Unless you have an above-ground pool ladder, getting into or out of an above-ground pool is difficult. There are a variety of ladders available, but the most frequent problem is that they aren’t very safe. The ladders may slip away from beneath you, resulting in a potentially fatal accident. This article will teach you how to install an above-ground pool ladder and secure it.
Installing an above ground pool ladder: Why do you need it
Installing extra pool ladders isn’t only about convenience and ease of access and exit; it’s also essential for your safety. Without a secure and sturdy ladder, you may be unable to get out of the pool in an emergency. A fall from any height is dangerous because it leads to serious injury or even death. Slipping off a flimsy above-ground pool ladder can have similarly terrible consequences.
Installing extra ladders also makes entering the water much easier for children and seniors who may not be able to haul themselves out of the pool without help.
Steps for how to install an above ground pool ladder: Securing it properly
Before you begin, make sure that your new ladder’s weight limit is high enough to accommodate whoever will use it. The load capacity needed varies with how heavy each individual person using the ladder typically is. You should also measure all parts or hardware before buying them; having spares on hand can prevent delays in installation and save time overall. Then follow these steps when installing a typical metal-rung above ground pool ladders (a different model might need slightly different instructions):
- Remove any screws from the old gate if there are any, but don’t remove bolts yet
- Place ladder in pool and make sure it’s level
- Mark the ladder’s position on each side of the pool with a pencil or marker
- Remove ladder from pool
- Drill holes for bolts at marked positions
- Insert bolts into drilled holes, making sure they are tight (use a socket wrench)
- Replace screws removed in Step One if there were any; use pliers to tighten them securely
- Install handrails
Place the above-ground pool ladder in the water, making sure it is level with the decking around your pool. This will allow for easy entry into your pool without any slipping or sliding away from where you want to enter/exit.
Handrail installation seems simple enough but can become confusing quickly! Follow our guide below to ensure an accurate install every time:
- Ensure railings sit level with deck flooring along entire length before tightening screws;
- Secure rails at both ends by installing end caps;
- Use caution when working around water; avoid standing on wet or slippery surfaces Install handrails prior to filling your pool completely; this gives it time to settle and ensures proper height;
- Once upright, slide safety cover over top and secure in place If needed, add sand bags under each leg until filled (a minimum of two is advised);
- Slide lock bar through opening in front legs and latch onto rear section;
- Attach steps to one of two ladders by lining up the holes in each leg with corresponding ladder legs;
- Secure other end while keeping pool level;
- Lift into position and center over center brace. Install four screws on either side Insert screw through rail, washer, guard/rail flange, then inside opening in bottom step;
- Repeat for opposite side.