I purchased these steps to replace the standard ladder for our pool. NONE of the pieces are numbered. It took about 4 hours to put them together. Once ready to install you will need a person in the pool to help set the steps in place. There is no pad or liner protector included. I purchased this just as a precaution and to protect the pool liner. I wished the gate swung open further. It tends to close on you while climbing up and down the stairs. Overall, they are sturdy and serve the purpose.
These steps were purchased due to me not being able to get in and out of our above ground pool easily. I was slightly worried when I placed the order that maybe I should have gone somewhere local to buy then, but these are just great. The steps are easy to put together and makes it so much easier on me getting in and out. The rails give you extra security to know that you most likely (unless not paying attention or slip that can't be avoided) will not fall which was my biggest concern. They do have to be weighted down with sand, but that was just a quick run to the hardware store and we were up and running.
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