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    Hi everyone, new here

    Hello everyone, I'm a newb to this board. I'm considering putting in an above ground pool this year. I've been looking at a Intex soft side 18 round X 48 deep pool.

    I've got some questions about prep work, for instance how level is level? My land is pretty flat and I've got sandy loam as my soil, almost no rock and mostly no clay. Should I dig out a pit? or will leveling my current land be OK. Do I need an additional layer of sand on the soil I have (which is mostly sand now)?

    My hubby is pretty good at this, a mechanical design guy by trade. But he leveled the area for our garden shed, a 18ftX 21 ft area and had a variance of 3 to 4 inches so he is a bit concerned he may not be able to sight the level and it be good.

    Being totally new to a pool, and I mean never had more than a wading pool as a kid, I'm examining my options and feel this inexpensive Intex is a good way for us to try out ownership and see if having a pool is a good choice for us before sinking thousands into pool installation.

    All thoughts and suggestions are welcome, and thanks in advance for your advice!!
    24 ft. 52 in. deep above ground
    hayward sand filter
    new pool owner/new bbb believer

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    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Cupertino, CA

    Re: Hi everyone, new here

    You might find this thread instructive:
    With the Easy Set soft-side pools you really, really need the site to be really really level.
    BBB "Intermediate Swimmer"
    IG plaster pool 18.5K gal, Hayward Pro-Grid DE filter, 3/4 HP Hydramax II; Polaris 380, 3/4 HP booster
    AG spa 325 gal, probably Sundance of some kind
    Water testing instructions on one page

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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: Hi everyone, new here

    Hi Rottie, welcome to the forum.

    I can't offer any install advice, but when your reading for water balance, we'll be there!
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
    Perfectly Clear Pool Service, Find me on Facebook!

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    Re: Hi everyone, new here

    Welcome to TFP!

    The intex metal frame pools need to be very level, same specs as a 'permanent' AG pool. 3-4" off will NOT cut it. 1" out of level can also too much, depending on the size of the pool! Eyeballing it is NOT good enough.

    The inflatable ring pools are slightly more forgiving, if you can set it in a 'hole', but beware that your pump needs to be on the deep side, and if the land is too far out of whack, the pool can 'roll' down the hill (ask me how I know )

    8200 gallon 20' x 48" round vinyl frame pool,
    Intex SWCG, 12" sand filter, 1600gph pump, TF100 test kit
    Handy Links: PoolMath, TF-100 Test Kit, Pool School, Chlorine/CYA Chart
    "Shock" is a process, not a product!

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