Stuck Ladder

  • Last Post 25 September 2017
HKenyon3 posted this 18 September 2017

Gettin ready to winterize my new to me in ground pool, but I cannot remove the ladder to make room for a cover. The bolts that attach the ladder to the cement are loose. I can pull them out with my fingers. I placed a car floor jack in between the hand rails and using lumber, attempted to lift it straight up. No luck.

I'm about ready to order an oversized cover so I can go up and over the entire ladder. I am in South Carolina and many area pool owners don't bother with a cover. I have a tree line of pine near the pool and it is a magnet for pine needles, thus my only reason for a cover.

Thanks for your suggestions!

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InyoRob posted this 20 September 2017

Hello HKenyon3 - It sounds like the wedge in the anchor is stuck in place. Pour some water into the anchor hole. Then loosen the bolts slightly and tap them down lightly with a hammer. This should free up the wedge and loosen the ladder rail. 

If you can, video yourself doing this and upload it to the forum or email This would really help our customers in the future.  

HKenyon3 posted this 20 September 2017

Thanks, Rob! I'll sure give it a try. The bolts are bottomed out on the concrete and are not threaded into anything. I'm wondering if I should get longer bolts so that they can thread into the wedges and then lightly tapping down.

InyoRob posted this 20 September 2017

It sounds like you may need longer bolts in order to reach the wedge.

HKenyon3 posted this 20 September 2017

Thanks again! I'll try it and let you know.

HKenyon3 posted this 25 September 2017

I looked into the bolt hole with a strong LED flashlight to see how long of a bolt I would need. There is no female hole with threads at all. I also poked around with a long awl but felt nothing.

I read where someone with the same problem inserted a rod into the bolt hole and tapped on it with success. I'll try that next.

I am almost resolved to the fact that the previous owner removed the wedges altogether and I will have to purchase an oversized cover.