February 22, 2017

Armor Shield floor protection


Does one need liner padding to go underneath there liner when replacing a pool liner?
The answer is yes and no.

Today’s manufacturers are extending warranty coverage for those who purchase and install Armor Shield floor protection. Instead of a 1 year full 20 year pro rated warranty it gets bumped up to three years and 25 year pro rated. This is pretty good as most Armor Shield pads are relatively inexpensive.

If your old liner has lasted many years then you could forgo the padding and have a pretty good chance your new pool liner will last just as long as the old one. You wouldn’t get extended coverage warranty but you would have a good idea how long a new liner would last.

This Armor Shielding protects against anything sharp that may be lurking underneath your pools liner. It also helps with a common problem of bugs creating damage over time. The little bugs get underneath a liner (Ants for instance) and create thousands of tiny holes that not quite penetrate through the liner material. So having several thousand creates a soft spot in liner and can cause it to lose water quicker than evaporation.

 

The size you get is the diameter of your round or length and width size of an oval. If you have an in between size pool then getting the next size up is recommended. You can ether tuck it underneath itself or trim it with scissors to fit.

 

With an Armor Shield in place will guarantee your new pool liner will last for many years to come.

Sticky
February 22, 2017

Roll Guard A-Frame Ladder


This new Confer 7200 Roll Guard ladder is made by Confer Plastics and is becoming a leader in A-Frame safety ladders.  Roll Guard is able to be used with almost any above ground swimming pool. Will fit top ledges up to 14 inches wide and also fits pool wall heights ranging from 48” to 56”. It’s contemporary design is aesthetically pleasing with a warm gray color.

RollguardInstallation of this ladder is so easy that it is the installation crew’s number one choice when it comes to installing a-frame ladders. It takes about 15-30 minutes to put this unit together. An experienced pool ladder installer could get it done in ten minutes.

The roll guard portion slides on an inside track and can be easily slide inside the pool while in use and is able to be locked into the outside position. This locking mechanism is a feature most city pool bylaws are requiring these days and the lock is included in the package.

The outside and inside rails are filled with water and then capped to prevent ladder from floating, no rocks or sand needed. The comfortreads are made 5”x 18” wide and the top is extra large compared to other a-frame ladders.

When it comes to a-frame ladders this one meets all the requirements of a well balanced ladder that will last for a lifetime.  If you’re looking for an a-frame ladder that is best in class, easy to assemble and pleasing to the eyes then this one is it.

Sticky
February 22, 2017

6 Common Above Ground Pool Liner Attachments

The most common above ground pool liners attachments are:

  1. Overlap
  2. J-hook
  3. Regular Bead (standard)
  4. Uni-Bead
  5. EZ-Bead
  6. Johnny Weissmuller and Ester Williams bead

#1 Overlap liner

oval-overlapThe overlap liner is seen from the outside of an above ground swimming pool.  It hangs over the sidewall. Overlap liners can also be built with expandable vinyl material for deeper style bottom pools. There are fewer patterns available with overlap liners. Typically a pattern on a pool liner is at water level. Overlap liners are stretched over the top of the wall when being installed and having extra material overlap liners tend to have larger repetitive patterns that go down below the water line so you do not notice any variations.

 

#2 Regular Beaded Liner (standard)
beaded-exampleBeaded liners have a bead built into the top of the liner that serves as the attachment. The bead goes into a bead receiver. Bead receivers are first installed at the top of a pool wall during installation and then the bead (standard) snaps into this bead receiver.

 

#3 J-hook liner

j-hookThese liners have a bead that is shaped like a hook. The hook is installed to the top of the pool wall directly without the need for a bead receiver. These j-hook liners are being phased out by manufacturing  in favor of uni-bead and ez-bead liners.

Special note about J-hook liners:

Often times people try to take a j-hook liner and install it into a bead receiver.  Sometimes it works, but the liner usually falls out after filling. It is important to remember to first remove the bead receivers (if your pool has them) then use the j-hook and attach to the pool wall.”

#4 Uni-Bead liner

uni beaded linerThis liner is produced with a universal bead (known as uni-bead) that works as a j-hook liner or a regular bead (standard).  For J-hook installation the hook is attached to the top of the pool wall directly without  a bead receiver. Uni-bead installs like a regular bead (standard) liner which requires you to cut off the j-hook part of the liner first then install the bead into a bead receiver. This is much easier than it sounds.  The part that is cut is perforated so you only need to cut a half inch. The rest peels off by pulling the j-hook part away from the bead.

#5 EZ_bead liner
EZ-bead is also referred to as “Multi-Bead Liners.” This liner is an improvement of the uni-bead liner. It is also constructed universally and installs as a j-hook and regular bead liner (standard).  The only difference is this universal liner is made so no cutting is necessary. One can attach it as a j-hook by placing the hook part at the top of the pool wall. The regular bead (standard) simply folds onto itself and snaps into a bead receiver.

#6 Johnny Weissmuller and Ester Williams liner

These liners have a thicker bead attachment and are made specifically for these two older aluminum style pools. These pools were popular in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. These pools were produced with a bead track made of aluminum metal that also had a structural purpose. The aluminum metal bead track holds the liner and the top of the pool wall in place. The bead track is also painted to a smooth finish. This smooth finish allows a regular bead liner to slip during installation.

“Special note here: At the Above Ground Pool Builder we have installed thousands regular beaded, uni-beaded and ez-beaded liners into JW and EW metal bead receivers and about 80% it goes just fine to do so. When we have situations where it may be slipping during the installation stage we install a liner lock material which holds the liner into the metal track. Liner lock is a long wedge material specifically designed for this purpose. So when it comes to JW and EW pool liner we say one can use regular bead (standard) liners with liner lock as a backup solution. “

 

There are the 6 Common Above Ground Pool Liner Attachments. For more information or if you need to order an A.G. pool liner replacement please visit us at www.abovegroundpoolbuilder.com/pool-liner-replacement and we will walk you through the entire process. You can send us pictures and video so we can understand your needs and get you the pool liner you need.

Sticky
February 20, 2017

5 Steps to Successful Above Ground Pool Liner Replacement

INTRODUCTION

The Above Ground Pool Builder has been installing above ground pool liners for a quarter of a century. We have learned throughout the years that following a system is the best way to replace above ground pool liners. We like sharing tips that can help a homeowner do this on his/her own. If you are a little handy than you can replace your own liner.  However, if you are the person that says absolutely not for me! We understand and this guide can serve as a tool to help you as well. This guide will provide you with information to help guide your purchase and prevent a loss of money. We promise there is useful information for anyone looking to replace an above ground pool liner successfully.




