How to set up an inflatable pool.
I wanted a grown-up yard this summer.
With all the yard improvements we’re doing, I just wanted the opportunity to sit in my backyard and enjoy my flowers and junk. Which really means, I didn’t want to stare at the ‘big blue smurf pool’ for two months again.
Talked myself into it I did! We were gonna go CAMPING. LOTS. We would not need the pool. Spend the chlorine funds on campground fun instead. We had it all planned out.
And then it got hot. REEEELLY hot. Like in one day.
That did it! Big Blue, (our inflatable above ground pool) was making a return appearance once again.
How to set up an inflatable pool.
Have you been curious about these things? Everyone and their dog has one by now so if you don’t, quick, get’tem while they’re still… BLUE. In fact, you can have mine. I’m waiting for something a little more in keeping with the yard surroundings myself.
Truth be told, they’re pretty easy keepers and well worth it vs. getting heat stroke. You can either treat them with chlorine (which we do) or you can get a salt water system. A salt water system is easier to keep up but the apparatus costs more than the pool itself and is a bad idea if you’re camping. They stop working if the salt is too low. And no one likes a green water pool.
Our above ground pool measures at 4′ high by 15′ feet and the brand is Easy Set. This is our second and I like this size much better than the one smaller. This one caters to an adult floating around on something as well, which is nice.
So… here’s how we put one of these up.
1. Level the ground first.
- Ensure the ground / lawn / soil is smooth.
- Use a shovel to dig out bumps, and a rake to smooth things out.
- Remove every rock you can find.
I didn’t smooth the surface last year. Just plunked the works down. And stubbed my toe all summer long on this big rock underneath. It pays to take some time and make sure the ground is level and as smooth as possible.
Chances are you won’t have dirt to deal with. The first year we didn’t either. But with the pool returning each summer to the same spot, the pool indeed has its special dirt spot now thanks to the dead lawn underneath. When the pool comes down at the end of the season, I just move the trampoline over the same spot which measures about the same size. Works out well.
2. Spread out a tarp.
- Position the tarp where you desire the pool to sit.
- Place something on all 4 corners to weigh it down.
Our pool came with a tarp. But if yours doesn’t, I suggest to put one down. You can always cut it down to desired size after the pool is set up.
We ensured the lawnmower could get around the entire tarp easily.
Location near an electrical source should also be considered, if you plan to use a pump.
Check for any rips or holes, and patch with duct tape where needed.
The idea is to protect the bottom of the pool, not for the pool to be on the ground, which can lead to punctures.
3. Position the pool in the centre of the tarp, adjusting to ensure the pump apparatus is facing power.
Pull at the edges of the pool bottom to flatten the bottom out completely. Take some extra time ensuring the bottom is completely smooth, or you’ll feel ripples underfoot when you use the pool once full.
4. Inflate the top ring.
The pool instructions will likely suggest to fill the ring with air using a hand pump, which is safest.
I personally used our air compressor turned on at the lowest setting, paying special attention to not over inflating it, or the ring will pop.
5. Do a thorough cleaning of the inside of the pool before filling with water.
Kick off your shoes because you’re goin’ in. Wipe the floor spotless, while removing all soap if any is used.
I used a cloth covered sponge for this cleaning task. Worked great!
6. Hook up the pump hoses to the pool and pump.
The hoses have clamps, so all you need is a screwdriver.Two hoses hook up directly to the pool and two hoses hook up to the pump.
The hoses are labeled as to which go to the pump and which to the pool. Refer to your pool manual, and look for the + and – symbols.
Don’t plug the pump in until the pool is full. You need water running through the pump first.
7. Use a water hose to fill up the pool.
I removed the spray nozzle off the water hose and allowed the water to free-flow into the pool.
Happy kid tip: Allow desperately hot child to lay down and watch the water flow in because it makes him happy. Which makes you happy. And yes, I waded in there too.
8. Fill pool until full. It took us 1.5 days with the water turned off at night.
Throw in pool noodles while the pool fills because you’re DESPERATE.
It’s like watching paint dry. Best to go do something else because you won’t be swimming today unless you just want to sit.
9. Once pool is full, add chemicals, and place pool cover over top.
Uncover during the day so the water can warm up from the sunshine! And with any luck, you’ll be swimming as soon as you can handle the water temperature.
10. Welcome home Big Blue! We’re back in business!
And then it rained.
Whatever. At least we aren’t hot anymore.
Who else has one of these inflatables? Any tips on how you set up an inflatable pool?
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