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The Fiberglass Endless Pool ™
Planning
Guide
P l a n ning
Gu i d e
Over view
Configurations
Equipment
Depth
Options
Coping
November 2010
Construction
Overview
OVERVIEW
Our Fiberglass Endless Pool employs the most durable
material available. The molded single shell provides an
attractive, smooth finish that fits into many design
schemes. The clean interior with built-in stairs and rear
bench provides a traditional pool look. In commercial
settings the tough finish and greater depth easily
accommodate heavy use, underwater treadmills and
higher water temperatures.
Your first decision is how you wish the pool to appear in your
space: fully in-ground, partially in-ground or fully aboveground.
Fully in-ground and partially in-ground appearances can be
achieved either by digging a hole, installing the pool and then
backfilling around the pool or by using our optional external
bracing system and then decking up around the pool. This latter
approach is often employed indoors where a larger room is being
constructed and a crawl space is desired.
FULLY IN-GROUND POOL WITH BACKFILL
This is the traditional method of installing a fiberglass pool and involves first digging a hole 10' wide by 20' long and approximately
5' deep for our standard model. The exact depth will depend on your planned interface between the pool and the surrounding deck
(See page 7). The pool is then lowered into a prepared hole and sand is used as backfill to support the pool and withstand the
hydrostatic load of a water filled pool. Finally, concrete is poured around the perimeter of the pool (See page 9).
PARTIALLY IN-GROUND POOL WITH BACKFILL
The backfilled Fiberglass Endless Pool can extend up out of the ground as much as 18" without lateral support if the bottom 42" or
more is fully supported with backfill. At the front, where the equipment is mounted, up to 24" must be exposed as shown. With
partially in-ground pools the hole can be narrower requiring less excavation. If the pool protrudes more than 12" out of the ground
the hole can be as little as 9' wide. When the partially in-ground method is employed a kneewall is typically constructed to provide
a suitable seat or coping around the pool.
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ABOVEGROUND WITH OPTIONAL BRACING SYSTEM
Fully aboveground effect
With our standard depth Fiberglass Endless Pool you may purchase a supplementary external bracing system that is installed at the
factory and allows the pool to be freestanding. When this system is used the pool may be installed aboveground. This external bracing
system is not available with our 5' 6" or 6' 0" tall models.
Partially in-ground effect
With this option the pool rests on a solid level surface fully aboveground and a deck is brought up to whatever height is desired
to achieve the built in look. The optional external bracing system is required as described above and if possible the pool should be
braced back to the surrounding deck to increase stiffness. A kneewall is typically constructed to provide a suitable seat or coping
around the pool (See page 8).
Fully in-ground effect
With this option the pool rests on a solid level surface fully aboveground and a deck is brought up flush with the top of the pool to
achieve a built in look. Again, the optional external bracing system is required which is only available with our 5' 0" tall pool (4' 6"
water depth). If possible the pool should be braced back to the surrounding deck to increase stiffness.
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Equipment
LOCATION OF EQUIPMENT
The equipment to filter and heat your Fiberglass Endless Pool
is typically installed at the front of the pool just below the
fiberglass lip (see figure below). The keypad controller for this
system has a 10 foot cord and is usually mounted in the pool
coping. When optional hydrotherapy jets are selected, the jets
are plumbed into the rear wall over the bench and the jet’s
pump is located at the front and plugs into the heater/controller.
The radio controlled 5 horsepower Hydraulic Power Unit is
usually located near your electric service. It requires a single 30
amp, 220 volt, GFCI service. A flexible conduit connects this
power unit to the heater/controller
poolside. Hydraulic lines connect between the front of the pool
and the power unit. Up to 25' of hydraulic line is provided
with the pool. Additional hydraulic line may be ordered when
locating the power unit further away.
For fully in-ground installations where the pool is backfilled and
the equipment is kept at the front, a pit needs to be built at the
front of the pool (see drawing on opposite page). While it is
necessary that all fiberglass pools without our optional bracing
system be backfilled at least 18" from the top of the pool, at the
front, to accommodate equipment, a 24" pit may be formed as
shown. The optional Retractable Security Cover typically covers
this pit and a removable lid should be constructed.