If you have any questions at any point please visit www.abovegroundpoolbuilder.com or visit us on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6AFPIXFIHYZItD0fmgDN9Q. Both places contain immense amounts of information pertaining to A.G. Pools and Liners. If telephone is more your style, our number is (781) 927-9110 or email us at info@abovegroundpoolbuilder.com. We can also set up a Skype conversation for those comfortable in doing so.

Let’s start with the weather; needless to say no pool liner should be replaced in cold weather. It just doesn’t make sense to be out there in cold weather replacing a pool liner. Rule number one don’t do it under 60 degrees! The liner will not be able to stretch the way it needs to do.

If the temperature is above 60 degrees than it is perfectly fine to replace the liner. Temperatures above 90 degrees will be difficult because liner will want to expand more than necessary. It becomes big and is hard to size the liner properly. We will get to sizing in a little while, but for now just remember to be very careful with higher temps.

 

pool-under-5ft-snowIn colder climates like New England there is a limited time frame for replacing a pool liner. As an above ground pool contractor, we at Above Ground Pool Builder, on average start to replace liners in April and continue to replace liners into October. In warmer climates, like Florida, you can replace year round.

When purchasing a liner, please be aware of the warranty.  Warranties can seem too good to be true, they often carry many stipulations in order to replace a liner defect. Manufacturers have a rule that says “We will warranty only seam failures and nothing else”.  The fact is, most manufactures don’t cover liner leaks of any kind unless they are on a seam. So if someone was shipped a liner with a hole in it, the manufacturer would not cover the liner. This would fall directly on distribution network and retail establishment whether local or online.

Some warranties attach stipulations like “Armor guard floor padding needs to be installed with liner in order to extend main parts of warranty”. The biggest thing is to remember that most warranties aren’t worth the paper they are written on unless it is a seam fail. When on a seam they are very good about replacing a liner with a new one and allowing installation coverage. The seam manufacturing processes are getting so good these days that seam failures are rare and almost a thing of the past. So moving forward this kind of fail will be less of an issue than it once was.

Now that you have some basic information about weather and warranties, it is time to dive into the project! Step 1 Measuring


First step will be to measure your pool for a replacement liner. Please refer to the following chart of standard pool sizes and wall heights for comparison.

Common Round SizesPool Wall heightsCommon Oval Sizes
12’ round48”12’x17’ oval
15’ round52”12’x23’ oval
18’ round54”12’x24’ oval
20’ round15’x20’ oval
21’ round15’x24’ oval
24’ round15’x25’ oval
27’ round15’x26’ oval
28’ round15’x30’ oval
30’ round18’x33’ oval
33’ round18’x40’ oval

 

If you have a round pool, you will need to know the diameter and wall height. Oval and rectangle pools will require measurements for the length and width. You will also need to know information about the bottom of your pool. A standard floor has a covering (floor base where it meets the wall) that is about 4 inches in height up the wall and 3 inches inward from the wall. Overlap lined pools tend to have larger coves and most overlap lined pools are built to fit universal overlap liners ranging from 48″-54″ in height.

 

 

You want to measure the wall height from the base (the bottom track) to the top of the wall underneath the top rail. Please do not measure from inside the pool, always measure from the outside. Measuring the inside will give you the wrong measurement. Move any debris in your way so a proper measure can be taken. Measure upward to underneath your pool’s top rail. This is your wall height. About 90% of the time you will get a measurement that is underneath the common wall height in chart.

Example:

You measure 51.5” or 51” wall height. This means your pool wall is 52”.

 

Next you will need the diameter, if your pool is round. Using the examples below, you will be able to determine the diameter of your round pool. You will want to measure on the inside for all diameter, length and width measurements. Take a tape measure and measure using the following rules.


Example 1:

even
In this example, let’s say your pool has an even number of uprights as in this we see 14 uprights. Since it is an even number you simply split that in half which is 7.
So you mark the #1 upright and count 7 uprights over being careful not to count the first upright.

Use a tape measure to determine the distance between the #1 upright and the #7 upright; this is your diameter of the pool. *Remembering to measure inside the pool wall from one side to the other.

 

Example 2:

odd
In this example the pool has an odd number of uprights and let’s says 15 uprights. To get the halfway point you’ll need to first find the highest even number of uprights your pool has. In this example that number is 14.
Simply count 7 uprights in either direction and be sure not to count the #1 upright when counting to the #7 upright.

Use a tape measure to measure from the #1 upright to half way between the #7 upright and next upright which is the #8 upright. This is your pools diameter. *Remembering to measure inside the pool wall one side to the other.


To measure an oval pools length, width and wall height follow the directions below and compare your measurements to the common chart of standard sizes above.

Notice in the pictures that sometimes your length measurement is from upright to upright and sometimes it is between two uprights.

oval exp

Take your measurements from the inside of the pool wall near the top of the pool. Use a tape measure and measure from straight side to the other straight side (this is the width measurement) on the inside of the wall. Next
use a tape measure from one curved end to the other curved end (this is the length dimension of your pool) in the center of the pool. Place the two dimensions together; this is your oval pools length by width measurements.

Please note on oval pools: All manufacturers build their walls with different lengths and have different upright locations. You might very well find for example that a 15’x30’ pool will measure 15’2”x30’2” or something a little different and this is OK.

So to recap a round above ground pool’s measurements you need the wall height and diameter. For an oval or rectangle pool you will need the wall height, length and width.

Step 2

Pool Inspection:

Part of the process of changing your pool liner will involve inspecting your pool and you can do this process while taking measurements.

After all what good is buying the best fitting pool liner if the pool it’s going into has a major problem? Even the best looking pools can have major problems lurking just past the naked eye. Take a pool like this one here. Looks great right? Sometimes pools like this one can have major problems. Pools covered all around with decks and earth material can hold moisture close to a pool wall. This can cause damage to the bottom of the pool over time.

  vegetation growthAlso, if you have vegetation growing close to the pool wall you can end up with rust and perhaps rotting issues

You always want to check the wall in several places no matter what is growing around the pool. Also check under your deck for any issues. Dig down if you need to.  You never know what you might find.

Check the bottom of the uprights to see if they are still attached with manufactured screws to the uprights. A little tug upward will give you the answer. If it breaks free then you have a problem. Sometimes the screws can rust and break. You do not need to check every single one. Check about 3 or 4 screws, if they are good then chances are the rest will be too.

