Oval Pool Instructions
Part# 420869-22
4 Foot Centers
DANGER
GENERAL
• Installation of this above ground pool is not
very hard or confusing, but it is a big job.
DO NOT DIVE OR
JUMP INTO YOUR POOL
• Take the time to follow instructions
and do things right the first time.
Your pool is approximately
4' deep. It is not designed
for diving or jumping. If you
dive or jump into your pool
you run the risk of permanent
injury or death.
Alert all
visitors and
family of this
and point out
all warning
labels
supplied.
• Your pool warranty is void if these
instructions are not followed 100%.
• Read all instructions prior to starting.
Including accessories such as filters,
pumps, skimmers, decks, etc.
• Before you start, check to see that
you have the correct number of parts,
by using your parts list which is
broken down by carton.
The manufacturer reserves the right to revise,
change, or modify construction of its pools.
ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED
NOTE: If a power drill is used during installation, it should be a variable speed
drill used on low setting. Torque should not exceed 39 inch pounds.
FAILURE TO COMPLY COULD RESULT IN SCREWS STRIPPING OUT.
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KEEP A CLEAR
SPACE OF AT LEAST
4 FEET AROUND
THE POOL
TO ELIMINATE
THE POSSIBILITY
OF CLIMBING
INTO THE POOL
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SAFETY TIPS - RULES AND REGULATIONS
This section is designed to acquaint
you with some guidelines as to the
safe operation and use of your pool.
DROWNING RISK
• Children, especially children younger than five years, are at high risk of drowning.
• Drowning occurs silently and quickly and can occur in as little as 2 in. (5 cm) of water.
• Keep children in your direct sight, stay close, and actively supervise them when they
are in or near this pool and when you are filling and emptying this pool.
• When searching for a missing child, check the pool first, even if child is thought to be
in the house.
• Keep unsupervised children from accessing the pool by installing fencing or other
approved barrier around all sides of pool. State or local laws or codes may require
fencing or other approved barriers. Check state or local laws and codes before
setting up pool.
• Keep uninvited guests from accessing the pool by installing fencing or other
approved barrier around all sides of pool.
• Remove pool ladders before leaving the pool. Children as young as 2 years have
climbed up ladders and into pools and drowned.
• Do not leave toys inside pool when finished using, since toys and similar items might
attract a child to the pool.
• Toys, chairs, tables, or similar objects that a young child could climb shall be at least
4 feet (122 cm) from the pool.
DIVING RISK
• Do not dive or jump into this pool. Your pool is approximately 48",
52" or 54” deep. It is not designed for diving or jumping. Diving or
jumping into shallow water can result in a broken neck, paralysis, or
death. Alert all family members and guests of this fact.
Point out the DO NOT DIVE labels supplied with the pool.
• Do not install a slide or a diving board as your pool is approximately 48", 52" or 54”
deep and not designed to be used with them.
ELECTROCUTION RISK
• Keep all electrical lines, radios, speakers and other electrical appliances away from
the pool. Do not place pool near or under overhead electrical lines.
FIRST AID
• A list of emergency phone numbers of the following should be conspicuously
posted and should be kept at hand at the working phone nearest to the pool:
A. Nearest available police, fire and or rescue unit.
B. Nearest available physician.
Become certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation
C. Nearest ambulance service.
(CPR). In the event of an emergency, immediate
D. Nearest available hospital.
use of CPR can make a life-saving difference.
COMMON SENSE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
CAN PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND SERIOUS INJURY
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SAFETY TIPS - RULES AND REGULATIONS
• Never permit the pool to be used unless at least one
person other than the bather is present. Children
must always be under careful adult supervision.
• Never leave the pool open and unattended.
Remove the ladders or other means of entry when it is
unattended. As a further precaution, the pool should be covered
when it will not be used for any extended period of time.
• Do not walk on, climb on, sit on, stand on, or dive from the top seat
of the pool. It is not designed for this. If you do, you run a risk
of permanent injury or death from a serious fall.
• Locate pumps and filters in such a way that children cannot climb on them and gain
access to the pool.
• If a drain or suction outlet cover is missing or broken, do not use the pool. Suction
can cause body part entrapment, hair and jewelry entanglement, evisceration,
or drowning. Repair or replace the drain or suction outlet cover before
allowing the pool to be used.
• Never run the filter while there are swimmers in or around the pool. Be sure electrical
hook-ups comply with national and Local electrical codes.
• Do not dispense chemicals into the pool while the pool is being used. Poisoning
or painful skin irritations can occur.
• Do not permit horseplay or dangerous water games in and around your pool.
Remember that the pool area may be wet and slippery, and accidents resulting in
serious injuries can be prevented if rules of behavior are strictly enforced.
• Keep the water sanitary and healthful at all times, maintain pool sanitation with the
use of a good filter system and the regular application of water purifying chemicals.
Unsanitary water is a potential health and safety hazard.
• Lighting should be provided to illuminate safety signs, deck surfaces, and walks
during nighttime pool use.
• Do not allow toys, chairs, tables, filtration system's pumps, heaters or other objects
that a young child could climb, to be within four feet (4') of the pool.
• Teach your children to swim.
• Keep all electrical radios, speakers and other
appliances away from the swimming pool.
• Keep the deck and pool area clean and clear
of objects that may create a tripping hazard.
• When you touch the filters, pump or electrical parts,
make sure the ground under your feet is "Bone Dry".
• Face pool ladder(s) going up or down.
• Allow only one person at a time on the pool ladder(s).
• Instruct pool users about the proper use of all pool ladder(s)
and staircases.
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CONTRACT INSTALLATIONS
The manufacturer is in no way affiliated with any professional pool installer.
Therefore the manufacturer can assume no responsibility for errors in installation
by the home owner or said professional installer. If you have your POOL installed
by others, please supervise them to be sure they comply with the proper installation
techniques shown. Their past experience or short cuts may not cover the latest
improvements in our POOLS. Do not allow any short cuts of any nature.
LOCAL CODES
Local building code may require obtaining a building permit and or an electrical permit.
The installer shall follow the regulations on set backs, barriers, devices and other conditions.
Any after market or home built deck should be built to the local building code requirements,
including load capacity and fencing requirements.
All electrical outlet connections should be a minimum of 5 feet from the outside perimeter of the
wall of the pool. From 5-10 feet there should be either a fixed connection (outlet box) or twist lock
connection with a GFCI. Connect power cords to a 3-wire grounding-type outlet only.
Severe electrical shock could result if you install your pump or filter on a deck. They could fall into
the water, causing severe shock or electrocution. Do not install on a deck or other surface at, above
or slightly below the top ledge of the pool.
BARRIER REQUIREMENTS
If the distance from the top of the assembled pool is less than 48" vertically from the surrounding
grade, a fence or barrier is needed to surround the pool with a minimum height of 48".
A barrier is necessary to provide protection against potential drowning and near drowning and is
not a substitute for constant supervision of children. A barrier is a fence, wall, or a combination
thereof which completely surrounds the swimming pool and obstructs access to the swimming
pool. Barriers must comply with local and national building codes and the US Consumer Product
Safety Commission.
