On the side of my pool, I have a ladder like this one: http://www.poolsupplyworld.com/Inter...oat/L3E049.htm
The thing is that the lower caps sit about 3 or 4 inches from the liner wall and my dolphin frequently knocks the bumpers of them. Then, if we don't realize the bumper is off and someone uses the ladder, it bangs into the liner, where we have numerous little round 'cuts' that thankfully haven't gone all the way through.
So, three questions:
1) Should the ladder have been installed so that the bumpers were much closer to the wall? It would appear from looking at the data sheets from both SR Smith and Inter-Fab that they are meant for the bumpers to rest as close to the wall as possible, but I don't know anything about installing a pool ladder.
2) Is this a matter of the builder putting the wrong ladder in for the anchor location I have? I've seen 17" and 10" from center of anchor to bumpers, but haven't measure my exact distance or seen anything around 14" so far.
3) If I'm just stuck, any suggestion on what I can do about the dolphin knocking the bumpers off?