Excursion
ABOVE GROUND POOL
ROUND SLAT
INSTALLATION MANUAL
95-0734
02.16
ABOVE GROUND POOL SAFETY
PLEASE READ BEFORE INSTALLATION
warning
FAILURE TO HEED THESE WARNINGS CAN RESULT IN PERMANENT INJURY,
PARALYSIS FROM A BROKEN NECK, ELECTROCUTION OR DROWNING.
THIS POOL IS NOT DESIGNED FOR DIVING OR JUMPING!
DANGEROUS INJURY CAN RESULT, SHALLOW WATER!
Carefully read, understand and follow all information in this user manual before installing and using the swimming pool.
These warnings, instructions and safety guidelines address some common risks of water recreation, but they cannot
cover all risks and dangers in all cases. Always use caution, common sense and good judgement when enjoying any
water activity. RETAIN THIS INFORMATION FOR FUTURE USE.
Your pool contains a large quantity of water, and is deep enough to present inherent dangers to life and health unless the
following safety rules are strictly observed. First-time users run the highest risk of injury. Make sure everyone understands and
encourage all users especially children to learn how to swim. Learn Basic Life Support (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation-CPR)
and refresh this knowledge regularly. Instruct all pool users, including children, what to do in case of an emergency. Keep a
working phone and a list of emergency phone numbers near the pool. This can make a life-saving difference in the event of an
emergency. To insure your pool is used safely you MUST observe the following safety precautions:
9. KEEP OFF TOP LEDGES
NO JUMPING OR DIVING
1. The top rail of your pool is not a walkway and must not be used for jumping or diving. Do not
permit jumping or diving into the pool from a deck or the top rail of the pool. Diving or jumping
into the pool can result in serious injury.
2. NEVER USE THE POOL ALONE
Never permit the pool to be used unless it is attended by at least one person other than the
bather. Someone should always be available to lend assistance in an emergency. Designate a
competent adult to supervise the pool each time it is being used. Vigilant supervision of weak
swimmers and non-swimmers by a competent adult is required at all times, remembering that
children under five are at the highest risk of drowning.
3. NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN UNATTENDED
4. NO ROUGH PLAY
Never leave a child alone and unsupervised in or near the pool—not even for a second. There
is no substitute for constant adult supervision.
Do not permit “rough-playin” in and around your pool. Surfaces can become slippery and
hazardous when wet.
5. LIGHT THE POOL AT NIGHT
If the pool is used after dusk, adequate lighting must be provided. Illumination in the pool area
must be sufficient to clearly judge pool depth and all features in and around the pool. For lighting recommendations, consult your local licensed electrical contractor
6. RESTRICT ACCESS TO THE POOL
Do not leave chairs or other furniture beside the pool that could be used by a child to climb
up into the pool. Ladders must be removed whenever the pool is unattended. A fence with a
lockable gate around the pool or yard is strongly recommended and may be required by law
in some jurisdictions. Secure doors and windows, where applicable to prevent unauthorized
access to the swimming pool. Remove all toys from the swimming pool and surrounding area
when not in use to avoid attracting children to the pool. Barriers, pool covers, pool alarms
or similar safety devices are helpful aids, but they are not substitutes for continuous adult
supervision.
7. NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
8. KEEP YOUR POOL CLEAN AND SANITARY
Never drink alcoholic beverages, use any intoxicants or medication which could hinder your
judgment and reflexes.
Your filter system will remove suspended particles from the water and the surface skimmer
will remove insects, leaves and other debris from the water surface. Use the correct pool
chemicals as directed to destroy harmful bacteria and prevent formation of algae. Remember,
unsanitary water is a serious health hazard.
Do not walk on top ledges. They can be slippery and they are not a walkway.
10.
POOL COVER SAFETY
11.
ELECTRICAL HAZARD
12.
SAFETY EQUIPMENT
13.
POOL CHEMICALS
14.
CHECK FOR DAMAGE
15.
POOL PARTS
The cover must have a tamperproof locking retainer cable that positions the cover around the
pool wall and keeps it securely in place. Never allow anyone, especially small children on the
cover. Asphyxiation or drowning could result. Be sure to remove pool cover completely from
the water surface before entering the pool. When purchasing any pool cover, please consult a
swimming pool professional.
Never touch or attempt to service electrical equipment, including the filter when your body and/
or the ground is wet. Electrocution or permanent injury due to high voltage (120V AC) could
result. The pool should be bonded in accordance with Section 680-26 of the National Electical
Code. For further assistance contact your dealer or a local licensed electrician. Do not use pool
during electrical or rain storms.