These are minimum fencing and barrier requirements. Check your local building codes for other
requirements they may request. Optional fencing kits are available, please contact your local
dealer.
If pool covers are used for safety barriers they should comply with ASTM F 1346 "Standard
Performance Specification for Safety Covers and Labeling Requirements for All Covers
for Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs."
SPECIAL CARE
Even though this manufacturer's pools are designed to meet or exceed industry recommended
safety factors, special attention must be paid to some installation procedures that the installer
performs and controls.
Levelness
Spend the time to assure that the entire pool framework is level within 1 inch.
Unlevel pools place extreme pressures on the pool walls.
Wall seam
This area is where the wall joins together. Damage to any part of this area
reduces the safety factors and can result in a weak pool. Use extreme care
following instructions.
Earth mound This keeps the liner from creeping out from under the pool wall. Follow
instructions to the letter – don't short-cut or substitute materials. Improperly
installed pools can rupture, allowing thousands of gallons of water to rush out
causing extensive property damage and injury to anyone in its path.
This manufacturers pools are not designed to be buried. Outside ground forces can collapse
pool wall. Certain conditions may exist, like the levelness of the pool area that require the pool
to be recessed. You must maintain a finished pool height of 36” above ground level. If your pool
is 48” deep, you may recess the pool by 12” (48”-36”=12”).
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Consult your local pool professional and building codes as to the use of earth retaining walls to
recess your pool deeper than this recommended amount. Make sure that the pool remains full of
water for at least 7 days before backfilling the pool recess. Place a layer of plastic film against the
pool before backfilling to protect the pool from corrosion agents that may be found in the backfill
materials.
• The pool owner has the sole responsibility for providing adequate lighting for the pool area.
• All users must be able to see the shallow depth of the pool, and safety signs at all times.
• You must install a pool ladder(s) and/or steps for entry and exit from the pool.
• The use of artificial pool lighting is at the discretion of the pool owner.
• All electrical components shall be installed in accordance with Article 680 of the National
Electrical code 1999 (NEC®) “Swimming Pools, Fountains and Similar Installations” or its latest
approved edition.
• During night time pool use, artificial lighting shall be used to
illuminate all safety signs, ladders, steps, deck surfaces and walks.
• The installer shall follow written instructions provided for operation
of the circulation system.
• Decks shell meet local codes and comply with ANSI/NSPI-8 1996
“Model Barrier Code for Residential Swimming Pools, Spas and
Hot Tubs” or the latest approved edition.
Screwdriver
Hammer
Hoe
4” Nail
Tape
Knife
• Underwater lights having front access shall be installed and removed
only with use of tools.
• The installer of the vinyl liner shall affix on the original or replacement
liner, or on the pool structure, all safety signs in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions. The safety signs shall be placed above
the water line.
Broom
Rake
Shovel
Patio
Blocks
Pliers
All components such as the filtration system, pumps and heater
shall be positioned so as to prevent their being used as a means
of access to the pool by young children.
INTRODUCTION
The installation of an average size pool (12' - 30' diameter) will usually
require three people to help set it up. Listed is an assortment of tools
and materials which you will need for preparing the ground, checking
the levelness, and setting up the pool.
SELECTING POOL LOCATION
The selection and preparation of the pool site is your responsibility.
The manufacturer can only suggest the proper techniques, indicate
the important considerations and emphasize the precautions, and
cannot be held responsible for damages to your pool that may result
from failure to carefully follow all pool site specifications.
Level
Cloth Tape
2x4
Center
Stake
Sifted Earth
or Pre
Washed
Sand
SOME FRIENDS
TO HELP OUT
1. The surface on which your pool will stand must be ABSOLUTELY LEVEL AND SOLID.
This condition should extend one (1) foot beyond the actual pool area all around. The best
surface is bare solid earth free from stones, roots, and other sharp objects.
2. Allow plenty of play area around the pool. Fit the location into your landscaping plans.
3. The pool site must be accessible to electrical and water supply and should allow for disposal
of great quantities of water when pool is drained.
4. When installing your pool on a SOLID LEVEL SURFACE, it is imperative that you protect
your pool and liner from chemicals and other foreign matter contained in the surface.
Protect your pool and liner by inserting between them and the surface any material that is not
made from a tar derivative or contains sharp twigs, etc. We suggest the use of a plastic
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ground shield to be used between the surface and the pool liner (See step 2). Do not install
your pool on peat moss, tar paper, gravel or chemically treated soil not approved for pool use.
Any or all of these surfaces can ruin your pool and liner and will void your warranty.
5. Do not set up your pool under trees or under overhead wires.
6. DO NOT set up your pool near any existing structure such as your house garage, etc., as
this condition will induce diving or jumping into your pool which could result in permanent
injury or death.
7. Do not set up your pool on or near any septic system or underground utilities.
8. Choose your pool location convenient for:
a. Connecting electrical wires of your accessories (filter, heater, lights) to your electrical
outlets conforming to electrical codes.
b. Draining large amounts of water.
INSTALLATION • ASSEMBLY STEPS
READ CAREFULLY BEFORE STARTING POOL ASSEMBLY
CONSTRUCTION CLOSE-UPS
Use the illustrations below as a guide for the assembly of your pool
6” EXTRUDED
7” XL POOLS
ALUMINUM POOLS
with Column Vertical
GALVESTON • RICHWOOD
OXFORD
Top and
Bottom Plate
Fig. A
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Top and
Bottom Plate
Fig. B
7” XL POOLS
with Steel Ledge
XL 7000 • TANGO
MILANO
Top and
Bottom Plate
Fig. C
7” XL POOLS
7” DELUXE POOLS
with Resin Ledge
YUKON • DESTIN
with Box Vertical
Top Plate
Bottom
Plate
Fig. D
Top and
Bottom Plate
Fig. E
7” XL POOLS
8” POOLS
10” POOLS
TROPICANA • KEYSTONE
with Column Vertical
& Wrap Around Covers
with Column Vertical
& Wrap Around Covers
MYSTIC II • PARADISE
Fig. F
Fig. G
Fig. H
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PREPARING THE GROUND
1 - Your pool must be installed on a solid level surface. After the pool
location is selected drive the two end stakes "A" into the ground and
mark the center line using string.
2 - Using the proper chart below (for your pool size) measure in along the
center line from the end of the pool and drive your center stakes "B" into
the ground.
3 - Use a length of string tied to the center of each stake “B” and mark the
area using a can of spray paint or flour. Connect each radius area to
make a complete oval layout of your pool.
