Hello I'm new to this site and planning to to a 100% DIY small oval IG Vinyl pool (~15'x30'). This info on site is amazing. I initially had truckload of questions, but just reading the various posts answered all but a few.
My yard is hilly, so I'll need a retaining wall on the low end - probably as high as the pool wall itself. My first question is do the wall bracing and concrete bond beam provide all wall strength without back pressure from the backfill? If not, I guess I have to be carefull as to how close I can put my retaining wall to the backfilled wall shelf, and that I'd need to build it before putting water in the pool. Is that right?
Also, about the backfill, I'd really like to use the excavated dirt rather than buy crushed stone. I'm in central NC and mostly have red clay. Is it OK to backfill with dirt?
Thanks in advance.