Pool Assembly Guide
- Pool Assembly Guide -
Know Your Pool
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1. Top Rail Sleeve
2. Pool Liner
3. Liner Flap
4. Base U-Pipe
5. Vertical Pole
6. Horizontal Rail
7. Corner
8. Outlet
9. Inlet
Characteristics of Your Pool
Punctures, Pinhole Leaks, and Drip Leaks: It is not uncommon, that during assembly, your liner develops a small puncture or
pinhole leak. These punctures are caused by various reasons
(something was dropped on the liner, something poked through the
liner during the install, it was dragged over an abrasive surface, etc.).
Although these kind of punctures are not covered under warranty,
they do not have any structural effect on your liner or warranty and
are easily fixable using the repair kit included.
An Out-of-Level Pool: There is no way to predict what your
ground will do when thousands of pounds of water weight are placed
on top. Despite all your best efforts, the pool may still end up being
out-of-level. This may require you to drain, disassemble, and remove
the pool so you can re-level (and possible re-flatten) the pool site. We
reserve the right to void your warranty if your pool is out of level or
uneven.
Using Blocks to Level Your Pool: It is a common misconception
that you can make a portable pool level by placing blocks, tiles, wood
or other rigid surface underneath the base pipes. This may keep the
frame level but will not be leveling the ground under the pool liner.
However, in cases where the U-pipes are sinking into the ground, you
can use some type of rigid surface to prevent this digging. We reserve
the right to void your warranty if this “artificial leveling” causes any
damage to your pool or liner.
The Pool Wall is “Bowing” In: “Bowing” is a natural characteristic of a soft-sided pool. This “Bowing” may be much more dramatic
and profound during filling. This is because the water weight is
pulling the liner downward forcing the top rail frame to lean in. In
most cases, this bowing will decrease as the water level rises. However, it is not uncommon for a slight bowing to remain. If your
ground has settled at all, or is slightly out-of-level, one side may bow
more than another.
Pool Site Checklist
( ) 1. Your pool site area must be flat and level. The ideal surface
for your pool is a solid, flat and level area. There is no way to
perdict what the ground may do, once the pool is filled. Do expect
some shifting of the ground - if your pool becomes out of level too
much, this may void your warranty.
( ) 2. Measure off your pool site area. The area needed is easy to
calculate. Take the dimension of your pool and add 16 inches on
each side. An example would be a 7’ x 12’ needs a pool site area
that is 9.5’ x 14.5’, giving the pool a 1.5’ area of clearance all the
way around.
( ) 3. Remove all debris, rocks, and other elements that may be
uncomfortable to walk on.
( ) 4. Cap off and/or cover any sprinkler heads that are within the
pool site area.
( ) 5. Decide where you would like to place your pump and filter.
You will need to create your plumbing openings accordingly.
There is no way to predict
what the ground will do once the
pool is filled with water. Some
ground shifting is to be expected.
Your pool can tolerate being a coupld of inches out of level,
much more than that can damage your liner over time. This
damage is not covered under the warranty. If your pool is
more than a couple of inches out of level, you may need to
drain and relevel the surface.
Begin Assembling
HELPFUL HINTS:
Although your pool can be assembled by only one person, we highly
recommend having two people who are able to lift. This will make
assembling your pool that much easier.
Take care when opening the pool box. Your pool liner is inside and can
be cut if a sharp knife is used to open the box.
It is not necessary to kill the grass or lay down a layer of sand. Though
this may be a preference by you, it is not required.
It is okay if a portion of your pool is on a combination of ground surfaces
(i.e.: grass, dirt, concrete). However, if the ground is soft under the pool,
a portion of the surface may compacted and cause your pool to be out of
level.
STEP 1a: If you ordered the Optional FloorGard® padded floor cover
unfold and lay that out FIRST. Try to center it under your pool liner.
STEP 1: Remove the liner out from the box and place it in the center of
your pool site area.