Remove some resin, plastic and/or metal top caps depending on which kind of pool you may have. Inspect the screws that hold down the top rails. Most screws are stainless and will look OK, but every now and then we come across rusted out screws that are a nightmare to get out. It is completely normal to have a few that are stuck in place. This is to be expected but if all of them are a problem then this could be a concern.

The pool that has almost all the screws rusted into place will prove to be a pool that would be better off being replaced. If replacing the pool yourself, spray some WD-40 on all the screws holding top rails on the day before you plan to take down the pool. You will also want to spray the screws underneath the top ledges. These screws hold down the top plates. The top plates hold down the metal or resin rails which holds the liner or bead track in place.  All screws can and should be sprayed with WD-40.

Next, check the bottom of the pool wall. Look for rust coming through the wall. Any pool which shows rust coming through the wall will only be worse when liner is removed. This pool should be replaced.

Rust on a steel wall is serious and needs your attention. You may need to cut away liner to look behind the wall. Obviously this cannot take place when pool is full of water, but it has to be done. Aluminum pool walls may have pitting and show tiny holes everywhere. This can be OK so long as you place wall foam inside the wall before liner is installed to protect against pitted area hurting the new liner.

Bead track should be checked for worn edges. A bead track receiver is about 4 feet long and fits atop the pools wall so that the bead of the liner can snap into it. A pool has many of these all around the top edge of the pool wall.  Check the part the loops upward. This is the part that the liner snaps into. See if it is leaning downward allowing a wide space compared to the rest of the track. If you see areas where track is starting to give and shows wear?  You want to replace these areas with new bead track pieces. We recommend replacing the whole track if it is 5 or more years old, or if 50% (or more) of your receivers are worn out.

Skimmer and return areas:

Please pay special attention to the skimmer and return area of your pool. Above Ground Pool Builder knows that most pools have leaking issues in these areas. So many pools have been lost due to leaky skimmers and returns. When inspecting this area use a small screw driver, one with a #1 tip or even an ole, or another pointing metal hand held tool. To check this area poke the wall and see if any loose material can be observed or if the area is weak. When a skimmer or return leaks over time it will leave stains running down the side walls. If you are able to poke through easily then the wall is compromised. Many times it will be just staining which is okay.

Pay special attention and inspect around the openings of the skimmer and return carefully. Look for worn down metal where the wall may be compromised. If the area shows signs of being compromised then attention will need to be made during a liner replacement. If the area shows obvious signs of damage it will need to be addressed. You may always show us pictures so we can assure you if skimmer area will be okay or not. info@abovegroundpoolbuilder.com.

damage skimmers
The main idea here is to make sure the area is sufficiently supportive and will allow a liner replacement to take place. It is always a great idea to replace the skimmer and return with any liner replacement.

Step 3 and 4:

We have combined steps three and four (Research and Selection) with articles “Three Important Features of Above Ground Pool Liners and 6 of the Common Above Ground Pool Liner Attachments”


Three Important features of above ground pool liners  

Before you purchase an above ground replacement pool liner there are three important features you should understand.

  • Attachments
  • Patterns
  • Material Thickness

In this article you will learn three important features regarding above ground pool liners. These features will help you decipher a good liner from a bad one.

Today many online pool stores are using deceptive information to persuade the public to purchase their pool liners.

At the Above Ground Pool Builder we feel it is important to discuss these three features in order to prevent you from having problems with your above ground pool. We have over 25 years of pool installation experience and our instinct says “buyers beware!”
Let’s get started…

  1.   Attachments

The terms: overlap, regular bead, uni-bead, J-hook, V-bead, EZ-bead liners etc. are telling you that the liner has a feature which attaches the liner to the pool. Most people are under the assumption that if you have a particular liner attachment then you need the same kind of attachment liner when replacing.  This cannot be further from the truth! You can easily convert from one attachment to another.

Most conversions do not require any other purchase; however there is one exception: when converting a liner to a regular bead liner, you will need a bead track.  All other attachments do not require anything else and your conversion from overlap to uni-bead, J-hook, V-bead, EZ-bead liners etc. is easy to do.  Also converting from regular bead, uni-bead, J-hook, V-bead, EZ-bead liners to an overlap liner is perfectly fine as well.

 

This chart shows a few different attachments to explain what is possible.

wall attch chart

6 Common Above Ground Pool Liner Attachments

The most common above ground pool liners attachments are:

  • Overlap
  • J-hook
  • Regular Bead (standard)
  • Uni-Bead
  • EZ-Bead
  • Johnny Weissmuller and Esther Williams bead

#1 Overlap liner The overlap liner is seen from the outside of an above ground swimming pool.  It hangs over the sidewall. Overlap liners can also be built with expandable vinyl material for deeper style bottom pools. There are fewer patterns available with overlap liners. Typically a pattern on a pool liner is at water level. Overlap liners are stretched over the top of the wall when being installed.  Since they have extra material, overlap liners tend to have larger repetitive patterns that go down below the water line so you do not notice any variations.

#2 Regular Beaded Liner (standard)

Beaded liners have a bead built into the top of the liner that serves as the attachment. The bead goes into a bead receiver. Bead receivers are first installed at the top of a pool wall during installation and then the bead (standard) snaps into this bead receiver.

#3 J-hook liner

These liners have a bead that is shaped like a hook. The hook is installed to the top of the pool wall directly without the need for a bead receiver. These j-hook liners are being phased out by manufacturing in favor of uni-bead and ez-bead liners.

Special note about J-hook liners:

Often time’s people try to take a j-hook liner and install it into a bead receiver.  Sometimes it works, but the liner usually falls out after filling. It is important to remember to first remove the bead receivers (if your pool has them) then use the j-hook and attach to the pool wall.”

#4 Uni-Bead liner

This liner is produced with a universal bead (known as uni-bead) that works as a j-hook liner or a regular bead (standard).  For J-hook installation the hook is attached to the top of the pool wall directly without  a bead receiver. Uni-bead installs like a regular bead (standard) liner which requires you to cut off the j-hook part of the liner first then install the bead into a bead receiver. This is much easier than it sounds.  The part that is cut is perforated so you only need to cut a half inch. The rest peels off by pulling the j-hook part away from the bead.

#5 EZ_bead liner

EZ-bead is also referred to as “Multi-Bead Liners.” This liner is an improvement of the uni-bead liner. It is also constructed universally and installs as a j-hook and regular bead liner (standard).  The only difference is this universal liner is made so no cutting is necessary. One can attach it as a j-hook by placing the hook part at the top of the pool wall. The regular bead (standard) simply folds onto itself and snaps into a bead receiver.

