Last year at the end of the season I bought a discounted Intex 18' AGP. I did basically what the instructions said putting the tarp on what I thought was level ground and setting up the pool. Turns out the ground was not badly off level but there was a side that was 3" deeper and the pool was often in the shade of the house.
I Live in New Hampshire and as the winter approached I drained the pool fully and stored all of it in the basement.
Now this year I want to do a MUCH better job at the setup.
Here are my plans and if you like you can follow along with my progress. (If another section of the boards here is better for this style of thread than I will gladly move this if someone can direct me.)
A - So far,
I moved the planned pool site so that it's out of the shade of the house and put down the tarp it came with (18x18) and marked the corners with poles.I ripped up all the sod. I thought it was fairly level but the more I work on leveling it the more I notice how badly it is. I bought a hand tamp yesterday and currently I have a stake in the center with a string level and have located the very low spot so I'm raking away at high spots methodically
B- My plan
After leveling the planned location I will hand tamp it. Then I will install inch thick extruded rigid insulation. (11 4x8 sheets ~$250) Then I will tape the insulation together and put the pool up as Tarp - Insulation - Pool. I don't plan a tarp between the insulation and the pool and I don't plan to use "pavers". If the winter ever comes back I plan again to fully drain it . I will likely leave the rigid insulation in place, stake down a tarp on top of it, and store the rest in the basement again.
That's all I've got I will add some pix. I'm open to suggestions and heckling and other forms of feedback.