Keep a safety rope 1/4" by 50" with a flotation buoy with an outside diamter of 15". Have
accessible in a prominent area by your pool. Keep a pole not less that 16 feet (4,88m) long
with a blunt or hook end available at pool side in case of emergencies. Weak swimmers and
non-swimmers should wear personal protection equipment when using the pool.
Store pool chemicals out of the reach of children. Do not place chlorine, chlorine tablets or
sticks directly into skimmer, or winterize your pool with liquid chlorine. Damage to the skimmer,
pool liner and filter will result. Failure to obey this instruction will void all component warranties.
Always follow Chemical Manufacturer’s instructions when storing, handling and dispensing pool
chemicals.
Periodically check your pool and ladder components for damage and wear. Be sure all screws
are in place. Replace all damaged or worn components and tighten all screws before you use
the pool, deck or ladders. At first sign remove rust and touch up immediately.
Never modify the pool or accessories, or remove or drill holes in the pool, deck or ladder components unless instructed. Your pool wall is made of thin metal, there is an inherent cut hazard
with metal so use gloves during installation. Always use Original Equipment Manufactured parts
for your replacement parts.
FOLLOW ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Read and follow all safety instructions packaged with pool, ladder,
deck or any other accessory. Additional pool safety publications can be
obtained by contacting: The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals
(www.apsp.org)
important notice read before installation!
The safety stickers must be installed as per following instructions. Failure to properly install warning labels will void warranty. Failure
to mount these safety labels may subject you to substantial liability in case of injury. These warnings are not to be removed under
any circumstances! If they become discolored or fall off please request replacements which will be sent at no charge.
place sign on liner above water line, opposite entry to pool
place sign on
wall next to
pool entry
remember
watch
children
R.10/15
Excursion
ZEXR-54SLAT
Excursion Round
ZEXR**54SLAT
Quantity Required for Installation (by Pool Size)
Index #
6
6
6
5
9
10
8
11
12
*
3
1
1
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
2
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
Description
Top Rail Curved
Top Rail Curved
Top Rail Curved
Upright
Top Cap Inner
Top Cap Outer
Bottom Boot
Accent Clip 3-ea for Upright
Accent Clip for Boot
Beaded Liner Track
Top Plate
Inner Stabilizer
Inner Stabilizer
Inner Stabilizer
Inner Stabilizer
Inner Stabilizer
Bottom Rail
Bottom Rail
Bottom Rail
Bottom Rail
Bottom Rail
Skimmer Slat
Return Slat
Beam Slat
Wall/54 Slat 10 Pack
Regular Slat
Hardware
Hardware
Hardware
Hardware
Hardware
Hardware
Envelope Safety Stickers
Instructional DVD
*May not be pictured
Part #
Length
15'
29802
29803
29804
29799
16300
16301
27117
16356
16305
22650
16298
38055
38056
38067
38069
38071
38054
38062
38066
38068
38070
26341
26342
26515
89123
26513
44-10055
44-10052
44-10065
44-10054
44-10057
44-10058
95-0007
38388
51-5/32"
51-29/32"
49-7/8"
53-13/16"
8"
8"
8"
11
49"
6-1/2"
43-7/8"
50"
42-7/8"
42-7/8""
42-7/8"
49"
45"
48"
48"
48"
53-13/16"
53-13/16'
54"
54"
18'
20'
24'
28'
15
15
15
15
15
15
45
16
15
18
18
18
18
18
18
54
19
18
21
21
21
21
21
21
63
22
21
13
11
11
11
11
11
33
12
11
11
13
13
13
13
13
39
14
13
13
15
18
21
11
13
15
18
1
1
22
1
115
1
1
1
22
1
139
1
1
22
1
153
1
1
22
1
186
21
1
1
40
1
217
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
POOL AREA DIMENSIONS (POOL RADIUS PLUS ONE FOOT)
Pool radius means the measurement from the center point of the pool to the pool wall.
