Above ground pools don’t look really good but if you add a deck to it, it is an altogether different story… That’s why Imgur user FoxK56 decided to do it himself. Check out the whole process and the final result. It does looks much better this way.
"The start of the project summer 2015. I had removed the grass in the deck area same time I did the pool area, but then it became a dumping ground for removed pool area soil, and months went by before I could start the deck. Tons of weeds moved in. I had to clean it all up first. My little guy helping me"
"Made up a temporary frame to help with post placement"
"Father in law helping dig the holes. I ended up abandoning use of the auger after a few holes. Soil on my property is extremely rocky and it bound up the auger and the holes became like 16" diameter with rocking side to side"
"All the post holes are dug below the frost line"
"Bostitch F21PL. The absolute best tool investment I've made in a while. Made making the frame absolutely breeze by. With a tip change it shoots both regular galvanized nails and the thicker ones used in joist hangers"
"Placing plastic standoffs on the bottom of the posts so they're not in direct contact with the concrete. This prevents premature rot. The posts are ground contact rated"
"Stone was backfilled into the holes instead of the original soil. This will promote drainage and reduce moisture held against the posts"
"More of the deck together. Those long boards at the top was my attempt and preventing post twisting before I had everything permanently tied together"
"Definitely not the safest method, but the best one with the tools I had to assure a nice square cut"
"Pool perimeter boards are installed. Also installed blocking between the joists to keep twisting to a minimum and adding rigidity"
"Some photos you'll see in this album are taken at night. Having young kids limits the time you've got to do this stuff to when they're sleeping. Here I have a template for installing the 1/2" galvanized carriage bolts"
"The decking was quick and easy until I got to near the pool. Here's my method for getting the angled cuts. First lay the board where it's going to end up"
"Safety latch. It looks silly up that high but the knob needs to be 54" off the floor of the deck, and the railing height is 38" (minimum town requirement)"
"Will be staining probably this Fall after all the wood dries out"
Approximate cost is about $1500 for lumber and hardware