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Thread: POOL DOES NOT HAVE A FLAT BOTTOM..ANY IDEAS FOR POOL STEPS??

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    POOL DOES NOT HAVE A FLAT BOTTOM..ANY IDEAS FOR POOL STEPS??

    Hello! I have had nothing but problems since I decided to upgrade to the rectangular Intex pool. Last year we had an Intex 16x48 pool and I did not like the ladder but used it anyhow. This year I decided to upgrade and build a deck and purchase a staircase pool step. I am a newbie to the pool world and was not really sure what a "flat bottom pool" really was. I just assumed I had one NOPE!! I have a cupped bottom pool and now I am unable to use these steps. I have searched everywhere online to find a solution and have not found one other that using a traditional pool ladder. That idea is not an option since I purchased this pool with my mother in mind. She is unable to walk much due to bad knees and I know she will get much needed exercise in this pool. If only I can find a way to get her in there :P I am hoping someone on here is familiar with my issue or can steer me in the right direction so I can solve this issue and get to enjoying my pool! Thank you in advance for any great advice y'all might have
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    Re: POOL DOES NOT HAVE A FLAT BOTTOM..ANY IDEAS FOR POOL STE

    Is the actual floor or where the sides and the floor meet?
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    Re: POOL DOES NOT HAVE A FLAT BOTTOM..ANY IDEAS FOR POOL STE

    Hi CB,It is cupped where the sides and bottom meet. The actual bottom is flat once you're not near the sides.
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    Re: POOL DOES NOT HAVE A FLAT BOTTOM..ANY IDEAS FOR POOL STE

    How big is the radius? My wedding cake steps have a chamfer on them at the wall. Here are some steps that shows a pretty good chamfer...do you think it would work? http://www.innovaplas.com/products/aboveground/4001/
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    Re: POOL DOES NOT HAVE A FLAT BOTTOM..ANY IDEAS FOR POOL STE

    Hi Linen, I will check on the radius this evening. I like the wedding cake style but I was unaware they had a cut out in the back.Here is a picture of the steps I purchased. The problem I see with these are the back raised section. Im worried that may rub against the cupped area of the pool.
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    Re: POOL DOES NOT HAVE A FLAT BOTTOM..ANY IDEAS FOR POOL STE

    Those steps have a pretty good chamfer... just as good or better than the link I posted and the chamfer on my wedding cake steps. One idea might be to put a large shower mat (the kind with little suction cups) to protect the pool surface.
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    Re: POOL DOES NOT HAVE A FLAT BOTTOM..ANY IDEAS FOR POOL STE

    Thank you! The shower mat sounds like a good idea. I will buy one and set it up this weekend.
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    Re: POOL DOES NOT HAVE A FLAT BOTTOM..ANY IDEAS FOR POOL STE

    I have posted some shots of my wedding cake stairs and i have a coped edge also and they seem to work really well. They will attach to your deck once it is done.
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    Re: POOL DOES NOT HAVE A FLAT BOTTOM..ANY IDEAS FOR POOL STE

    Thank you johnnysnok for the pictures. My steps will arrive on Friday and the deck will be built on Saturday. I am excited about it and thanks to you and linen I am no longer worried. Thanks a bunch!!
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