12’ ROUND
POOL
15’ ROUND
POOL
24’ ROUND
POOL
30’ ROUND
POOL
18’ ROUND
POOL
27’ ROUND
POOL
33’ ROUND
POOL
21’ ROUND
POOL
20’ ROUND
POOL
28’ ROUND
POOL
36’ ROUND
POOL
Semi-In Ground Installation
The extruded aluminum slat wall pool can be installed semi-in ground. It can go in the ground
26”. As shown in the diagram we recommend an earth cove next to the pool wall to drain water
away from the pool. Accumulation of water against the outside of the pool wall will cause the
pool to cave in and does void the warranty. In the 12 months following the pool installation the
home owner must check every-other month for settling of the earth against the pool wall. If
there is settling next to the pool water can collect and cause a cave in. The area around the
pool must then be graded and filled in around the pool as needed. The pool must never be
emptied of water when the earth around the pool is wet, such as following rain or snow melt, as
this will also cause the pool wall to collapse and void the warranty.
Pool Top Rail
Pool Wall
Pool Upright
Backfill must be a
clean, compacted,
granular material.
4" Cove to drain water away from pool
53 5/8"
26" Max Backfill
DECK OR FENCE
IMPORTANT!
If you are installing a fence on your pool, you will need to install post holders on your
uprights BEFORE you install the uprights on the pool.
Please refer to your Fence Installation Instructions for for details.
Plastic Upright
Metal Upright
Fence Post 50-5/16" Long
Upright
1/4-20 Nuts
1/4-20
1/2" long
Machine
screws
9-3/4"
Nut cover
caps
Post Holder
1/4-20 Machine screws
2" long
3.0"
Holes must be centered
on Upright
If you are installing a deck on your pool, then part of the deck support system must be
installed on your pool uprights BEFORE you install the uprights on the pool.
Please refer to your Fence Installation Instructions for for details.
STEP 1: POOL LOCATION
Do not locate pool over underground lines, septic tanks, under electrical lines, near hazardous structures, or out of local code
restrictions. It is essential that the area selected for your pool has a level and firm base. Do not assemble your pool on asphalt,
tar or oil base surfaces. Avoid areas with sharp objects, or ground treated with weed killer or other chemicals. Also avoid areas
where nut grass, Bermuda grass or bamboo grass grows, as they can grow through your liner. Grass must be removed. Do not
place components such as filters, pumps, and heaters in a way that they can be used as a means of access to pool by
young children. Be sure to follow all local building codes and obtain all building permits required for your area.
Plan location of pool views, pool entrance, decks, fences, privacy
shields, sun path, breeze direction, shrubs, filters, pumps,
skimmer and return plumbing, and in-ground drainage.
Skimmer and return plumbing location should be planned now
since this impacts placement of the first bottom plate and
supporting patio block. See Step 4 for clarification
*BE SURE TO AVOID:
-All electrical wires
-All gas lines
-Septic tanks
-Cesspools
-Dry wells
-Tree roots/ stumps
-Buried debris(trees,
building material, etc.)
-Sudden slopes within 6’
of pool area
STEP 2: PREPARE THE POOL SITE
Determine the pool circumference by putting a stake in the ground at the center of the location desired, and with a line
equal in length to the radius of the pool area (1/ 2 the pool size plus 12”), mark off the circumference with a sharp object,
lawn edger, white powder or spray paint.
After all of the sod has been removed, you must make the pool area absolutely level as measured by a level or
transit, not simply by the naked eye. Find the lowest spot within the pool area and level the ground to that lowest spot.
Do not add dirt to the low areas as that will cause settling after the pool is filled with water. It is the high areas that must be
dug away. The footing (perimeter) of the pool must be a solid foundation to prevent the pool from settling into dirt that is
loosened by rain and water splashing over the side. Be sure to clean the area of all sharp objects, including roots that later
effect your swimming pool. For leveling, we recommend that you use a long straight edge board and a carpenters level or
transit.
LEVEL POOLAREA
(Pool Radius + 12”)
Remove soil and
grass from high
areas to be
equal with the
low areas.
Remove grass only
from the low areas.
STEP 3A: IDENTIFY SLAT WALL PARTS
Use your pool parts breakdown sheet to separate all pool components, becoming familiar with each part.
Please note that we include five extra slats just in case you have any parts that are
damaged in transit or at the job-site. We know how frustrating it can be to stop a job
due to a damaged part and we take every precaution to make sure that does not
happen.
The wall of your pool has four different types of slats. Please separate the four different types of slats before you begin. The
smooth surface of the slat ALWAYS faces in toward the water side of the pool. All ribs and bumps are on the outside, or dry side
of the pool. Shown below are the four different types of slats.
*VERY IMPORTANT*
BE SURE TO IDENTIFY AND SEPARATE THE
DIFFERENT SLATS BEFORE BEGINNING
INSTALLATION.
