How to Install Wedding Cake Pool Steps

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Wedding cake pool steps are designed for use with above-ground pools. These steps make entering the pool safer and easier than trying to slide or jump into the pool. The wedding cake design allows for you to be able to sit on the steps as you ease your way into the water. The device is specifically for use with a deck enclosed above ground pool, so you will have a way to support the step.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Two-grip wrench, 7/16
  • 150 pounds of pea gravel
  • Set of wedding cake steps
  • Locate the three reinforcement parts that will secure the steps. Install the foam pads under each and fill them with pea gravel. Put the plastic caps to secure the gravel inside.

  • Lay the step out and affix the reinforcement parts using the appropriate bolts and nuts. Also put in place the support tube.

  • Place the step on the flat side, in order to insert the longer support tube from the bottom of the step. The shorter support tube will be put in the top of the step.

  • Insert the ramp piece; there is one for each of the support tubes. Secure the ramps with the ¾-inch screws.

  • Put the step into the water. Be sure to let all the air escape and then place it against the pool wall, ensuring it touches the ground solidly. Leave a 1-inch gap between the wall and the back of the step.

  • Lower the brace so that it rests on the deck. Place the ballast unit, full of pea gravel, on top of the step.

  • Attach the braces to the deck. This will secure the step in place and offer extra protection from motion.

  • Install the cap on the support tube that is not attached to a ramp.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the deck is lower than the pool, you will need to support the braces. This will require getting additional wood from a hardware store. If the pool is lower than the deck you will also need to support the braces with a device called a shim. Shims can be either wood or plastic; consulting a hardware store manager might help you decide which is best for you.

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  • Photo Credit colorful pool toy floating in a summer pool image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com
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