Setting Up and Using an Above-Ground Fiberglass Pool Setting Up and Using an Above-Ground Fiberglass Pool

Lounging in an above-ground fiberglass pool is a great way to spend your summer days. You can lay around the pool with a cool cup of tea and watch the kids swim and have a good time. If you don’t have a pool and are considering getting one, you can put it up yourself in a matter of hours with a little help from your friends. Here are a few things you will need before you get started. In order to set up the above-ground fiberglass pool, you will need a lawn rake, ground cover tarp, plastic or wooden lawn stakes, water hose and a pool pump. You will alos require a pool filter for the pump and chlorine and PH test kit.


First, you will need to find a place to put your above-ground fiberglass pool. You need a flat place that is at least 10 feet across. Begin by removing any rocks, sticks or anything else sharp. They can cause punctures in the pool after it has been filled.


You can begin by raking the spot that you picked and smooth it out. You want to be sure it is very smooth. You can also put sand down to provide a smooth layer. Most pool representatives are recommending doing away with the sand, but that is up to you.

Placing the Tarp

Once you have the site ready, it is time to place the tarp over the site where your above ground fiberglass pool will be. Be sure the tarp is secured down with stakes to prevent it from moving. Be sure it is free of all wrinkles, as well.

Assembling the Pool

Get the instructions from the pool kit and read them over thoroughly. You may need to have a friend help you with the assembly. You will first want to put the frame of the pool up. Have a friend help you hold up the walls so you can insert the frame pieces into the fabric pockets. You will continue in this manner until the walls are free standing. Sometimes there will be a liner that will need to be installed. Once the above-ground fiberglass pool is standing, it is ready for water. While the pool is filling with water, you can be installing the pool pump and the filter. The pump should rest right beside the pool. Carefully attach the hoses and prime the pump before turning it on.

Adding Chemicals

Gather the chemicals you need to put in the pool. You should have chlorine and a few other chemicals to keep the water clean and clear. Be sure that the PH balance is in the normal range before letting people swim in the pool.

With the right amount of chemicals and the right weather, you can be enjoying your pool in no time at all. Now that the pool is clear and ready, it is time to start the barbeque. With proper care, your above-ground fiberglass pool will last you all summer long and for many years to come.

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