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If you’re dying for an above ground pool for the family this summer, but you don’t know a thing or two about installing an above ground pool, don’t let it stop you from the fun! Above ground swimming pools are awesome ways to have a little piece of paradise outside for the family or for yourself. The best thing about an above ground pool setup, is it’s not as complicated or expensive as constructing or maintaining an inground pool, yet it still gives you exercise, relaxation and fun time at a lesser price.

So if you’re ready to install your brand new above ground pool on your own here are some tips that won’t bust any swimming pool regulations…or your back!

And if you’re looking for tips to picking the right pool, just ask us. We’re happy to give you some ideas that will work perfectly for your backyard.

Above Ground Swimming Pools: Installation Tips

First things first: make sure you have all of the tools you’ll need ahead of time and organize them before you do a thing.

Here are some tools that are required to install the majority of above ground swimming pools on the market:

Get those tools ready, boys & girls:

  • Shovel
  • Tape Measure
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Duct Tape
  • Sand
  • Skimmer/Return Fitting
  • Carpenter’s Level and/or Transit (optional)
  • Landscape Stakes and C-Clamps (optional)
  • Patio Blocks 2″x8″x16″ (1 per each bottom plate)
  • Box Cutter
  • 5/16 Wrench
  • 1/4 Wrench

 Check yourself—before you wreck yourself…or your backyard:

You’ll need to find a large and very level area in your yard for your pool. And don’t forget to check for any utility lines or underground obstructions.

Before you even strike ground…did you contact your township for your local swimming pool regulations? You want to install a pool that’s up to code.

Don’t forget to also avoid tree roots—install your pool at least eight feet away from trees, and avoid slopes as much as possible!

The best tip we can give you? Rent a transit at an equipment rental place to make sure your pool area is level.

Find My Center!:

Finding your central point will help you during installation. Try measuring off another object in your backyard like a fence. This way you can then mark the edge of the pool based off of that object.  Once you do that, just take a handy tape measure and measure half the width of your pool…and you’ve got your center point. Yay! Just stake your tape measure and you’re well on your way to pool installation happiness.

Above Ground Pool Setup: One Last Tip

Those tips above will definitely help you get started the right way, but here’s one last tip to make your above ground pool installation perfect:

Don’t forget to remove the sod off your pool area! Use a sod remover, and also sweep away any rocks or debris. This is the time to be anal. Remove as much as you can.

You’ll thank us later! Happy installing!