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How to Put In an Above Ground Pool in Greece and Cyprus
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Much of the Greek Island of Crete and mainland Greece has hard bedrock. If it is too difficult to construct a concrete pool, consider an above ground pool and how to do it.
There are many above ground swimming pools on the market today that would fit in the garden of your home living as an ex-pat in the Greek Islands such as Crete or on Mainland Greece and Cyprus that offer hours of family fun and good excercise when the weather is just too hot for other activities. How to put an above ground pool in depends on the type and quality you choose along with good landscaping, outdoor buildings, walls fences and decks for an eco-friendly environment which needs to be pleasing to look at.
- Step 1: Choose the type of pool you are going to install. There are simple vinyl pools that are supported by a flotation collar, and heavy duty long use pools that have aluminum wall panels and upper and lower framing tracts, so obviously the installation will vary greatly.
- Step 2: Pick out a place in your lawn that is suitable for the pool. This seems simple enough, but actually, there are a lot of considerations. The ground needs to be fairly level, free of large stones and rocks. You need to have access to a ground fault protected outdoor electrical outlet. Try to locate the pool in an open sunny area, away from trees and large bushes, they will often drop leaves and insects into your pool all summer long.
- Step 3: Select your pool. The size and shape will depend on the space you have available, your budget, and the number and experience of swimmers who will be using it. The simplest pools are about 12 feet in diameter, and 40 to 48 inches deep. These are usually supported by a framework of metal posts and top rails, or an inflatable flotation ring. You may want to invest in a solid sided oval shaped pool, and these can be as large as 24 feet by 36 feet, 5 feet deep. Setting one of these up is complicated, and labor intensive, so this article will deal with the smaller, simpler models.
- Step 4: Level an area larger than the pool size. A twelve foot pool should have a base about 15 foot in diameter, and can be leveled using a straight 2X4 board and a four foot carpenters (spirit) level. If the pool you have selected has an inflatable ring to support it, and comes with a plastic ground cloth, you may be able to set it up directly on the grass, so lay the board down on its edge directly on the grass, and place the level on top of it. If the bubble is centered or nearly centered, you are level. Turn the board 90 degrees and check for level in this direction, and if the board is still level, you are good to go.
- Step 5: Grade an area for metal framed or solid sided pools. Again measure an area slightly larger than the pool. Remove the grass with a sharp shovel, and smooth the topsoil in this area. Spread an even, level layer of clean builder's sand acoss the stripped area, and using your 2X4, smooth and level it. You can pack this sand by watering it with a sprinkler, or using a plate compactor. Depending on the type of soil you are working in and the grass growing there, this can be a backbreaking project.
- Step 6: Set up the side walls if you have a fiberglass or metal walled pool kit, fasten the joints with the machine screws provided, and set the sand wedge around the inside bottom of the pool according to the manufacturer's instructions. You can now place the liner inside the walls, letting the top hang over the outside of the wall 2 to 3 inches, and temporarily securing it with clothespins space about 18 inches apart. When the liner is hung around the pool walls, you will want to climb over into the pool and spread it out smoothly around the bottom, pulling any slack or wrinkles toward the walls from the center. When the liner is smoothed and pulled out evenly, unroll the top trim and snap it into place, securing the liner.
- Step 7: Unfold the groundcloth if your pool has one, and spread out the liner on top of it. If the pool has a flotation ring, inflate it and spread it out in a circular fashion, and pull the bottom of the liner out from the center so it lays flat.
- Step 8: Stand up your metal support posts, setting them on the plastic base plates, if it is so equipped. Connect the top rails as you install the posts, to support the assembly. Make sure you slip the post through any slots or sleeves built into the line as you go. The top rail should slide through a seemed tube in the top of the liner. With the top rail assembled completely around the pool circumference, you are ready to climb in and spread the liner evenly around the pool bottom.
- Step 9: Fill the pool with water, about one or two inches deep, and look for low or high spots where the water depth is not equal. This is not too much of a problem in the middle of the pool, but around the perimeter, it can be serious trouble, even causing the pool wall to fail, since the pressure of the water is what supports the side walls, and it must be equal. If the water appears to be the same depth around the perimeter of the pool, continue filling it.
- Step 10: Install the hoses for your filter system while the pool is filling. These usually attach to precut holes in the pool side, and clamp to the filter pump assembly with screw thread hose clamps, and should be simple enough if you follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.
- Step 11: Assemble your pool ladder according to the manufacturer's instruction, being careful to tighten all fasteners well.
- Tip 1: The location of the pool is very important. Slopes, underneath trees, and rocky areas are not suitable for above ground pools.
- Tip 2: The bottom of the pool needs to be as level as possible, and care must be taken to remove any sticks, twigs, stones, toys or other debris that can puncture the pool liner.
- Tip 3: A large tub, or a piece of carpet or rubber matting for cleaning swimmer's feet will help keep the pool clean.
- Tip 4: Most pool pumps require 120 volt electric power, and it is not recommended to run this on an extension cord, so install close to a power receptical if possible, or have one installed with ground fault circuit protection.
- Tip 5: The inflatable ring pool is the quickest and simplest pool to install, but the ring will reduce the overall area of the pool significanly.
- Above ground pools require supervision just as any other pool. Do not let children play in them unattended.
- Some jurisdictions and insurance policy writers require a fence around your pool, but this is always a good idea.
- Do not ever dive or jump into an above ground pool.
- If the pool is set up on unlevel ground, the wall may collapse causing what is described as "catastrophic" failure.
- Small children should be protected from too much sun, and using a high SPF waterproof sunscreen is advised.
Things You'll Need
- 4 foot level.
- Level area, or area which can be leveled manually.
- Pool, attachments, cleaning equipment, and chemicals.
Sources and Citations
Original Author credits are found at the original wikiHow article on How to Put in an Above Ground Pool. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license.
Further reading on swimming pools if you plan to rent out your property in Crete to be found on our "Getting a Greek Government approved EOT License" page.
Experiences of foreign residents of Building Swimming Pools in Greece and their comments as well as advice from Brits in Crete.