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Prep for the Pool
Pick the Right Spot
Make sure it's at least 5 feet from your home and property lines and is close enough to a waterproof outlet if the pool has a built-in electrical pump.
Prepare the Area
If your yard is slanted, you'll need to level it. (Even a 1-inch slope is noticeable once a pool is filled.) Shovel dirt from the higher to lower part and pack it down. Remove all rocks and debris. If you want added padding under your feet, lay down a ground cloth.
Follow Safety Guidelines
Make it clear that the pool is open only when an adult is supervising. Read up on the law, too. Some states require a fence around the space or permits for pools of certain depths.
Stop by a Pool Store
Regardless of where you purchase your pool, try to befriend an expert in your area whom you can call for advice if, say, your water chemical balance is off.