Setting up an Intex Pool for Summer


Planning on putting up an Intex pool in your backyard this weekend?

There’s a right way, and a wrong way to do it. Here’s both ways…

Portable Pool Location

The location for your pool considers many factors like sunlight, visibility, location of power and water, and fencing or barriers to entry.

right-wayThe Right Way: Sunny patch of grass in the backyard – flat, level ground – good storm water run-off – fence or barriers – good visibility – close to power and water.

wrong-wayThe Wrong Way: Under a large tree – on a slight incline – too far from the hose or power – floods during heavy rains – no fence – can’t see pool from house.

Flat and Level Ground

center-stakeLevel ground is very important, if off by just 1-2 inches, a soft-sided pool can roll towards one side, which puts stress on the pool, and could lead to a blow out. This is the most important step in setting up an Intex pool! A good location is high and dry, and also flat and level.

right-wayThe Right Way: Place a stake at center point, and use a long string to spray paint a border that is 1ft larger than your pool. Use a line level on the string to measure for level at 12-36 points around the pool. Use flat shovels or a sod cutter machine to remove turf, and lower the high spots. Add a one inch layer of sand.

wrong-wayThe Wrong Way: Raise the low spots by adding sand – not checking for level. Using sand to fill in low spots is not advised, this results in uneven weight distribution, uneven floors and if erosion occurs, you could have a blow out.

There are very few yards that are absolutely flat and level, and require no ground work. Depending on your equipment, it can take 2 hours, or 20 hours. If you have substantial grading to do, look into renting a skid steer loader or sod cutter.

If you are digging out more than a few inches, call811, call811-to have your underground lines marked. If you are digging out more than a foot, you may want to think about constructing a small timber or block retaining wall to direct water around the pool.

Intex Pool Set-Up

With the location carefully considered and the site prepared with a clean, flat and level base, covered by the ground cloth, you are ready to install the pool.

right-wayThe Right Way: Grab a helper and spread the ground cloth over the prepared ground, stake in the corners to keep it tight. Roll out the pool material and carefully spread it out, being careful not to snag it on stakes or sticks.

intex-easy-set-pool-animationzFor Easy Set pools, inflate the top ring and begin filling the pool. For Metal Frame and Ultra Frame pools, assemble the frame pieces as per instructions, until the pool is fully erected, then begin to fill the pool.

Removing wrinkles in an Intex Pool: The packing wrinkles will mostly smooth out, but a few made need some assistance from you while the pool is filling.

wrinkles-intex-poolWhen you get about 4-6 inches of water, gently get in the pool, in your swimsuit, and begin to slowly push any wrinkles to the outside with your hands. Grab a helper or two if you have a large pool, and work any wrinkles from the center of the pool to the walls. Heavy adults can use 2×4’s to stand or kneel on, to protect a sand base.

Once the pool is half full, wrinkles are almost impossible to remove, so be ready to get in once you start filling.

wrong-wayThe Wrong Way: Trying to do it yourself – not having a level base – sharp rocks and sticks under pool – not using a ground cover – using sand to raise low spots, instead of shaving down high spots – not working out wrinkles. Using air compressor on the Easy Set inflatable top ring – setting up pool on a wood deck or balcony – skimming the installation instructions and not watching the DVD!

As you can see – there’s a right way and a wrong way to set up your Intex pool for the summer. Take your time to do it right, especially with your prep work on the ground, and you’ll be swimming in no time!

Enjoy your Intex Pool this Summer!

Davy Merino
InTheSwim Blog Editor



Setting up an Intex Pool for Summer — 4 Comments

  1. Hi i have even cement in my yard is there anything i can do to fill the divet in it to make it more even? What are my options for making the pool as even as possible?

    • Hi Amanda, What some people do is lay down a bed of sand, which you can have delivered (masonry sand or construction sand (not play sand)). 1 yard of sand will cover 18′ round area, 2″ deep in sand. But then you have this giant pile of sand if and when you take the pool down. Another option is to use the Liner Pad, used for standard aboveground pools, under the liner, to protect the liner. Liner Pad, Liner Guard or Gorilla Pad, same stuff, but they are only about 1/8″ thick, kind of a felt material (they call it a ‘geo-textile’). Happy Bottom is another product for ABG pools, which is padding that is about 3/8″ thick. Or, I suppose you could use insulation boards, those large pink foam boards at Home Depot, or even rolls of home insulation bats.

  2. It’s not actually a comment but more of a question. I just recently bought an intex pool with metal stands (2.6 m. x 1.6 m.) and I am planning to mount it on my backyard with grass and I was thinking, if I place it over my lawn will the grass dry down due to lack of water poured in it.

    • Hi Troy, Yes, your grass will definitely die under the pool, and also could create an uneven surface for your pool floor. Intex pools come with a ground cloth, for protection of the pool, but many people also remove the grass first, level the ground and place a 1-2″ bed of sand in the area. The grass doesnt die from lack of water, but from being pressed under 10000 lbs of water, and lack of sunlight. Perhaps during the winter, you can install a trampoline over the dead grass, and won’t have to look at it? ๐Ÿ™‚

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