Swimming Pool Kit Tool Check List: Step 2

Before you begin, check the pool component list and read the entire installation manual. During the various steps of installation, refer to this installation manual, the installation video, and the appropriate “dig specs” drawing supplied to you. As always check any state or local buildings codes before proceeding.


Construction Sequence

  1. Check with your utility company in regards to underground utilities (gas, electric, phone, etc.). In many states, there is a toll-free number you must call prior to digging.
  2. Obtain all necessary permits.
  3. Hire an electrician if needed. Check all local and national codes.
  4. Arrange for water to be delivered if necessary.
  5. Arrange for fencing around the pool area and check local codes for requirements.
  6. Follow this installation manual carefully and complete only the steps that pertain to the pool you are installing.

Tools Needed for Installation

  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Socket Set
  • 25’ and 100’ Tape Measure
  • Utility Knife
  • Extension Cords
  • String Line
  • Drills and Assorted Bits
  • Shovels (flat and round)
  • Trowel (pool trowel 14″)
  • Carpenter’s Square
  • Levels – 4ft and 6ft
  • Wheelbarrow
  • 3″ Hole Saw
  • Hacksaw
  • 2″ Hole Saw
  • Large Channel-Lock Pliers
  • Broom
  • Tamper
  • Sledge Hammer/Regular Hammer
  • Hose
  • Duct Tape
  • Transit (laser level preferred) (rent)
  • Rakes
  • Commercial Shop Vac /blower (2HP 130 CFM
  • recommended)
  • Pick Axe
  • Caulk Gun
  • Cement Mixer/Plaster Mixer (needed for installation of vermiculite bottom—rent if necessary)
  • Spray Paint (for marking ground)
  • Leather Gloves
  • Grade Stakes
  • Pipe Cutter
  • Hacksaw/Bandsaw (for coping)
  • Teflon Tape
  • Silicone RTV

Heavy Equipment Needed (hire if necessary)

  • Backhoe or Mini-Excavator
  • Bobcat
  • Dump truck

Note: A qualified operator is needed for heavy equipment.


  • Hire a licensed electrician to complete all electrical bonding & grounding requirements.
  • Installation must be performed in accordance with Local and NEC codes.

Inventorying Your Swimming Pool Kit

Make sure to inventory your pool kit arrives before starting construction.

Note: A qualified operator is needed for any heavy equipment used during construction.
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DIY Pool Kit Installation Questions?

The DIY pool kit installation is a complicated construction project. The owner’s manual accompanying your Hydra Pool kit contains detailed information regarding the correct installation and assembly of your swimming pool. The incorrect installation and assembly of your pool kit, including but not limited to incorrect excavation and site preparation, will impair the lifespan of your swimming pool, cause your pool to leak, and also void your Hydra Pool warranty. Hydra Pools does not recommend you self-install and assemble your pool. Hydra Pools recommends that only a competent professional such as a contractor of good standing, licensed and insured to perform this work in your area, be utilized to install and assemble your pool. Further, installation of a swimming pool may require you to obtain advanced permitting and/or approval of local government agencies as well as compliance with applicable regulations, if any, such as perimeter fencing for your property.

If you have questions about the DIY Pool Kit Installation process please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-515-1747 or send us an email, [email protected]

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