Hi everyone, newbie here. Would really appreciate some advice.
Bought a 22' Intex pool last year, didn't realize how much prep work was needed to set it up properly and suffice it to say after setting it up unsuccessfully we drained it and stored it until next year in our shed.
2015: I'm pregnant, due end of August and want a pool!! Paid a landscaper $1400 to dig down, compact, lay landscaping fabric, compact gravel dust over it in a 24' square. STRESSED this was for a pool and area had to be level, he said would be level to within 1/8". Set up pool on this surface, put 12 x 12 pavers under legs, filled pool while straightening legs as best we could. Water line is, um, sort of undulating. 2 squares off on one end from the other.
Several questions and yes I know about the dangers of any of this pool not being level. No need to alarm me on that. Even though I am a newbie I have been trolling this site for over a year now
- How are these supports supposed to look on the final product? The liner kind of bulges out all the way around the lower third of the pool slightly. If the supports are perfectly perpendicular to the ground, they push into the bulge. Are they supposed to be leaning outward slightly?
- Despite our best attempts to properly position the supports and pavers, some ended up more vertical and others were leaning out ever so slightly. A couple of pavers ended up more under the pool than we intended and are pushing into the liner. Obviously these need to be fixed but to pull them away from the liner means the supports will not be in the center of the paver if they are to remain vertical.
- I have already patched two holes and there is a third near the ladder near the bottom. Was going to look at using an underwater patch so I don't have to COMPLETELY drain the pool. I can't quite reach it from the outside, it is too close to the ground. Anyone have luck with underwater patches?
- BAH what hassle and waste of money so far! Do I need to drain the entire pool AGAIN? Is there a way I can jack the supports as I go around to reposition the pavers and the poles? I really don't think the entire pad is sloping - correcting the water level seems to only mean adjusting the height of about 4 or 5 poles so if I can jack them up to fix then I can try to dig a little under the pavers to adjust.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!