D
D
3 FT.
3 FT.
D
D
ACTUAL POOL DIMENSIONS
POOL
SIZE
CLEARANCE SIZE
DISTANCE: DISTANCE: DISTANCE: DISTANCE: DISTANCE: DISTANCE:
DISTANCE:
A TO A A TO B B TO B OFFSET A TO C C TO C
Pool
also
Length
Length Radius X
(across pool)
C TO C
Width
X
V
Clearance Clearance
Radius Length
Z
DISTANCE:
W
Clearance
Width
D to D
6'
18 x 12
18'
6'
6’
12”
11' 4¾"
4'
18'
6' 6"
19'
13'
19'
20 x 12
20'
6'
8'
24”
12' ½"
4'
18'
6' 6"
21'
13'
19'
6'
24 x 12
24'
6'
12’
24”
12' ½"
8'
18'
6' 6"
25'
13'
19'
10'
24 x 15
24'
7' 6"
9’
6”
13' 2½"
8'
21'
8'
25'
16'
22'
10'
30 x 15
30'
7' 6"
15’
18”
13' 10"
12'
21'
8'
31'
16'
22'
14'
33 x 18
33'
9'
15’
18”
15' 11¼”
12'
24'
9' 6"
34'
19'
25'
14'
39 x 18
39'
9'
21’
6”
15' 3¾”
20'
24'
9' 6"
40'
19'
25'
22'
45 x 18
45'
9'
27’
18”
15’ 11¼”
24'
24'
9' 6"
46'
19'
25'
26'
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LEVELING THE GROUND
1 - Using the “CLEARANCE SIZE” chart on page 8, determine the clearance
size for your pool.
2 - With the use of the leveling device shown and a shovel start leveling the
ground, removing all grass and sharp objects such as sticks and stones.
3 - Level area to the lowest spot within the clearance radius.
DO NOT FILL IN LOW SPOTS.
4 - Make sure the outer part of the circle is absolutely leveled, as this is
where the bottom track and pool wall will rest.
Clearance radius = ½ pool width + 6"
2”x 4”
NAIL
CENTER STAKE
CLEARANCE RADIUS
CARPENTER’S LEVEL
LEVEL AREA
CLEARANCE RADIUS
Clearance radius = ½ pool width + 6”
DO NOT FILL IN
DIG AWAY HERE
3 ft.
4 ft.
The top of the pool must be no
less than 3' from the ground.
And the ground must remain
level for a distance of 4' away
from the pool. Refer to the
drawing above.
WARNING
LEVELING THE GROUND
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR
PREPARATION OF THE POOL SITE. YOU MUST
GIVE CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THIS PHASE.
REMEMBER — YOUR POOL MUST BE
INSTALLED ON SOLID LEVEL SURFACE.
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ASSEMBLING THE BOTTOM STRAPS
1 - Unpack and assemble the bottom straps with the buttress bottom plates
and brackets as shown using all necessary hardware and tighten securely.
The buttress bottom plates are packed in the Buttress Box*.
2 - Using the chart below determine the quantity of strap assemblies for your
pool.
3 - The screws joining the straps must be inserted from the top to prevent the
screw putting a hole in the liner once the pool is filled with water.
18' x 12' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
24' x 12' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
24' x 15' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
30' x 15' & 33' x 18'. . . . . . . 4
39' x 18' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
45' x 18' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
STRAP ASSEMBLY FOR OVAL POOLS
SIZES
18’ x 12’
24’ x 12’
Buttress
Bottom Plate
Buttress
Brace Bracket
5/16” - 18 x 1/2”
Hex Head Screws
5/16”
Washers
Straps
5/16” - 18 Hex Nuts
SIZES
24’ x 15’
30’ x 15’
Buttress
Bottom Plate
Straps
5/16” Washers
5/16” - 18
Hex Nuts
SIZES
33’ x 18’
39’ x 18’
45’ x 18’
5/16” - 18 x 1/2”
Hex Head Screws
5/16” - 18
Hex Nuts
*Buttress Bottom Plates are
packed inside the Buttress Posts
in the Buttress Box.
(Not in Carton 3)
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Buttress
Brace Bracket
5/16” - 18 x 1/2”
Hex Head Screws
Straps
Buttress
Bottom Plate
Buttress
Brace Bracket
5/16” Washers
5/16” - 18 x 1/2”
HEX HEAD BOLT
5/16” WASHER
5/16” - 18
HEX NUT
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BOTTOM RAILS AND STRAP LAYOUT
Follow the instructions below to properly layout the rail and strap assemblies.
QUANTITIES NEEDED:
POOL SIZE
18x12 20x12 24x12 24x15 30x15 33x18 39x18 45x18
STRAP ASSEMBLIES
2
2
3
3
4
4
6
7
45½” RAILS
2
2
4
4
6
6
10
12
STANDARD RAILS
8
8
8
8
8
10
10
10
TRANSITION RAILS
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
BOTTOM PLATES
10
10
10
10
10
12
12
12
Transition
Rails
Transition Rails
EXAMPLE
OF BASIC
LAYOUT
Ground Shield
(Optional)
Standard
Bottom Rail
Bottom Plate
Transition
Rails
Transition Rails
Patio Block
45½”
Bottom Rails
1 - Mark out pool radius
(1/2 pool width) using
stakes "B" as a reference.
Strap Assembly
48”
2 - Form the two end semicircles
by sliding the long bottom rail
groove up, into the bottom
plates.
3 - Lay out the strap assemblies
as shown removing the stakes
as you go. The distance from
strap to strap is 48".
4 - Install the 45½” bottom rail in
between each strap as shown.
(All rails are curved, including the
45½” used on the straight side.)
Follow the diagram in the next page
to setup your specific pool size.
45½” Bottom Rail
Ground Shield and Wall Guard
are optional.
Spread a ground shield or plastic sheeting over
prepared ground (not included). Ground Shield
and Wall Guard are available from your local
pool supply dealer or polyethylene sheeting can
be purchased from a local hardware supply.
This will protect your pool liner and metal parts
against chemical reactions from the ground soil.
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Follow the diagram below to setup your specific pool size:
Bring the required amount of sifted earth
or pre-washed sand into the pool area at
this time.
Refer to chart on the right for the required
minimum amount. Place patio blocks
under all bottom plates and end
PRE WASHED SAND OR SIFTED EARTH
of strap assemblies.
RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENT CHART
BOTTOM
PLATE
PATIO
BLOCK
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BOTTOM POOL SIZE
RAIL
Groove Up
18’ x 12’
20’ x 12’
24’ x 12’
24’ x 15’
TONS
YARDS
POOL SIZE
TONS
YARDS
2.4 Tons
2.7 Tons
3.2 Tons
3.8 Tons
1.6 Cu.
1.8 Cu.
2.1 Cu.
2.5 Cu.
30’ x 15’
33’ x 18’
39’ x 18’
45’ x 18’
4.8 Tons
6.0 Tons
7.2 Tons
8.3 Tons
3.2 Cu.
4.0 Cu.
4.8 Cu.
5.5 Cu.
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INSERT WALL INTO BOTTOM RAILS
1 - Remove the wall
from carton.
SKIMMER
INLET
NOTE
the UP
arrow
on the
wall.
SKIMMER OUTLET
4’ x 4’ Plywood
2 - Determine the starting point as the filter inlet
and outlet holes are at the beginning of the wall.
Make sure that the cutouts for filter inlet
and outlet are on the top portion of the
wall and will not be hidden behind a vertical.
3 - Starting at the center of a bottom plate
insert the bottom edge of the wall into
the groove on the bottom rail.
Ensure that the center line of the closure holes
in the the wall align with the center of the plate.
INSIDE
POOL
OUTSIDE
POOL
POOL WALL
INSIDE
POOL
OUTSIDE
POOL
INSIDE POOL
OUTSIDE
POOL
4 - If the wall ends do not
meet, adjust the bottom
rail in or out of the bottom
plates.
