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How to Weight a Pool Ladder

By Steven White

Above-ground pool ladders provide a means of safely entering and exiting a pool. Pool ladders are designed with the intent that the ladder will support a person's entire weight. This means that the ladder must be extremely sturdy. The most straightforward design for keeping the ladder in the water is hollow tubing for the sides, weighted down with either sand or water to counteract buoyancy. Proper installation of the pool ladder’s weight source is imperative to pool safety.

Remove the bottom caps on the ladder by removing the bottom screws with a screwdriver.

Place a funnel over the top of the opening.

Pour sand or water (whichever the manufacturer recommends) into the ladder railing.

Place the caps back on and screw them in tightly.


Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Funnel
  • Sand or water, depending on manufacturer's guidelines

About the Author


Steven White is a privately contracted software engineer and efficiency analyst. He has more than five years of experience providing technical support for AT&T broadband customers. Along with his technology background, White enjoys carpentry and plumbing.