- A is a regular slat
- B is a skimmer slat
- C is a return slat
- D is a beam slat
STEP 3: IDENTIFY SLAT WALL PARTS continued
This chart will help you finding the right amount of slats to complete your wall.
Slat Wall Pool: Slat Count
Beam
Slats
Reg Slats
Needed
8'
22
49
WSLAT54-SMN08
12'
22
85
15'
22
18'
Pool Size
Parent Wall
Carton #1
Carton #2
Carton #3
Carton #4
CW54RB-4722B
-
-
-
WSLAT54-SMN12
CW54RB-4722B
CW54R-38
-
-
115
WSLAT54-SMN15
CW54RB-4722B
CW54R-68
-
-
26
139
WSLAT54-SMN18
CW54RB-4722B
CW54RB-6404
CW54R-28
-
20'
30
153
WSLAT54-SMN20
CW54RB-4722B
CW54RB-6408
CW54R-42
-
21'
28
166
WSLAT54-SMN21
CW54RB-4722B
CW54RB-6506
CW54R-54
-
24'
36
186
WSLAT54-SMN24
CW54RB-4722B
CW54RB-6414
CW54R-75
-
27'
36
214
WSLAT54-SMN27
CW54RB-4722B
CW54RB-6414
CW54R-56
CW54R-47
28'
42
218
WSLAT54-SMN28
CW54RB-4722B
CW54RB-6414
CW54RB-6404
CW54R-43
30'
40
238
WSLAT54-SMN30
CW54RB-4722B
CW54RB-6414
CW54RB-6404
CW54R-63
33'
48
258
WSLAT54-SMN33
CW54RB-4722B
CW54RB-6420
CW54RB-8806
CW54R-59
1016
14
110
WSLAT54-SMN1016 CW54RB-4714B
CW54R-35
CW54R-28
-
1217
14
124
WSLAT54-SMN1217 CW54RB-4714B
CW54R-42
CW54R-35
-
1220
16
144
WSLAT54-SMN1220 CW54RB-4714B
CW54RB-5002
CW54R-47
-
1224
18
163
WSLAT54-SMN1224 CW54RB-4714B
CW54RB-8804
CW54R-28
-
1524
16
176
WSLAT54-SMN1524 CW54RB-4714B
CW54RB-5002
CW54R-42
CW54R-37
1526
18
189
WSLAT54-SMN1526 CW54RB-4714B
CW54RB-8804
CW54R-54
-
1530
20
209
WSLAT54-SMN1530 CW54RB-4714B
CW54RB-8806
CW54R-74
-
1833
22
236
WSLAT54-SMN1833 CW54RB-4722B
CW54R-75
CW54R-64
CW54R-50
1840
26
274
WSLAT54-SMN1840 CW54RB-4722B
CW54RB-8804
CW54R-75
CW54R-64
2143
26
291
WSLAT54-SMN2143 CW54RB-4722B
CW54RB-8804
CW54R-86
CW54R-70
STEP 3B: IDENTIFY SLAT WALL PARTS, CONTINUED
There are two different types of tracks, the top tracks and the bottom tracks. They look similar, but they are different lengths.
The shorter tracks must go on the top of your pool, and the longer tracks must go on the bottom. Please refer to the chart below
to determine the exact length. Track length is measured at its’ center by placing a tape measure in the center groove. The bottom
track slides into the bottom plate. The top track does not slide into the top plate, it slides over the wall between the top plates.
Top track is installed in between top plates.
It does not overlap or enter top plates
Bottom track is inserted
up to dimple only.
8'
BOTTOM WALL RIM
TOP WALL RIM
Quantity
Length
Description
Part Number
Quantity
Length
Description
Part Number
12'
11
11
25 1/4"
38"
4' 0" RADIUS 5' 6" RADIUS
26503
22625
11
11
22 1/2"
35 1/4"
4' 0" RADIUS 5' 6" RADIUS
26504
22717
15'
18'
20'
11
49"
7' 6" RADIUS
22626
11
46 1/4"
7' 6" RADIUS
22718
13
50"
9' 0" RADIUS
22627
13
47 1/4"
9' 0" RADIUS
22719
15
48"
10' RADIUS
22628
15
45 1/4"
10' RADIUS
22720
24'
28'
30'
18
21
20
48"
48"
54 1/8"
12' 0" RADIUS 14' 0" RADIUS 15' 0" RADIUS
22629
26466
26467
18
21
20
45 1/4"
45 1/4"
51 3/8"
12' 0" RADIUS 14' 0" RADIUS 15' 0" RADIUS
22721
26468
26469
STEP 4: BOTTOM RING ASSEMBLY
Position the first bottom plate so that it is approximately centered between your planned skimmer and return plumbing lines.
