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Thread: backfilling an above ground pool

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    Jul 2016

    backfilling an above ground pool

    #1 My new 24'x48" round above ground pool needed to be dug into a slight incline to be level. The deepest part is about a 1'4" deep and it slowly tapers to level. I have read so much about backfilling with dirt, to not use dirt, to use/not use rock, to tar the below grade part, to put down plastic, and everything else. Where do you stand on this issue?

    #2 I read a little about running the pump. Should i not run my pump all of the time? Is there a time you want it running and time to have it off, daytime / evening)?

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    TomGallopavo's Avatar
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    Apr 2016
    Hillbillyville, MO

    Re: backfilling an above ground pool

    We buried ours about half way (28"). Not sure what the right way is but we used heavy gauge plastic against the pool with a French drain at the bottom covered with small crushed rock. Then we just used dirt being careful not to get rocks against the pool (plastic). That was in the installation instructions (use dirt that is). We have a 4 foot wide walkway around the pool we plan to cover with plastic, small gravel, then pavers. Time will tell if this worked. There are some pics in the install link in my signiture.

    We have an swg so we run the pump 4 hours in the morning and four in the afternoon.
    Spring 2016 Install, 24'x54" Saltwater LX AG Round Pool (13500 gal.), AquaPro 200 SQ. FT. Cartridge Filter System 2-HP 2-Speed Pump, Solaxx Saltron Retro Jet RJ Saltwater Chlorine Generator, Aqualuminator Above Ground Pool Light, TF-100 Test Kit w/ Borate and Salt, Well Water.

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