Instructions for an Intex Recreation 18 Ft. x 48 In. Metal Frame Pool


Intex's line of metal circular pools comes in several sizes, including its 18-foot-by-48-inch size. These pools consist of a liner with a sleeve extending all the way around the top. When assembling this pool you primarily have to fit only the larger diameter horizontal beams into the top sleeve openings. Then you take the smaller diameter beams, the legs, and fit them vertically on the outside of the liner. Both beams fit into a series of T-joints. Once assembled, fill the pool with clean water and it's ready to use.

  • Find a flat, level outdoor site free of sticks, stones and other obstructions to set up the pool.

  • Spread the ground cloth flat over the selected site.

  • Spread the liner on top of the ground cloth. Direct the drain valve toward the draining area. Set the hose connections nearest to an electrical power source.

  • Allow the liner and ground cloth to sit in the sun until they feel warm.

  • Pick up one piece of the liner in one hand.

  • Push and center one of the horizontal beams into the top sleeve openings.

  • Position one of the T-joints at the end of the horizontal beam.

  • Insert the connection pin into the pre-drilled holes in the beam and the T-joint to connect the two.

  • Repeat connecting the remaining T-joints and horizontal beams together until all are installed.

  • Slide one of the vertical legs into the belt loop on the outside of the pool liner so the leg bottom sits at the liner's bottom edge.

  • Push the top of the leg into the bottom of the T-joint until it snaps into place.

  • Push the leg end cap onto the leg's bottom.

  • Repeat installing the remaining vertical legs until all the legs are installed.

  • Grab the frame in a few places and shake it to make sure all the pieces snap into place.

  • Insert the plugs into the filter pump outlets if not using a filter pump. If using a filter pump, follow the directions provided with your pump to properly install it.

  • Insert the drain plug into its holes and screw on the drain cap.

  • Fill the pool with 1 inch of water from a hose.

  • Continue filling the pool if it appears level up to just below the sleeve. If it does not appear level, drain the water and relocate the pool in a flat area.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need to remove grass or soil underneath the pool to level the site, dig out the high areas to become equal to the low areas.
  • Dig the sod and soil up beneath the pool to level it, following all local building codes.
  • Do not set the pool on an inclined surface.
  • Do not place the pool on mud, sand or other soft or loose soil.
  • Do not set the pool on a deck or other platform.

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