Assemble the rails in a circle by using the bottom plates to join them together. Rails can be squeezed between your thumb and
forefinger to facilitate insertion into the plates.
Check the roundness of your circle by measuring the diameter across in several locations. Since the rails do not automatically
form a true circle, DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. Otherwise, you might end up with a slightly oval shape, which can cause problems
later on. Once you have formed a true circle, stake the bottom rails at every other rail being careful not to scratch the rails.
FOR POOLS WITH ODD
NUMBER of BOTTOM
PLATES:
Measure from bottom
plate to center of opposite
bottom rail at every other
bottom plate. When true,
stake into position.
FOR POOLS WITH EVEN
NUMBER of BOTTOM
PLATES:
Measure from bottom
plate to opposite bottom
plate at every other
plate. When true, stake
into position.
Measurements
must go through
center of the pool.
STEP 5: PATIO BLOCK INSTALLATION
Once the frame is in position, begin centering 2”x8”x16” patio blocks below bottom plates. Sink patio blocks into the ground
under the bottom plates, making sure that the blocks are level in all directions (side to side as well as front to back). Repeat
this step around the frame making the tops of all blocks level with the ground. Do not install blocks or rails on loose sifted soil
or sand. There must be no space between the ground and the bottom of the rails. All patio blocks must be flush with the
ground, solid and level with each other in all directions. You may remove a bottom rail at this time to cart in sand or sifted soil
for the cove (Step 9) as long as your pool ring remains staked in position. Make sure you replace the bottom rail in its proper
position. A chalk outline of the bottom plates or cuffs on the patio block is an easy and temporary way to ensure that your track
does not move throughout the remainder of the installation.
Position 8”x16” patio blocks like this,
leaving only an inch inside the pool.
1"
6"
Make sure pool
is level from
block to block.
Check for levelness in all directions.
STEP 6A: SLAT INSTALLATION
The location of skimmer and return slats must be planned before proceeding. These slats can be anywhere you want on the pool.
However, we recommend you keep the following in mind:
1.
2.
You will need to run plumbing to both the skimmer and the return slat, so place them in a location that is close to your
filtration system.
Keep the return and the skimmer separated by at least 3 regular slats, but not more than 8 slats..
**THE FIRST SLATS INSTALLED MUST
FIRST
SLAT
INSTALLED
MUST PLATE.
BE TWO**THE
REGULAR
SLATS
CENTERED
ON A BOTTOM
A REGULAR
SLAT
ABOTTOM
BOTTOM
THENBE
INSTALL
A BEAM SLAT
TOCENTERED
EACH SIDE OFON
THE
PLATE**
PLATE**
IN THE FIRST 4 TO 5 FEET YOU MUST INSTALL THE
SKIMMER AND RETURN SLATS.
**IN THE FIRST 4 TO 5 FEET YOU MUST
DO NOT USE
EXTRA SLATS
UNLESS YOU
HAVE
DAMAGED
ONES. A
INSTALL
THE SKIMMER
AND
RETURN
SLATS**
POOL WITH EXTRA SLATS IN THE WALL WILL FAIL. THIS IS EXTREMELY
DANGEROUS.
DO NOT USE EXTRA SLATS UNLESS YOU HAVE DAMAGED ONES. A
ON THE IN
CURVED
SIDE AND
THE
STRAIGHT
OF
POOLEVERY
WITHUPRIGHT
EXTRA SLATS
THE WALL
WILL
FAIL.
THIS SIDE
IS EXTREMELY
THE POOL MUST HAVE DANGEROUS.
A BEAM SLAT ON EACH SIDE OF IT.
STEP 6B: SLAT INSTALLATION, CONTINUED
Installation of the pool wall will be easier with a team of four people. Begin the installation of your slat wall pool by placing a
regular slat in the bottom track, centered on a bottom plate. Then slide one beam slat into the right side of the regular slat. Beam
slats have two large ribs on them. Until the pool is completely assembled, helpers always need to hold up both ends of the pool
wall.
The edges of the slat should interlock as shown in diagram 1A. Make sure that the smooth
surfaces of the slats are facing in toward the wet side of the pool and the ribs and bumps are facing
outward toward the dry side of the pool.
