Guide written by:
Jeremy, Construction site supervisor, Cardiff
Having a swim 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 swimming pool is a great alternative to inground pools:
Most above ground swimming pools follow the same general blueprint: a rail running around the inside of the pool holds a liner, which pushes itself against the rigid frame under the action of the water contained in it.
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.
Referring to the manual, start assembling the swimming pool frame. Whether it's wooden or metal, make sure the base is nice and level and all the dimensions are correct.
Once you have the base assembled, move on to the rest of the frame.
This is an important step since it's where you make your swimming 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 swimming pool in bare feet.
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 swimming pool in stages:
The pool pump is connected to the swimming pool basin in a closed circuit and filters the water taken in by the skimmer before releasing it back into the basin via the outlet valves. It's quite easy to install, just make sure you pay attention to the manual and the following guidelines:
Referring to the instructions, put up your pool ladder.
Most pool ladders come in two parts:
Don't forget to remove your ladder when the pool is not in use (or is left unattended).
Installing a swimming pool above ground doesn't require any specialist skills. As long as you've got two hands and the patience to read through the product manual, you can have it up and running in the space of a few hours. There are just two conditions: a flat, even patch of ground and a few essential tools!
Approximately 4 hours depending on the size of the pool.
1 person or 2 people to make it easier
The tools you'll need depend on the model of swimming pool you've chosen. If it's a metal frame pool, such as steel, installation will be quicker and you won't need as much equipment; if it's a wooden pool, you'll need a few more tools and a bit more time. Here are the essentials:
Please note: this is a non-exhaustive list; be sure to match your personal protective equipment to the job at hand.
Guide written by:
Jeremy, Construction site supervisor, Cardiff, 151 guides
Electrician by trade, I first worked in industrial estates where I installed, wired and fixed a large number of electrical installations. After this, I managed a team of electricians for this type of work. 10 years or so ago, I turned to building and construction. From the modest family home, to gyms and theatres, I have been able to coordinate, audit and organise all sorts of construction sites. For 4 years now, I am restoring and building an extension to a bungalow in the heart of the Welsh countryside. My experience in manual work and my knowledge means I am proud to be of service. Terraces, interior design, roofing, plumbing, electrics, anything goes! My wife, daughter and I, built almost everything we have from scratch! So to answer all of your questions and advise you on choosing your tools? Easy!