Every year, I get a called out to at least 10 jobs where the homeowner tries to install their newly bought above ground pool. Now, there is no shame in trying, but there are many parts of an above ground pool installation where experience only will get the job done the right way. For example, the ground work and installing the liner.
Every pool I install, I get the ground level to within an 8th of an inch. There is no special science to achieve a great above ground pool pad, but I have been doing it for a long time and know exactly how to do it. The “ground work” is by far the most important part of an above ground pool installation. If you take the time and perfectly level a pad, the installation will go much smoother. I have seen pools that were installed by homeowners that were so out of level, the water could not be circulated. The water level couldn’t reach the skimmer without overflowing on one side!
Second, the liner. I have seen some horrendous liner drops in my day. Not only by homeowners, but by people who call themselves “pool professionals.” Dropping in an above ground pool liner or an in-ground pool liner is no doubt an art form. You need to know exactly what you are doing in order to get a wrinkle free liner. Experience only is how you will achieve a this. At AAM, we require all foreman to have at least 3 years experience before they can drop in liners.
In my 15 years of experience, I have yet to see a homeowner install a pool the correct way. If you are thinking about purchasing an above ground pool or having a new liner installed, please call AAM.