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    Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    Just got a new confer ladder. Ive read reviews that it's a pain to get out of pool, when full of sand.
    Any other suggestions how to weigh it down?

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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    If you could link the specific ladder that you purchased, that would help.
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    How about some sealed pvc pipes filled with sand.
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

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    This is the ladder we have Confer Step 1
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    I do not have steps like that, but what about zip tying capped pvc pipe filled with bird shot to the walls of the steps?
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    We have the same steps and followed their directions to fill with some sand, but we're sorry we did because the unit is now so heavy (new pool, so haven't put steps in yet). We're very interested in other ideas, too!!

    We tentatively like the idea of zip tieing on some weighted, capped pies. Any other ideas?
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    We use these. My husband got them in and out when the pool went up last year and again this year with no issue.

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    But our ladder has a ledge at the base to put the bags on. We have three bags to hold it down.
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    They make optional weights for that ladder that you fill with sand and water and clip to the sides. Thats what I have. But mine are filled with pea gravel and bleach.

    However, in hindsight, they are kind of pricey. The best "homemade" solution I have seen is a number of empty bleach bottles (because we all have LOTS of those) filled with sand, and hung from underneath the steps.

    These are the weights I have Blue Wave Step Weights Pair

    Well maybe not those exact ones, but something similar. I forget where I got them, I shopped around when I bought them a number of years ago.

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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    I've tried a number of different things - retaining wall stones (afraid the porousness breeds algae though), bags filled with sand, before I finally settled on filling bleach bottles with quickrete. I needed a bunch because I have 5 home made platforms/islands in the water for my kids to play on to weigh down as well. Made about 10 of the bottles last year and they worked well, handles make them easy to pull in and out as needed.

    I think filling with sand would work too, but it may not be as heavy and if it breaks in the water, it could be a messier clean up than hardened concrete - not really certain. PVC capped and filled has been a popular solution as well.
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    Quote Originally Posted by phonedave View Post
    But mine are filled with pea gravel and bleach.
    The best "homemade" solution I have seen is a number of empty bleach bottles (because we all have LOTS of those) filled with sand, and hung from underneath the steps.

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    I think We are going to use the bleach bottle/pea gravel idea. How much bleach to leave in?
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    I put in the same set of steps a couple months ago, and did pour in about 15lbs of sand, but then went to Walmart and bought a plastic liquid holder with screw on top.($1.98)' I guess it would hold a gal of liquid, but I filled it with sand. Then after screwing lid on, attached to bottom of handrail with plastic ties. One seemed to work, but if you went with two, I'm sure that's enough. Good luck!
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    I used real weights covered in truck bed liner they work great

    You can see them on the left and right and I have a bungee cord running through the holes and on the back of the stairs



    this was 1 hour after opening, you can see how it hangs
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    Great ideas!!
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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    Also,I would leave the caps off that the sand goes in.This is mine I just put in this past week.Took over 100 pounds of cement & pulling one plug to let water in the add on step

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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    I don't use the confer steps but I do use the jugs to weigh the steps down. I will be adding more this summer though.

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    Re: Suggestions to weigh down ladder

    Quote Originally Posted by oasis1 View Post
    I think We are going to use the bleach bottle/pea gravel idea. How much bleach to leave in?
    Each year I add about a cup of bleach to the weights before I put them in for the season and the rest if water. I guess you could use the pool calculator to see how much that yeilds, but it is going to be a LOT. Maybe a cup of bleach to about a gallon of water?

    My thought is that pea gravel is not going to cause as big of a problem as sand if the weight does crack and the spacing in the gravel lets the bleach circulate better. Cement is an other good option. I really dont like sand, just in case it gets out of the weight.

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