#6 Johnny Weissmuller and Esther Williams liner

These liners have a thicker bead attachment and are made specifically for these two older aluminum style pools. These pools were popular in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. These pools were produced with a bead track made of aluminum metal that also had a structural purpose. The aluminum metal bead track holds the liner and the top of the pool wall in place. The bead track is also painted to a smooth finish. This smooth finish allows a regular bead liner to slip during installation.

“Special note here: At the Above Ground Pool Builder we have installed thousands regular beaded, uni-beaded and ez-beaded liners into JW and EW metal bead receivers and about 80% it goes just fine to do so. When we have situations where it may be slipping during the installation stage we install a liner lock material which holds the liner into the metal track. Liner lock is a long wedge material specifically designed for this purpose. So when it comes to JW and EW pool liner we say one can use regular bead (standard) liners with liner lock as a backup solution. “

  1. Patterns

The most asked question at the Above Ground Pool Builder is “What pattern makes the best pool liner?” First, it is important to know that the pattern does not have any association with the quality or thickness of the liner.  When choosing a liner it is a personal choice that you and your family will need to make. You will be looking at this new liner for the approximately ten years (give or take), so choose a design that is appealing to you.

One last thing to consider, beaded style pool liners have more choices in patterns.  Beaded liners are more popular therefore you have more pattern styles available.

  1.  Material and Thickness
Here is the most important feature you can learn about.
There are all kinds of misleading information when it comes to thickness of above ground pool liners. Manufacturers set the rules and the distribution companies do a great job of confusing the customers.

Manufacturers allow distribution companies and online stores to market and advertise material and thickness however they wish. They are allowed to create their own terminology to describe the thickness.  Some companies use the terms mils, while others use the term gauge.  A few years ago pool liners were sold with two thickness choices,  20 and 25 mil.  This represented 20 and 25 of thousandths of an inch. Today, everyone is selling above ground pool liners and some are even creating their own terminology such as “super duty 30”.  This industry is lacking a clear description of thickness.

We have created a chart that compares gauge and mils to show the differences when you come across either term. This will help clarify the measurement system and provides “safe zone” to guide you in your purchase. Below 20 mils and 17 mils the liners begin to get to thin and can easily puncture. You can certainly get a thick 25 mil liner but keep in mind that it will carry a higher price. Installing the thickest liners can be challenging without good weather conditions.  This safe zone takes into account everyone involved at replacing a pool liner from the customer right down to the installer.

liner-rating-chart Most pool liners will have seams. It is important know about material that a pool liner is made from.  It should have double lapped seams and made of single produced virgin material. You want virgin vinyl with uv protection and not repurposed materials such as a nylon based or just inferior remanufactured materials with only one lap seam holding them together.

 

Step 5:

Installation
OK, so we have arrived at installation. It is last in our guide but for you it may be what you downloaded this guide for. At the Above Ground Pool Builder we like to think anyone can do a liner replacement themselves. Yes it can be a little challenging but if you know about some secrets an installer uses it might be easier for you.

So you have the right liner and it’s the correct size and you love the pattern. Let’s get going:

 

  • The first thing you want to do is empty the pool if it isn’t already. Whenever we go to a customer’s house for a liner change we often find that the pool still has a couple inches of water in it. This water has to be removed; a 24ft round pool with one inch of water is equivalent to 300-400 gallons. If you cut the liner and let water go onto the base material underneath, it will soften the sand or stone base which will turn to mud. Then you will have to wait another day  for it to dry and you will need to resurface the whole bottom.  Also, you may need to replace some base material if a lot is lost.
  • The goal is to remove water left at the bottom without damaging the sand or stone base.  To do this walk around the outside of the pool to find a spot where the lowest part of the pool is and dig a hole underneath the base track until you meet the inside base. Make a small trench away from the pool so that the water can flow away from it. Next, on the inside of the pool cut a small hole above the area you just dug on the outside. Then reach your hand inside and move sand base to either side exposing the hole. Then cut liner in a way that lets a piece of the liner hang outside underneath the bottom track. You’re making a funnel for the water to travel under the pool.If you are surrounded by earth on the outside then a shop vacuum will be needed to suck out all the water.Once drained go to the opposite side of the pool inside and start to cut the liner along the top and drag the liner towards the trench you made. Make sure not to let the water flow onto the floor, instead let it travel out the bottom of the pool through the trench you made. Keep walking the liner towards the trench until it’s all gone.Now stretch the liner back out and cut it into small pieces with a utility knife. Place the cut pieces into construction bags and remove all of the bags from the pool. Once your base is exposed two processes can start at the same time.
  • Taking the pool apart is next.
    Remove the top rails if the liner you’re installing is an overlap, J-Hook or V-beaded liner. If your pool is requiring a beaded liner and the pool has a bead track you can skip removing the top rails. Test to see if your fingers will fit under the top rail first. Chances are good you will have to remove the top rails.B. Under the top rails you will encounter top plates that attach to the top of each upright. Remove as many screws as necessary to allow the plate to release the coping rails.C. Now remove top coping rails including plastic coping strips. Be careful if it is a windy day. Because once you remove all these parts the wall is free standing. You will also be left with removing the last part of the liner. Use some duct tape to hold wall in case it is needed. Better safe than sorry.
  • Next will involve reworking your pool base material.
     Start by making sure the base is at least four inches high on the wall. Then it tapers to about 3 inches of sand base everywhere else, a little more is okay, but do not lower this amount of sand. Of course, if its stone dust then it’s the same. Take a metal rake and move back and forth smoothing as much as possible.  Then use the back of a push broom and smooth the entire surface until the base is as smooth as you can get it.B. Now take a water hose and soak the base everywhere. You want to make sure it is soaked thoroughly, almost to the point of turning to mud.C.  Next take a metal tamper and start at the outside near the wall and tamp all around the pool. Once you’re done with the first ring, tamp the same area again as this is the cove area and needs to be double tamped  so it’s packed correctly.D. Finish the rest of the base with tampers.E. Use the broom to blend in all the tamp marks and make as smooth as you can get it.Steps A-E should be done with special care as not to disturb the surface you are creating. When it’s time to spread out liner you want to be bare footed. So you don’t affect the liner in anyway.
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    1. *Sizing the liner
      This is one of the more important parts of liner replacement. There is a seam that runs all along where the base meets the wall. Place this seam as close to the wall base as you can. Depending on specific pool, and perhaps the weather, this may be right on the mark or it could be three inches away from the wall. It is okay if  it three inches away; just make sure it is even all around both round and on oval pools.

