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How to Pour Concrete Around Pools

By Sean Russell ; Updated September 21, 2017
Pouring concrete around pools requires a barrier between the pool and the work area.

Because in-ground pools are at ground level they are particularly susceptible to problems when refinishing the surrounding concrete. Methods of installing concrete around in-ground pools deal with the pool first by creating a barrier around the water source. This barrier also serves as the edge of the concrete.

Pouring Concrete around the Pool

Step 1

Lay down concrete forming panels around the rim of the pool shell to create a barrier around the pool. These forming panels create the shape of the inside edge of your concrete. Fasten these panels to the pool edge with screws.

Step 2

Spread a layer of gravel around the working area and tamp down until it is even and tightly packed. On top of the gravel, lay down the metal grid work. This provides a solid base for the concrete and strengthens its bond when it cures.

Step 3

Spread mixed concrete evenly around installation area until it forms a smooth and even layer across the work area. Ensure that the concrete does not spill past the forming panels.

Step 4

Allow the concrete time to solidify. Different brands and mixtures of concrete solidify at varying rates. Consult the concrete manufacture for setting and drying times. Remove forming panels only when the concrete is sufficiently dry.

Step 5

Wet the concrete frequently with a hose or lay damp burlap over the installation area. This saturates the concrete and strengthens its molecular bond.


Things You Will Need

  • Styrofoam forming panels
  • Concrete
  • Shovel
  • Screws
  • Screw Driver
  • Rollout metal grid work
  • Gravel
  • Gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Mask


  • Install concrete around pools on clear days with average temperatures for your climate. Because water is so prominent in mixed concrete, it expands and contracts a great deal with changing temperatures. Installing it on an average day will prevent future cracking or crumbling.


  • Clean up spilled concrete immediately. The forming panels are high enough to keep out most concrete during the installation process, but if some should spill over, it can harden and leave an unsightly mark on the pool shell.

About the Author


Sean Russell has been writing since 1999 and has contributed to several magazines, including "Spin" and "Art Nouveau." When not writing, Sean helps maintain community gardens in Silver Lake and Echo Park, California. Russell also worked extensively on the restoration and rejuvenation of public parks in Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi after damage from 2004-2005 hurricanes.