The spacing in all bottom
plates should be equal.
During the manufacturing process, the one end of
the pool wall will have a slight crease or bend in it.
Straighten out this bend as best as possible, and
assemble the pool wall putting this end of the wall
on the outside as shown.
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CLOSING THE WALL
3/8" TRUSS
HEAD SCREW
WASHER
Pool
View from
the top
Wall
WASHER
all
ool W
P
3/8 FLANGE
NUT
DANGER
Recessed
Posi-Lock System
1 - During this assembly procedure, make sure
that one washer is on the inside of the pool,
and one washer in on the outside of the pool
sandwiching the two wall ends between them.
Also ensure that the recesses of the walls
and washers all face the same direction.
YOU MUST ASSEMBLE
THE POOL WALL
AS PER INSTRUCTIONS
USE ALL THE 3/8-16x3/4"
TRUSS HEAD SCREWS,
WASHERS AND 3/8-16
SERRATED FLANGE NUTS
TO CLOSE POOL WALL.
DO NOT LEAVE ANY
OPEN HOLES
TIGHTEN EACH SCREW
TO 85 INCH POUNDS.
2 - Align the holes in the wall ends. From the inside of the pool, insert a
3/8 Truss Head screw through the washer, through the holes on the inside
and outside wall ends, and through the second washer.
3 - Fasten with 3/8 serrated flange nut on the outside of the pool having
the flange of the nut face the washer. ONLY HAND TIGHTEN THE NUTS
AT THIS POINT. Continue for each hole in the wall ends.
DO NOT LEAVE ANY OPEN HOLES.
4 - Tighten all screws and nuts to 85 inch pounds. If no torque wrench is
available, tighten each nut until snug. Then tighten each nut one half (1/2)
additional turn. If nut appears to be lose after tightening, please check
if the screw is stripped or broken. If it is, it must be replaced.
Overtightening the nuts could cause the screws to fracture which could result in
pool failure. Failure to tighten the nuts sufficiently could also result in pool failure.
This is one of the most important structural assembly aspects you will perform.
Be absolutely sure you have assembled the wall as shown above for your pool.
Manufacturer can not assume the responsibility of the performance of this
product if the instructions of closing the wall are not followed exactly.
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ASSEMBLE BUTTRESS
Heavy Supports
for outside bottom
strap assembly
Heavy Supports
for outside bottom
strap assembly
Light Supports for the inside
bottom strap assembly
Light Supports for the inside
bottom strap assembly
Pre-assemble a Cage Nut into the
Top Plates (Note: Cage nuts not
needed on all pools).
Refer to Step #14 for instructions.
#12 x 1/2”
SHEET METAL
SCREWS
1/4”-20
HEX NUTS
2 - There may be two types
of Internal Buttress Supports.
The heavier one is labeled
“Outside Buttress”.
These are to be used
BUTTRESS
on the first and last
BRACE
buttress
1/4”-20
HEX NUTS
assembly
on both sides.
STRAP
#12 X 1/2”
SHEET METAL
SCREW
5/16” - 18 x 1/2”
HEX HEAD
BOLT
Heavy Supports
for outside bottom
strap assembly
BUTTRESS
TOP PLATE
#12 x 1/2”
SHEET METAL
SCREWS
5/16”-18 x 1/2”
HEX HEAD
BOLTS
OR 3/4”
BUTTRESS
BRACE BRACKET
1 - Refer to the graphic above.
3 - The lighter Internal
Buttress Support is
used on the middle
buttress assemblies.
Heavy Supports
for outside bottom
strap assembly
BUTTRESS
BRACE
BRACKET
5/16” - 18
HEX NUT
5/16”-18
HEX NUTS
BUTTRESS
POST
1/4”-20 x 2 3/4”
TRUSS HEAD
SCREWS
5/16”-18
HEX NUT
1/4”-20 x 2 3/4”
TRUSS HEAD
SCREWS
5/16” - 18 x 3”
HEX HEAD
BOLT
BUTTRESS
BOTTOM PLATE
1/4” - 20 X 2 3/4”
TRUSS HEAD
SCREW
5/16”-18 x 3”
HEX HEAD BOLT
1/4” - 20
HEX NUT
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4 - Place the Internal
Buttress Support in
between the tabs of
the Buttress Bottom
Plate (Fig. 1 & 2).
5 - Slide the Buttress
Post over the Internal
Buttress Support and
outside of the tabs in
the Buttress Bottom
Plate (Fig. 3 & 4).
6 - Align the holes in
the Buttress Post,
Buttress Bottom
Plate and Internal
Buttress Support
and secure
using the
3” Hex Head
Bolt and Nut.
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
7 - Assemble the Buttress Brace Brackets
to the Buttress Post and Internal Buttress Support as shown.
8 - Repeat this process with all the buttresses.
9 - Assemble the Buttress Braces to the Bottom Strap Assemblies and
Buttress Posts as illustrated below using all necessary hardware.
Tighten securely.
If fencing or decking is to be installed, refer to the deck and fence
instructions before assembly.
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8
PROTECT YOUR LINER
WALL
SEAM
SKIMMER
RETURN FITTING
EXTENDED
END OF
WALL
VIEW FROM
INSIDE OF POOL
SKIMMER
INLET FITTING
3
LAYERS
OF TAPE
3 LAYERS OF
CLOTH TAPE
OR DUCT TAPE
Once the wall is closed and screws and nuts are tightened securely, cover
the screw heads on the inside of the pool with 3 layers of cloth tape all the
way from top to bottom of wall. An additional layer of tape should be added
to the inside part of the extended end of the wall.
If the filter inlet and outlet are not used, cover over the pre-scored areas on
the inside of the pool wall with 1 layer of tape.
Cloth tape or duct tape is available through your local pool dealer or hardware store.
RECHECKING YOUR WORK
VIEWED
FROM ABOVE
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POOL WALL
48”
48”
48”
48”
48”
48”
1 - Measure from
the last strap
to the outer
end of the
pool.
Measurements
in both ends
should be equal.
Also make sure
that the sides of the
pool between the straps
are straight.
2 - Confirm that the strap assemblies are "square" by measuring diagonally
across from the first strap to the last strap.
3 - Make sure that the buttresses on each side of the pool are lined up in a
straight row
Also, the measurements from the center of one strap to the center of the next
one should be 48".
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HOLD DOWN SHEET
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1 - The hold-down sheets are inserted lip down
into the bottom rail inside the pool as shown.
2 - Do not bend the hold-down sheet
out of shape.
3 - The sides of each sheet will overlap
the sides of the adjacent sheets.
They form a continuous strip of metal.
The hold-down sheets prevent the pool
from lifting under water pressure.
THIS POINT
OVER CENTER
OF STRAP
Overlap
Overlap
WALL
HALF
SHEET
LEFT
FULL SHEET
WALL
HALF
SHEET
RIGHT
SAMPLE 24x12 HOLD DOWN SHEET LAYOUT
HOLD DOWN
SHEET
BOTTOM RAIL
THRU-THE-WALL SKIMMER
END
VIEW
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IMPORTANT!! BEFORE CONTINUING WITH THIS STEP
YOU MUST KNOW WHICH TYPE OF THROUGH THE WALL
SKIMMER YOU WILL BE USING WITH YOUR POOL
Your pool wall has cutouts to accomodate both STANDARD SIZE
SKIMMERS (Fig. 2) and DELUXE WIDE MOUTH SKIMMERS (Fig. 1).