STEP 2: Unfold the liner to locate the two plumbing openings. This is
where your pump and filter will connect. If these openings are not in the
desired position, you may need to refold the liner and adjust its location.
DO NOT DRAG YOUR LINER as this may cause damage to your liner.
STEP 3: Once the liner is in the desired position, unfold and spread out.
STEP 4: Locate all the flaps and pull them out from under the liner.
Make sure they are flat and not twisted.
STEP 5: Slip the U-PIPEs through the flaps,. There is no wrong way to
slip these through.
STEP 6: Attach a vertical pipe to each end of the U-Pipe and then lay
them flat on the ground.
Assembling Continued...
STEP 7: Start slipping the long horizontal pipes through the white
sleeve found at the top of the pool wall. Attach a second one and
continue attaching until you reach the other end of the white sleeve.
ALWAYS REMEMBER TO WORK IN ONE DIRECTION. Otherwise
the frames will not hook up properly.
STEP 8: When you have reached the end of a white sleeve, attach a
corner in the direction of the next white sleeve. Continue this until the
entire horizontal top rail of your pool is assembled.
STEP 9: Lift up the pool wall on one side and insert both ends of the
vertical/U-Pipe combination into a slot found on the horizontal pipe,
within the white sleeve. See picture below. Continue this all the way
around the pool.
HELPFUL HINT:
It will help to move and adjust the horizontal rail within the white sleeve
to properly align the vertical slots with the liner openings.
Creating Your Two Plumbing Openings
IF YOU PURCHASED A WIDE-MOUTH SKIMMER, FOLLOW
THOSE INSTRUCTIONS INSTEAD OF THESE.
TOOLS REQUIRED: You will need the following tools. A ruler, a sharp
Exacto-style knife, a pen, and the wall-fitting nut.
STEP 1: Using your ruler, measure out 15 inches from the corner of the pool.
Your starting point is the center of the corner, your guide will be the double
ridge weld going horizontal along the pool liner. The direction is away from
the corner. Make a mark with your pen (we’ll call this mark “A”).
STEP 2: Next, measure down 14 inches.
Your starting point is mark “A” at
the weld edge, the direction is away from the weld edge towards the pool
wall base. Make a mark with your pen (we’ll call this mark “B”).
STEP 3: Place the Wall-Fitting Nut so that mark “B” is centered within the
opening of the Wall-Fitting Nut. Use your pen and trace the opening of the
Nut from the inside.
NOTE: The diameter of this circle, should be 2 3/8s (two and three eights).
STEP 4: If your measurements are correct, then you can follow the circle and
cut out the material to create the first opening.
STEP 5: Your
next measurement will go on the other side of the corner.
Repeat steps 1 through 4.
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Double-Ridge
Weld Edge
Assembling the Plumbing
HELPFUL HINTS:
The plumbing parts can and will leak if they are not properly installed.
Be sure to use the enclosed Teflon tape on all the threads of the plumbing
parts.
STEP 1: Locate a WALL FITTING and separate the NUT from body.
GASKET
GASKET
(Only on Return Line)
WATER FLOW
DIRECTOR
WALL FITTING
NUT
ATTACH THE
GATE VALVE
ON THE
OUTSIDE OF THE
POOL, HERE
WALL FITTING
BASE
POOL WALL
OPENING
FOLLOW THE ABOVE INSTRUCTIONS TO PROPERLY ATTACH.
IMPROPER ASSEMBLY WILL PREVENT GOOD CIRCULATION
STEP 2: Slip the main body and one gasket through the opening on the
pool wall. Reattach the NUT and tighten until snug.
STEP 3: Repeat STEP 1 & 2 on the other opening.
STEP 4: Locate the FLOW DIRECTOR. Attach to WALL FITTING,
from inside the pool wall, on the longer pool wall side. Example, if your
pool is a 7' x 12', then place the FLOW DIRECTOR on the 12' side.
STEP 5: Proper water filtration is best achieved when the water of your
pool flows in a circular manner. This directs the water towards the skimmer. Point the FLOW DIRECTOR accordingly.
