The best way to cool off and have the most fun during the summertime is certainly with a backyard swimming pool. There are a few things you’ll have to remember though when you’re installing a pool for the first time so we’ll go over these below.
Choosing the Best Location
When preparing your yard for a pool the first thing you’ll want to do is to go out into your yard and actually take some time to determine where the best place for the pool is. There are a whole bunch of things you’ll have to take into account here and we’ve made a list for you below.
Be sure to think about:
The orientation of the pool and the sun
The mains water lines below
The power lines above
Other hazardous lines and items in the yard below
Existing structures like sheds, patios, footpaths and gazebos
Once you’ve taken all of these things into account you’ll have a fairly detailed picture of your yard and where the best location for the pool is.
Marking the Pool’s Perimeter
Once you’ve chosen your pool’s location, you should then determine how large the pool will actually be. This will let you know where the pool is going to go and if there are any trees, pipes or structures in the way of it.
To mark out the size, push a metal stake into the centre of the location you chose and then tie a string to it. Measure the width of the pool by walking the string to the edges of where the pool is expected to go and spray paint these lines onto the grass. It’s best to spray 6 inches over the actual size of the pool to give room for error. Once these edges are all found, use your spray can to fill in the rest of the pool’s perimeter.
Remove Clutter, Vegetation and Pavers
The next step is to remove all of the vegetation and other structures or paths within the spray painted area. This will be where you pool is going to go, so it has to be totally clear. You can use a shovel to dig up the grass and to pull apart pavers and footpaths, but if you have a large area to clear it’ll be best to use a sod remover.
If your backyard has a lot of vegetation, concrete or other building materials which will stop you from building your pool then you can reach out to a rubbish removal service. Services like 1300 Rubbish do the removal process for you so no matter what’s stopping your new pool they’ll be able to collect it and take it away.
Rules for Levelling the Pool
As expected, you’ll need a level base for the pool to rest on. It isn’t advised that you raise the lowest point of the pool, as the soil or material you raise it with won’t be as stable as if you dug the pool into the soil. The best way for you to level the pool base will be to dig down. The highest point in the pool should still be below ground level and the lowest point should be far deeper into the yard.
A Wood Level for an Above-Ground Pool
If the pool is above ground it will have to sit on a level base. The best tool to create this base a homemade wooden level. To make the level you’ll need a long, straight plank of wood that is just a little longer than the size of the pool. Once you have the long plank, duct tape a shorter 4-foot carpenters level to the centre of the plank. When your plank and the level are taped together, then it’s time to hammer a 4-inch stake through the plank, opposite the level. Cut off whatever remains of the stake and you’ll have a level you can spin to level the ground.
You can find more detail on the wooden level here.