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    Need Weight to Hold Down Stairs


    Last year I came by a set of plastic "Wedding Cake Stairs" to east entry into the pool.

    I am putting them into the pool this year.

    I placed old "barbell" weights inside to stabilize it. These are the plastic coated weights, probably cement inside them.

    It doesn't seem to be enough weight though as the steps are moving around on their own.

    Can I use cinder blocks? I'd wrap them in plastic so they don't harm the new liner. I'm worried that they will leach some chemical out into the pool.

    Anyone have experience with this?

    Robert in CT
    18x33 AG Johnny Weissmuller
    BK in CT
    18x33 AG Oval
    Delair/Johnny Weissmuller Model
    About 17,700 Gallons.
    Hayward Flo Max, Sand 1.5HP

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    AnnaK's Avatar
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    Jul 2007
    Eastern Pennsylvania

    Re: Need Weight to Hold Down Stairs


    12,500 gal AGP, Hayward sand filter, Pentair 2-speed pump, timer.
    Please visit our Pool Issues pages for information about step weights, managing the solar cover, and PoolSkim.

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    MikeInTN's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Middle Tennessee

    Re: Need Weight to Hold Down Stairs

    I wouldn't use cinder blocks. I don't know if you'd have a problem with anything leaching out of them, but dropping one and having it land on a corner won't be good for your liner, plastic wrapped or not.

    Anna's got a good method. I don't have wedding cake steps, but I use two 1-or 2- gallon plastic fuel cans filled with gravel and water/bleach to weight my steps down with. You could fill them with concrete as well. Another member uses old bleach bottles filled with concrete and rigged with a reinforced piece of pvc to hang them from.
    24' x 52" AGP - approx 13,500 gallons
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    Intex 8110 SWCG
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    Re: Need Weight to Hold Down Stairs

    in reading your responses I wonder if I don't have a large air bubble under the top of the stairs ... I'll have to get in to check this out.

    I have about 100 pounds of barbells inside the bottom of the steps, mostly in front (because the front kept floating up) but it is still light and even the kids walking into the pool moves the steps.

    It doesn't seem that putting sand inside the pipe, or even gas cans will equal the weight I have in there from the barbells.

    I'll let you know if I figure that it is an air pocket inside the steps ... I'm not sure if there is any hole in the top or not ... anyway, I was going to drill some small holes to fit cord or wire through to hold the weights in place. I'll find out about the air bubble then.

    BK in CT
    18x33 AG Oval
    Delair/Johnny Weissmuller Model
    About 17,700 Gallons.
    Hayward Flo Max, Sand 1.5HP

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    Jul 2008
    Wylie, Texas

    Re: Need Weight to Hold Down Stairs

    Robert, we're getting ready to put our wedding cake steps in our pool too and just bought about 150# of barbell weights to sit inside. Did you ever determine if your problem was the plastic weights or air under the step? DH doesn't want to do it Anna's way, says that will allow the steps to keep shifting in the water and he wants them to sit stationary (as do I).

    Also, a few of our weights have a small crack in the plastic, which we plan to silicone - not sure if that will cause a problem or not. But we're really rearing to get back to the pool, with this Texas heat from hades and have no other way to get back out without the wedding cake steps.
    32x16 buried Doughboy, 4' shallow - 7' deep
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    Jun 2008
    NW MO

    Re: Need Weight to Hold Down Stairs

    We built weights like Anna did and my steps don't move or float.
    24ft AGP 52in deep ~13,500 gal
    Hayward Sand Filter 250 lbs
    1.5 HP pump

    425 gal stand alone QCA Hot Tub 15-20 yrs old

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    Re: Need Weight to Hold Down Stairs

    New to site..thought I would share what we did. After the bag of sand split open (luckly before we put it in the pool) we filled 2 plastic buckets with cement and put lids on them and sat them under the steps. Works great and you have a handle to help pick them.

    27' 17,000 gal, AG,cartridge filter, 2.5 HP Waterway 2 speed

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    NWMNMom's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    Waaay NW MN

    Re: Need Weight to Hold Down Stairs

    We also went with Ana's weights and they are awesome - no movement at all.
    18x33x52 Buttressfree Seaspray (Wilbar) AGP - 1.5hp Pentair Maxim w/22" Pentair Meteor Sand Filter, Aqua Rite SWG System, Biltmore Walk In Steps - 2/4x20 Solar Panel Setup - Doheny Jet Drive (RIP -Pool Rover Jr) - finally hard plumbed the whole darned thing -
    Beats Driving to the Lake!

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    Autryville nc

    Re: Need Weight to Hold Down Stairs

    Can we use plastic buckets with holes cut into then filled with smooth pebbles to weight down our wedding cake pool steps. We have a saltwater pool. Thx!
    NC Salt Pool

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