Category Archives: FAQ About Above Ground Pools

Doughboy Pools @ Pools Above Ground

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Doughboy Pools

Doughboy pools are synonymous with American quality. If you were a kid in the 1970’s, you likely remember the Doughboy pool. It was one of the first makes on the above ground pool market, and still going strong today. In a landscape filled with imported sub-par products, above ground pool owners still have high quality pools still available to them. Hoffinger Industries, who purchased Doughboy Recreational in 1974, is the only pool manufacturer in the world to make all their own products from raw materials. (more…)

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Jan. 11, 2015

Happy Bottom Pool Pad = Bad Choice

Happy Bottom Pool Pad

Happy Bottom Pool Pad

Happy Bottom Pool Pad = Bad Choice


This blog will likely change your mind about using Happy Bottom Pool Pad under your pool liner. I’m sure some people will give me flack for this one, but people ask me about Happy Bottom, and I am going to tell those who are willing to listen. I will also give you info on what works best for under pool liners and why.

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Jan. 10, 2015

What Is Pool Cove? Do I Need It? Pools Above Ground

What Is Pool Cove?


The primary purpose of above ground pool cove is to keep the vinyl pool liner away from the pool’s framework. This framework has corners and edges that could come in contact with the vinyl liner and ultimately cause damage. The pool cove prevents any damage from occurring to the liner by simply covering the metal frame pieces and acting as a buffer between the two. Aside from the protection, the pool cove also relieves undue stress on the pool liner seams. This is done by reducing the stretch in that area. (more…)

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Jan. 9, 2015

Expandable Pool Liners For Above Ground Swimming Pools

Expandable Pool Liners

Expandable liners for above ground pools are designed to conform to different shaped pool bottoms and different depths. Expandable liners can be used in both round and oval pools and typically they can add up to an additional 2 feet of water depth. Expandable pool liners do come with different liner prints and thickness of materials, all can be seen by clicking here. (more…)

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May. 5, 2014

Overlap Pool Liners For Above Ground Pools

Every swim season many above ground pool owners are faced with the replacement of their vinyl pool liners. The first step in this process is ordering the correct liner for your pool. Aside from knowing the size of the pool liner needed, knowing the correct attachment method is also required. (more…)

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Mar. 28, 2014

Above Ground Pool Skimmers



Above Ground Pool Skimmers


This brief article is about one of the most overlooked and least expensive parts of the above ground swimming pool, the skimmer box. The pool skimmer is responsible for the transfer of water from the pool to the filter system. And because it is one of the only openings cut into the pool liner and pool wall, it is often the source for leaks and corrosion. (more…)

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Mar. 22, 2014

Deep End & Deep Middle Above Ground Pools

The topic of putting a deep end in an above ground swimming pool is one that will never die. Many of us want the additional water depth that the deep end offers, but there are some very important facts that you should know before purchasing your next swimming pool. We are going to discuss what a deep end or deep middle is and what to look for when purchasing an above ground pool for this purpose. (more…)

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Mar. 19, 2014

Best Above Ground Pool Reviews

As our globe starts to heat up once again, the snow and ice will soon melt away. Many of us are more than ready for the sun’s warmth once again, and the long awaited warm weather will spark many outdoor activities. Family get-togethers, backyard BBQ’s or simply quiet relaxation all go great with a backyard swimming pool. This is why each year tens of thousands of above ground swimming pools​ are purchased and installed in backyards all across this country.​ ​Let’s briefly review the basic difference between type of above ground pools and rate them as we go. (more…)

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Mar. 16, 2014

The Best Pool Floor Pad – Armor Shield

Best Pool Floor Pad

The Best Pool Floor Pad – Armor Shield


It’s that time of year again when swimming pools all over the country are being cleaned up and prepared for summer time fun. Early Spring is a time when many above ground pools get their makeover. This often consists of a new swimming pool liner and accessories like pool cove, wall foam and even a new skimmer. But the one item that gets a lot of attention is pool floor pad.

What Is Pool Floor Pad?

Pool floor pad is simply a material that is placed on the ground under a pool liner to create a padding effect or protect the pool liner from puncture. This is done during the process of building the swimming pool or at the time of relining an existing above ground pool. This is never a bad idea and will keep your new pool liner safe from unwanted puncture. But pool floor padding can be made of different materials, some good and some very bad, so we will briefly discuss what to lookout for. (more…)

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Mar. 15, 2014

Prefab Or Pre Made Above Ground Pool Decks

It’s getting close to pool season once again for much of the country. Many of us are readying our pools for the warm summer months ahead while others are considering getting an above ground swimming pool for the first time. But one topic that comes up more now than in years past is above ground pool decks. We have covered the pre built decks in the past, but their popularity is growing and we should cover this topic once again.

Pre Made above ground pools decks are simply deck systems that have been engineered for use around an above ground swimming pool. Their generic nature allows them to be adapted to most any brand above ground pool. They are assembled and slid up next to the pool for a tidy fit. And thanks to their flexibility, these pre made pool decks work with practically any size above ground pool.

Are Prefab Pool Decks Safe?

These decks are well made and can support many people on them at one time. All deck models are heavy duty  and are constructed with a steel framework capable of supporting up to 1400lbs. on the larger models. Also all pre fab pool deck systems include both sets of steps. These are from ground to deck and from deck to water. They use steps not ladders for entering and exiting the pool water safely and easily, while the outside step incorporates a self closing latching gate for safety. Stylish handrail fencing around the entire deck and deck flooring is made from vinyl for superior weather resistance and great looks. (more…)

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Mar. 14, 2014