The Installation Process
So you have the perfect design, the optimal location, and all the financing is in order; now what?
Step 1: Excavation
The pool is excavated according to the dig drawings at the location your Fox dealer indicated. A three foot section is excavated outside the wall area to facilitate the wall assembly, X-Braces™, plumbing, and concrete footer.
Step 2: Wall Assembly
The pool walls are assembled on the perimeter. The X-Braces™ are attached every four feet, plumbing roughed in, and the footer is poured. At this time Fox Stairs, Buddy Seats®, Swim-Outs, and all integral parts of your Fox pool wall system are added.
Step 3: Backfill
Once the walls are assembled and the footer is completed, the pool can be backfilled, if desired. Backfilling is not necessary at this time as the patented X-Braces™ are designed to support the pool walls independently, even when filled with water. In most cases, your Fox dealer will backfill your pool walls and pour the deck, prior to finishing the bottom and installing the liner.
Step 4: Concrete Decking
Once the backfill is complete, steel reinforcing rods are added throughout the perimeter of the pool, attached to the X-Braces™, to form the foundation for your pool deck. Concrete is poured into forms and finished to your specifications. With a Fox pool, you don't need to compact the earth underneath or wait for it to settle. The patented X-Braces™ completely support the concrete deck. When the backfill does settle, it actually forms a protective barrier below the concrete, preventing heaving in the winter when the ground freezes.
Step 5: Finishing the Bottom
Prior to installing the Fox liner, your Fox dealer will finish the pool bottom with a mixture of concrete and sand or vermiculite. This material is applied approximately 1.5 to 2 inches thick over the bottom and is troweled smooth by hand.
Step 6: Installing the Liner
As soon as the bottom is finished, the Fox liner is spread across the pool and dropped into place. The top edge of the liner hooks neatly into the Foxite II coping while the remainder is drawn tight around the pool sides and bottom with a special vacuum. Once a foot or so of water is in the pool, your Fox dealer attaches the fittings and cuts away the excess liner material from around the stairs.
Step 7: Enjoy your new pool!
When the pool is full, your Fox dealer will test all of the components, add sanitizers as necessary, and review their operation with you.