How to Set Up a Swimming Pool


The summers get hot and you want to provide a water outlet for your family to cool off. In-ground pools are expensive, time consuming and many yards don't have the right kind of ground for it. Your best alternative is an aboveground pool. The best part is that you can install it and set it up yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Level
  • Sand
  • Rake
  • Lawn roller
  • Patio blocks
  • Tarp
  • Plumber's tape or vinyl tape
  • Shop vacuum with hose

Prepare Your Yard

  • Level the ground where you plan to put your pool. Include about 6 inches extra all the way around the perimeter. You want the ground within 1/2 inch of being level from one side of the area to the other.

  • Remove all rocks sticking up from ground within the base area.

  • Spread sand across the base area, and rake it smooth. To avoid holes in the sand, compact it with a lawn roller. Then check the area to make sure it's still level.

Set Up Your Traditional Aboveground Pool

  • Begin laying out the bottom ring of your pool. Don't attach anything yet. Put the bottom where it will go when the pool is put together.

  • Bury a patio block under each of the base plates so that the top of the block is level with the ground. Assemble the bottom ring.

  • Unroll the wall and slide it into the channel in the bottom ring. Use the included uprights to hold the wall up as you put it together with the ring and then to fasten the wall in place once it's up.

  • Spread more sand in a ring around the bottom extending 6 inches up the wall and 6 inches into the pool.

  • Bring the liner inside the pool and affix it to the walls with only one side up using the enclosed clips.

  • Fill the pool with water up to the fill-line by the filter and swim.

Set Up Your Inflatable Aboveground Pool

  • Spread a tarp over the sand you've laid down and smoothed out. Pull it tight to remove any wrinkles.

  • Put the pool lining in the middle of the tarp and smooth out the wrinkles.

  • Wrap plumber's tape around the joints of any plumbing for the pool and connect it according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Inflate the pool by attaching a shop vacuum's blow side to it using the hose.

  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions for attaching the skimmer and filter and fill the pool with water until it's as deep as you want.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a deeper end to your pool by digging out one side more than the other after you've installed your base. Then add the sand and smooth it out.
  • The sand base must be level for this kind of pool. Trying to create a deep end could end up damaging the pool.

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