Above Ground Swimming Pool Basic Installation Guide
General Above Ground Swimming Pool Assembly Guidelines
This set of assembly guidelines is provided to share with you the modern day construction expectation governing our industry performance today. The National Swimming Pool Institute has an entire booklet on the building code construction standard for the assembly of Above Ground swimming pools. These standards are summarized here within this section.
This is intended to be a general assembly guideline and is not intended to replace the assembly instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Site Drainage Considerations
Frame Foundation and Site Leveling Block
Just as important to leveling the pool site is completely
countersinking each post support block into the "virgin soil" or the
fully retained dense sub base material. This is especially true when
blocks are located on raised fill in order to avoid erosion and
Pool Liner Support Base Material
Excavated Ground Material
- The "finished landscaping" will no doubt take time to complete.
- The even dispersal of the excavated site material after the pool
construction is next.
- Use this material to even out an area of your yard; most sites have at
least one spot that could use some fill.
- There is no limit to the design ideas which will add beauty to your final swimming pool landscape. Whether you create a New England nautical theme around your pool, nestle it amongst some tropical vegetation, or surround it with decking, the choice is yours.
Local Code Awareness
- When you obtain your permit for the pool, display it properly prior to
- Be sure the pool location is in accord with zoning rules.
- Be sure to take care to avoid underground pipes and wires.
- Codes apply to overhead wires as well. Review your site plans against
- You must also arrange for the proper wiring of the pool pump.
Electrical System Requirements Include
- Provision of a dedicated 120 volt power line run underground, according to
code requirements, from the main source power panel or sub-panel off, a 20
or 30 amp G.F.C.I. protected breaker. It should be wired directly to the
pump, using the proper wire size for the length of wire run from the main
power source to the pump, in order to carry the required electrical
- Additional outlets may be required near the pool but not closer than 10'
- A special child-proof, twist-lock receptacle for the pump to plug into.
- An outdoor weatherproof junction box.
- Proper bonding of the motor and pool frame and ladder per local electrical
You are now the proud owner of lots of empty cartons, packaging materials, as well as a great new pool. Break down all cartons and arrange them neatly for ease of pick up by your local trash or recycling service.
The above is intended as a Guide only and not the actual instructions for installing your above ground pool. Please read and follow the manufacturer's instructions as it pertains to your above ground pools' special requirements.
Last Updated: 11/26/2016 03:12 PM - ID:1699