Pool Installation

Read through step-by-step tutorials to help you prepare for any installation pertaining to your pool.

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A Buyer's Guide to Prefab Plunge Pool

Shrink its size, and a pool becomes less time-consuming to maintain, more economical to enjoy year-round, and easier to weave into just about any backyard. Here’s what you need to know about prefab plunge pools.

The 5 Best Inflatable Pools (2024 Review)

An inflatable pool is an alternative to an above-ground or in-ground pool. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best inflatable pools on Amazon.

The 5 Best Hot Tubs (2024 Review)

An ideal accessory for a deck, patio, or backyard, inflatable hot tubs allow you to relax and ease stress and body aches. In this review, the This Old House Reviews Team researched the best hot tubs on Amazon to help you find the inflatable spa that’s right for you.

Best Above-Ground Pools

The best above-ground pools are sizable and long-lasting but more affordable and easier to install than in-ground pools. These are our top picks.

How to Install a Shipping Container Pool

House One editor and DIY expert Jenn Largesse takes her backyard project to new heights with a container pool installation.

Plunge Pool Installation in a Day | 2020 Idea House: Farmhouse in Fairfield County

Cool in the summer and warm in the winter, the water feature being installed at our Farmhouse in Fairfield County combines the best elements of a pool and a hot tub—and installs in just days!

How to Wire an Above-ground Pool Pump

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron teaches the safest way to wire a pool

Build It and They Will Swim

A pool is one of summer's greatest pleasures. But getting from fantasy to backyard reality takes some hard work