How to remove a stuck inground pool ladder

PSC Ep. 57: How to remove a stuck inground pool ladder

In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • How to remove a stuck inground pool ladder

I am closing my inground pool for the winter and I want to remove my ladder. I’ve loosened the anchor bolts, but I can’t get the ladder to come out. What am I doing wrong?

Some of the reasons you might want to remove your ladder, first, is going to be winter. If you want to install a safety cover or a winter cover to make sure it goes in nice and clean, that’s the main reason why people might want to remove the ladder. 

Second is, if you have plastic treads and you want to prevent water freezing and then cracking those treads, that’s going to be another good reason to remove the ladder.

All right, the problem this customer is having is they’ve loosened the bolts but there’s a wedge inside that anchor that needs to be pressed down. What you do is you take the half-inch socket, you loosen up the bolt a little bit maybe just a half-inch off the ground, and then you can take either the end of the socket and hammer it down, or a hammer, anything heavy will do, but you hammer that down and it loosens the wedge back up — pushes the wedge down, actually, and it loosens the ladder so you can wiggle it back and forth and then lift the ladder out. 

 

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3 thoughts on “PSC Ep. 57: How to remove a stuck inground pool ladder

  1. my steps are sealed in I removed the bolts used a presser washer to loosing up the ladder arms and it still wont move what can I do

    1. I’ve tried everything to remove my stuck pool ladder. Tried sprays to loosen the metal , adjusted the screws and tapped on it, banged the ladder with a rubber Hammer.
      Only Alternative seems to cut it off.
      Reason for removing the ladder is that I just bought an elephant cover and the ladder is in the way.
      please help.
      Chasabbate@gmail.com

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