STEP 6: Attach the two gate valves to the outside of each wall-fitting.
Whenever you go to access your filter cartridge, you will need to turn
pump off and close the valves. OPEN BEFORE RUNNING PUMP
AGAIN.
Installing Optional Floating Skimmer
STEP 1: On the other Wall Fitting attach the SKIMMER ELBOW again
on the inside of the pool wall. This elbow should be tightened so that it is
pointing up.
STEP 2: Attach the skimmer.
REGARDING YOUR WATER LEVEL: You may vary the water level
by as much as 7 inches and your skimmer will still work. However, if
your pool is out of level, this may diminish this variance.
Refer to your pump and filter's assembling instructions before filling
your pool.
(Optional)
FLOATING POOL
SKIMMER
SKIMMER CONNECTOR
(Part No. 0326-05)
SKIMMER ELBOW
Attach to WALL FITTING
on the INSIDE of the pool.
Before Filling Checklist
( ) 1. Make sure that all the frame connections are tight and have
not come loose. Sometimes, during assembly, some of the connections pop out. The most common area this happens is the corner
connections and the holes were the verticals go inside the horizontal pipe.
( ) 2. Make sure the flaps are tight and centered on the U-Pipe,
PLEASE NOTE: If you ordered a FloorGard® padded
floor cover, be sure the frame is not leaning more to
one side BEFORE YOU BEGIN FILLING.
( ) 3. Double check all your plumbing connections.
Once there is three inches of water it will be impossible to move,
adjust or reconnect anything. That’s why this checklist is here.
Parents You Should Know:
When the garden hose goes in,
the kids go in. When the kids go in,
the neighbor’s kids go in. When the
neighbor’s kids go in, the dog goes in.
Good thing you bought a Really Strong Pool too.
Thank you for your purchase.
Trouble-Shooting
What is “weeping”?: Weeping is a natural occurrence with welded
liner material. What is happening is a small amount of pool water is
being squeezed out of a new liner’s welded areas. If your ground has a
slope or grade to it, this small amount of water may form a puddle.
Weeping is only temporary and stops within a short amount of time
My pool was punctured what can I do?: A puncture on your pool is
easily fixable. In most cases, the puncture can be fixed without draining
the pool. Simply use the repair kit included with your pool.
I have been told that a leak is the sign of a pool liner about to give
way: This is true of the old non-reinforced vinyl liners of yesteryear
(used with the metal-sided above-ground pool). If a leak occurred with
those liners, they would easily rip further. This is NOT the case with
your pool. The reinforced material used in your pool is similar to what is
used with military inflatable boats. This material actually resist ripping
and tearing.
Can I let my dog or cat play in the pool?: We would be very surprised
if your cat plays in the pool. Dogs, on the other hand, love our pools.
Their claws will not damage the liner, but may scuff the surface. But be
careful, dog hair could play havoc with your filtering system.
My U-Pipes are digging into the ground.: This may happen, even if
you place your pool on asphalt. Water seeks its own level and if your
ground has settled at all, the U-pipes may dig down a bit.
The pool wall is really bowed in.: As mentioned before this may occur
as your pool is filling or if it is only partially filled. But once the pool
water reach 2/3 full the bowing should decrease. If it persists, then your
ground has compacted and maybe settling under the liner more the
perimeter. You may need to drain and relevel the ground.
The Vertical openings in the liner do not line up with the holes in
the horizontal pipes.: If the frame is not firmly connected, this can
slightly misalign the holes and openings (usually on the long sides). This
is not a problem and will not interfere with your pools structural integrity.
Trouble-Shooting Continued...
One of my corners has popped out.: It is rare, but it has happened.
Your pool will not fail, fall over, or collapse (our competitor’s do not
even have corners on their pools). Unfortunately, the only way to reattach the corner is to drain the pool. If this happens, leave it for the
season, then, when the pool is not being used as much, drain it and reattach the corner.
My pool is creaking.: This will probably happen for the first few days.
