Noobie here.. Question about pool ladder - how many steps?

vec

Bronze Supporter
May 16, 2016
17
Belleville, Ontario
#1
Hi Everyone,
I've been lurking for a long time, but have never posted.. :)
Last year we purchased (used) an on-ground pool.. By the time the deck got built around it, it was almost time to close up for the year so we never worried about a ladder. A ladder did not come with the pool, so i'm looking at purchasing a gently used one.
My question is. The depth of our whole pool is 48". Would a 2 step ladder be long enough? Do any of you have a 2 step ladder in an area with the 48" depth? I have a suspicion that it might not be long enough :-(


Thanks in advance for any replies.. I can't wait until the weather up here in the North is warm enough to open this beast.
 

benm2010

Well-known member
Mar 16, 2017
143
Fort Worth, Texas
#2
Mom's pool is 54" but she has 4 steps and it's still not what I would classify as easy to get out of. This gives a distance of roughly 12" per step. I dislike this enough that the inground they are fixing to build will have 9" steps to make it easier getting out. I don't think 2 would be nearly enough for a 48" pool which would be 24" per step, especially if you have any kiddos or people with knee/hip/joint problems using the pool.
 
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vec

Bronze Supporter
May 16, 2016
17
Belleville, Ontario
#3
Benm2010, thank you. I decided to do some more research and you're right. A two step ladder would leave a very large reach to get your foot into the first ladder step.
Three step it is 😊

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Reddcurrlz

Well-known member
Jun 17, 2017
108
Pensacola Florida
#5
So Vec did u find answers? Im curious. I found that at Lowe's they have the stringers but for a 48" high, u would want 7 steps (48÷7 [the ideal stair height] then u have how many steps) I want a landing but haven't found the right plans. Here are a few ideas I found. I really love that last pic. I'd love to have that edge. And those steps