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Thread: Mighty Step 38inch wide -- Big Disappointment

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    poolgranny's Avatar
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    May 2012

    Mighty Step 38inch wide -- Big Disappointment

    This spring I purchased the Mighty Step 38 inch wide steps.

    Here is the ad from the website:
    The Mighty Step for above-ground pools feature wide, non-slip steps and two easy-to-grab hand rails with deck mounting brackets for safety and stability. A new design leaves the side panels open to be filled with sand keeping the steps in place, and flow through side panels to prevent algae growth. The steps have been designed for flat bottom pools with 48 or 54 inch walls and are available in two sizes. Includes steps, two hand rails with mounting brackets, hardware and installation instructions. •For use in above ground pools with flat bottoms
    •Wide, textured safety steps
    •Straight forward installation, sturdy construction
    •Optional deck attachment included
    •Ships quickly, no delivery appointment required
    •400lb Capacity

    These steps had to be assembled when they arrived. The assembly wasn't too bad, except the material that the steps are made with doesn't seem like it is very durable and sturdy. The steps are rated as a 400 lb capacity. Since I am not a small woman (I weigh almost 300) and some of the guys will top 200 pounds, I figured these would be ideal.

    Boy, was I wrong. When using the steps you could feel the steps "giving" and "flexing" when entering and exiting the pool. A week ago my kids were over swimming. My son (weighs about 200 pounds) was entering the pool with his toddler (turned a year old in Feb.) when the top step buckled and caved in. This could have led to disaster, but thankfully the baby wasn't hurt as he was able to deflect most of the fall from the baby. My son took the brunt of the fall when he went through. His ankles swelled up and turned purplish bruised. Nothing was broken, but he couldn't wear shoes for several days and his ankles are still bothering him.

    I need some good ideas how to modify these steps so that they will not do this again. I need to find something to weigh them down and have thought about running some pvc pipe in through the side slots at the bottom and setting a 5 gallon bucket of sand (sealed up) on the pvc pipe. We had sand in the sides with the recommended water but when the steps were taken out some of it leaked out and it was so gross I have emptied the sides of the sand and water -- I think part of our problem getting our pool cleared may have been the algae growth from the steps.

    Any help or ideas is appreciated.
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    Above Ground Pool 15' by 30' Older pool -- Make ? Model ? Cost - Free; Given to Us
    Gallons approximately 11,000 (if I figured correctly)
    New liner in 2007 when pool was moved and installed by son-in-law and family members
    Hayward Sand Filter 150 pounds of sand (purchased new in 2007)
    White River 2 horsepower pump (purchased new in 2012)
    Deck built in 2011
    Bioguard 1200V Multi-Test Kit with an additional Orthotolidine Chlorine Test Kit

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    Mod Squad woodyp's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    East Texas

    Re: Mighty Step 38inch wide -- Big Disappointment

    Sorry for your experience, but I appreciate the review. I was seriously considering ordering some----but you just changed my mind.
    16x32x52" Steel Cornelius Miramar AGP Vinyl liner 13,100 gal. Buried 2 ft.
    2 Speed Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 85 g.p.m. 22" 250lb. sand filter hard plumbed
    Pool Rover Jr., Pool Blaster Max, Diver Dave TF100 Test Kit/Speed Stir
    Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker, Liqour Chiller, & Drink Mixer & Party Tub----Collect 'um all!

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    poolmama67's Avatar
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    May 2012

    Re: Mighty Step 38inch wide -- Big Disappointment

    I would make a complaint to the manufacturer!!!!!
    24 ft. round ABG-vinyl-15200 gallon
    Sand Filter w/1 1/2 HP pump
    Installed May 2011
    Taylor K-2006 test kit
    BBB method

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    Jun 2012
    Glen Burnie, MD

    Re: Mighty Step 38inch wide -- Big Disappointment

    We were looking at these steps too. I won't be ordering them!
    8000 Gallon 18' Round 52" Deep Morada Pool (Namco) DE Filter

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