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    New and nervous!

    New here...we have a 18x9x52 Intex Ultra Frame. We put 1.5" pavers under the support legs. Two have cracked and the pool is 1.5" off. I'm a little bit nervous about it. What is the tolerance? As you can see, it's quit close to our fence and the pavers that cracked are the back two on left.
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    Re: New and nervous!

    Hello Angie and welcome to TFP! You have a nice set-up there. But to answer your question, the industry standard is typically 1" of level. Will 1.5" be okay? ...... it might hold-up. But you should watch that carefully for further settling and take into consideration the direction of water if there were to be a rupture to minimize damages to property or injury to swimmers or people in the area. Great to have you with us at TFP!
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    Re: New and nervous!

    I'm sorry if I seem overly paranoid...have you seen or heard of these pools actually collapsing?
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    Re: New and nervous!

    Make sure your liability insurance in current "just in case"
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    Re: New and nervous!

    That does not make me feel any better. I just can't imagine that they would sell 1000's of these pools with just a tolerance of one inch. You'd almost have to be an engineer to get it right on (if you don't have a slab). We leveled, tampered, leveled, tampered, leveled...while using a laser the entire time. Layed down a sheet of metal, placed pavers and still had those two crack. Next year were doing a slab!!!
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    Re: New and nervous!

    You can get within 1/8th inch of level with a 8 foot 2 x 4 and a 4 foot bubble level. It's hard work but it's possible. You should swap the broken pavers for 4 inch solid concrete block only 1.33 each at home depot. Remember you dig down the high spots not fill in the low spots for a firm base.
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    Re: New and nervous!

    Quote Originally Posted by Angie.ridesnow View Post
    That does not make me feel any better. I just can't imagine that they would sell 1000's of these pools with just a tolerance of one inch. You'd almost have to be an engineer to get it right on (if you don't have a slab). We leveled, tampered, leveled, tampered, leveled...while using a laser the entire time. Layed down a sheet of metal, placed pavers and still had those two crack. Next year were doing a slab!!!
    Sorry, did not intent to add to your worry, just saying with the pool that close to a common fence, if something "were" to happen at least your liability would be covered.

    I would get that pool to within 1 inch of level, water is heavy and powerful. Mine was out two inches last year so I took it down and did it with much more patience than the first time.
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    Re: New and nervous!

    Quote Originally Posted by unkyjoe View Post
    Sorry, did not intent to add to your worry, just saying with the pool that close to a common fence, if something "were" to happen at least your liability would be covered.

    I would get that pool to within 1 inch of level, water is heavy and powerful. Mine was out two inches last year so I took it down and did it with much more patience than the first time.
    I understand and thank you! I went out and measured the water level this morning (kids played in it yesterday) and it looks as though it settled a bit. Three corners were the same and one corner is 1" off (high) from the other 3. Can you suggest a good way or more accurate way to measure? I've been going from water level to bottom of white sewn area. I can't go off the blue squares because they're all sewn differently. Thanks again!
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    Re: New and nervous!

    Pavers should be minimum 2", preferably 4". Also, they should be dug down flush to the ground, not sitting on top. Lastly, they must be fully supported by level, tampered surface. They will break if sitting on uneven surface.
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