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    Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Hi, my family and I bought a Intex 22f x 52 in last week. After being a little difficult to set up, we finally have it up and running...mostly. However we are experiencing a problem with the ladder that we did not foresee and now half of family can't use the pool. We thought we would have trouble with the A style ladder because of the weight limit but really we are having trouble with the size of the top step. The top step is very tiny and because the ladder is unstable, me and my mother can not get in. My little brother who is a healthy size 6-foot 16 year old even has trouble with the top step being small. Are there other ladders that have a bigger top step? I have been googling for different ladders but they all look to be the same and I can't build a deck or get anything expensive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Are you looking for steps or a newer ladder/A-Frame?
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    An ladder frame. From what I have seen of steps they cost to much.

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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    We just upgraded to the Confer A-Frame pool ladder and couldn't be happier. Very sturdy and have no concerns about older people climbing and getting in. Well worth the money IMO. Quite a bit bigger then the one that came with the pool but it works wonderfully. Don't hesitate to but it, probably the best quality one out there.
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    We bought this ladder for our Intex. I have also included the link where you can read some reviews about it.

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    http://www.amazon.com/Confer-Plastic...2662537&sr=1-1
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Here's a link to the ladder I'm getting...

    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/400687317...84.m1423.l2649
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Try Craigslist, people sell better ladders all the time.
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Are you sure you can't build something like this?



    This was the first stage in the pool deck I'm putting together in small sections. Hand rail wasn't hard to add.

    If you want, I'll guide you through building something similar.

    Do note, the 4x4 posts are not in the ground, they are just sitting on it. Easily moved if I need to take the pool down.

    The ladder is secured to the deck through holes drilled through the deck with a 2x4 underneath.
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie_R View Post
    Are you sure you can't build something like this?



    This was the first stage in the pool deck I'm putting together in small sections. Hand rail wasn't hard to add.

    If you want, I'll guide you through building something similar.

    Do note, the 4x4 posts are not in the ground, they are just sitting on it. Easily moved if I need to take the pool down.

    The ladder is secured to the deck through holes drilled through the deck with a 2x4 underneath.
    This is exactly what i'm looking to do. I sent you a PM, not sure if it went through. Can you offer any help with building something like this? You can send me PM... Thanks!!

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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    We have an Integrity ladder with our Intex 18 x 9. Very sturdy.

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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Sent a PM with some instructions.
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Hello Charlie R...can I get a PM with those instructions as well?

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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    To save a bit of typing to multiple people, I'm going to put it in here. Apparently the new software doesn't automatically save sent messages, so I couldn't copy/paste.....

    Cguzz, Welcome to TFP!

    I'll start with a basic parts list for one section. Understand that these are actually a "throw together" from material I had on hand from several other projects, and are designed for a seasonal pool that may be taken down over winter. Sized for Intex style pools, 48" high. Sorry I don't have pics to go along with the instructions. Designed to be movable, and can be expanded by building more of these sections then filling in the space between them.

    Parts:

    All lumber should be pressure treated, since it will be exposed to weather and pool water.

    2 4x4 8 ft
    6 2x4 8 ft -- warning, you may need more or less of these.
    6 5/4x6 8 ft deck flooring
    5 lb box of 3"x9 deck screws

    We will be putting this together in small steps, each building on the previous.

    Start by cutting the 4x4s in half, so you have 4 4 ft pieces. Cut 2 of the 2x4s in half, for 4 pieces 4 ft long.

    Screw one 2x4 to two posts, flush with the top of the 4x4, with the ends of the 2x4 flush with the sides of the 4x4s. The second 2x4 needs to be 6" up from the bottom of the 4x4s. Build two of these frames. These frames are sized for the length of 1 section of top tube of an Intex pool, and will be just a bit wider than the section of pool.

    Here is where you may need more 2x4s. Determine how far you want this deck to extend away from the pool, and cut 2x4s to that measurement. I have a space restriction so I just used 4 ft for these as well, but you could go longer if you want. Screw these to the frames you just built, making sure the top 2x4 is flush with the top of the 4x4 and the outside of the 2x4 you already have on the frame. Same with the bottom 2x4, same height as the others, and flush. Measure the inside to inside between the 2x4s you just added. You will be cutting 2x4s for internal joists to support the flooring. If you went with the 4 ft basic dimension for the distance from the pool, you'll need 2. If you went longer, you'll need 3 or four depending on how far you went. Maximum distance between joists is 19". All should be equal distance between any two flooring supports.

    Now you should be ready to add the actual floor to your deck section. You could use shorter screws, I find the 3" screws hold better. Two screws per joist in each flooring board.

    Move the completed section to your pool, and level it.

    For your ladder. If you have the tube frame ladder like mine, you can remove the legs from one side. Place the remaining side in the pool with the A frame loops sitting where you want them on the deck. Mark the placement, and note the angle that the loops have to the deck. Drill where you marked with a 1" hole saw at the angle you noted. Screw a 2x4 scrap to the underside of the deck to support the ends of the loops.


    As you can see, this system is sturdy, mobile when you need it to be, and easily expandable.

    I hope my instructions make sense to any who want to try this.

    Good luck!
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Thank you Zea3!
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Charlie....Thanks for the welcome and the instructions!

    I am assuming that I can just bury and concrete the 4x4s to make it more permanent?

    Also, did you use the 2x4s to make the ladder?

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Yes, you can make it permanent if you want.

    The ladder onto the platform is 2x4, but is a bit steep. I'll be making another one out of 2x8 sometime soon. I'll post pics and description as I build.

    You can browse through the album, there are a couple of close-up pics of the ladder.

    http://s1094.photobucket.com/user/bc...?sort=3&page=1
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Thanks!!

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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    I have the Confer A-Frame ladder, which is very sturdy - I wish it wasn't so high. I would rather that the height would be adjusted to the pool's actual size. I'm in my mid 60's and it is a bit of a climb and then I can see two yards over - and they can see me!
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    Re: Better and bigger ladder for bigger people?

    Can you send some instructions this way also?
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