How to install an above-ground pool?
Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff118 guides
- Checking your equipment
- Setting up the pool
- Installing the liner
- Filling the pool
- Adding accessories
An above-ground pool - what could be simpler?
Having a pool to enjoy in the comfort of your own garden through the summer months is about as good as it gets! Above-ground pools are a stylish, affordable option! Simple in design and usually sold in kit form with everything you need to set it up, this type of pool is a great alternative to the buried type: no masonry work, no digging, quick and easy to set up and put away again, minimal maintenance and great value for money!
Tools and equipment
The tools you'll need depend on the model of pool you've chosen. If it's got a metal frame, installation will be quicker and you won't need as much equipment; if it's wooden, you'll need a few more bits and bobs and a bit more time. Here are the essentials:
How to set up your pool?
1. Preparing the ground and checking your equipment
Preparing the ground
Your pool should be set up on a level, stable, clear patch of ground, if possible away from any trees and in a sunny, open part of the garden. Check the lie of the land with your rule and spirit level and correct with sand if necessary. Spread out your groundsheet, ensuring that no protruding objects (branches, stones etc.) are left on or underneath it.
Referring to the manual, start assembling the pool frame. Whether it's wooden or metal, make sure the base is nice and level and all the dimensions are correct.
3. Installing the liner
This is an important step since it's where you make you pool watertight. Once you've got the rails in place (following the manual), grip the liner at the top edge while ensuring that it stays as taut as possible at the bottom. The aim is to avoid any wrinkles or folds, so it can be a good idea to leave it out in the sun for a couple of hours before you start. When you're ready, step into the pool in bare feet.
4. Filling and filtration system
On the outside, connect the various elements of the filtration system according to the instructions given in the manual: inlet, outlet and skimmer; but don't connect it to the power just yet. Now you can begin filling your pool in stages:
- To finish stretching out the liner, start by filling to just 2-3cm and then smooth out the base and sides
- Carry on up to 5cm below the lowest filtration outlet. With the outlet in place, cut the liner from the inside
- Repeat as above for the other outlets and skimmer
- Finish filling two-thirds up to the level of the skimmer
- Connect the filtration system and you're nearly ready to go!
5. Adding extra accessories
Installing the pump
- A pump should never be allowed to run on empty: flush any remaining air out of the relevant pipes (often there's a special valve for this).
- The pump should always be shut off and disconnected whenever the pool is in use.
- Always set up the filtration system at least 3.5m from the pool (or in a watertight container if this isn't possible).
Setting up the ladder
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Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff 118 guides écrits
I'm a trained electrician who started off working in large-scale industrial projects. Most of my early career was spent taking on huge electrical installations. I like to think that no job is too big for me, and after all the experience I'd gained, I started managing teams of electricians.
I like to learn on the job, so around ten years ago, I moved into building and construction. As a site manager, I've overseen the building of small residences, sport facilities, and even theatres!
Working with my hands is something I love to do in my free time as well. For four years now, I've been restoring our home in the Welsh countryside. I even built a conservatory for my wife, who loves watching the sheep behind our house.
Whether it's patios, interior design, roofing, plumbing or electricity - I love giving it all a go! I've even made my family DIY converts and together we've built almost everything we have from scratch. My experience, both in the field and in my workshop, has taught me a lot and I'm happy to share what I've learned. No matter how big or small your project is, I'm here to answer your questions and help you choose the right tools and equipment.