If you have a WIDE MOUTH SKIMMER, you will be required to remove the
entire cutout as shown in figure 1. To remove the section, you can use either
tin snips or a hammer and knife as shown in figure 3.
1
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LARGE WIDE
MOUTH
SKIMMER
CUT OUT
ENTIRE AREA
If you have a STANDARD SIZE SKIMMER, only remove the inside section
of the cutout, and place duct tape around the remaining scored sections as
shown in figure 2.
2
SMALL
STANDARD
SKIMMER
CUT INSIDE
AREA ONLY
On inside of wall, tape over
holes and slots that will not
be used with duct tape or
any other cloth tape.
3
If the through wall filter inlet and outlet holes are to be used, remove metal
cutouts by breaking perforations using a knife and hammer as shown.
Refer to skimmer manufacturer's instructions for remainder of skimmer
assembly. Make sure skimmer does not leak as this will corrode the pool
wall and cause a split in the wall that is not covered under the pool warranty.
It is recommended to coat the exposed metal on both sides with a
clear lacquer or nail polish to help resist rust and corrosion.
EARTH MOUND
1 - Build earth mound
on top of wall guard
using screened
damp earth or
pre-washed sand.
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Wall guard is optional.
Tape wall guard (plastic sheeting) to pool wall 12" up
from ground and smooth out on ground 12" from wall.
This will protect your pools metal parts from chemical
reactions with the soil used in the earth mound.
Several commercial products can also be used in place
of earth mound. Consult your professional pool dealer.
2 - Shape and compact
earth mound to run
8" up from ground
and 8" away from the wall.
OPTIONAL
WALL
GUARD
3 - Build a ½” mound on top of the bottom
straps and hold down sheets to protect
your liner from metal edges of the strap.
Do not use any material that will compress
under pressure for the earth mound.
The earth mound is an important part of the pool
installation. It prevents the wall from lifting up and
the liner from sneaking underneath the pool wall.
8”
12”
8”
EARTH
MOUND
12”
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4 - Make sure the earth mound totaly covers the
hold down sheets on the straight side of the pool.
The mound should not be less than 8 inches
high from the ground.
It is normal for the straight side of the oval
pool to lift up anywhere up to 3/4 of an inch,
leaving a gap under the buttress bottom plate.
This is normal and does not affect the
performance of your pool.
8”
EARTH MOUND
8”
HOLD DOWN
SHEET
If you use less than an 8” cove or earth mound on the
straight side you will increase the possibility of the pool lifting higher.
5 - Spread the remaining sand equally across the bottom of the pool.
Manufacturer
cannot assume
responsibility of the
performance of this
product if the earth
mound is omitted or
not properly installed.
DANGER
DO NOT USE ANY MATERIAL THAT WILL COMPRESS
UNDER PRESSURE FOR THE EARTH MOUND.
SEE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE.
LINER INSTALLATION
LINER
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TOP RAIL
PLASTIC EDGING
VINYL LINER
ONCE YOU HAVE
STARTED TO FILL
THE POOL, DO NOT
TRY TO PULL THE
LINER FORCEFULLY.
THE WEIGHT OF
EVEN ONE INCH
OF WATER WILL MAKE
IT IMPOSSIBLE TO MOVE
THE LINER WITHOUT
DAMAGING IT.
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CAUTION
YOUR POOL IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE AN
AMPLE SAFETY MARGIN WHEN IT STANDS
ON LEVEL GROUND.
FOR THIS PURPOSE A SLOPE IN EXCESS
OF 2 INCHES IN ANY DIRECTION WALL TO
WALL IS CONSIDERED OFF LEVEL.
YOUR POOL WARRANTY ONLY APPLIES
TO POOLS INSTALLED ON LEVEL
GROUND AS DEFINED ABOVE.
INCORRECT
CORRECT
POOL
LINER
POOL
WALL
AIR
SPACE
POOL
LINER
EARTH
MOUND
STANDARD OVERHANG LINER
1. Clear all sticks and sharp objects from an area near
the pool, that is as large as the pool itself.
TOP RAIL
PLASTIC EDGING
2. Remove the liner from its carton and unfold and open
the liner.
3. Refold the liner so that it can easily be carried to
the pool and unfolded from the outside of the pool.
Check the levelness of the sand in the pool and make
sure that no sharp objects are still in the pool.
4. Place the liner into the pool while holding onto the
top of the wall section of the liner. Overhang the
top wall of the liner over the pool wall approximately
4” and hold it by temporarily placing the plastic
edging over the liner and the wall.
Continue in this manner around the entire pool.
VINYL LINER
OUTSIDE VIEW
OF POOL WALL
5. Gently pull on the liner and use a soft bristle broom
to remove as many wrinkles as possible on the bottom
of the pool. Adjust the overhang of the liner as needed
as you go trying to keep it as equal as possible around the pool.
6. Be sure that the seam of the liner where the wall meets the floor of the
liner is evenly centered in the pool.
7. Start filling the pool slowly with water. Continue pulling gently and working
the liner with a broom, and readjusting the overhang as necessary.
Some wrinkling of the liner may be evident and in no way affects the
structural strength of your pool.
Once the water is filled to a point that the liner is pressed firmly against
the wall install the thru-the-wall skimmer following its instructions. Then
you can fill the entire pool as quickly as desired.
The excess liner material overhanging the wall can either be trimmed later
when the pool is filled, or double folded now to the inside of the pool between
the liner and the wall.
8. Permanently install the plastic edging around the entire pool, not leaving
any gaps.
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EZ HOOK LINER INSTALLATION
ATTENTION: An 8 inch cove must be placed
all around the inside of the pool
1. Clear all sticks and sharp objects from an area
near the pool, that is as large as the pool itself.
COVE
2. Remove the liner from its carton and unfold
and open the liner.
3. Refold the liner so that it can easily be carried to the
pool and unfold from the outside of the pool.
Check the levelness of the sand in the pool and
make sure that no sharp objects are still in the pool. TOP RAIL
EZ HOOK
VINYL LINER
4. Place the liner into the pool while holding onto
the top of the wall section of the liner.
5. Place the EZ Hook of the liner onto the top
of the wall around the entire pool.
Temporarily place a few of the top rails
over the liner edging to support and
sturdy the wall. Continue in this manner
around the entire pool.
OUTSIDE VIEW
OF POOL WALL
POOL
WALL
6. Gently pull on the liner and use a soft bristle
broom to remove as many wrinkles as possible on the bottom of the pool.
7. Start filling the pool slowly with water. Continue pulling gently and working the liner
with a broom as needed. Some wrinkling of the liner may be evident and in no way
affects the structural strength of your pool.
Once the water is filled to a point that the liner is pressed firmly against the wall
install the thru-the-wall skimmer following its instructions.
Then you can fill the entire pool as quickly as desired.
