Removing your Above Ground Swimming Pool
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Posted: Monday, April 07, 2008
by Daniel Osko
Recently, a reader of one of my other articles asked the question;
" How do you take down an above ground swimming pool to move it? I can't seem to find anything to help me. I read your article on replacing a liner but I need to know how to move one".
Well, (I thought to my self), this is a very good question. So, here is a basic step-by-step guide on the basic proceedure: ( You'll need at least three people, to help with your wall).
1) Drain all water out of pool using a sump pump.
2) Remove skimmers, returns, lights etc.
3) Remove old liner, (use a razor knife and cut into manageable folded pieces). You'll need a new liner if your going to reinstall the pool.
4) Remove Top Seat Ledge covers
5) Remove Top Seat Ledges.
6) Remove Top Rail and Joiner Plates.
7) Locate Wall Bolt Joint on the Pool Wall and remove the corresponding Upright.
8) Now, get some help and remove all Wall Bolts and associated hardware.
9) Next, start pulling the wall out of the bottom rail (track). And roll the wall up as you remove it from the bottom rail. When finished, duct tape the wall so it does not unroll.
10) Pull the uprights, bottom rail and bottom rail joiner plates out of the ground in sections.
11) Remove uprights from bottom joiner plates.
12) Make sure to separate all components and save all hardware!
That's it! For installation of the pool, please see the "Help Center" section located at http://www.bubbaspools.com . There are also pictures which may help with your installation under "Pool Pics" on the website.
Hope this helps!
Daniel G. Osko
Bubbas Bazaar - Pools and More!
This Article has been viewed 17,575 times. (Not updated in real-time.)Top-level comments on this article: (6 total)
Daniel, I never watched a professional take down an above ground pool, but this article sure brought back memories of my childhood when my Uncle Pete disassembled his in 1 easy step. I don't have a pool, but thanks for the memories. KimberlyKimberly, Your MOST welcome.., and thank you! Regards, Dan Osko Bubbas Bazaar Pools and More!» left by Anonymous 4 years 279 days ago.
Hi But how do you get the sleeve that connects the pool wall out without bending up the wall...........The rest is easy common sense but that sleeve was pounded down with a hammer.............................ARTHi Art,You be amazed at how many people do not posses "common sense".So sticking to that thought..., try a hammer and a steel punch to aid sliding the the sleeve off while someone else holds the wall in place.Best Regards,Dan OskoBubbas Bazaar Pools and More!
» left by Genevieve from Ottawa 3 years 355 days ago.
Thank you, finding this post was very helpful as I will be helping a buyer remove my pool tonight. This is the only information I was able to find!Hello,You are most welcome! If you need in-depth information, please see my website link at the end of this article.Best Regards,Dan OskoBubbas Pools
» left by MICHELLE from BUFFALO 3 years 307 days ago.
HOW DO YOU GET RIDE OF ALL THE SAND THAT IS LEFT BEHIND AFTER WE REMOVE THE 21 FT. POOL? IT WASN'T DUG DOWN INTO THE GROUND, THE SAND I EVEN WITH THE GRASS. I'M AT A LOSS!You'll have to shovel it into a wheel barrel and dispose of at a different location or use a roto-tiller and mix the sand with existing earth before planting grass.DannyBubbas Pools
» left by Anonymous 2 years 4 days ago.
Thank you for posting this info. Someone is offering a free pool but it would need to be taken down by "me". Would a swimming pool sales store be someone I could call to remove and reinstall it?
» left by dan from illinois 345 days 12 hours ago.
Why can the liner not be reused?Hello Dan,
After a few years of usage, it is highly unlikely that your pool liner would be usable. This is due to the fact that your liner will probably shrink and become brittle after the water is removed from it. Additionally, it would be difficult to perfectly align the cutouts for the return and the thru-the-wall skimmer.
Although, there have been a few times in 35 years that I have re-used a liner..., I do not reccomend it for DIY purposes.
Hope this helps,
» left by keith 314 days 3 hours ago.
I am being offered an above ground pool that is 18x38 oval as well as the deck around it. My biggest concern is the pool is partially in ground (about 2 feet) and was installed about 24 years ago. Do you think the frame and wall underground will be reusable? And is this project worth it?
Your bottom rail and pool wall is probably rotted or oxidized. But you really need to look at it to be certain.