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Thread: Top not level but water depth is.. almost, is it safe?

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    Top not level but water depth is.. almost, is it safe?

    Hi

    Due to soft ground on one side my poles have sunk by a couple of inches so the surface to liner measurement is out on this side to the opposite by 2 1/2 inches BUT the depth of the water measured from the same two opposite spots is only 2 cm (excuse mixing my scales) - I don't understand the physics of this to know whether the pool is safe or not.

    To me it seems like the top edge of a bag of water should be able to vary quite a bit and that its the volume of water I should be worried about, but I see a lot of people measuring from surface to liner as opposed to to depth, so maybe I am wrong.


    Thanks in advance for any clarification.

    j
    12ft above ground Intex

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    Re: Top not level but water depth is.. almost, is it safe?

    Hello J and welcome to TFP! Here at TFP, we generally say that our above ground pools should be level with a variance of about 1 inch. That's measured across the top of the pool and water surface since we know that no matter what's happening with the structure or ground, water will always remain level. Being 2 1/2 inches now, our concern would be the amount of pressure applied to the short-sided wall and any increased possibility of collapse. We surely wouldn't want that to happen. Ground settling is a frustrating occurrence after a pool is set-up, and we see this happen many times each year. In most cases, we recommend stabilizing and re-leveling the structure for the safety of the swimmers and the structures nearby.
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    Re: Top not level but water depth is.. almost, is it safe?

    You may be able to lift each post with a helper or two and slide another paver under it. I would definitely try to slide a 2" paver under the posts.
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    Re: Top not level but water depth is.. almost, is it safe?

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    You may be able to lift each post with a helper or two and slide another paver under it. I would definitely try to slide a 2" paver under the posts.
    Wow that would be a result, I just took some slabs out from elsewhere in the garden.

    Think it will need something like 4 people though!

    If only I could get the car jack under it or something....

    Might have to let some water out.

    Thanks!
    12ft above ground Intex

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    Re: Top not level but water depth is.. almost, is it safe?

    Definitely drain some water out to do this repair.
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