     

    1. *Tip-Vacuum Trick

    Before any next step you want to place a wet vacuum with the hose to travel through the return opening from the outside in. Place the hose so it’s about one foot from the bottom. Then tape around the opening to prevent air from escaping. Do the same for the skimmer opening. It doesn’t matter if some air gets in. You want a little bit of air traveling into this area. Sometimes the suction can be too much and you need to take some tape off. So it doesn’t need to be taped perfectly.

    1. Liner attachment

    Once the liner is properly sized it is time to hang it on the wall. If your liner is a regular bead and you didn’t have to take the pool top rails off start snapping the bead portion of the liner into the bead track along the top. Don’t force it in, just simply snap it in place and continue all around. Pay attention to the material as you go. You want to make sure the floor material of the liner comes with you. Make sure everything is straight as you go. Chances are if you did the first steps correctly then this will go perfectly. It is when you do not measure correctly  or purchase wrong kind of liner for your pool that you run into problems.

    If your pool liner is a J-Hook, V-beaded, uni-bead, ez-bead or multi-bead you simply hang the hooked portion of the bead over the pool wall all around. As you place the liner atop the wall, put the metal coping rails back on. If using an overlap liner, you place coping strips on before coping rails.

    If you are converting from overlap to any of the beaded liners then discard the plastic coping strips. Once liner is on fully and everywhere is straight it’s time to place the top plates back on. Then you’re ready for vacuum and water.

    1. Turn on the vacuum and let it suck the air out behind the liner. This part will seem like magic, it makes wrinkles disappear. While the vacuum is working you want to gently go around the inside and make sure liner gets seated where it was sized.
    2. Place a water hose in the pool and turn it on. Let the water fill until the liner is seated permanently. It is a great idea to smooth any wrinkles you may see while water is at a lower level as trying to do this with more water will prove fruitless. Being a project at home you will wait until pool is half full before the skimmer and return can be cut in. Once the water reaches the pool wall and upwards couple inches all around you can shut off vacuum and remove the vacuum hose from the return. Be careful not to pull to hard. Keep filling the pool with water until the pool is about a third to half full of water.
    3. Put all of the top rails and components back in place.
    4. Now you’re ready to install the skimmer and return.  When installing a skimmer you will place a small stool or ladder outside so you can get to the inside. The liner is being held down by thousands of gallons of water so there is no need to worry about liner not being stretched enough. Start in middle bottom by placing a skimmer screw through the skimmer faceplate and then through the liner and pre-cut holes on the pool wall. Easily found around the skimmer cut out. You can use a cordless drill and a #3 Philips bit. Do not tighten more than 80% tight with cordless drill though as it’s so easy to break a skimmer plate. Then finish by tightening the screws with a hand held screw driver.
    5. The return is installed by pushing the assembly from the inside out and cutting the liner from the outside. Push assembly through the opening and tighten return nut on outside using large channel lock pliers. Not too tight because it is PVC material and will break. Just enough to seat the rubber gaskets. Hook up your filter hoses and finish filling pool with water. It’s at this time you can test water and get game plan for chemistry going.

Bonus Tips *Liner Care:

15x30 Diamond wave liner

Maintaining proper water balance is the most important thing one can do to prevent premature liner replacement. You extend the life of your liner by 50% more when following the guidelines below. Maintain proper water balance

  1. pH in the 7.2 to 7.6 range
  2. Total alkalinity at 80 to 100 ppm
  3. Calcium hardness: 200 ppm minimum
  4. Maintain the free chlorine residual between 1.4 and 2.6 ppm. nIf free chlorine drifts below 1.4 ppm, algae and bacterial growth can start and cause liner to be stained. Having a low pH of less than 7.0 should be avoided completely, this can cause a liner to form wrinkles, creators and with a greater probability when the pool’s water is not stabilized for extended periods.
  5. For this reason it is recommended that all vinyl lined swimming pools be periodically stabilized so that a minimum of 50 ppm be maintained.
  6. Chemicals should never be mixed together and then added to pool water at the same time.
  7. Because certain combinations of the different chemicals can cause bleaching of your liner and if the concentration is allowed to remain high this can destroy a liner in less than a couple months.
  8. Always allow your chemicals to disperse throughout the pool by means of water recirculation, before adding a second chemical. We like to mention that it is always a great idea to add chemicals into the skimmer so that they are transported through the pump and filter system first. This action will help with filtering high contrasts of chemicals and reduce the effects of any direct contact with liner.
  9. Never drain your pool and leave empty for any reason other than to immediately replace the water or liner. Once a liner is exposed to sunlight, ether it will start to shrink. Over time a liner stretches into position and then gets firm. It will lose its stretch after being installed just by sitting in the sunlight. If allowed to shrink then when adding water to pool will collapse pool structure.
  10. Avoid the use of abrasive cleaning agents or cleaning aids (such as steel wool, sharp bristled brushes, scouring pads, etc.)
  • Use only manufacturer’s recommended vinyl liner cleaner for removing accumulated soil at water line or other soiled areas.
  • Do not close your pool without circulating the pool water for several hours after your final addition of chemicals. Any chemical not fully circulated can accumulate and hurt liner.

Liner accessories

Floor Protection

Floor padding can add a layer of protection between your liner and the base material and stop rocks and roots from penetrating your new liner. It’s one piece construction with no cutting, taping, or measuring – just take out of the box and lay over the base. Other materials force you to use tape to place together many pieces. Having the one piece makes for easy installation.

Wall Foam

You may want to replace or add wall foam. Wall foam can help maintain pool water temperature. It will also help retain some heat better than the metal wall itself. If your older pool wall is made of aluminum then chances are you may have small tiny holes in the wall. This is perfectly normal and placing wall foam is a great idea.

Pool Cleaners, Pool Lights and Alarms

Some other accessories to consider might be automatic pool cleaner, pool lights and or an alarm. It’s always best to get everything done at the same time as the liner because it’s just easier since half the pool is taken apart.

 

If you have questions at any point please visit www.abovegroundpoolbuilder.com and/or visit us on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6AFPIXFIHYZItD0fmgDN9Q. Both places contain huge amounts of information pertaining to A.G. Pools and Liners. If telephone is more your style, our number is (781) 927-9110 or emails us at info@abovegroundpoolbuilder.com.
We can also set up a Skype conversation for those comfortable in doing so.

