Are your pool ladder anchors broken, and are you having trouble replacing them? This easy-to-follow guide will help you remove old anchors and install new ones in no time.
The reason behind this might be getting rid of the broken, rusty, or old anchors.
However, before replacing pool ladder anchors, you might want to ensure whether the rail is bent/ out of shape, etc. Doing this will save you the hassle of going through anchor replacement since that is a tedious job.
Replacing anchors is tricky and can cause injury if the steps are not followed correctly. There are different methods of replacing a pool ladder anchor; we have discussed what works for us and might also work for you.
Please Note: 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.
Before getting into the process, the first requirement is to get your equipment ready and ensure you have all the supplies for the replacement.
Table of Contents
How to Replace Pool Ladder Anchors
1. Try to Clean Out the Anchor
First of all, clean the anchor. To do so:
- 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 usually short, they will not reach the end of the anchor tube. The solution would be getting either a longer shank or a shank extension with sets of screwdrivers.
- The extension can be frustrating as the wire wheel would repeatedly fall out and into the hole. You can think about gluing or even welding the two together to avoid that.
- If the replacing anchor is aluminum, then corrosion will continue to occur. Since aluminum is a comparatively nobler metal, it will rust to protect the steel, 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.
2. 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, you might have to buy a new ladder that fits the new anchors.
- With the help of a rotary hammer, pierce into the deck at three spots inside the new hole to install the new anchors. 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.
Please Note: If you are getting new anchors for the swimming pool, consider buying that are made of bronze as bronze does not get rusted as quickly as aluminum and is more durable.
While there is no guarantee the new anchors won’t corrode, you can slow the corrosion by adding lead 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 professional or someone with some experience with these kinds of work if you are doing it for the first time.
Therefore before committing to the long task of replacing anchors, ensure you follow safety norms and have all the equipment and tools prepared, be sure to get the proper anchors as they are available in different depths. If you undertake this task, replace it with anchors made of durable material so that it’s better in the long run.