Of course this controller/heater/pump system can also be located remotely as can the hydrotherapy jets pump. When the
equipment is positioned remotely, water lines will have to run
back and forth to the pool as will the line for the keypad controller. The high efficiency pump will also be replaced with a
pump designed to be self-priming if the water lines run above
the water level. Consult your design representative if you wish to
remotely locate your water quality equipment.
Equipment
1. Skimmer/Filter (50 Square feet)
2. Shut Off Valve
3. Circulating Pump (120 watts)
4. Heater/Controller
5. Inlet to pool
6. Optional Lights
7. Optional Jets Suction Line
8. Optional Jet Pump
9. Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU)
10. Hydraulic Lines (pressure and return)
11. Flexible Conduit from HPU to Heater/Controller
12. Remote Keypad
13. Optional Retractable Security Cover (opposite page)
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FRONT ELEVATION
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Operation
OPERATION OF THE EQUIPMENT
Water Quality System
Swim Current System
Water leaves the pool through a skimmer filter. The cartridge is
removed from inside the pool by reaching into the skimmer and
removing the skimmer basket. We provide a Nature 2 copper/silver cartridge that is placed in the skimmer basket to reduce
your use of chlorine. The water then passes through
a ball valve and into a high efficiency pump that
circulates water continuously. From there the water
enters the heater/controller which heats the
water to a user selected temperature before
returning to the pool.
The swim current in a Fiberglass Endless
Pool uses the same high
volume, low turbulence
system as the original
Endless Pool. A 16" diameter hydraulically-powered
propeller moves a large
volume of water through
arrays of turning vanes and
conditioning grills. A submerged
stainless steel hydraulic motor
using high pressure vegetable oil
rotates the propeller creating the
variable speed swim current. The high
pressure oil is pumped by the Power Unit
through high pressure hydraulic lines over
to the pool, through two thruwall fittings at
the waterline and down into the swim current
generator housing the hydraulic motor. The
swim current is controlled with a floating three button
waterproof remote. An optional 7" digital display shows the
speed of the swim current as 100 yard pace.
When optional hydrotherapy jets
are chosen, water is drawn from two
suction fittings at the front of the pool;
one behind the swim current propulsion
housing and one to the side, thereby
eliminating a suction hazard. Water flows to
the hydrotherapy jets pump and then around to
the back of the pool to the four jets plumbed above
the rear bench. When lights are selected they are installed
at the front of the pool on either side of the propulsion housing.
A keypad allows for push button controls of the
temperature as well as the optional lights and jets. A red LED
display indicates temperature.
SPECIFICATIONS:
• 7' 6" x 17' swimming area
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• 8' 6" x 18' outside dimensions
• overall height: 5' 0", optional 5' 6", and 6' 0"
• optional external bracing system
(available only with 5' tall pool)
• water depth: 4' 6" , optional 5' 0", and 5' 6"
• water capacity: 3,900 gallons,
optional 4,350 and 4,800 gallons
24"
• molded reinforced fiberglass shell with stairs
and rear bench
• shell color: white, optional light blue
• solar cover, optional manual retractable security cover
• wireless remote control
• water quality system: skimmer/cartridge type filter
(50 sq ft), 120 watt circulating pump, electric
heater/controller with keypad
• 5 hp swim current generator,
• optional underwater lights
• optional hydrotherapy jets
• optional digital swim pace display
CROSS SECTION
• optional underwater treadmill
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Depth
SIZE AND DEPTH
The standard Fiberglass Endless Pool stands 5' 0" high
and provides a water depth of 4' 6". This water depth is
ideal for both swimming and virtually all water exercises.
The standard 8' 6" x 18' x 5' pool can accommodate
chest-deep aqua aerobics and step aerobics. Many of the
same step aerobics performed on land can be performed
in chest-deep water. Water resistance increases the intensity
of arm and upper-body workouts. At the same time, water
support eases stress to knees, hips and other joints. Our
optional Underwater treadmill works well with water at
this depth.
We do offer two deeper models which require backfilling.
These pools stand 5' 6" and 6' 0" tall and provide water
depths of 5' 0" and 5' 6" respectively. Some commercial
facilities require deeper water to accommodate deep-water
conditioning, including running in water supported by
a floatation vest.
