Semi-Inground | Above-Ground | In-ground – The Aquasport 52
The Aquasport 52 can be installed as an above ground pool, semi-inground pool, and quite often also used as an in-ground swimming pool. The strength of the wall makes it perfect for any application, or landscape design.
Assembly and Construction Details
Aquasport 52 Pool Wall
I have gone into detail about this pool wall many times, in other articles, so I will keep it short here. The wall is assembled one panel at a time, each interlocking with the last. Each section is made of thick extruded aluminum, and measures 4″ x 52″. The columns or ribs you see on the wall are where each panel lock together. Each wall-section has two channels, a receiving slot, and a bead. By joining together these panel’s, sliding the beaded end of one section, into the receiver channel of another, together they form a super strong 1-inch vertical column every 4-inches.
Aluminum Pool Construction
It has been proven over the years, that no pool wall lasts longer than an aluminum pool wall. They do not rust! Aluminum becomes stronger as they get cold. It is also a fact that thick extruded aluminum interlocking panels make for the best swimming pool walls.
The Framing of the Aquasport 52
Sills /Bottom Plates
The sill located on the bottom of the pool that the wall panels slide into and sits on, is 4 inches wide (aluminum), with two ninety-degree angles that form a channel the wall panels drop into. Each length of the bottom track is bolted together using aluminum plates thicker than your pinky finger, and bolts fatter than your index finger.
This pool has ridged extruded aluminum top-plates/rails. Compare that to the resin/plastic pools of today. You have to make a thick piece of resin if you’re ever going to compare it to the strength of our metal aluminum top-rails. Metal that by the way, will be worth something in 30 to 40 years.
Bead Channel On This Pool
All above-ground pools or semi-inground pools rely on a cheap piece of plastic to receive the vinyl liner bead. The top rails have a bead channel built into the aluminum top plates. The bead channel for the pool liner gets formed into the top-rail during the extrusion process. You will never have to take the pool apart to replace the vinyl-pool-liner.
The inside edge of the top-rails is like the coping of an inground pool. That’s why you can pour a cement deck, or install patio block over the top-rails if you want.
The strength of the wall and bead-channel enables you to use a thicker vinyl pool liner. There is no chance of the thicker liner-option buckling the wall or ripping out of the bead socket like with traditional above-ground pools. This is why I usually package this pool with the 20/20 mil Brighton Prism pool liner.
Buttresses / Posts / Uprights
The uprights or posts on this pool are called buttresses. They form the left and right of the wall sections. After connecting the sills together you install the buttresses, then the wall panels. This order of assembly is important.
There are two holes in the top and bottom of every buttress panel. They get installed everywhere two sills come together. These buttresses get bolted to the bottom sills and then later after the wall panels are installed to the top plates locking the wall panels in place in a thick frame.
After you build the pool you could pick it up and moved if you had enough people, it is that sturdy. Try that with any other pool.