1A
You may need to gently tap the slat down using a rubber mallet or hammer using a block of wood to prevent any denting or
nicking of the slat. The last slat installed is often particularly tricky. The use of 3-in-1 household oil or WD-40 often helps (do not
use motor oil).
**IN THE FIRST 4 TO 5 FEET YOU MUST
INSTALL THE SKIMMER AND RETURN SLATS**
1B
1C
STEP 6C: SLAT INSTALLATION, CONTINUED
The several different kinds of slats that go on your pool are to be located in a specific order. The diagram below shows the pattern
of slat types plates once your slat wall assembly is eventually completed. Frame uprights and top rails are shown at this time for
general reference only. Note that beam slats are always centered around bottom plates and uprights.
You should place one beam slat on either side of each pool upright.
-A is a regular slat
-B is a skimmer slat
-C is a return slat
-D is a beam slat
STEP 7A: FRAME INSTALLATION
Continue to install slats until you have a section of wall about five feet long. Once you have completed a five-foot section, you are
ready to start installing the pool frame upright onto the pool wall.
Throughout installation, be sure to verify that
the Bottom Rail distance from center is consistent.
This is a good time to start the pre-assembly of the uprights. It is easiest to line all uprights next to each other in a line.
It helps to lean them against a fence or some other sturdy object. On most models the top of the uprights can be identified
by either an extra hole in the middle, or by an extra hole on each side (depending on which pool you have) for the decorator
of the caps. Place the metal top plate on the upright making sure the holes line up and the hooked part of the plate is facing
the open end of the upright (the side that goes against the pool wall). Now put a # 10 x ½” screw in the center hole only. Do
not install screws on the two side holes until later. This will make things easier and more efficient later down the line.
Top Plate
Put front screw of top
plate in loosely
Upright
Now install the fence post holders onto the uprights,if you have purchased a fence to go around your pool (see separate
instructions). If not, or when that is completed, you should line the uprights around the pool at every bottom plate for your
convenience later on.
STEP 7B: FRAME INSTALLATION, CONTINUED
Install a pool upright as shown in the diagram. The upright attaches at the bottom to the bottom plate. On the top of the pool
wall, install the plastic beaded track receiver as shown in diagrams to follow in Step 8.
Upright
Fastening uprights will be done by sliding it in the resin boot until
the hooks engage into the upright square holes.
The top plates remain unsecured for now, but they should be
temporarily clipped over the wall to prevent the uprights from falling backward.
Upright
Resin
Boot
Hooks
Resin Boot
Check pool for roundness again, making sure the diameter is the same in all directions.
Fig. 50 A
Fig. 50 B
STEP 8: FRAME INSTALLATION-LINER COMPONENTS
Once you have enough pool wall slats assembled, you should install a second upright, beaded track receiver, metal top channel,
secure top plate and top rail. The top track does not attach to the top plate. It is just placed on top of the beaded track receiver
between each set of uprights. The top rail will hold everything down and in place. Continue this process around the pool.
Fig. 52
Top Wall Rim
Beaded track
Pool Wall Slat
Fig. 53
STEP 9: FRAME INSTALLATION-COMPLETION
Throughout installation, be sure to verify that
the Bottom Rail distance from center is consistent.
Eventually you will close up the pool wall. Sometimes the last slat can be tricky to install. You may have to open up, or close up,
the bottom rails in order to get the final slat into place. Remember that we supply 10 extra slats with your pool in case you had
some slats that did not install properly due to damaged or twisted ends. You should always end the installation with 10 extra slats.
STEP 10: PREPARING THE COVE
Using neutral alkalinity sifted earth, or fine sand without pebbles, build a 2” base over the entire pool area to protect the
liner. DO NOT USE ANY SUBSTANCE WITH HIGH ALKALINE OR ACID CONTENT, ESPECIALLY PEAT MOSS, AS IT
WILL CORRODE METAL PARTS!
Next, using the sifted earth or fine sand, build a pool cove 6” to 8” high inside the metal wall along the entire
circumference. This will prevent the liner from creeping under the wall, and it will also protect the liner from any metal
edge of the pool framework. THIS STEP IS NOT OPTIONAL- IT MUST BE DONE! Since earth containing chemicals can
cause discoloration or corrosion, it is suggested that you place polyethylene plastic sheeting under the cove around the
perimeter of the wall, so no earth comes in contact with the metal. Since the presence of such chemicals is beyond the
control of the manufacturer, such damage is not covered by the warranty.
