I read as much in the archives as possible but I need more advice. This could possibly be the last weekend it's warm enough to remove the pool stairs ( Amazon.com : Confer Plastics Access Pool Step : Swimming Pool Ladders : Patio, Lawn Garden ). They are not filled with sand. I did put holes near the bottom to sink them. I had been using bleach bottles with gravel to weigh them down.
The water temp was 70 degrees yesterday so maybe one last swim for the dogs if the temp gets up with the 80 degrees today and tomorrow.
I am not very strong and the steps going in was easy. But how does one get them out? I don't have a deck to pull them up on to and I worry about the top rail of the pool but the stair seem to like to float : ). We bought the stairs used and had been filled with sand ( removed pre install). I had to spend a long time flushing the sand /pebbles out and getting algae out ( possible didn't get it all-it was shedding skin like stuff when I flushed it pre install).
I have one acrobatic dog who vaults over the side of the pool when she assumes her ball is in the pool. We installed a one way pool gate so if she got in she could get out. The stairs on the out side of the pool are wood with a small 3 ft x 3 ft platform.
So I thought maybe if I laid the stair on their side it might be ok?
How does the freezing affect the plastic on the stairs? It can get down to 3 below zero here in winter. We don't get much snow - like 6 " a few times but there is always the potential for a foot and blowing snow drifts. The pool is behind the house and surrounded by a bank of pine trees so possible less chance of snow drifts near the pool.
It also gets many warm days here in CO so I'm not sure if the water will get down below 60 degrees consistently.
It was a great first summer, This forum is incredible. Thank you all!