The following tutorial will provide you with some common tips to help prevent pool steps from floating. In this tutorial we will use the Confer Curve Deluxe Above Ground Pool Steps as our example. There are a few steps listed in the installation instructions of the Confer Curve Deluxe that will prevent the steps from floating.
In order to prevent pool steps from floating, you will need to use 70lbs of sand during the assembly process that will weigh down the steps allowing them to sink to the bottom of the pool and stay there. There are 6 openings where you will pour sand into on the Confer Curve Deluxe Above Ground Pool Steps.
Each side panel [A] requires 20 lbs of sand split between the two fill holes. Sand is needed as ballast to hold step down in the water. Using a funnel fill the lower hole completely to the top with sand. Shake the panel to help settle the sand, lower hole must be completely filled. Pour whatʼs left from the 20 lbs into the upper fill hole. Using provided cap, plug the lower fill hole only. Upper fill hole must remain open. Repeat procedure to fill the second part [A].
At this time add 30 lbs of sand through the two fill holes located on the add-on panel. Using a funnel fill the lower hole completely to the top with sand. Shake the panel to help settle the sand. Lower hole must be completely filled. Pour whatʼs left from the 30 lbs, into the upper hole. Using the provided cap plug the lower fill hole only. Upper fill hole must remain open.
With a helper place the pool step into swimming pool. Hold the step under water at a slight angle until all the air bubbles stop. Tilt the step in the other direction until all the air bubbles stop. Be patient this process will take a few minutes. If the pool step is still floating all of the air is not out. Lean step to the side again until air bubbles stop.
In order for your steps to stay secure and to help prevent floating, you must attach the steps to your deck around your pool. With the step in place and positioned about 1 inch away from the inside of pool wall [back of step must not touch pool liner] extend the two deck connectors onto the pool deck and attach using 2-#10 x 1-1/4” self tapping screws in each connector. These screws should be spaced as far apart as possible using the holes provided in the deck connector. Next, attach the two deck connectors to the handrail posts using 2-#10 x 1-1/4” screws in each post.