What to Use for Leveling an Above Ground Pool

What to Use for Leveling an Above Ground Pool

Over the years I’ve seen my share of horribly built above ground swimming pools. Many of them were severely misshaped, all their uprights leaned to the side and the resin connectors were cracked and did not hide the screws. The biggest way to mess up an above ground pool installation, though, is for it not to be level.

The most “off level” an above ground can get is around three to four inches off. This means when the pool is filled, on the one side the pool structure is three or four inches higher above the waterline than on the other side. Chief Obvious nature fact: Water is always level with the earth. Since water can only be level, an “off level” swimming pool will look really bad when you fill it.

I don’t usually see above ground pools that are off more than four inches, because they will almost always cave in when the level is off by more than that. Most above ground installation manuals will say that a pool should be level within an inch, but I try to get it level to an eighth of an inch or so. Above grounds with liners that have patterns or tile lines will start to look “off level” at about the half inch mark as the naked eye can compare the level pool waterline against the pattern of the liner. (more…)

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The Scoop on Soft Sided Above Ground Pools

The Scoop on Soft Sided Above Ground Pools

Some people don’t know this, but what I often call a “real” above ground swimming pool is one that has a metal wall and a separate liner. This has been the design for most above grounds for at least the fifty plus years that my family has worked with them and my guess is that is how it will be many years from now.

So what then is a “soft-sided” above ground pool? Well, since I’m asking this question to myself, I might as well answer. (more…)

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The 6 Steps to Buying an Above Ground Pool

Buying an above ground pool is a big deal. Not big like  purchasing your first car or your first home big, but it is certainly big in what it provides for your family. For most families, a swimming pool is more than just a luxury expense. Pools are a source of fun and memories and it becomes the perfect backdrop for family parties. Most retailers are more focused on the business end (making money) rather than making sure the customer is proud of their purchase. If there is one thing that INYO Pools hopes you never experience, it is buyer’s remorse.

To help avoid you making a purchase that may not be in your best interest, or one that you simply regret, we want to teach you the six steps to buying an above ground pool. I bet you are saying to yourself, “Six steps…Really?” And we would respond, “Absolutely!” 

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Moles and Above Ground Pools

Moles and Above Ground Pools

About ninety-nine percent of all above ground swimming pools are built directly on the earth. So, guess what… The earth is home to all kinds of critters and bugs. Most of these things living in your backyard won’t affect an above ground’s bottom, but some will. And, if I made a list of the peskiest critters affecting above grounds, moles would be at the top.

I haven’t seen moles damage liners much to the point of needing replacement, but I have seen them cause extensive damage to a nice smooth above ground pool bottom.  Getting rid of them is almost impossible and preventing them from burrowing under the pool’s liner is really difficult too. I get many people with existing pools ask about how to stop moles and my short answer is that I don’t know. I do know some things about moles that may help, so read on if you’re having issues with moles. (more…)

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Which above ground pool cleaner is best for me?

Automatic Cleaners for Above Ground Pools

I’m not saying I’m old or anything, but I remember when swimming pools didn’t have automatic pool cleaners. At that time I had in-ground pool maintenance routes and was somewhat threatened when people started to buy them for their pools. It didn’t take long to realize that auto cleaners were no threat to regular professional maintenance, but nonetheless they were here to stay.

Automatic pool cleaners haven’t changed much since, but they did go through some bumps and turns. For a time there was a battle between the suction type and the pressure cleaners. The suction type won. Polaris had a great cleaner early on. It was the best for picking up lots of leaves and larger debris, but was really pricey as it had to have its own pump and a separate water line plumbed into the pool. They tried to make a cheaper version and even went for a suction one, but they never worked as well.  There was also the introduction of the robotic pool cleaners a little later. These are kind of neat, but have always been too expensive to become popular in the market. (more…)

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