I just finished Slamming my gross, 3 yr uncovered, and completely neglected pool. 19 days, and 76 gallons of 10% liquid shock later, it is finally swim ready, and so are we.
Here is my dilemma.
My husband and I are both disabled. I have a history of falls, A Lot of medical issues, plus right now I'm battling massively swollen legs, and feet. My hubby has a steel plate in his neck, bone grafts in his neck and back, and he is going blind from his diabetes. So being high risk for falls is definitely a factor for both of us. His doctor told my hubby just last week that he needs to get into a pool, and do some low impact water exercises, and I informed the doctor that our pool would soon be ready for him to do that.
But, right now the only way we have to get in, and out of the pool is by using an unattached A-Frame ladder that came with the pool which is very difficult for both of us to use because the steps are way too narrow, plus it's not attached so it is really unsteady. I've used them a few times to get in, and out to patch some holes during the Slam, and I actually used them today to get in the pool for a bit, but they are pretty rickety to use, and I'm not sure that my hubby with his vision problems can see well enough to hit the steps, let alone step over the top platform part to the step on the opposite side?
Knowing we could not use them without risking falls, I previously bought a new set of Confer 1 Steps for the inside of the pool that are now put together, and ready to go into the pool. But we have no deck to connect those to, but I had a plan to remedy this, but the plan isn't going as well as I'd hoped at the moment.
For the outside of the pool we purchased the wide fiberglass mobile home steps a couple of years ago that someone was selling, and assumed they would work well for us.
Our issue comes in because the mobile home steps are right at 17" too short to reach the top of the pool. My plan was to put the Confer steps inside the pool, and connect the attachment brackets to the mobile home steps, but lol I have to get the mobile home steps up 17" to do that. (I'm not even sure with them being fiberglass if the confer steps would hold adequately to them anyway, but if they wouldn't I'd planned to use 2x4s to make a wooden frame to attach them to.
Do you all think the confer steps can be adequately attached to the fiberglass steps?
My plan when I bought the Confer, and mobile home steps was to hire someone to build a 17" platform out of wood to put the steps on, but my hubby said that was a stupid idea as the wood would rot in a year, and we'd be paying someone to build another platform again next year. (I personally wouldn't think if treated lumber was used that they'd rot any quicker than a deck would, but lol apparently he does). I also thought perhaps wooden pallets may work, and I can get those for free?
My hubby said we need to just block the 4 corners of the mobile home steps with concrete blocks to get them up to the top of the pool. Well, I'm not sure that's the safest idea to raise them on just 4 corners up 17" because those steps are big, and they are heavy. Plus we have a lot of BIG Friends who will be coming to swim too.
LOL I can see one side of the blocks stacked up to 17" sliding out from under a corner, not only dropping the mobile home steps down on one side while someone is on them at the time, but also the mobile home steps then yanking the soon to be attached confer steps through the pool wall, as well.
That plan sounds like an accident waiting to happen to me. What do you think?
I've thought of possibly buying a concrete slab, or having one poured that will make up the 17" difference, or if I have to just buying a 2nd set of confer steps for the outside too, and just doing away with the mobile home steps all together (but since we already bought the mobile home steps, and we're on a very limited income, I really don't want to have to purchase another set of steps, if it can be avoided).
I've also considered instead of raising the steps at all, merely leaving the steps on the ground because they are so big and heavy, and somehow trying to build a 17" wooden deck like step thing above it that can be removed, and stored somehow during the offseason. But I'm not sure that would even be possible to do either?
Anyway, I'm just trying to figure out what would be the best, safest, and most cost effective, way to solve this issue.
Any thoughts on what would be the best solution to this problem would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you, and have a wonderful night