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I've spent the last two summers building a custom deck around our 27ft above ground pool. It ties the pool into our back patio nicely.

It all started with this!
 

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To wrap it around I constructed it in sections. Here is how the first looked. I wanted it done so we could install steps and get rid of the ladder. I also added a retaining wall before deck construction.
 

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Section 1 finished with steps installed. No more climbing the rickety ladder. And it was one of the better ladders they offered.
 

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After much internet searching, lots of water cooler conversations with co-workers, and some family discussions, I decided to go above the cap. So this left an overhang that was close to 14" where the sections come together. That took conventional deck boards, and poly decking out of the picture. I had to use 2X6 lumber to eliminate as much flex as possible. I ROUTED the end of each board to allow a softer edge for those leg danglers.
 

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Now that I had a section figured out, mostly all 10 degree cuts, It was a simple matter of repeating as many times as I wanted. I decided to go nearly halfway around to aid in cover handling and cleaning on days when its a little too cold to get in.

Here is how the frame on that first section looked underneath. The field adjustable joist hangers made the joist installations quite easy.
 

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Frame construction as it was wrapping around. The end of each main beam was secured initialy with 3 - 3" deck screws from each side, then 2 - 1/2" triple galv bolts through each end.
 

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After joist installation. The high posts are for a privacy screen in that area. All posts were integral to the handrail and screen, going straight down through into the earth at least 30". Hand dug!!

I constructed this entirely myself, board by board. You simply cant beat the Irwin Quick Grips for a project like this. They were like two more hands.
 

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The start of handrail construction. I had to custom measure the angle at each end of the 2X4 for each handrail piece!! Ever see a 12ft treated 4X4 not twist!!!??? The pocket screw holes were hand drilled without a rig. Everything attached with 3" GripRite 10yr screws.
 

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It looks nice. Makes it so much easier to enjoy the pool. I have an about ground pool and I built a deck. Leave enough room above the edge for the liner change out. I got my just about too close in removing the pool post caps and metal from above the pool wall. I also, got the wooden post a mite too close to the pool wall. I was still able to change out the liner, but it was tight.
 

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A little more of the handrail. I stained most everything from the posts on up before installation. The end of the posts in the ground got a soaking of Woolmans Copper Coat for additional fungus protection.
 

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The balusters seemed easy after the top and bottom rail sections were done. I found an app called Baluster Pro that does all the calculations after you enter space width and baluster width.

Check out my custom made umbrella holders using a stainless steel band clamp. No moving around in the wind!!
 

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Here is how the privacy screen turned out. I used the vinyl for less maintenance. Held in place by a frame of treated 1" X 1/2" trim strip.
 

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Here are the beginnings of the conventional deck to tie it into the hillside and patio. We used small river stone everywhere behind up to the garage so no more grass cutting back there. I also built up a berm of dirt around the upper side, under the plastic, to divert most of the water around the pool. There is also a French drain running along the retaining wall.

I went a little crazy with the additional wood treatment and ended up having to sand them a little above the deck line!!!! DUUUUHHHHH!
 

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Your deck looks better than Mine!! Mine does not wrap around the pool, it is on just one side. I have an oblong pool.
 

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Your deck looks better than Mine!! Mine does not wrap around the pool, it is on just one side. I have an oblong pool.
Thanks! This wasn't too difficult to plan out. I ran a string across the pool diameter at the uprights to aid in placing the posts for the wrap around.

Here's a look at the early part of tying the back deck into the hillside.
 

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