Thank You,
David Mispilkin, Owner
DBA; Abovegroundpoolbuilder.com

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December 20, 2016

How to Choose the Correct Ladder or Steps

 

Today let’s learn “How to Choose the Correct Ladder or Steps, for your above ground pool”.
So you have decided to purchase an above ground swimming pool; now you’re wondering what type of ladder or steps to get. Let us explain the different choices available and the features of these designs.
The different types of ladders and steps are;
 
• Deck to Pool ladder
• A-Frame ladder
• Walk in Steps
• Ladder and Steps Combination
• Ladder or Steps to a Deck
• Full Stair Entry system with Gated Enclosure

 
all steps and ladders
 

Most online and local pool stores will have an A-frame ladder included in their standard pool packages. This is usually a starter type ladder. It is a simple ladder that is easy to build and place in the pool. The main purpose of standard package is to give a customer a basic package that contains all of the components to start swimming right away.
 
When making a decision on which ladder or steps to purchase, take your future plans into consideration. Such as how you will access the pool, will you access from a deck or from the ground? Many people will get the A-frame ladder and then end up having to purchase a step system down the road when they build a deck. So they end up buying two entry systems opposed to what they need.
 
RollguardAt the Above Ground Pool Builder we offer the upgraded “Confer-Plastics Roll Guard A-Frame ladder” in our standard package. This ladder is easy to assemble and is a very good start to our standard pool package, it lines up with bylaws pertaining to safe pool ladders. It comes with a roll guard slider to block off entry, as well as a lock and key when the pool is not in use.
 
The best time to upgrade a ladder or steps is when you purchase the swimming pool package. Most pool outlets will allow you to upgrade items in your package, which will save you money.
 
 
 
So which ladder should you get?
 
 
Let’s get onto the different types of ladders and steps.

First up a
deck to pool ladder
 
 
Deck to pool ladder,

This is a ladder that is designed to get you into a pool from a deck. One side attaches to your deck and the other end stretches into the pool. This is the lowest priced ladder offered and range in costs from about $100.00 up to $300.00.
 
 
Next we have an
 
 
Roll GuardA-Frame ladder,

This ladder is designed in the shape of the letter “A”, one end sits on the earth, the other side stretches over the pool top rails and sits on the pools liner. There are hundreds A-frame ladders to choose from and they have a large price range, approximately $100.00 up to $500.00.
 
 
Next let’s look at
 
 
Curved base step Add-On
Walk in Steps,

Steps are the most popular entry system for an above ground pools. They attach to deck and go into the pool. Most people will have deck access and want these because they allow easy entry and exit. They allow children to easily enter the pool and gather in shallow waters. Pricing ranges from about $300-$800.00.
 
 
Next up
 
 
afLadder and Step Combinations
This type of ladder and step combination allows two different pool entries. This system allows either a ladder on the outside of the pool that attaches to steps on the inside of the pool. It can also be reversed so the steps sit on the ground and connects to a ladder going into the pool. These are typically sold in kits which involve deck to pool ladders and steps being joined together. Ladder and step combinations can be costly with a prices ranging from about $300-$800.00.
 
 
Next we have
 
 
ceLadder or Steps to a Deck,
This represents either a ladder or steps leading from the earth onto a pool style deck. These are usually sold with resin or aluminum pool deck kits.
 
 
And finally we can take a look at
 
 
Full Stair Entry system with Gated Enclosure
This system has steps that sit on the ground and connect to steps on the inside of the pool via a bridge connection piece. This kind of system usually has a gate on the outside that can be locked when not in use. Step entry tends to be easier to climb for adults and young children. All separate components are put together as a kit system and is the most costly of entry systems and they range from $500-$1,200.00.

It is important to figure out how you will enter and exit your pool, please consider the whole season in which you will use your new pool. Most people will install a pool, and then build a deck in the following season. If this is the case, you may want to consider a good A-Frame or combination system.
 
If you know you’re going to build a deck soon, then you should ask for an upgrade step system and don’t forget to ask for a upgrade deal on the pricing.
 
Across the country, cities and towns have various by-laws and regulations on pool entry systems. When you apply for a pool permit you will need to show how you will enter and exit your pool. It is a good idea to decide on your entry system ahead of time.
 
Danger no jumpingSpecial note: It is not safe to dive into an above ground pool at anytime and it is not safe to jump off any of these steps or ladders shown here today.

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December 20, 2016

Above Ground Pool Filtration Systems

Today we will explore the different above ground pool filtration systems.

There are three basic types of filter systems.

• Sand Filtration
• Cartridge Filtration
• DE Filtration ( DE stands for DIATOMACEOUS EARTH)

First let’s start with Sand filters:

ProSeriesS180SystemSand filters are what you will find in most standard pool packages because they are very effective and have stood the test of time. Also they are lowest in costs compared to other systems. Inside, the sand tank contains “silica sand”, a special type of sand made to catch certain micro diameter particles from the pool water. It doesn’t catch super microscopic particles like a cartridge or DE filter, but it does an effective job keeping your water clean.

Pool owners like the ease of using the sand filters. The top of the filter has a lever that is depressed and turns to specific operations of backwash to filter of the filtration system. A sand filter needs to be backwashed about once a week and requires a collapsible backwash hose to do this.

The sand needs to be replaced every 1-3 years, depending on usage. They are durable, long-lasting, and they are the most affordable option. If you ask pool professionals they will rave about how great sand filtration systems are.

Next, let’s learn about Cartridge series filters:

Plm media cartridgeThe cost of these filtration systems is between the Sand and DE, so is its performance level. It can filter out smaller microscopic debris than a sand filter. It is not able to filter out as small of the microscopic debris as a DE filtration system. These filters are made like a type of air filter but with materials used to catch microscopic debris as the pool water passes through the cartridge.

Cleaning a cartridge can be as easy as removing the tank and then spraying the cartridge off with a garden hose. When a deeper cleaning is necessary a special chemical is used to deep clean the cartridge. Cartridges tend to last about 1-2 years depending on usage. When ready to replace, one simply removes the top of the filtration system and replaces the cartridge filter.

One drawback to owning a cartridge filtration system is when the water gets dirtier than normal the cartridge gets clogged quickly. When this happens you can expect to remove and clean the filter with a garden hose multiple times before water is cleared of debris. This could be a pain as the cartridge tends to fill with debris in minutes causing constant cleaning until water is clear.