After the cove and the base are in place, rake and tamp the entire pool area. Make sure that no sand is allowed to
remain on the wall above the cove. This could cause pinholes in your liner.
8”
STEP 11: LINER ADJUSTMENT
Do not place the liner wall seam directly over the
skimmer or skimmer return cutouts. Place the liner at
POOL WALL
the center of the pool with the flap from the seams
facing down. (For print liners, leave the print side
facing up.) Spread the liner so that the bottom seam of
the circumference is resting on the cove evenly around
the pool. The seam should not be upon the wall or
shifted to one side. These conditions will cause
tightness or stretching of the liner when the pool is
COVE
COVE
CORRECT LINER SEAM
Resting evenly on or near the cove
of the pool. Seam may not always
lie on the cove as pictured, so your
focus should be to keep the seam
consistent around the pool.
INCORRECT LINER SEAM
Shifted up wall.
This should not be done.
Correct this situation
if it occurs.
STEP 12: HANGING LINER
SNAP BEAD LINER
SNAP BEAD LINER
The beaded liner track should be installed onto the pool wall all
of the way around the pool. These pieces should be as close
together as possible. Leaving spaces between bead tracks can
cause liner problems down the road.
Once all of the beaded liner track is on the wall, you can snap
the liner bead into the beaded liner track at four random points
around the pool. After that is done, and you are satisfied with
how the liner is situated within the pool, you can continue
snapping the remainder of the liner into place around the pool.
Go around the entire pool again making certain that the liner is
securely snapped into the track. This is important to confirm
so that the liner does not pull out while under the pressure of
being filled with water.
Inner Stabilizer Rail
(supplied with pool)
Coping Bead
Receiver
Beaded
Liner
Pool Wall
Pool
Water
STEP 13: TOP RAIL INSTALLATION
Your pool either has metal top rails, or resin top rails.
Please notice the different hardware that is necessary for the
resin top rail pools.
You should have two people while installing the top
rails. If a top rail falls in the pool it can cut the liner. Secure
all metal top rails using # 10 x ½” screws into the
corresponding holes in the top plates. * Resin top rails
require special # 10 x 1” screws that have attached washers.
When installing the top rails do not tighten screws until all
of the top rails have been installed. This will allow room for
adjustments if necessary on the final few rails that are
installed. Attach all top rails before the water is more than
12” deep, because if the pool is slightly out of round, you
may have a problem getting the last rail to go on.
TOP RAIL
TOP PLATE
DO NOT TIGHTEN UNTIL
ALL OF THE TOP RAILS
HAVE BEEN INSTALLED.
DO NOT TIGHTEN TOP RAIL
SCREWS MORE THAN HALFWAY
UNTIL THE POOL IS AT LEAST
1/3 FULL WITH WATER
*USE TWO PEOPLE FOR INSTALLATION.
IF A TOP RAIL FALLS INTO THE POOL
IT CAN CUT THE LINER.
RESIN TOP RAIL
INSTALLATION
#10 x 1"
with
washer
#10 x 1"
with
washer
RESIN TOP RAIL
INSTALLATION
Resin Top Rail
Resin Top Rail
When a resin top rail pool is
assembled, you must use
special hardware to attach the
resin top rail to the metal top
plate. Please see the diagram
to the left for assembly.
The special hardware is:
#10 x ½"
#10 x ½"
Metal
Top Plate
Pool Upright
a) A # 10 screw that is 1" long.
b) A washer with the screw to
distribute the pressure
more evenly.
STEP 14: FILLING THE POOL
After liner and all top rails have been installed with screws being tightened halfway, continue filling pool until water is just below the
skimmer opening. Finish tightening top rail screws. You can now cut the skimmer or return holes in the liner. Then continue filling
pool.
STEP 15: TOP COVER INSTALLATION
Attach top covers as shown in the appropriate diagram for your pool
2 PC RESIN TOP COVER:
Center small half over hole in the top plate as shown and attach with
a #12 screw. Slide the large half over the small half and secure using
two #10 screws.
#12
#2
#10
Important Pool Safety & Maintenance
Keep your pool wall and frame clean. Always wash away any deposits of pool chemicals which land on the frame of your pool. Wash periodically
with a mild soap solution (no abrasives). At least once a year use a clear non-yellowing household wax on all metal components.
