DIY Above Ground Pool Deck DIY Above Ground Pool Deck

What You'll Need
Varying size of boards
Screw lag bolts
Wood posts
Stainless steel risers
An above ground pool deck can beautify a yard if done correctly. You can hire a professional, or for a cheaper alternative, do it yourself. It’s also an amazing way to keep the pool clean from your guests running in and out of the pool. A pool deck provides a great place to hang by the pool, relax, and talk to your family and friends. Decks aren’t the hardest things in the world to build, but can very challenging nonetheless if you’re not careful. Measurements must be precise, and the deck must be structurally correct to support swimmers and deck furniture.

Step 1: Layout

The shape of deck itself will follow the contours of the pool. But you'll have to lay out where each feature is going such as the stairs, a slide and any other add-on. The best thing to start with is the stairs; other features can be planned around it. Mark where each of the posts are going to go precisely and properly so you don’t have to redo it.

Step 2: Building the Under Frame

Get strong, thick wood such as oak to hold up the under frame. It needs to be a little bit shorter than the pool itself, so you have room to put the actual floor down. In the under frame is where the floor joists need to be adjusted to hold the weight of whoever walks across it.

Step 3: Dig Holes for the Posts

The holes where the posts are going need to be labeled so you know where the poles will be placed. After the poles are put into the holes, make sure they are level and sitting straight, so you can pour in the cement. The cement needs a little time to dry, so give it about an hour or so while making sure that the poles don’t come loose or get unlevel.

Step 4: Finish Construction

After the cement has dried and the poles are put up, it is time to set the floor down. Once the floor is down, you can put up the railings to the stairs and the deck itself. If at all possible, you could use metal risers to give the steps a little strength to hold weight. It’s preferred after the rails are up, to put little pickets in between the top railing and the bottom board. This is for the safety of children, so they don’t fall through the opening in the middle of the boards. After the deck is done, you have a few choices whether or not to add on a little more, or leave it as it is and test its stability.

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