Newbie here. It's been a couple of months since I started this journey. Read and researched in March and April, then it took a couple of months to find and hire concrete contractors, wait for an opening in their schedule, get the concrete poured, cured, and finished, travel for the Fourth, then finally get back to get the pool set up. The pad looked awesome though and I was excited.
So finally, this weekend I prepped the base with landscape fabric and the ground cloth and set up the pool, a 16x48 Intex Ultra Frame. I did it by myself and had no problems. The legs had plenty of room on my pad - a couple of inches on all sides. I put an inch or two of water in and took the wrinkles out per direction. Looks great!
So I started filling. As the water line started coming up and bulging the sides a little, a couple of the legs crept uncomfortably close to the edge, so installed a vinyl-coated steel cable with ratchet tie to stabilize the legs. I saw that somebody had done that here and liked the idea. The rope is worthless - I have no idea how anybody makes that work. Cable installed, and everything sufficiently tight and confidence restored, I kept filling to almost 3/4. Legs were still looked good, but I put I pounded in a couple of 2x4's on edge just outside the two legs I was nervous about.
Yesterday I came home from work to find that the two legs I was nervous about had crept out beyond the edge of the concrete, and mostly onto the 2x4's. I ran to Home Depot quick and grabbed another steel cable and ratchet strap and installed it to make sure nothing could move anymore. Both are like guitar strings. Not sure what note they're tuned to.
So, the question is, do I drain, reposition and refill? Or, does anybody have an idea for a satisfactory Band-Aid? It makes me sick to think about throwing away more water than my family of four uses in a month - I live in the desert! OTOH, I'm not sure if I have any other option but to buy a garden hose pump, throw away the water and lose another week of summer.
I'm so annoyed. I thought I took plenty of care to ensure the pool was centered (which is difficult until there's water in it) on the pad, and I thought the pad was sufficiently larger than the pool, but apparently not on either count.
Thanks for any input.
So disappointed. Should have listened to my gut and gone with a 15-foot model instead of the 16-foot Ultra.