I fight with it every year. We have an inground salt pool and we are closing this weekend. I can't get the ladder out of the deep end - nor the one by the stairs in the shallow, but the deep end is bothering me more right now!
I saw that someone used wheel bering greese and that worked for them this year and I will be sure to try it for next year, but any invative ways to get that sucker out now? I have tried hot water to loosen up the crud that seems to find it's way down. I got the bolts out and I tried tapping the piece that pressure holds the railing, but nothing. I tried some WD40 and it's not even wiggling. I've used a mallet to try pounding it up but nada. I'm so tempted to hit it with some muric acid, but I'm afraid I would do bad things to something - including my decking - just concrete.
Anyway, if anyone has any suggestions - PLEASE share! I don't want to damage the ladder but I'm ready to sledge hammer the thing!