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Swimming Pools Setup.Do-it-yourself installation of a cheap above-ground pool demands close attention to the instructions. Still, there's much to be said for learning from others' experience, and pool reviews are rife with tips and warnings. One recurring theme is the importance of siting the pool on level ground and regrets about surfaces that weren't totally flat and smooth.
In a swimming pool review on Walmart, one pool owner writes that the Heritage 12' x 42" pool is an excellent value and goes on to offer setup (and maintenance) instructions in her own words because she found the included directions difficult to follow. Some of her pointers include starting with lots of sand, leveling the area, topping off with more sand and leveling again, and adding the white clips for the wall supports as you build rather than waiting to finish off the assembly. Owners of the Seaview Club 18' x 42" likewise warn in swimming pool reviews on the Kmart website about prepping the ground with lots of sand. Instructions for assembling Intex pools suggest using earth instead of sand because the frames can sink into sand and leave you with an uneven support structure. Prepping the area for any backyard pool also requires clearing away grass, stones and pebbles, and other debris that could puncture the pool liner and make the surface uncomfortable to walk on. A ground cover to protect the pool's underside is critical, but some risk-averse pool owners also suggest putting down a foam pad or old carpet as an extra barrier.
Setup for some pools is more user-friendly than others. Intex framed pools rely on a system of steel beams and piping that snap or pin together without need for tools. The company claims that setup can be accomplished in 60 minutes or less, and many owners agree that getting the pool up and running is a no-brainer, even if it takes more than one person and longer than the advertised claim. Swimming pool reviews on Poolproducts.com, for example, mention two people assembling the 18' x 9' x 52" rectangular model "in no time" and on Amazon, a self-described petite woman boasts of having put together the 15' x 48" pool in an hour without having watched the included DVD. Assembling the Heritage 12' x 36" pool is variously described as simple and a hassle in swimming pools reviews on Walmart. One commenter writes of needing four people, another reports hiring professional installers, and another says six people finished the job in less than three hours. The slightly larger 12' x 42" version gets dinged on Walmart for unhelpful instructions and steel walls that don't line up with the holes for screws and bolts, and in reviews at Target, one owner says the job required two days and another reports needing five people to help out. Experience with the 18' x 42" Seaview Club also seems divided, with one swimming pools review on Sam's Club attesting to simple setup and another saying mechanical knowledge is required. Both report drawing on the skills and muscle power of several people.
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