all braces are attached to the wall, begin installing pool liner. The liner will be pulled out from the center to the sides and hung over the wall. Be sure it is equal on all sides.
- Begin attaching top coving pieces over liner on top of wall. Then attach the top plate of wall braces.
- Attach top rail all around and then top resin covers over the screwed in top plates.
- Attach skimmer assemble, hoses, and pump that came with pool. Begin filling with water.
Tips and Warnings
- You may need a permit. Check your local code enforcement rules before beginning this job.
- Be sure there is an outside electrical outlet nearby. You may need to have an electrician wire an outlet to a post near the pool for the filter.
- A fence around the pool is advisable if there are small children living in the home or nearby.
- Never leave the ladder in the pool.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Stacie L