How to Make a Pool Ladder
Putting together your own pool ladder is a simple project. Just follow the directions below.
Step 1 - Measure the Pool Height
Measure the depth of the pool where you intend to place your ladder. Jot this measurement down on a piece of paper. Add 4 feet to the length you have just written down. This measurement will be used to purchase the pipe.
Step 2 - Purchase Pipe
Take a trip to your local home improvement center and purchase 2 pieces of pipe that is about 1.5 inches in diameter. Have both pieces of pipe cut to the length you have written, including the extra footage.
Step 3 – Bend the Top of the Pipe
Using a pipe bender (also can be purchased at your local home improvement center), bend the top of the pipe at approximately 1 foot from the end at an angle approximately 145 degrees. This will help to wrap the pipe up and over the wall. Take out the second pipe and repeat this process.
Step 4 – Bend the Bottom of the Pipe
Turn the pipe completely over and bed the other end. This end will be the end to touch the ground. Before you completely bend this other end of the pipe, you need to measure the distance between the base of the ground and the pipe. Shape the pipe at no more than a 55-degree angle from the vertical portion. The shape of the pipe should mold itself to the bottom of the ground. It should sit on the ground, without wobbling or moving from one side to the other. It should lay level on the ground.
Step 5 – Add Foot Supports
After you have the pipe level to the ground, add supports to the bottom of the piping to help with the stability. Weld the supports onto the bottom of the piping. Remember, safety always comes first. Put on your welders mask and additional protective gear when attempting or completing this step.
Step 6 – Attach the Steps
Attach the rungs (steps) at no more than 12 inch intervals. This will make a comfortable step up for the average person. Cut enough rungs from additional pieces of aluminum pipe. The piping should be at least 1.5 inches in diameter and 2.5 feet wide. Again, pull out your welder and weld the rungs to the two vertical pieces of piping. Use a spot weld technique to attach them quickly. File down any sharp or protruding edges.
Step 7 - Attach to Pool
Attach your ladder to the pool side, using several clamps. Test it before you allow others to put weight on it.