Do-it-yourself pools are an economically sound choice for the family looking to cool off on hot summer days. Intex, as proclaimed on its website, sells more above ground swimming pools worldwide than any other manufacturer. With their easy-to-assemble pools, Intex metal frame pools can be ready for water in as little as 45 minutes.
Choosing the Right Spot
Intex pools are considered temporary pools, designed to be set up on top of the ground for the summer, then removed for storage at the end of the swimming season. Permanent above-ground pools remain all year.
Therefore, choose a flat, level area to place the pool. The ground must be compacted and firm: no mud or sandy areas as the pool may collapse or give way when filled with water. Also, do not set the pool on platforms and decks. Keep in mind that the pool will kill the grass it is on top of: however, certain grass, such as St. Augustine and Bermuda may actually grow through the liner. Intex pools must have four feet of space from structures on all sides to keep unsupervised children from climbing into the pool.
Prepping the Area
Rake the area to remove debris such as sticks and stones. Make sure there are no objects left which may puncture the pool. When satisfied, spread out the ground cloth. This acts as a safety barrier between the pool and the ground. Make sure the cloth is smooth and flat.
Next, place the pool liner in the middle of the ground cloth. Avoid dragging the liner across the ground as it may become punctured. Locate the drain valve in the liner; point it away from the house. Allow the liner to warm up in the sunlight, making it more pliable.
Setting Up the Frame
The frame is made of two types of metal pipes: the thicker (wide diameter) pipes are the horizontal beams; the thinner pipes are the legs.
Starting with the horizontal beams, slide one through the top sleeve of the pool's liner. Next, connect it to a supplied T-joint by lining up the pre-drilled holes and pushing a locking pin through the holes. Continue around the perimeter of the pool. Once the upper frame is completed, it is time to connect the legs. Slide a leg through the liners two-part restraining system. There is a wide, vinyl belt at the pool's midsection and a rope at the bottom. Make sure the vertical leg is between both belts and the liner. Slide the top part of the leg into the T-joint, making sure the parts snap into place. Next, attach the leg base to the bottom of the vertical leg. Continue until all sections are completed.
If supplied, attach the pool filter. If no filter is available, and there are holes for a filter, make sure to use the supplied plugs to close the filter holes before filling with water.
Once the frame is completed, make sure all legs are completely vertical. Next, shake the pool to make sure all sections are secure. Also, walk the perimeter, checking that every pin is secure and that every leg is inside the two restraining belts. Finally, gently pull the pool from the bottom to smooth out the floor.