How to Install a Fiberglass Pool

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  • 16-40 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 8,000 - 30,000
What You'll Need
A professionally designed fiberglass pool
Measuring tape
A shovel
A backhoe/lifting equipment
A spirit level
A swimming pool pump/sump pump
Some PVC pipe
Safety equipment (gloves and goggles)

Fiberglass pools can be purchased in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The main benefit of a fiberglass pool, besides the fun, is that it will adapt to the environment around it.

You will need reasonable do-it-yourself skills to install a fiberglass pool, as it must be installed properly to prevent future problems like leaks. Follow these simple steps to do it yourself.

Step 1: Pick Your Site

Choose the area the pool will go with care as it must be on a piece of level ground. Measure the dimensions and keep a record of them. Mark the area with some string or tape. Uneven ground will mean an uneven pool.

Step 2: Start Digging

Put on a good pair of sturdy gloves and then use a shovel or spade to dig the hole where the pool will fit in. Make sure the whole is around six inches deeper and fill this gap with a sand base. The sand base is soft and versatile and will help take the weight of the pool. Measure the dimensions again to make sure the hole is not too big or small. If the dimensions are not the same as in step 1 then dig or fill in where necessary.

Step 3: Place the pool

If the company supplying the pool does not offer a fitting service then this must be done manually. Use the backhoe or lifting equipment to ease the pool into the hole and onto the base. Use the spirit level to make sure the pool sits level. If it is not, adjust the pool until the air bubble is in the middle of the spirit level. Be sure to take multiple readings from different parts of the pool to ensure an even quality throughout.

Step 4 – Install the Pump

Use a shovel or spade to dig a hole at the far end of the swimming pool. Make sure it is big enough for the swimming pool pump to sit in. Follow the directions that will come with the pump to set it up and get it working. Connect the PVC pipe to one end of the pump. There should be an adaptor provided. Make sure the pipe runs away from the pool as this will help with drainage. Once the pump is in place, some gravel or shingle can be spread around the remainder of the hole to help with drainage. This also looks more aesthetically pleasing than leaving a muddy area.

Step 5 – Fill with Water

Fill the fiberglass pool with water and add any agents or chemicals per your pool chemical calculation chart. Allow the pool to settle on the base for a period of 24 to 36 hours before using it. Check that the drainage works by turning on the pump at least three times during this period.