Cover
RETRACTABLE SECURITY COVER
The Fiberglass Endless Pool comes standard with a floating
thermal blanket which holds in heat and reduces
evaporation.We also offer an optional Retractable Security
Cover which acts as a horizontal fence sealing off access to
the Fiberglass Endless Pool. When in place the cover controls
100% of the humidity, making it ideal for indoor installations.
Outdoors the cover seals out dirt, leaves and debris. When
installed outdoors, a small surface pump is provided
to remove any rainwater that might collect on the cover.
The cover retracts onto a roller at the front of the pool and
deploys along low-profile tracks installed on the pool coping.
A lock-down mechanism is provided to secure the cover when
closed. The cover meets stringent ASTM F1346 safety
standards and is strong enough to support the weight of
an adult. We strongly recommend the security cover for
installations that are accessible to children, non-swimmers
and pets, or for installations in which humidity, falling leaves,
or heat loss are concerns.
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Coping
COPING:
The top edge of the Fiberglass Endless Pool is typically covered with a cantilevered coping/decking system as shown on
one of the drawings below. These sketches are not intended as construction drawings and many other solutions appropriate for a wet pool environment may be employed. Please note that the coping at the front of the pool may not
overhang the water since the skimmer/filter faceplate slides up during filter changes. Before setting coping remove this
faceplate to better understand this constraint.
FULLY IN-GROUND WITH POURED CONCRETE DECK
With this system, after backfilling the pool, a concrete deck is poured that comes right up to the water’s edge. Special forms are
available that can provide are adhered to the wall of the pool creating the bullnose and are removed before the concrete has cured.
FULLY IN-GROUND WITH A STONE OR TILE SURROUND
Pouring a concrete deck around the pool flush with the top edge of the fiberglass allows for a stone
surface to be laid up to the water’s edge.
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PARTIALLY IN-GROUND WITH A WOOD SURROUND
A wood member may be secured directly down to the fiberglass edge. Shown here as standard 5/4" material this wood may be part
of a larger deck or a kneewall that provides both seating and support for exterior siding .
PARTIALLY IN-GROUND WITH A TILE OR STONE SURROUND
The outer lip of the Fiberglass Endless Pool can be used to support a treated plywood structure and/or cementatious backer board
that in turn can support a stone or tile cantilevered coping system.
Delivery
POOL DELIVERY
Your Fiberglass Endless Pool shell is typically delivered to
your site using a small flat bed trailer. The shell is typically
craned into position where the water quality and swim
systems are installed by your contractor. Call your design
representative and refer to our website to see a brief video
overview of the delivery and installation process.
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Construction
FULLY IN-GROUND FIBERGLASS ENDLESS POOL CONSTRUCTION SEQUENCE
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Excavate and prepare pit for arrival of shell. A level, compacted sand bed at least 3" deep is required. If ground water is present
or may be an issue install a gravel sump with a 10" diameter vertical pipe at the front of the pool. Ground water must never be
allowed to exceed the water level in your pool. Run conduit for power and two hydraulic lines between the hydraulic power
unit and the equipment space at the front of the pool (Four 1-1/2" schedule 40 flexible PVC pipes).
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Receive pool and lower into position. Level pool. Backfill with sand while filling with water. Using 3/4" plywood, frame out
equipment space at the front of pool. Install sump if necessary. Plumb equipment.
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Continue filling while backfilling with sand. Run power and hydraulic hoses through conduit to
front equipment space.
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Pour concrete surround and build removable trap door. Install swim current generator.
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FIBERGLASS ENDLESS POOL SHELL INSTALLED PARTIALLY IN-GROUND.
8'-6"'
7'-6"
18"
Max without
bracing system
4" concrete collar
compacted
sand backfill
screeded
and compacted
3" sand bed
5'
Optional 5'-6", 6'-0" pool depths are available.
2x4 formwork
for sand bed
screeding
undisturbed
earth
9'
(10' wide required for fully in-ground installations)
FIBERGLASS ENDLESS POOL SHELL WITH OPTIONAL EXTERNAL BRACING SYSTEM.
8'-6"'
7'-6"
5'
5'-0" only depth available
with external bracing structure.