BEADED LINER INSTALLATION
1. Clear all sticks and sharp objects from an area near the pool, that is as large as the pool.
2. Remove the liner from its carton and unfold and open the liner. Refold the liner so that it
can easily be carried to the pool and unfold from the outside of the pool. Check the
levelness of the sand in the pool and make sure that no sharp objects are still in the pool.
3. Install the bead receiver onto the top of the pool wall. Temporarily place a few
of the top rails over the bead receiver to support and sturdy the wall.
4. Place the liner into the pool while holding onto the top of the wall section of the liner.
5. Snap the bead of the liner into the bead receiver around the entire pool.
6. Gently pull on the liner and use a soft bristle broom to remove as many wrinkles as
possible on the bottom of the pool.
7. Start filling the pool slowly with water. Continue pulling gently and working the liner with
a broom as needed. Some wrinkling of the liner may be evident and in no way affects the
structural strength of your pool.
Once the water is filled to a point that the liner is pressed firmly against the wall install
the thru-the-wall skimmer following its instructions. Them you can fill the entire pool
as quickly as desired.
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VERTICALS
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If fencing or decking
is to be installed, refer
to the deck and fence
instructions before
installing verticals.
The holes indented in
the face of the verticals
must be on top.
If your pool is equipped
with feature tape, it is
best to apply it to the
verticals at this time. VERTICAL
BUTTRESS
No. 12 x 1/2”
Sheet Metal Screw
Attention: If your pool has the 2 piece resin
vertical, insert the flat piece into the vertical
before installation, as shown.
INSTALLATION OF
VERTICALS USING
THE "SNAP IN"
RESIN BOTTOM PLATE
"Snap In"
Resin Plate
Press down firmly
until the tabs in the
plate snap into the
holes in the vertical
and lock in place.
2
TO DISASSEMBLE
1
To remove the
vertical from the
plate simply use
a flat head screw driver
and pry the vertical in
and up from the plate
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PRE-ASSEMBLY OF TOP PLATES*
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*NOTE: CAGE NUTS NOT NEEDED ON ALL POOLS - CHECK YOUR PACKING LIST
Before the top plates are installed it is necessary
to attach the cage nuts* in their appropriate
locations as shown in the figures at right.
Using a pliers, squeeze together the spring
sides of the cage TOP PLATE WITH CAGE NUT
nuts and insert
them into the top
plate from
underneath.
TOP PLATE
CAGE NUT
PLIERS
1/4” CAGE
NUT
TOP PLATES AND RAILS
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1 - Insert two rails into a plate, in the same manner
and using the same spacing as you have done
on the bottom rail and plate assembly.
No. 12 x 1/2”
Sheet Metal
Screw
2 - Push the rails and plate assembly onto the
plastic edging leaving the far end in the air.
MAKE SURE THAT THE TOP PLATE IS CENTERED
DIRECTLY ON TOP OF THE BOTTOM PLATE.
3 - Attach the vertical to
the top and bottom plate
using the No.12x1/2"
Sheet Metal Screws.
RAIL
PLASTIC
EDGING
4 - Insert the exposed end
of a top rail into another
top plate with a top rail
inserted into the
opposite side.
5 - Push the top plate with
rails onto the edging
again leaving the far end
of the rail in the air.
6 - Continue in this manner
all the way around the
pool.
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TOP PLATE
INSTALLING LEDGES
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AND PLACEMENT OF WARNING LABELS
SCREW HOLE LOCATION GUIDE
Refer to the "Construction Close-ups" at the
beginning of these Instructions as indicated 16x10 18x12 24x12 24x15 30x15 33x18 39x18 45x18
OVAL
OVAL
OVAL
OVAL
OVAL
OVAL
OVAL
OVAL
below:
FIG. C
1
7" Ledge/ 6" Vertical E & C E & C E & C E & C E & C E & C E & C E & C
FIG. A, B, D,
E, F, & G
2
FIG. H
2
6” Ext. & 7" Ledge/
6" Box Vertical
9" & 10” Ledge/
8" Box Vertical
A
A&D A&D A&D A&D A&D A&D A&D A&D
A&D A&D A&D A&D A&D A&D A&D A&D
TRANSITION
LEDGE
A
B C
TRANSITION
LEDGE
C B
A
C
1
D
E
E
A
C
B
47 1/2” STRAIGHT
SIDE LEDGES
B
A
A
B
D
A
B
STANDARD
LEDGES
B
B
B
2
B
C
C DE
A
E DC
A
A
C
Refer to the "Construction Close-ups" on Pages 6 & 7 to find your pool style:
LEDGES
All Pools
18 x 12 24 x 12 24 x 15 30 x 15 33 x 18 45 x 18
A Straight Side Ledges 47 1/2" 47 1/2" 47 1/2" 47 1/2" 47 1/2" 47 1/2"
Resin Pools
B
Standard Ledges
Resin Pools
C
Transition Ledges
44 1/2" 44 1/2" 55 7/8" 55 7/8" 55 7/8" 55 7/8"
33 3/8" 45 3/8" 33 3/8" 45 3/8" 45 3/8" 45 3/8"
Fig. A
B
Standard Ledges
43 3/4" 43 3/4" 55 1/4" 55 1/4" 55 1/4" 55 1/4"
Fig. A
C
Transition Ledges
33 3/8" 45 3/8" 33 3/8" 45 3/8" 45 3/8" 45 3/8"
Fig. E, G
B
Standard Ledges
Fig. E, G
C
Transition Ledges
32 3/4" 44 3/4" 32 3/4" 44 3/4" 44 3/4" 44 3/4"
Fig. B,C,F,H
B
Standard Ledges
44 1/4" 44 1/4" 55 5/8" 55 5/8" 55 5/8" 55 5/8"
Fig. B,C,F,H
C
Transition Ledges
33 3/8" 45 3/8" 33 3/8" 45 3/8" 45 3/8" 45 3/8"
46"
46"
57 3/4" 57 3/4" 57 3/4" 57 3/4"
1 - Place ledges over the wall with each
end resting on a top plate.
2 - Using the above chart as a guide
align the set of holes in the top plate
a shown in the above drawing for
your size pool with the holes in the
ledge and insert the No.12x1/2"
Sheet Metal Screw through the ledge
and into the top plate.
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The actual screw holes that are used does not affect the integrity of the
pool. You may use the set of holes that line up best!
The ledge screws should not be tightened until all the
ledges are in place and the pool has been filled with water.
No. 12 x 1/2”
Sheet Metal
Screw
INSTALLING RESIN LEDGES ONLY
Attention: You must use the 5/16” x 3/4” OD Stainless
Steel Washers with each Sheet Metal Screw to secure
the top ledges to the top plates. Failure to use the
washers may result in damaged ledges.
Place ledges over the wall with each end resting on a
top plate. Align the set of holes in the top plate as shown
in the instructions for your size pool with the holes in the
ledge and insert the No.12x1/2" Sheet Metal Screw through the washer and
the ledge and into the top plate.
Your pool is equipped with (3) three special
warning ledges.
The (1) one ledge with a large warning on
top is to be installed by the entry point into
the pool and is not to be obstructed by
any object such as your ladder.
The (2) two ledges with the warning
on the inside are to be placed opposite
the entry point into the pool with the warning
facing the entry point.