Finally, here are DE Filtration systems:

PERFLEX_EC40SYSTEMDE stands for Diatomaceous Earth. This filtration system does the best job because it removes the smallest microscopic elements compared to sand and cartridge filters. These filters are able to catch microscopic particles not visible to the naked eye. The substance is a porous powder with very tiny openings that work like sponges within.

This system requires little maintenance during the pool season but will require a good cleaning and proper closing procedure.

With all these systems winterizing is important. The following will need to be done for each system when closing your pool for the winter.

A sand system will need all the water drained out of the tank and drain plugs removed. Once completely dry, the hoses are taken off, along with the pump and stored inside. The tank part of the unit can be wrapped in plastic and left out during winter. If all the water is not removed the tank will burst during the colder weather. So be sure to remove all water before wrapping.

The cartridge system is similar as you drain water from the system and then the whole unit is brought inside for winter time. Pay special attention to the cartridge as it is important to note its condition and replace if necessary.

The DE filtration system is taken apart, water drained and the whole unit is thoroughly cleaned and brought inside for winter. You also want to pay attention to the cartridge linings condition and replace if necessary. Make sure all DE powder is removed.

There you have it the three types of filtration systems for above ground swimming pools.

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December 20, 2016

Above Ground Pool Deck Ideas

Welcome to the Above Ground Pool Builder; today let’s discuss pool decks. What are your options for above ground pool decking?


 
Here, you will see some really cool deck ideas and learn about the different options available.
The first thing you should do prior to building a pool deck is let your imagination set you free . Whatever you can think of is perfectly OK to do. The pool deck you decide on is one that you will look at and use for the next several years, it should be exactly as you desire. There are many new materials available to create the deck of your dreams. Sketch it out on a piece of paper, then it can come to life.
 
Outside change roomOnce you have it sketched, compare your ideas with your family and together you can break down what will be an absolute must and which things to omit. You may want that “water proof cubby for towels” and decide against that outside shower head. By eliminating the things you don’t want will bring about the desired look of your new deck.
 
The most frequently asked questions regarding an above ground pool decks are: “What should the pool’s deck height be?” and “What material are best to use?” Although we are not deck builders here at the Above Ground Pool Builder, we do have some opinions based on our experience. We have seen many decks over the years and know what styles are best when installers come by to replace liners or pools that have decks attached.
 
evolution-ovalAbove ground pools come with wall heights of 48”, 52” and 54”. Manufacturers construct their pools with different sized parts, so even if a pool measures the same height, the final installed pool will always be slightly different depending on the manufacturer and the model. The reason is that some pools may have large top rails and others may have smaller resin caps. Expect to tweak your building plans during this phase depending on the make and model of your pool. Semi-In ground pools can be buried halfway into the ground thus a deck around this pool will require less materials.
 
BuilderThe next step will involve getting a builder involved and drawing up blueprints. At the very least, go over all your points with potential contractors and choose the contractor that you’re most comfortable with. The contractor will design blueprints of the deck with the correct measurements and include the features you want. From here your budget will dictate whether you need to scale down or add more options. Contractors who build decks for a living will have ideas that may impress you as well. Let the process happen and don’t leave anything to chance.
 
Resin fencingLet’s now chat about the different materials and styles of decks and pools. Decks can be build with wood, composite or a combination of these two materials. Also available are resin and aluminum decks which are pre-made at the factory and attached to the pool frame. Resin and aluminum premade decks are easy and straightforward; they are usually built at the same time the pool installed. If you are looking for an instant deck then aluminum or resin is the way to go.
 
Build-a--deckComposite decking has been around for about 30 years, the composite materials nowadays are a major improvement from the initial materials. When the composite was first used in pool decks it would warp and the screws would jut outward. Now, composite decks are smoothly built and do a great job of handling the weather changes. Another option is to build a pressure treated frame and then finish the rest off with composite materials.
 
 
Another question we always get at the Above Ground Pool Builder is “Should we build the deck first?” The answer is “no”. It is very important to build an above ground pool first and then build a deck last. With curves, angles and varying pool top heights it is best to build a deck after the pool is installed.
 
Deck Styles:
Cantor• Cantor Lever
We think that cantor-levering a deck over the pools edge is a great Idea. The steps and ladders that you use to get in and out of the pool can be adjusted to work with this kind of structure.
 
• Constructed Level with Top Rail,
When doing this you want to consider how the top of the pool will come apart? It is best if you go parallel with the first deck board. When it becomes time to change your pool liner you will only have to take off one deck board instead of the entire deck area. You should know how the pool comes apart and build accordingly.
 
• Building Below the Top Rail,
We feel this is a good idea as well, just follow the last steps and know how the top system comes apart, this is important when liner needs to be replaced.
 
Halfway down wall• Building Halfway Down the Wall,
This is another good idea and you don’t have to worry about how the top comes apart since it will not be affected. With this design you can achieve a multi-level look to your above ground pool deck. By having different levels you can have various areas that serve your needs, such as a sitting area or a grilling area separate from swimming.
 
 
• Stone Work,
Creating a stone patio in combination with your deck makes for a modern looking pool. Try creating a cement patio around parts of the pool. Be sure to create the proper retaining walls so the pool doesn’t collapse.
Being creative with your deck will make it your relaxation station. Feel free to look at the following ideas for inspiration. Your pool deck should be a place that you and your family will be proud to relax and enjoy for years to come.Cement Style Decks

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December 20, 2016

Above Ground Pool Base Materials Explained

Today we will learn about the base materials used in above ground pool construction.

There are two types that are most commonly used in above ground pool construction.

• Mason Sand and
• Stone Dust

Above ground pools require a base material to be laid for the construction of the pool. Mason sand or stone dust base material is used most often.

Oval-base-in-a-18x33-A.G.-poolMason sand, also known as pool sand, will create a very smooth bottom layer and is the most popular choice. The sand is thoroughly watered down then tamped to compact the sand, finally it is smoothed with the back of a push style broom. If installed correctly the sand base floor will not have any major divots.

When your pool is completely filled with water, this base material will be just as hard as most in ground pool bottoms. The tamping by installation crews, along with many tons of water will compact the sand into this smooth but hard layer.

Mason sand will vary in costs around the country, so you will need to check with your local landscape supply companies for local charges. For a list of suppliers in your state please refer to our “services section” of our web site where we have taken the time to list all the services related to above ground pool construction.

stone dustStone dust is the other option for your pools base. It is a base made up of crushed stone and gravel turned into dust that will create a hard, cement-like bottom under the pool liner. This may create problems later in the pool’s life when sharp pebbles may begin to poke into the liner. To prevent this, we suggest laying down a protective layer between the base material and the pool liner.

