Taking the plunge.
I have decided to install an AG Pool. Its 21’ X 43’ 54” Pool.
When I get time, I’ll put the pool specs in my signature.
This is what I’ve done so far.
Move all the bushes and relocate them to some other part of the yard.
Start the general excavation. I wanted to get the ground level and find where the soft spots were so that I could tell how far down I would have to go to get to firm ground
Get to approximate grade. All the dirt that I took out was used to extend the back yard further into the woods. Two birds, one stone.
I put a row of boards down each side of the site setting them level with the laser transit.
What I plan to do is pull a mason string from one side to the other. Start at one end of the site and do a final dig using flat shovels. Then move the string 1 foot at a time shoveling the ground to final grade as I go. This won’t be until the weekend after next. I have to go to Alabama for a wedding so the pool is going to have to wait.
After that I plan to put a layer of modified crush and run down and plat pack it. Once that is done. I will be digging footers for each support post setting them with the laser transit. I noticed in pool instructions that people install a masonry block under the support post to keep it from settling but I would rather have the post sitting on a good pier foundation so that there will be no movement.
Does anyone know if there is any deflection in the post when the pool is filled? I have a pool that uses the buttress free system. If so, I might set them at 2 deg so that the wall comes back into plumb when the pool is filled.
The bottom is going to be sand. I don’t plan on using foam.
Another interesting thing is that we have a lot of moles in our yard.
It would take an all out war to get rid of them so I guess were roommates for life.
I have some metal screen ( doors to HP server cabinets cut in half) that I’ll bury around the pool. It’s about a 16” deep so the moles can’t dig under it. Should help keep roots from growing under the pool.
More pics to come as I continue with the install.