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If you dream of having a fiberglass pool installed in your small backyard, you may be concerned about the logistical nightmare of the pool installation. You may wonder how can such a large, solid piece be installed in a tightly-confined area. It can be done with the help of crane services.
However, it's important that you understand the limitations and challenges the crane operator may face when installing a pool. That way, you may be able to prevent damage to your home and your pool. Here are a few things that can happen and how to prevent them.
1. Weight, height & distance measurements are crucial
Cranes come in several sizes and load capacities. It's extremely important to know the weight of the pool, the height of the house, and the distance the pool needs to be lifted to the excavated area. That way, the crane service you hire can bring a crane that can safely lift the pool and put it into place in the ground. If any one of the measurements are incorrect, the crane may topple over.
The pool manufacturer can provide you with the exact weight of the pool you purchase. Most fiberglass pools weigh between 2,000 and 3,500 pounds. If the weight is given in a range, use the highest number to avoid mishaps. When determining the height of your house, you'll need to use the top of the chimney as the highest point, not the top of the roof. If you don't know this measurement, hire a structural engineer or a general contractor to measure it for you.
To determine the distance that the crane will lift the pool, you'll need to figure out where the crane will sit while it's in operation. Of course, you'll also need to know the exact location of where the pool will be installed in your backyard. Then, you will measure a straight-line distance from the crane site to where the center of the pool will be. You can hire a land surveyor to measure this distance.
2. Know the location of the crane while in operation
The pool will arrive at your home on the back of a flatbed truck. From there, the crane will lift it off of the truck, over any obstacles, and slowly lower it into the excavated hole for your pool. The fewer obstacles there are for the crane operator to traverse the better your chances will be of a good outcome.
If it's at all possible, you want the crane to be in between the flatbed truck and the excavated pool. However, this won't be possible if there are overhead electrical wires, cables, and trees in the way. After you've pinpointed where there are no safety issues overhead, you'll need to look for suitable ground for the crane to operate on.
The ground should be level, cleared, and compacted. A minor slope may be okay because the crane operator can adjust the outrigger jacks and jack floats. These are the 'legs' that stabilize the crane on the ground. However, you definitely want to avoid setting the crane up on a steep hill. Speak with a representative from the crane services you hire regarding the slope limitations of the crane they will use.
If the crane will be on soil, it's a good idea to have the soil compacted. Compacting the soil will make the ground more stable to support the weight of the crane and the pool as it lifts and moves it. You can have the excavation company do this for you with the same equipment they'll use to compact the excavation site.
Learn more about the process before it begins by visiting resources like http://winslowcrane.com.