The pool is settling and the liner is adjusting on the frame. There is nothing ominous about this sound.
There is a dirty ring at my water edge.: Just like a bathtub, a dirty ring
may form along the water edge. This is a combination of pollutants in
your water combining and drying on the water edge of your inside liner.
Usually just a little rubbing will remove it. For more stubborn stains
check with your local pool supply dealer, they will have something for
you to use that will not harm the liner.
Are there any chemicals that can harm my liner?: Chlorine is
perhaps the harshest chemical you will introduce to your pool. This, if
poured directly on the liner, may/will cause fading but will not deteriorate the liner material. Do not use any kind of petroleum solvent (paint
thinner, Acetone, etc..). This will dissolve the PVC coating on your liner.
What can I use to clean my liner?: Regular dish soap and water will
work fine. For more stubborn stains, you can use denatured alcohol
(found in most hardware stores). This will clean without damage to the
liner material. NEVER USE A PETROLEUM SOLVENT!
Can I leave my pool up all year-round?: Yes. It can even freeze solid
without any damage to the liner. Remember this liner material is NOT
like the traditional non-reinforced vinyl-liners used with metal-sided
above-ground pools. Your liner will not dry out, become brittle, crack or
rip and tear like the non-reinforced liner material.
LIMITED WARRANTY
We hereby certfiy that the pool liners and frames (hereby referred to as “Pool”) are free from any
manufacturer’s defects. “Pool” has a warranty for a period of 5 years from the date of purchase
under a pro rata basis with the terms and conditions described below. This limited warranty is
extended to the original retail purchaser only.
90 Days from Purchase - Zero Cost to the customer if deemed a Manufacturer’s Defect,
91st Day through Year One – Zero Cost for repair††,
Year Two and Three – 50% of Retail List Price† at the time of replacement (taxes extra)
Year Four and Five – 70% of Retail List Price† at the time of replacement (taxes extra)
A warranty proceedure is such so that we may determine the cause and nature of your claim:
STEP ONE: If a problem occurs with your pool purchase, send us an email to with a description
of the problem. Send to: [email protected] You should receive and email confirmation from use confirming receipt of your email within 24 hours of the next business day.
STEP TWO: In most cases, you will be instructed to photograph and email photos of the
problem. This determines the nature of the problem and provides us with information on how to
best help you.
This warranty covers only a “Pool” component. All other components, parts and/or accessories
that were part of your purchase may have their own warranty provided by their manufacturer.
Any part repaired or replaced and returned to you shall be removed and installed (or reinstalled)
at owner’s expense. Under no condition will the maker be responsible for labor charges, cost of
loss of water or chemical or any other related damages that may have occurred.
At no time will the maker be responsible for any damage to the liner caused by your acts, the acts
of others and shall have no liability to repair or replace any liner, or part(s) so damaged. The
maker is not responsible for any damage to a part(s) or liner as a result of acts of God, nature or
some other unforeseen occurrence.
We reserve the right to modify/discontinue without notice any model, style, color or design. -We
reserve the right to void your warranty if your pool is out of level or uneven.
Absolutely no other warranty will be honored, expressed, implied or noted on the Bill of Sale,
other than what is written in this warranty.
Customer shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the maker of this pool, including its
officers, directors, shareholders, agents, employees, and representatives from and against all
liability, demands, claims, suits, causes of action, proceedings, costs, losses, damages, recoveries,
settlements, assessments, fines, penalties, and expenses (including interest, attorney fees,
accounting fees, expert fees) incurred by customer, known or unknown, contingent or otherwise,
directly or indirectly, arising from, related to, and/or connected with customer’s purchase of the
product(s) described on the purchase order, invoice, or other document attached hereto.
Customer expressly waives any right of subrogation to any right that the maker now has or may
have later in connection with the product(s) described on the purchase order, invoice, or other
document attached hereto.
† “Retail List Price” is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of the replacement product
being offered as replacement for the item being replaced under the terms of this warranty.
†† Customer responsible for shipping to return item for warranty work.
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