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Swimpool Centre

DIY Installation Kits

Whether you're a builder or a handyman, you could

save money by installing your own pool. 


Swimpool Centre supplies DIY Fibreglass Pool Kits as well as

Afford-A-Pool Vinyl Pool Kits.

With our range of quality pool kits and instructional guide, we make installing a pool easy. What's more, we can offer you sound advice every step of the way.

DIY KIT Option A - Fiberglass DIY Kit
Choose a shape, see Installing FibreGlass Pools for more on shapes.
Contact Us for a DIY Kit Quotation and Order your DIY pool today.
Kit Includes: Pool, Filter, Pump, Motor and Fittings.
Kit Does not include: Pipes and delivery.

Installing your Fibreglass DIY Pool

Depending on the size of the pool, you will need to measure the area to be dug to 300mm larger than the pool that is to be installed. The bigger the hole the more backfill you will require. This will increase costs. Make sure that you are as close as possible to the position where the pool are to be installed. Check the land for the slope / gradient.

Digging the hole
Digging the hole is easy, however, the size and depth of the hole at this stage is critical. If it is at all possible the excavated material needs to be moved off site quickly. This will give you a good clean building site. Less clutter means more pleasant working conditions for you. Now you are probably asking, "What about the depth?". Each pool is different and has unique characteristics.
• Use the actual pool shell to determine the exact measurement details.
• Run two lines using a fish line (which is heavier than fishing line) along the length of the pool on the outer edges without moving onto the corners of the pool.
• Measure into the pool so that you can drop a perpendicular line to the floor of the pool.
• Measure and record the distance to the floor and also the distance from the side of the pool.
• Now do the same at the shallow end of the pool.
• Dig the hole depth to about 50mm deeper than the measurements you have obtained.
• Consider the ground to be level, put four pegs into the ground at the same distances you measured them to be apart at the pool shell. Be sure that the pegs are some 750mm further away from the proposed hole to be dug.

Fitting of the Pool
The hole is dug, and all is ready to set your final levels so that you can pull the screed on the floor of the pool. Establish the exact required finished level, keeping in mind that it is difficult to get to an exact level because the pool can move during installation. The limit is 30mm out of level over the pool. Determine the thickness of your surround to be laid on the pool. This is important as provision for this is needed so that when the pool is completed, full of water and concreted, the paving will need to be done and this should bring the pool completed to the level required. All this being established, let's set up the floor.
• Check the four pegs again to be sure that they are all level with each other.
• Run the fishline from peg to peg from the shallow end to deep end.
• Use the measurement of the pool inside the hole. In the same fashion you took the measurement from the shell out the ground, establish those measurements inside the hole. You should have four pegs on the floor of the hole set to the levels as measured before.
• The fishline again needs to be placed in the hole on the pegs so that it forms a rectangle.
• Place the backfill in the hole so that the fishline is just above the backfill. Be sure to use a straight edge to get the floor flat with the fishline.
• Stand back re-measure double check all distances and confirm again that all measurements are correct. (If you do not you will need to remove the pool out the ground and re-measure again anyway).

Place the Pool in the hole
• Remove all the pegs in the hole and outside of the hole.
• Place the pool in the ground.
• Using the same transparent pipe that was used to level the pegs at the outset. Use this pipe to level the pool.
• Keep one end of the pipe in the deep end of the pool do not move it, now level around the pool using 38mm by 38mm battens or similar timber as chocks from the outside sand in the hole to the top of the pool flange.
• Once the pool is level and the floor checked that it is firmly on the ground recheck and get into the pool and feel with your feet, start to fill with water.
• At the same time you should fill the backfill behind the pool mixing the backfill with cement ratio 10 barrows to one cement.
• This material will fall behind the pool in the cove this is where the pool floor bends to meet the pool wall.
• As the water level rises place the sand into the hole so that the water and sand come up together.
• As the water level is rising you will need to compact the sand in the cove so that it is firm. Be sure not to distort the shape of the pool, so be careful not to over compact the soil. ( This leads to bulging) Under compaction will cause the pool to move out of shape and out of level.
• Once the cove area all round the pool is set to allow the water level to rise some 15cm above the sand and backfill with this difference all the way up.
• Check the pool wall for straightness and no bulges whilst back filling.
• While all this is taking place, you will have to fit the weir/skimmer and the aimflo. Do not panic you will have enough time to do all that is needed.
• Use marine or underwater silicon to seal the weir and the inlet pipe openings. Make sure all screws used in the pool are stainless steel.

Concreting the pool surround
• Tie the pool sides back with wire to pegs that you put in the ground around the pool.
• Your backfill is now to about 100mm below the pool top and the water is full to halfway up the weir.
• The pipes are connected to the filter and pump.
• Your eye should tell you the pool looks good or not.
• Place reinforcing rod about 6mm thick around the pool in two lines joining them together every 1.5m with a short piece across.
• Mix your concrete 3:2:1 and place the concrete, pulling your level so that there is a gentle slope away from the pool.

DIY Kit option B - Afford-A-Pool DIY Kit
Your choice of above ground or below ground vinyl swimming pool kits.

Above Ground Pool Kits

Take it home and be swimming in a few hours! Easy to transport and erect, just unpack it, put it together, and fill it up. The perfect low-cost answer for those hot days in the sun. You can even put it anywhere you want it and move it again later.

Sunken Pool Kits

At a fraction of the cost of granite or fibreglass pools you could have an easy-to-maintain in-ground vinyl pool.

Oval or round DIY pool kits are available from Swimpool Centre, please Contact Us for more information.

Kit Includes: your choice of size and shape (oval or round) vinyl pool,  Pump, Motor, Filter and fittings.
Kit Does not include: Pipes and delivery

Installing your in-ground Oval Vinyl Pool

Excavate your pool hole 30cm larger than the pool size. Construct the two block walls to hold the straight sides of your pool.


  Assemble your wire mesh cage with the easy to connect wire spirals.

Snap on the black split tubing over the top and bottom of the wire mesh.

Clip in your flexit boards under the split tubing. Overlap the boards and tape in position.

Position the pool walls correctly into the oval shape.

Use a water level to make sure the walls are level.

Prepare the pool base with good clean builders sand.

Install your vinyl liner and fill the pool with water. Make sure you remove all creases in the vinyl.

Once the pool is full you can attach the skimmer box and aimflow.

Enjoy your AFFORD-A-POOL.

So if you're thinking of taking the plunge, come and talk to us...we can also supply you with all the extras.



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