The two most common underlayment options are “Armor Guard” and “Rolled Foam”. Armor guard is a prefect geo engineered fabric that is extremely strong. Rolled foam is condensed style foam that is specially made for pool applications and will not take on moisture. People hear foam they first think of its sponge likeness but this is not true with this rolled foam. Both of these options will provide protection from rocks or sharp pebbles. They also add a layer of cushioning that for your feet as you walk in the pool. These foam pads are not visible since they are between the base material and the liner.

To get the sand to your home, a heavy-duty pickup truck or small dump truck is used. This material is dumped into the previously excavated pool construction area and spread by the installation team.

Above-ground pools generally require tons of base material. This chart describes the specific requirements according to pool size both in Tons and Yards:

Base material chart

 

bottom-track-aboveground-installOne last bit of information about base material, it is always a good idea to use stone dust under the blocks that support the uprights of your pool. The materials chart gives you the correct amount of stone dust you’ll need to do the entire project. If you are using mason sand then you will need approximately 50 lbs of stone dust material for the block setting. You could easily purchase a 50lb bag from your local Home Depot or Lowes.

Additionally, it is important to know about base materials to spread around the outside of your pool’s perimeter. Your base material isn’t complete until the outside is complete. Materials spread around the outside of an above ground pool has a purpose in addition to looking good. Yes, having an area near the pool can be attractive but it needs to keep as much moisture away from the wall as possible and it needs to act as a structure the pool sits in.

Gravel displayWe recommend the use of landscaping rocks around an above ground pool. The rocks can be anything you like, from pea stone all the way up to 2 inch wide rocks. You want to stay away from materials like mulch because it holds moisture close to a pool which could accelerate the development of rust. You also want to avoid stones that are acid washed because these stones will also create rust sooner.

For a list of landscaping companies please visit our services page. There you can find listings of hundreds of landscape supply companies across the U.S.A.

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December 20, 2016

5 Steps to a First Time Above Ground Pool Purchase


 
buildingStep one begins with a telephone call to your city or town’s Building Inspector’s office. Most cities and towns have rules and regulations for above ground swimming pools. They can also have specific rules pertaining to your land, for example a rule that may prohibit building a pool close to wetlands. You want to ask them specific questions like; “How far away from property lines does a pool needs to be?” or “How far from my septic system does the pool need to be?” It is up to you, the consumer, to check for any specific rules and regulations pertaining to your town and yard.
 
Step two provides the option of choosing an oval or a round pool. Round pools come in sizes ranging from 15 foot to 30 foot round. Oval pools range in size from 12 feet by 17 feet to 18 feet by 33 feet. Your choice of a round pool versus an oval pool will be based upon your town rules and your personal choice.
 

 
The third step will have you exploring the different types of above ground swimming pools. Your choices are Aluminum semi-In Ground, Aluminum sheet wall, Resin, Steel or a Hybrid pool. Please refer to our video titled, “Types of Above Ground Pools”. In this video we describe each type of pool and provide you highlights of the pools.
 

 
Next, in step number four you will choose the components that fall under the category of pool equipment. This equipment includes pool liners, filtration system, sanitation systems and pool entry systems. All of these are just as important as the pool itself and deserve your attention. This is also where you select pool accessories like pool lighting and an automatic pool cleaner. Remember the Above Ground Pool Builder is here to help you every step of the way.
 

 
Finally, step five guides you to find a pool installation expert. There are many above ground pool installation companies across the county, The Above Ground Pool Builder has a section of our website dedicated to finding all the service contractors in your state. For our local customers we offer a free backyard visit. We can also help you if you’re an out of state customer by having conversations via “telephone” or “Skype”. You can send us pictures and video of your backyard so we can have eyes on your backyard as we answer every question you have.
There you have it, five steps for first time above ground pool purchaser. Please explore all of our information packed videos and have a look at our “pool-help blog”. Feel free drop us an email or call us for any additional questions you may have.

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December 20, 2016

Should We Fill Our Pool With A Water Truck?

water fillingYou are having an above ground pool installed and you want to know if getting a water truck is the best option for you. This is a good question and it has a yes and no associated with it. There are pros and cons to having your pool filled with a water truck.

First you should understand how much your pool holds in gallons of water. Please find this following chart useful to finding how much your pool will hold. This is estimating with water level halfway up the skimmer opening. I say this chart is within 200 gallons give or take.

Round Pools

round pool gallon chart

Oval Pools

oval pool gallon chart

Next for your consideration is water delivery tankers hold about 9,000 gallons and roughly cost $375.00 for a local delivery. They do have the ability to get you half of a tanker but the pricing is not 50% less. The pricing is in the range of $225 for a half tanker delivery.

The average cost of a typical 24’ round pool (containing 14,700 gallons) with your water hose is going to cost you about $80-$160. These costs are depending where in the country you live and your local water supply markets. You can get exact numbers by calling your local township and they will let you know your rates. Rates usually include the sewerage charges as well as water usage charges. Many assume it is cheaper to have it trucked in but as you can see this isn’t the case. You may find your local area is under drought control and you’ll need to purchase a water truck anyways. So please give your local government a call to find out.

Water tank delivery companies may deliver the water already treated for swimming which can be bonus if purchasing water from a deliver company. Most have this ability and do so but; you will need to call a local company to find out if they treat in your area. Some townships forbid companies from treating water.

water hoseAt the Above Ground Pool Builder we recommend filling with your water hose. Because first reason it will save you some money, everyone likes to save a little money here and there. Second is filling a pool for the first time will give your liner the ability to stretch slowly into place. You’ll get the wrinkles out perfectly. Is this a must to have it filled with a water hose, No, we just like this choice as it also requires less coordinating on your part. Also by filling slowly you will see a manufacturer defect and save water.

What do I mean by this? There is a seam on these above ground pool liners that goes around the entire circumference of the pool where wall meets the floor. You only need about 6 inches of water in the pool to test for any kind of seam failure. Please keep in mind this kind of seam failure is rare so one shouldn’t fill with water hose just based on this knowledge.

Could you imagine having two water tankers lined up paying $750.00 and finding out you have a seam leak? Although this hardly ever happens it is something to think about. Perhaps having a patch kit for 10$ is a good insurance against manufacturer seam failure.

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