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Five Steps guide to installing an above ground pool

1. Plan your installation before you begin
Make sure your installation meets all municipal regulations and local codes related to above ground pool installations. Be sure to check the local laws regarding construction and electrical installations, and make sure your pool is installed to conform to all security regulations related to pool fencing and pool covers.  Better above ground pool manufacturers are providing an installation DVD with the purchase of an above ground pool. This is a great way to get an over view of the entire installation process. However, there is no replacement for thoroughly reading the installation instructions to insure that installation goes smoothly.

2. Check for necessary parts
Make sure you have all of the necessary parts and equipment to assemble and install your above ground pool. Check the manufacturers’ parts list against the parts received. If you find irregularities such as missing or defective parts, see your pool dealer for replacement parts. A reputable online pool dealer will have parts available to send out quickly.

3. Remove Sod and any weed growth
You must remove all sod from your pool site to prevent grass from rotting and emitting odors around your pool and to inhibit weeds from growing through your vinyl pool liner. Choose the best firm ground for your pool.  Strongly consider using a pool liner pad like gorilla pad to inhibit weed growth and provide more comfort to you pool floor.

4. Level the Ground
It is very important that the ground surface is firm and solid. The pool area must be free of rocks, roots, or other sharp edged objects. Avoid installing your pool on surfaces that have been treated with oil, weed-killer or chemical products which may affect the vinyl pool liner among other things.  After the ground is level use a sand or finely crushed rock for a base.

The entire pool floor surface must be completely leveled when preparing your site. DO NOT FILL LOWER GROUND AREA. Remove all high spots and level to the lowest point. Do not add any soil to the site. Added soil will generally not provide the strength required to support the weight of the pool. Even if your yard looks level, chances are it is not as almost every yard requires some degree of leveling prior to installing your above ground pool.

5. Assemble your Pool
Once the ground is level, follow the installation instructions provided by the above ground pool manufacture.

Safety is number one when installing a pool, and with these directions, you can get a leg up when it comes to installation.

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