As many others have stated, the directions could've been better, but if you take your time and look at the photos, you'll be fine. I did not add sand to the uprights, as I don't want to take any chances of it escaping into my pool, because it's impossible to get it out of there if that happens. I did fill them with water and used a sandbag attached to the backside of the ladder on the swim barrier to anchor it down so it didn't float. Until I got that bag, I sat an old paint can filled with rocks on the top to keep it from floating up. If you know anything at all about science and pool ladders, they all float a bit unless secured somehow. Those is not a new thing. Overall, compared to the old ladder I had that was metal and plastic and not very stable, this one is so much widet and more stable. It made it much easier for my older relatives visiting from out of town to get in and out with ease.One other note, I have a 54 deep pool and the deck up to it is EXACTLY the same height as the pool rail, but I had to cut the pieces that go into the ladder and then into the brackets that get screwed down or the ladder would never have reached the ground inside the pool.
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]