Hi everyone! I'm new here, having learned a lot over the years on the pool forum on garden web. I have an oval 17x35 steel walled, cantilevered edge, vinyl lined pool with steps, which was built in 2004. (It was actually a rebuild because the original concrete deck was sinking, causing the polymer walls to buckle. We had to rip it out and start over.) We thought we had corrected the sinking problem by properly supporting the concrete and using steel walls. At the moment the pool walls are fine, but we are dealing with the concrete settling again. We decided to rip up the concrete (which is about 4-5 feet surrounding the pool) and replace with bullnose paver coping and concrete pavers. We are also replacing the liner, which is now 12 years old and has been slipping out of its track. We feel that by going with pavers, if the deck starts to sink again, it will be an easier fix to just pull up a few pavers and add some sand. We don't want to go through the process again!
Anyway, my question has to do with the way the bullnose pavers are affixed to the steel walls. My mason plans to lay concrete mortar, about 12 inches, and lay the pavers on top of it. The pool company will be applying a new aluminum extrusion when they replace the liner. Is wire mesh necessary in addition to the mortar?
Over the past month the liner has fallen into the pool and is sitting on the surface of the water in the deep end. The water level dropped over the winter and is very low. It fills the hopper, but is probably at the bottom of the walls, with maybe just a few inches in the shallow end. I'm concerned that the walls will cave in because I'm unable to fill the pool up. I tried, but the water must have gone behind the liner, because the level isn't increasing. The pool company cannot get here until 6/9 to replace the liner. When they come to measure I plan to ask them to at least try to put the liner back into the track so that I can add some water. Am I in big trouble here?