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Thread: In pool steps with deck

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    May 2015
    Cherry hill nj

    In pool steps with deck

    Hi, I have purchased the steps below that are suppose to go in the pool and fasten to the deck and top rail of the pool.

    Seems like I have a couple options for the deck and the step install...

    1: deck is level with the top edge of the pool yet we leave an inch space between the end of the deck and the beginning of the top rail.

    Pros: This allows the cover to be easily installed.
    Cons: people step and or put weight on the top rail of the pool vs the deck.

    2: deck is an inch or so under the top rail of the pool.

    Pros: still allows for the cover to be easily installed
    Cons: there's an annoying lip between the top of the deck and the top of the pools top rail.
    Need to build the deck up a few inches in order to accommodate fastening the stairs to the deck.

    3: deck goes OVER the top rail of the pool.
    Pros: all weight is on the deck and not the top rail
    Cons: by code I believe the deck joists must run to the end of the deck which means the deck is 8 inches above the pools top rail.

    Thoughts? Pics below

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    linda1's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
    Western Pa.

    Re: In pool steps with deck

    I have the same type of steps. We made our deck even with the rail and left an inch or so between. Haven't had any problems. I have grandkids from the age of 4-19. They all have stood on the rail and jumped in from time to time.

    Deck before railing was put up.
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    johnnysnok's Avatar
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    Feb 2011
    South Jersey

    Re: In pool steps with deck

    My deck goes under my top rail and i have never had any issues with my top rail being exposed like it is. My winter cover and wire fit inder the lip so i have no issues with the winter cover either. Either way you describe will work it just up to your preference.
    I did hate the way my stair support arm attached to the deck with the space you describe so i came up with an idea and did a write up for everyone and its link is below.
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