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Anchor’s For Paver Applications

Anchor’s For Paver Applications

Anchor installation is not as easy as drilling holes in your deck and setting anchors with epoxy.   To provide the safest installation possible, Aqua Creek has recommended footing requirements for each of our lifts that have been reviewed and certified by an independent Engineer to meet certain pull out and turn over requirements.  For your convenience, these recommended footing dimensions and requirements are outlined in our lift manuals.  In most applications, pool decks will require little modification or in worst case scenarios may require you to saw cut a portion of your existing deck out and pouring a new footing that meets the pool lift manufacturers recommendations.

Pavers pose a unique problem.  Many pool decks that have pavers do not have a concrete footing under the pavers so you will probably have to remove pavers, dig into the earth underneath the pavers, and pour a footing according to the written instructions we supply with the lift.  By providing longer anchor inserts for our products, it is possible to pour a footing that allows the pavers to be placed on top of it so that the installation does not disrupt the overall aesthetics of the pool area.

To pour a footing underneath your pavers you will need to:

  1. Measure the thickness of your pavers so the pavers can be laid down on top of the new footing and still be flush with the other surrounding pavers.
  2. Remove enough pavers to allow you to dig the recommended footing for the lift.  Keep in mind that the anchors will need to be bonded according to your local code requirements and additional excavation/construction may be required to achieve this depending on your particular situation.  (See “IMPORTANT NOTE” below).
  3. Follow the anchor installation instructions with the manual.  The one exception you will have to make is to leave the anchors protruding above the new footing the same height as your pavers depth.  Make sure you leave enough of the anchor in the footing as required with the normal installation, in other words, if four inches of the standard anchor needs to be installed in the footing, make sure at least that amount of the longer anchor(s) is installed in your new footing.
  4. Once the footing has cured, you can place your pavers back into place on top of your new footing.  You may need to drill holes into your pavers or cut and/or modify your pavers to fit around the anchors.
  5. Grout your pavers to match the rest of the pavers on your deck.
  6. Bolt the lift into place and you are done!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Installation of pool lift anchors typically requires bonding of the anchors according to your local code requirements.  According to the NEC (National Electric Code), bonding is required of any metallic product within 5 feet horizontally and 12 feet vertically of the pools edge and is designed to protect users by equally dispersing any stray electrical charge(s) throughout the entire pool area that may occur either naturally or by human cause.  This is often referred to as equipotential bonding and is intended to even out any electrical charge so that a person does not come into contact with different voltages within the pool area creating an electrical shock hazard.

Ivar Blosfelds Employee Profile

Aqua Creek Products introduces our new sales representative, Ivar Blosfelds. Ivar lives in Boca Raton, FL with his 19 year old daughter Alena and wife Gail. His down time interests include boating, diving, fishing and pretty much all things outdoors. Ivar studied Electrical Engineering in college and started working for General Electric Aerospace shortly thereafter. After several years of working on military defense projects he decided that the corporate world wasn’t for him. Ivar left and ventured into swimming pool construction with a friend. This went on for many years until he sold the company and moved to Florida, twelve months a year of warm weather was all it took! Ivar started and ran a removable child safety pool fence company for almost 20 years. This included manufacturing and setting up a network of dealers throughout the country. He sold this company a few years ago when one of his dealers made an offer he couldn’t refuse. This is what led him to Aqua Creek Products.”I had come across their products while involved with the pool fencing business. It was very clear that quality was their primary focus. I look forward to helping grow Aqua Creek’s presence in Florida.” – Ivar Blosfelds.

ADA Pool and Spa Requirements

The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) has recently set new standards for public accessibility. The deadline for facilities to meet these mandatory requirements is January 31, 2013. Here are a few pertinent points to help your facility comply with the new ADA pool and spa accessibility laws.

 

  • Any pool or spa that is open to the public at any time, receives government funding, or receives revenue from the pool or spa is required to comply with the new laws.
  • There are 5 forms of approved access. The 2 primary means of access are pool lifts and sloped entries. Pool stairs, transfer walls, and transfer platforms are approved secondary means of access.
  • Pool lifts are required to be out and available for use during pool hours
  • Pool lifts must be fixed to the pool deck.

 

  • If you’ve purchased a portable pool lift before March 15th, 2012, you are considered to be compliant, as long as the lift meets all other requirements.
For more detailed information on ADA compliancy, visit www.ada.gov.
For information on Aqua Creek Product pool and spa lifts, visit us at www.aquacreek.com.

The Pro Pool-AT Series and Advancing Technology

Aqua Creek is committed to providing the best pool lift possible; which means constant attention to the ever changing needs of the owners, installers, operators and users of our products. A perfect example of this ongoing process is our new AT-series pool lifts. They retain all of the time-proven, customer-tested features of our original Pro Pool lift, with the addition of the following advanced features;

Ranger
The Ranger™ Pool Lift,with headrest and pull-out leg rest options

 

MORE SETBACK RANGE FOR MORE FLEXIBLE INSTALLATION

The AT series anchored lifts now have a 14” to 19” setback range; which makes ADA-compliant installations easier.

SMALLER MORE COMPACT FOOTPRINT

The AT series anchored lifts now have a smaller base-plate and a more upright stance; so they take up less precious deck space, and are less in the way.

SHORTER WHEELBASE ON THIS COMPACT MODEL

The Patriot-AT also includes the advanced features of the Pro Pool-AT, which allowed us to shorten the chassis. Here smaller is better.
Patriot
The Patriot™ Portable Pool Lift

 

A LEANER MEANER AT

All of the AT series lifts are a few inches trimmer and few pounds lighter than the original Pro Pool, but at the same time as strong as or stronger than ever!
The Pro Pool-AT, Ranger-AT & Patriot-AT lifts are built to last. With increased flexibility and a smaller footprint, they just keep getting better.

article by Dan Sullivan

Bonding and Grounding Tips

Here are some tips to help you prevent common mistakes when bonding equipment around your pool or spa. Always remember to check your local building codes for more detailed information.

Proper pool bonding

 Tip #1: Know the Difference

It’s important to understand the difference between bonding and grounding around a swimming pool and spa. Unlike grounding, bonding connects and equalizes any potential stray voltage going to metal parts around the pool. This creates a safer swimming environment.

Tip #2: Ground and Bond Thoroughly

Anything metallic and larger than 4 inches that is within 5 feet of the pool or spa must be bonded.

Tip #3: Make Sure Everything is Connected

Simply grounding the equipment to the earth will not bond the system. Everything must be connected in order to equalize any potential stray voltage in or around the pool.

Tip #4: Use the Correct Connectors

Make sure you have the best connection possible when hooking up the bonding and grounding wires to a piece of equipment.  This ensures that any current that needs to move has a clear path.  Verify correct connector requirements with your local building codes.

Tip #5: Use the Correct Wires

Using unsuitable wires can leave your system vulnerable to environmental damage. Most electrical codes call for 8-AWG solid copper wire. Check with your local building codes to ensure that you use the correct wires in the correct locations.

Tip #6: Know Which Elements Need Bonding

Unless the plastic or fiberglass elements come equipped with a bonding lug, they generally do not need to be bonded.
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article byMarcia Brower