We have had a 16'x48" Intex pool (the ones with the white round metal poles that hold up the pool liner) for about 3 years and the ladder that came with our pool was now rusting pretty bad not to mention that my wife, mother, mother-in-law, and basically every adult never really felt comfortable using it to get in and out of the pool. Our 11 year old daughter and 9 year old son and their friends were ok but that was about it. We were looking to replace our ladder with something sturdier, that wouldn't rust, and not expensive. At a price of $161 tax included and free shipping to store, this was definitely in our price range. We didn't have to worry about rust since this is all plastic (except for a few nuts, bolts, and screws that are stainless steel). There were mixed reviews about it and since the manufacturer states that this is to be attached to the top rail of the pool I was a little worried. I would consider myself handier than the average person and since some of the reviews stated that it worked for them I decided to give it a try. Assembly of the ladder is pretty easy. The most difficult part was that I had to measure and saw to the proper length the two plastic poles that support the ladder platform on the outside of the pool. The bottom of the ladder that sits inside the pool has an opening that they recommend filling with gravel to give it some weight. Since I didn't have anything at the time for weight, I decided to first try without to see how bad it was. The ladder wanted to float until all of the air escaped from that bottom compartment then it stayed down pretty well but still moved around more than we wanted. To fix this we took a couple of those really long zipties that are about 1/2" wide and about 3' long that the HVAC guys use for ductwork. We put the ladder so that there was close to the same distance from the two support poles that are outside the pool (the ones that I had to cut to size) and 2 of the pool poles. I ran the zipties from one pool pole to the closest ladder pole and then the same for the other side. This has kept the ladder in place now for a month and a half. The set of rungs that are on the outside can be removed by just picking up the bottom of the ladder no tools or anything needed. This is mainly a safety feature but for me it is nice to remove for mowing. I didn't really see any need for the poles that go under the ladder to keep kids from swimming under so I didn't put those in. For me they would just be in the way of vacuuming. The rungs of the ladder are much wider than what we had so it is easier on the bottoms of your feet when climbing. The top handles are about the only thing that feels a little flimsy. When standing on top of the platform you can bend the handles side to side but I've always felt that the base was strong and secure. We are super glad that we bought this to replace the one that we had and hope that this helps you in your decision.
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