How to Disassemble Aboveground Pools

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Things You'll Need

  • Submersible suction pump

  • Phillips head screwdriver

  • Flat head screwdriver

  • Duct tape

  • Labels

  • Storage bags

  • Large storage box


Check the disassembled parts to see whether any needs to be replaced. Contact your pool manufacturer for the replacement parts. The entire process of disassembling an aboveground pool may take an entire day, with a majority of the time involving the draining of the pool.


Be sure the pool has enough water for your suction pump to operate, or else the process could burn up the motor and damage the pump.

If you're planning a move or just wanting to change your landscape, disassembling your aboveground pool will require some time and help. Get someone to assist and find a dry place to store the parts with everything properly labeled. If you just want to get rid of the pool, place an ad saying you're selling it or giving it away and make the removal a condition of the transaction.


Step 1

Remove any loose items from your aboveground pool such as the ladder and floating chlorine container. Make sure the pool pump is unplugged and no longer running.

Step 2

Place a submersible pump into the pool to drain the water. Keep an eye on the pump, particularly when the pool is almost completely drained so that the pump is not damaged. This process generally takes several hours depending on how much water is in your pool.

Step 3

Remove the pump once the water is drained.


Step 4

Remove the top seat ledge covers and ledges from around the top of the pool and set them aside for labeling and storage later on. You may want the assistance of your helper from this point on to help disassemble the pool quickly.

Step 5

Remove the top rail and joiner plates along the pool and set those pieces to the side for labeling and storage.

Step 6

Take the liner out of the pool after you remove all of the hardware from the top of the pool. If the liner is in good condition, you can store it and use it again. If it shows a lot of wear and tear, you should replace it.


Step 7

Remove the wall bolts and place them in a labeled storage bag.

Step 8

With your assistant's help, pull the wall of the pool out of the bottom rails and roll it up as tightly as you can. When you're finished, duct tape the wall so it does not unroll.

Step 9

Separate all of the bottom rails and store all of the pool parts in a dry area with the appropriate labeling so you can put the pool back up at a later time.



Julie Duncan

Julie Duncan has worked in the legal profession for over 15 years as a paralegal, owner of a court reporting business and now a law graduate. She was also recognized for her research and writing by the South Carolina Political Science Association in 2006.