WARNING
LEDGE
PLACEMENT
THESE WARNINGS ARE NOT TO BE
REMOVED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
DANGER
Your pools top ledge was not designed
to be a walk around.
CAUTION EVERYONE WHO USES YOUR POOL
NOT TO WALK OR SIT ON THE LEDGE!
INSTALLING TOP COVERS
ENTRY POINT
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FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW FOR
THE COVERS FOR YOUR PARTICULAR POOL
4", 6" & 7" DELUXE TOP COVERS
These covers don’t require cage nuts or top cover screws.
For pools with the new 1-piece deluxe top covers,
simply snap the cover into place, aligning the tab
on the bottom of the cover with the slot in the top
plate of pool (fig.A only.)
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A
For 2-piece covers, insert bottom
section into top (fig. 1) so that it
becomes one unit (fig. 2).
Then snap cover into place aligning
tab on bottom of cover with slot in
the top plate of pool (fig. 3) and
secure with a #10 x 1" screw (fig. 4).
2
1
IMPORTANT: Make
sure that the inside
edge of the top cover
is securely positioned
over the edge of the
ledges
4
3
#10X1” SELF
TAPPING
SCREW
6" & 7" TWO-PIECE FULL CONTOURED COVER
Slide inside cover (the cover which will be closest to the inside of the pool)
into position and place outside cover onto top of inside cover aligning the
holes together with cage nut attached to the top plate and secure using the
1/4”-20 x 3/4” screw provided. The two (2) edges of the covers should be
parallel. Before tightening the screws, press the two covers firmly together.
Line up the hole in bottom of cover with the hole in the vertical and fasten
securely using the No. 10 x 1” self tapping sheet metal screw provided.
INSIDE COVER
1/4”-20 X 3/4”
STAINLESS
STEEL SCREW
OUTSIDE FULL
CONTOURED COVER
OUTSIDE
FULL
CONTOURED
COVER
If your pool vertical does not have a hole, simply use the cover
as a template and drill through the vertical using a 9/64"
diameter drill bit, being careful not to damage the pool wall.
#10X1” SELF
TAPPING
SCREW
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8" 9” AND 10” TWO-PIECE WRAP AROUND
TOP & BOTTOM COVERS
1 - Slide the inside cover (the cover which will
be closest to the inside of the pool) into
position and align the hole in the cover with
the cage nut attached to the top plate.
INSIDE
COVER
10” WRAP
AROUND
TOP COVER
1
8” WRAP
AROUND
TOP COVER
1/4”-20 X 3/4”
STAINLESS STEEL SCREW
2 - Secure using the 1/4”-20 x 3/4” screw
provided.
3 - Slide the outside cover onto the inside
cover. Make sure the inside cover is in
the slot of the outside cover.
2
4 - Align the holes on the
side of the bottom wrap
with the holes on the top
of the vertical.
Secure the cover using the
#12 x 1/2” screws provided.
The two (2) edges of the covers
should be parallel. Before
tightening the screws, press
the two covers firmly together.
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3
#12X1/2” SCREW
1 ON EACH SIDE
4
If your pool vertical does not have holes, simply use the top or bottom
cover as a template and drill through the vertical using a 9/64" diameter
drill bit, being careful not to damage the pool wall.
Place the bottom cover onto the bottom
of the vertical and align the holes on the
side of the wrap with the holes
on the bottom
of the vertical.
Secure the
bottom cover
using the
#12 x 1/2”
screws
provided.
WRAP AROUND
BOTTOM COVER
#12X1/2”
SCREW
1 ON EACH
SIDE
7" XL TWO-PIECE WRAP AROUND
TOP & BOTTOM COVERS
7” XL WRAP
AROUND
TOP COVER
1 - Insert the logo into the cover.
1
2 - Slide the outside cover into position and align
the hole in the cover with the cage nut attached
to the top plate.
Secure using the 1/4”-20 x 3/4” screw provided.
LOGO
OUTSIDE
COVER
1/4”-20 X 3/4”
STAINLESS
STEEL
SCREW
2
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3 - Insert the front of the top cover into the hole
in the front of the outside cover.
Pull the back of the
top cover down until
it securely fits under the
inside lip of the ledge.
TOP
Make sure the bottom COVER
lip on the back
of the top
cover goes
over the back
edge of the ledge
(Fig. 4).
3
IMPORTANT:
Make sure that the inside edge of
the top cover is securely positioned
over the edge of the ledges
4 - Align the holes on the side of the bottom wrap
with the holes on the top ofthe vertical.
If the holes are not there or the
cover does not reach
the holes simply drill a
new set of holes into
the vertical.
Secure the cover using
the #12 x 1/2” screws
provided.
4
WRAP AROUND BOTTOM COVER
#12X1/2” SCREW
1 ON EACH SIDE
1 - Insert the logo into the bottom cover.
2 - Place the bottom cover onto the bottom of the vertical
and align the holes on the side of the wrap with
the holes on the bottom of the vertical.
3 - Secure the bottom cover using the #12 x 1/2” screws provided.
1
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2
#12X1/2”
SCREW
1 ON EACH
SIDE
3
WARNING
WARNING LABELS
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Four (4) danger labels have been provided for your safety.
Apply these labels to the pool where they are easily visible
to all persons using the pool.
To do this, simply peel the backing off the label to expose
the self stick back and firmly press to a conspicuous and
plainly visible surface on the pool.
DO NOT REMOVE THE DANGER OR WARNING
LABELS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
POOL USER WARNING LABELS
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The manufacturer has provided warning signs to prevent diving and/or
jumping into your pool. Alert all pool users to these signs.
Should you need additional labels for any reason, the manufacturer will
supply these labels to you at your request. Simply order the desired label
by part number either from your local dealer or direct from the manufacturer.
#490090
#490091
#490021
SAFETY BROCHURES AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS
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Educational programs and materials, (i.e. seminars, workshops, brochures, videos,
instructional guides, etc.) are available from NSPI, NSPF, other aquatic safety groups,
and by private firms. As a means of communicating useful safety information to pool
owners and users industry members are permitted to provide such information to
owners and to request or require owners to sign a statement that they have received,
read and will follow the guidelines.
The following books are available through the National Pool & Spa Institute:
"The Sensible Way To Enjoy Your Aboveground/Onground Swimming Pool"
...published by the NSPI
"Children Aren't Waterproof" ...published by the NSPI
"Layers of Protection" ...published by the NSPI
"Pool and Spa Emergency Procedures For Infant And Children"
...published by the NSPI
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Contact: APSP
2111 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 223 14
(703) 838-0083 • www.NSPI.org
Contact: NSPF
10803 Gulfdale Suite 300
San Antonio, TX 78216
(210) 525-1227 • www.NSPF.org
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE TIPS
• Use clear lacquer or clear nail polish to cover screw heads.
• Use clear lacquer or nail polish to cover any scratches on ledges or verticals to
prevent rust and corrosion.
• Use wax to protect the pool wall and frame from the elements.
• Never leave the pool drained (without water). This can cause liner shrinkage and
damage the pool wall and frame.
