Hey everyone. This is my first pool, an Easy Set 10 X 30 Intex Pool. I'm on my third set up so I'm not finding it so easy set. The first time I didn't hede the words about leveling. It was hot and I wanted to get in the pool. The second time I used the 2 X 4 level technique. But I might have done that wrong. I had the 2 X 4 staked into the ground in the center area where I expect the center of the pool to be. The center of the board was staked in the ground so half was on one side and half was on the other. I checked to see if it was level at the end of the board, at various points along the outside ring as I swung it around. I've since seen online that some people have one end of the 2 X 4 staked at the center and then take measurements at the various points along the outside ring. I'm not sure if that makes a difference. So I thought I was level but I still ended up with one end about an inch deeper, and the lower end eventually started to get lower.
So I have been digging a little from the higher end and moving dirt around as I get ready for the next fill. Also I have purchased a line level. I used a braided mason line for the measurements and I am using cheap plastic tent stakes since I have those on hand. I am making sure the line is tight. I have told myself to be patient and be absolutely sure everything is level before I fill it again.
I took measurements this morning in preparation for the work this weekend. It seems to vary because I have already been working the area. I put the line level at about halfway between the center stake and the point stake to take the measurement. I have 3 inches on the center stake. My point measurements around the circle are: 1-3 1/2, 2-2 1/2, 3-3, 4-3 1/2, 5-3 1/2, 6-3 1/4, 7-2 3/4, 8-2 3/4, and 9-3. (Point 1 is next to Point 9.)
My goal is to get everything to match the center, right? So I want to end up with 3 inches at the center and 3 at each point, right? Are plastic tent stakes okay or do I want to buy those wooden stakes from the hardware store? Does that matter--the tent stakes don't seem to move.
For the 2 X 4 leveling, I have a lawn ornament on a metal bar and that it what I am sticking through the 2 X 4 to center it in the middle. It seems to work but I think I have seen some people who put one end of the 2 X 4 in the center attach it to another piece of wood and stake that piece of wood down in the ground.
I am also thinking about making a little crater in the middle, making it a little bit lower in the center as I saw one person on the Web do, wondering if that would help keep the round pool from becoming an oval...
It sure seems like a lot of work for such a small pool but I'm determined to get it right. I don't want to refill it every two weeks. Would rather spend more time enjoying it.
Thanks for any advice.