So I started digging today. Our Intex Ultra Frame 16x48 should arrive by Friday. Drew the circle, pulled out the shovel and after an hour of digging my husband came out and told me I was nuts and to rent something before I hurt myself. (I promised him this was my project which is why I'm digging. He has a bad disc and clearly I want the pool more than he does. I'm hopeful he'll grow to love it. ) There's at least a two foot drop in grade so I'm renting a Dingo to dig the yard on Wednesday. Pictures below. You can see my sad attempt to dig. My 4 year old was ready to finish the job.
From what I've dug up so far I think the soil will be good for the pool. There are some rocks but there seems to be a nice mix of loam and clay, with a firm pack. I was worried it would be too sandy, like the front yard. My plan is to level, put pavers down for the posts, use Liner Shield, then put down the Intex tarp. I'm definitely an OCD type so I've read way too many posts on this forum which have me paranoid. Should I add foam also? I'm hoping the setup w/out foam will be okay. I don't think we have nut grass in MA.
I've ordered the FT100 test kit and it should arrive tomorrow. Did I read that I should test some of my faucet water ahead of time and post results for help in figuring out the first pass at chemicals? We have very hard well water and I am concerned that it will be tough to stabilize the pool.
Thanks so much for all your help. I'm new here and so far this forum has been invaluable!