Rectangular 18' x 9' x 52"
No water test yet/no water.
Hello to all,
I am having knee replacement surgery ASAP and need to get into better shape for best results, my doctor recommended water aerobics and swimming, so we purchased a Intex 9' x18' x 52" rectangular AG pool. the only pool we could find that would suit our available space and my specific need and budget.
We live in the mountains of western NC, although we have about 2 acres, it is very hilly & wooded.
The spot we chose had a 11" slope over 18', That was the most level place on the property without trees. Anyplace else would have required major excavation and removal of very large trees. The ground is hard packed crush and run? (large rock and rock dust) that must have been hauled in for drainage by the truckload when the house was built. We had a heck of a time leveling it and could not possibly remove it all so we packed it with a tamper and used aprox. 1 1/2" 0f sand on top and surrounded it by the gravel that was removed to level the spot and packed it around the base to help keep the sand from sliding. We used 15" x 15" concrete stepping stones for the supports and covered the whole thing with the ground cloth included with the pool, Then enclosed it in a frame of 4" X 6" landscape timbers. We used a laser level and the ground is no more than 1/4" off anywhere.
The pool is located about 15' from the house on one 18' side ( we do have a basement) and on the other side is a 3' wall of rail road ties that serve as a retaining wall for established garden, there is only about 2' between the pool supports and the retaining wall. The short side faces a very steep driveway about 15' away. Hopefully if it collapsed the water would be directed down the drive, the path of least resistance. I know the location is less than ideal, Since it is in a undesirable location I want to make sure we do everything possible to help limit the possibility of disaster. We have spent the last 3 weekends trying to get this thing set up and hope to finish this weekend. We have not yet added water.
I will be the only user of the pool (my husband may use it on rare occasions) so it will not be exposed to the stress of a family pool, other than the 4,545 gallons of water, which is amazing to me to begin with that a plastic pool with only a metal top rail and legs can hold that much weight so I am very nervous.
Is this arrangement going to be sufficient? Any other tips before we add water?
One other question, the ladder that came with the pool is pretty scary, narrow & unstable, is there a ladder that someone can suggest that would be more suitable for a woman with bad knees?