• If you use the Thru The Wall fittings for your filter and decide to dismantle your pool
or remove your liner, it is possible that you may not be able to realign these holes
and a new liner may have to be purchased.
• For pool service, select a certified pool professional.
WARNING
Check regularly for signs of wear or loose bolts that could make the pool, the pool
ladder, the pool deck, or any other related object unsafe.
WARNING
Check all the metal on the pool frame and pool wall for signs of corrosion or
deterioration. Remove any corrosion and touch up with paint. Excessive
deterioration can lead to failure of the pool structure, which might release large
quantities of water that could cause bodily harm and property damage.
Make sure skimmer does not leak as this will corrode the pool wall and cause
a split in the wall that is not covered under the pool warranty.
DANGER
After the pool has been completely assembled and filled with water, do not attempt
to make any structural changes or to disassemble the pool. Disregard of the above
warning can cause pool collapse, property damage and serious injury.
LIFE SAVING EQUIPMENT
It is recommended that one or more of the following lifesaving items are on hand at all
times within the pool area.
A. A light, strong, rigid pole (shepherd's crook) not less than 12' long with blunt ends.
B. A 1/4" diameter throwing rope as long as 1 1/2 times the maximum width of the
pool, or 50' whichever is less, which has been firmly attached to a ring buoy with
an outside diameter of approximately 15" or some other similar flotation device.
WINTER CARE
GENERAL COMMENT: In as much as these pools are distributed to users in all
geographical areas and are installed under varying climactic conditions, you must use
your own judgment to determine the wisdom of leaving your pool up through the
winter. The manufacturer cannot assume any responsibility for pool failure which
might result from winter hazards, or from misuse or neglect. To winterize your pool
properly you must follow these steps:
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1. If thru wall skimmer inlet and outlets are used, the skimmer must be blocked off
with a block off plate to prevent any water from laying in the skimmer. The return
fitting must also be blocked off by using a plug on the inside of the pool. It is very
important that the return fitting not protrude into the pool and that water is not
allowed to flow into the skimmer. If this is not followed, when the ice in your pool
forms it will grab onto your skimmer and return fittings, and if the ice should shift
it will rip your wall at these locations.
2. A properly sized ice compensator (pool pillow) must be secured in the pool water
to relieve the ice pressure that can exert severe pressure on the pool wall.
3. Proper chemicals must be used in order to prevent algae growth throughout the
winter. A strong concentration of chlorine and an algaecide will help.
4. A cover must be used to keep out dirt and debris from the pool. It is important
when securing the cover that enough slack is used so that it rests on the top of
the water so that the pressure is not on the pool frame. A build up of snow on the
top of the cover should be removed. While the pool is winterized it is important
that it remain undisturbed throughout the winter months.
CARE OF POOL WATER
AT THE START OF THE SEASON HAVE YOUR WATER TESTED
AT A PROFESSIONAL POOL STORE
HOW TO KEEP WATER CLEAR AND HEALTHFUL
Your health, and maximum enjoyment is assured by keeping your pool water in
sparkling clear and sanitary clean condition. In order to obtain this condition certain
equipment and chemicals available at your pool dealer are necessary.
Equipment, such as a filter according to the size of your pool, skimmer and a vacuum
cleaner will take care of removing suspended particles, leaves and oils from the water.
A small wading pool for washing the feet of those entering the pool and a pool cover
when the pool is not in use are recommended to reduce dirt in the water. Utilizing this
type of equipment will keep your pool sparkling clear, but it will not purify the water.
Purification (killing of bacteria and algae) is accomplished by the use of chemicals.
Chlorine is the most commonly used bacteria killer for water. To make the chlorine work
properly it is necessary to keep the pool water at the proper acid-alkaline balance.
A reliable pool water test kit will help to determine the daily chlorine dosage and the
acid-alkaline condition of the water. You will find in the test kit two different color
comparators. The yellow side is for chlorine. The color of your pool water sample
after adding some drops of chlorine indicator solution should be in the range of the
color comparator of 0.3 to 0.6 p.p.m (parts per million). If the reading is below 0.3, add
more chlorine to the water. If the reading is higher than 0.6 add fresh water to the pool
or leave it unused until the reading drops. A too high content of chlorine will irritate
the skin and eyes. The pink side in the test kit will help you establish the acid-alkaline
condition of the water. The color of your pool water sample after adding some drops
of pH indicator solution should be in the range of 7.2 pH to 7.6 pH of the second color
comparator. PH is the technical term for the measure of acidity or alkalinity of water.
Readings below 7.0 indicate acidity, while readings higher than 7.0 indicate alkalinity.
At 7.0 pH the water is neutral.
The pool water should be kept slightly alkaline at 7.2 to 7.6 pH. At this reading the
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water will be soft, comfortable and the chlorine most effective. If the pH reading goes
below 7.2 add soda ash. If the pH reading goes over 7.6 add sodium bisulfate.
An acid condition will cause rapid consumption of the chlorine, irritation of eyes
and skin and will corrode the pool equipment. On the other hand a higher degree
of alkalinity will slow down the chlorine action of killing bacteria and algae,
make the water cloudy and diminish its freshness. A higher than pH 7.8 alkaline
condition of the water will cause stiffness, brittleness, and considerable shrinkage of
the liner. Since the chlorine compound is basically alkaline, the continuous use of it
will increase the alkalinity of the water.
At the beginning of the season treat your pool water with a water conditioner to prevent the building up of a high degree of alkalinity. Some algae and bacteria become
immune to low chlorine concentration, therefore, every two weeks the pool should be
super-chlorinated (shock treatment) with about double or even triple the normal dosage of chlorine. Do not use the pool after shock treatment for at least 12 hours, then
check chlorine content and pH and make sure both are in the right balance.
At the start of the season use algaecides to prevent growing of algae and add it
regularly to reduce chlorine requirements.
Hard water: high content of minerals or iron in the water - often found in well water will react with chlorine lowering its action. By adding alum powder (turn off the filter
during this process) coagulated particles will settle to the bottom and the water will
become soft. Do not use the pool for 24-48 hours, then turn on the filter, vacuum and
check pH and chlorine content. (Replace the filter element).
IMPORTANT HINTS:
Follow the label directions of the manufacturer when using chemicals. However, the
real chemical balance depends on various factors such as volume of pool water, temperature, exposure to sun, dirt and number of swimmers. Therefore, make sure the
reading for
chlorine is always 0.3 to 0.6 p.p.m and the pH 7.2 to 7.6
Check the chlorine and pH every evening, when nobody is in the pool and adjust according to reading the necessary amount of chemicals. Before using the pool the next
day check again to make sure the water has the right chemical
balance. A strong chlorine smell above the pool water indicates evaporation of chlorine. More chlorine should be added to the water. Be sure to check pH level again.
All chemicals must be dissolved thoroughly. Improperly dissolved chemicals may
cloud the water, shorten the filter cycle and damage the liner. A proper pH and the correct chlorine content of the pool water are essential for the protection of all metal parts.
Keep filter running when adding diluted chemicals.
PREVENT DROWNING. NEVER SWIM ALONE.
WATCH CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES.
KEEP A 4 FT. CLEAR SPACE AROUND POOL FREE OF ANY OBJECTS
THAT MAY PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE POOL
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