Anchoring a Pool Ladder can be a difficult task if not follower proper techniques.
Anchoring a Pool Ladder can be a difficult task. Especially when going in without any prior training or knowledge. Reading up using various resources and consulting professionals on this would make the process easier. One more such resource is the article given below. All the steps involved in anchoring a pool ladder are crucial. Care must be appropriately taken at each level.
The first step would be to determine the appropriate positioning of each product across the pool.
Confirm the maximum/minimal distance from the water’s side and the exact span between anchors if employing two for installation.
- Before installing, inspect the anchors for any defects or missing portions.
- In the case of plastic anchors, make certain the bonding screw is supplied well with the inner side of the anchor.
- With the assistance of a tool put down the wedge into the anchor by screwing the bolt counterclockwise. To get the most clearance, drop the wedge as far as it allows without disengaging the wedge.
- Check the anchor(s) by placing it onto the product to affirm fit.
- Cover socket and bottom hole of the anchor to prevent concrete from getting in.
- Be sure to go through the local electrical codes to ascertain bonding requirements so that you can bond anchors by following the latest code.
- The next step is to level the anchor’s top edge with a concrete surface. Doing so is important for the correct setup of the product.
- You must follow the instructions provided by the concrete manufacturer to ensure that the concrete is cured fully before installing the pool ladder.
To retrofit an existing anchor, follow the below steps:
- Use a Core drill to drill a 4” diameter hole for the conventional stainless steel or bronze anchor. You may also drill a 5” diameter hole in case of a universal anchor that is ½” deeper than the anchor depth.
- Next comes the cleaning of the hole. Make sure you dry out the hole with the help of a pipe cleaner or vacuum.
- Position anchor wedge turned away from the pool.
- Bond anchor to current rebar withinside the deck following the neighborhood constructing codes.
- Use epoxy or compression cement according to the manufacturer’s manual to curing correctly.
- Once cured and leveled, you can proceed to install the ladder or rail into the anchor.
Tip for Installation
Install the pool ladder into the anchors with the help of two or more people to avoid damage. More people also make the assignment less complicated to handle. Arrange the ends of the ladder to align with the anchor and position the ends to be placed simultaneously.
Tighten the wedge anchor, with the help of tools, by screwing the bolt to settle the product in the anchor. Do not overtighten.
It is best to have help around you while employing this task. Though it seems simple, there can be a lot of technicalities that can get tricky handling alone. Therefore it is best to work with a partner(s) or someone with prior experience anchoring the pool ladder.