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    Dog step?

    I built a PVC ladder for the pool this year:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU7YfL7GWus

    I'd like to build a stair, inside the pool, or a ramp or something, so my dog can swim up to it & get on the platform. She loves to jump off & fetch the ball, but can't get back on the steps without help. I've got some pretty good scratches on me, pushing her up there myself!

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    -Mark
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    Re: Dog step?

    I'm drawing a blank on this one... I have several thoughts about diff options. Do you have an idea if you want it to be something somewhat permanent or something that can be folder up, collapsed or removed all together when not needed?

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    Re: Dog step?

    Temporary. Something we can put in the pool when the dog wants to play. I was thinking about a platform at water level, connected to the rungs on the ladder, but I don't know how to make something like that. Maybe treated wood & a PVC frame? I treated lumber bad to have in a pool (chemicals)?
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    Previous pool (poles rusted out due to salt water):
    6300 gallon Intex above-ground pool
    2650 GPH Intex 100lb sand filter
    CS8110 Salt-water Generator

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    Re: Dog step?

    Maybe an L shaped platform with slats across the base of the L at the waterline since they seem to try to claw at the edge with their front paws
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    Re: Dog step?

    Very clever ladder Mark! We have DIY disease and your project gives me food for thought. I'm currently looking for purchased steps, especially for the dog, but perhaps my PVC guru and I can adapt your idea for stairs. In the past she was able to climb the vertical ladder (crazy Border Collie) but she's had both knees replaced and I'd like a better option. Oh, and Grandma would be happy too!
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    Re: Dog step?

    Well what I was thinking about was a platform that latched onto a rung of the ladder that's under the water so it would be 6-12 inches below the water surface that way the dog could swim up to it and be able to climb up/step onto it and then be able to jump up to the ladder platform from there.
    Something plastic like the top platform off of an Intex ladder. Somehow hooked over and has legs to support it against a lower rung similar how you used the all thread to support the outside of the ladder.

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    Re: Dog step?

    We used the Skamper Ramp in the past...Worked great with a little modification



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    Re: Dog step?

    We use a PetSTEP ramp, like this one (http://www.americas-pet-store.com/petst ... -ramp.html) mounted on a custom built PVC stand. They work great and are very durable.
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