I am preparing to install a new 24 ft round AGP. I have been doing a lot of reading, and see different ideas and opinions on the best way to go about this. We live in SE Michigan and have heavy clay soil (the kind that will stick in a 5 pound clod to your boots when it's wet and you need a jack hammer to dig when it's dry!).
I would like to dish out the middle slightly. I am wondering what the best foundation for the base plates and rails would be. Should I level the area and build up a wide ring of some sort of crushed stone foundation and use a gas powered tamper to compact it? Could I get it solid enough this way? I always hear dig down, don't build up. Should I set the base plates with patio blocks, without patio blocks? The manula says to use them, but then it also says not to install. the pool on clay!
I just want to have it all figured out so that I am ready when the time comes. Impatient wife and 8 yr old are waiting to swim! :P