Your pool and liner must be inspected regularly for leaks, corrosion, scratches, and punctures. If any problem is found IMMEDIATE CORRECTIVE
ACTION MUST BE TAKEN. Small repairs and punctures in your liner may be easily repaired using repair kits available at your local dealer.
Scratches on your pool wall & frame must be touched up with anti-rust enamel. Wire brush all rust and add a coat of enamel primer followed by a
coat of color matching paint. Pool water is full of various caustic chemicals, which will corrode metal parts. If any corrosion is allowed to continue,
failure of the pool structure may occur which could result in excessive property damage as well as bodily harm.
The skimmer area and below it are particular areas that must be carefully and regularly inspected. If this area is wet, and remains wet
for any length of time, it usually means there is a small leak. Skimmer/skimmer return gaskets must be replaced when they become
defective. Water must not be permitted to continually run down the wall, if neglected pool will break.
If proper skimmer/skimmer return gasket care is not maintained, your warranty will be void!
Be sure to follow all local and state safety regulations when installing any accessory to your pool. Any decks, and all entries, must be
carefully monitored for safety and access to pool. Installing any other manufacturer's deck or slide is strictly forbidden!
Winterizing Your Pool
During the winter your pool is subject to more stress than in the summer, and any breakage that is caused by incorrect winter procedures is not
subject to any warranty with this company.
All of our pools and liners are designed to be left up all winter, but nonetheless are subject to the warranty of the liner being purchased. Continue to
chlorinate and filter until the pool is closed down.
Before closing down your pool for the winter you must make a complete inspection of the pool.
Check all the connections to make sure everything is tight and in good condition
Check to see that the liner is snugly held in place over the wall.
Check for any indication of rust or deterioration in any part.
IF ANY OF THE ABOVE IS F AULTY YOU MUST CORRECT THE SITUATION IMMEDIATELY.
Lower the level of water to about one foot below the skimmer intake and return holes. Throughout the winter you must continually check this level,
as it must not reach the skimmer holes at any time during the winter.
During the winter the pool requires the use of an equalizer to allow for the expansion and contraction that occurs when ice is formed and to hold
cover up. This can be a product manufactured for this express purpose and is available at your swimming pool dealer.
The use of a winterizing agent will simplify the start up of your pool next season.
A cover designed for winter use is also recommended to keep pressure on the equalizer so it is forces into the water, keep dirt out, and at the same
time serve as a safety cover.
If your skimmer is supplied with a winter plate and cap you must still follow the same steps as above. It is essential that no water be allowed to run
down the wall for any period of time. If your skimmer did not come with the winter plate it is available at a nominal charge at your dealer and is
recommended.
Important Winter Rules
After your pool has been winterized and all steps carefully followed, the following checks and procedures must be strictly followed during fall, winter and spring
seasons.
Your pool warranty will be invalid if pool has been improperly winterized and the following procedures not strictly adhered to. Pools
that have been incorrectly winterized have been known to collapse under the tremendous pressures exerted by ice and snow.
A pool that is left up during the freezing temperatures must not be allowed to leak. It is not uncommon for a leak to develop during rigorous
summer usage and go undetected. What is thought to be water loss due to evaporation or spillage may be caused by a small leak. Persistent
wet areas around the pool should be inspected. To determine if your pool is leaking, mark the liner at the water level and closely observe the
water level in the pool for a period of 10 - 12 days after the pool is closed for the season. Any rain during this period may compensate for any
undetected water leakage. Therefore, the observation period must be extended to find any leaks.
Maintain a strict leak inspection schedule throughout fall, winter, and spring months. Spring thawing which frequently leads to ground heaving
can be especially dangerous if care is not taken.
Maintain a strict inspection of the inner skimmer housing to see that water is not leaking at the gasket. If the skimmer was not removed, water
should not be allowed to collect in the skimmer housing as the water will freeze and crack the housing and cause possible damage to the wall.
Should ice, or anything else, cut your pool liner allowing the pool to empty, be sure to release the cover thereby removing the weight from the
top of your pool. Failing to do so can cause your pool to collapse.
Consult your pool dealer for the proper winter chemicals for quick spring start up.
During the course of the winter the liner may pull out of it’s coping due to no fault of the pool installer. Due to freezing and thawing of the
ground, the ground sometimes sinks and the liner with the weight of ice or water will sink also, thus pulling the liner out of it’s coping.
Be sure to pull off all excess snow and ice from the winter cover.
Do not permit ice skating or horseplay during the winter as this can cause pool and liner damage, as well as, serious injuries.
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