This is my most triumphant creation yet! I’m so excited that we actually managed to do this and it works and works well. We’ve been using it for a couple weeks now and I can get John in and out of the pool by myself. (It’s still nice to have help, but I can do it on my own if I have to.)
I have to admit, that while planning this I asked some different people for advice, and I mostly got some version of… “Don’t try to make this. Try to find something that already exists.” So it’s an even sweeter victory. For what it’s worth, I googled for several months trying to find a lift. Mostly I found lifts for in-ground pools, not above-ground. I did find one for above ground, but it only lifts up to 31″ off the ground and I needed 52″ — and besides, that was about $4000. Way, way, way more than I would ever spend.
To get a rough idea of how it was made go to:http://www.instructables.com/id/Above-Ground-Pool-Lift/
And here to see it in action…
Kelly Hill said:
You guys are geniuses! I love the creatvity and the beauty is you invent as you go along. You want your family to ALL be able to do the everyday things families do and come up with ways to make that happen! I love it!