Do you have trouble installing or uninstalling the ladder? Then it’s time for you to replace pool ladder anchors.
The reason behind this might be owing to a build-up of corrosion in the anchors. How does one replace pool ladder anchors without potentially having to tear up the concrete?
However, before going into the whole process of replacing pool ladder anchors, you might want to consider checking other reasons for the trouble. Like, for example, whether the rail is bent/ out of shape, etc. Doing this will save you the entire hassle of going through anchor replacement since that is a pretty tedious job.
Replacing Pool Ladder Anchors may look tricky but they aren’t if know the right way. There are two-three methods of replacing a pool ladder anchor. It is mostly safer and smarter to simply make another hole to install new anchors instead of replacing them in the same spot. However, you can wish to return to the same site if you want to avoid the long work of digging out new holes.
The first requirement is to get your equipment ready and make sure you have all the supplies for the replacement.
Do the following steps to replace your pool ladder anchors:
Try to Clean Out the Anchor
- Get a circular wire brush and a drill.
- Check first whether the brush is cleaning well enough to remove the rust or not. Since the tube of the wire brushes is short, they will not reach the end of the anchor tube. The solution would be getting either a longer shank or a shank extension that comes with sets of screwdrivers.
- The extension can turn out to be frustrating as the wire wheel would repeatedly fall out and into the hole. To avoid that, you can think about gluing or even weld the two together.
- If the replacing anchor is aluminum, then the corrosion will continue to occur. Since aluminum is a comparatively nobler metal, it will rust to protect the steel, which is a less noble metal.
- Aluminum, luckily, is a soft metal and thus easy to clean, which means that it is easy to grind up and remove, at the very least easier than steel.
- Grinding a few times can result in the aluminum scrapping off and the hole getting nice and clean for you to replace it with galvanized pipes.
Get a Core Drill
- Get a 4-inch core drill.
- Place it over the center of the anchors you wish to replace and drill them out.
- The only drawback is that you will have to get the same type of anchors to replace the previous ones. If not then, you might have to buy a new ladder that fits the new anchors.
- To install the new anchors, using a rotary hammer, pierce into the deck at three spots inside the new 4” hole. Insert three parts of rebar in the space and fasten them as one. Position the anchors at the appropriate distance, and set concrete to secure them.
Note: If you are getting new anchors for the swimming pool, consider buying something in bronze material. Bronze does not get rusted as quickly as aluminum. This, therefore, makes it more durable.
While there is no guarantee the new anchors won’t corrode, you can slow the corrosion by adding lead, the noblest metal, at the bottom of the hole that contacts both pipes.
While working on the anchors for the pool ladder, ensure proper protection to avoid any accidental mishaps. Preferably work with someone qualified if you are doing it for the first time.
Therefore before committing to the long task of replacing anchors make sure all other factors of the problem are checked out. If you do undertake this task replace it with anchors that are made of durable material so that it’s better in the long run.