1" foam
cushion
4" reinforced
concrete pad
compacted earth or subbase beneath slab
(capable of withstanding 350 psf loading)
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Options
OPTIONS
The following page describe the options available with a
Fiberglass Endless Pool. Please refer to the price list for all
options pricing.
SHELL COLOR
Our Fiberglass Endless Pool comes standard in white but may
be custom ordered in light blue.
SWIM PACE DISPLAY
Easy to read — even with swim
goggles — the 7" high-visibility
display presents the pace of the
swimmer in minutes:seconds per
100 yards or 100 meters. Perfect
for interval training or to monitor
improvements in swim technique. Simply set the
pace and swim for as long as you like.
HEATER
The electric heater/controller that comes standard with your
Fiberglass Endless Pool can raise the pool water temperature
about 0.5 degrees F per hour. If the pool is covered when not
in use this will always be sufficient to maintain your water
temperature since the circulating pump runs continuously.
Pools aboveground should always be insulated. Once a
well-insulated pool is up to temperature, the heater requires
only a few hours operation per day.
Gas heaters are sometimes selected for outdoor installations,
or when the owner wants a more responsive heating system.
A 50,000 BTU gas heater, either natural gas or propane, can
raise the pool temperature about 1.5 degrees F per hour. Of
course, once warm a well insulated pool will only cool slowly.
A supplementary gas heater is not recommended but may be
used in conjunction with the water quality system provided
by Endless Pools, Inc. Contact your design representative
for further information.
ADDITIONAL DUAL-CONNECTING
HYDRAULIC HOSE
If your power unit is more than 25' from the pool, you will
require longer lengths of hydraulic hose. Hydraulic hoses connect the Swim Unit to the Power Unit. The Power Unit should
be placed on a flat, surface and can be installed indoors or out
up to 75 feet away from the Swim Unit. The Power Unit
requires a 220 volt, 30-amp, GFCI electric service and should be
placed in a sheltered, ventilated location. A minimum 12" air
space must be provided on all sides of the Power Unit. The
Power Unit needs to be accessible. There is no periodic maintenance apart from a filter change every 500 hours of use and an
oil change after 1,000 hours or every 5 years. Nonetheless, the
Power Unit needs to be accessible.
LIGHTS
Two underwater LED lights transform your Fiberglass Endless
Pool in the evening. These low-energy lights are installed on the
front of the pool on either side of the swim unit and plug
directly into the heater/controller. They are turned on and off
using the keypad. While LED lights have a very long life access
must still be maintained to the outside of the pool wall at the
front where they are installed.
HYDROTHERAPY JETS
The hydrotherapy benefits of the Fiberglass Endless Pool swim
current can be supplemented with the addition of four
hydrotherapy jets powered by a separate pump. The optional
jets are ideal for therapy and relaxation, and are installed above
the bench at the rear of the pool. The jets are turned on and
off at the keypad. Since the entire system is designed to operate
on a single 30 amp circuit, the jets do not function while the
swim current is on. This limitation can be overcome simply
by running two 30 amp circuits during installation. Access
must be maintained at the rear of the pool where jets are
installed. The heater/controller provides a purge cycle four
times daily to insure that the water in the pipes remains fresh
and doesn’t freeze.
AQUATIC TREADMILL
Turn your Fiberglass Endless Pool into a complete home gym
with the addition of an Aquatic Treadmill! Use the treadmill
with the current on or off to vary the intensity of your walk
or jog. Designed to vary the speed, you expend as much or as
little effort as desired and still achieve a great cardio workout.
Use the aquatic treadmill to cross-train in the Fiberglass
Endless Pool. Alternate between swimming and walking
or jogging to get a full body workout!
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Swim...
Visit the Endless Pool, Inc. factory showroom
located just 15 minutes from the Philadelphia
airport, 3 miles off I-95 between Route
352 and Route 452 on Dutton Mill Road
overlooking Chester Creek. Showroom hours
are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday,
and weekends by appointment. Please call 1800-732-8660 and schedule a test swim.
Endless Pools, Inc.
1601 Dutton Mill Rd
Aston, PA 19014-2831
www.endlesspools.com
swim@endlesspools.com
800.732.8660
US
610.497.8676
Local
610.497.9328
Fax
B29 11-10
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