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    Styrofoam base for pool.

    Hello everyone,

    I know this has probably been asked before but I can't seem to find a definite answer. I'm going to redo the base for my 16' x 48" round Intex Ultra frame pool. I will be using styrofoam and sand as the base.
    Questions:
    1. Can the styrofoam be subjected to the weather?
    2. Does it need to be covered?
    3. Is the below order OK?

    Pool Base setup:
    1. Tamped level ground.
    2. Thin layer of sand for final leveling
    3. 1.5" or 2" styrofoam
    4. Ground cloth if needed.
    5. Pool

    Thanks, Mark
    Mark Crook
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    Re: Styrofoam base for pool.

    Mark,
    The styrofoam will weather/oxidize. the pink stuff gets lighter pink and pills up when you touch it.
    A good quality tarp covering the foam is the way to go. I used the HD silver one, on my 3rd year w/o a prob. but might need to replace it next year.
    Also, I see that you are looking to upgrade to the 20' any reason you are not going to the 24' ?
    Mike
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    Re: Styrofoam base for pool.

    Quote Originally Posted by mcoonan
    Mark,
    The styrofoam will weather/oxidize. the pink stuff gets lighter pink and pills up when you touch it.
    A good quality tarp covering the foam is the way to go. I used the HD silver one, on my 3rd year w/o a prob. but might need to replace it next year.
    Also, I see that you are looking to upgrade to the 20' any reason you are not going to the 24' ?
    Mike
    mcoonan,

    Thanks for the reply. I kinda figured the styrofoam would weather if not covered. I decided to go with the 20' instead of the 24' because I can't seem to find either one for sale anywhere so I have to peice the pool together from the Intex store. The part numbers for the 20' match the part numbers for the 16' so I can use my current legs and "T" brackets and just have to order a few instead of all the parts for the 24'. I would love to have the 24'.

    Thanks again, Mark
    Mark Crook
    13,500 Gallon 24' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame
    Intex Sand Filter and Pump, Intex SWG (All hard PVC plumbed)
    TFTestKit-100---Pool School---The Pool Calculator
    Location: Copperas Cove, Texas --- My Pool Build---Useful Links for Intex Pool Owners

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    Re: Styrofoam base for pool.

    Mark,
    If you know anybody in or around Louisville, KY here is a 24' for cheap:
    http://louisville.craigslist.org/for/1864859469.html
    Or Maine:
    http://maine.craigslist.org/for/1822616635.html
    Mike
    Intex Ultra 18' x 52" AG 6,981 Gal.
    3 - 2'x20' solar panels
    Hayward XStream 1500 Cart Filter
    Hayward 1-1/2 HP 2-speed Superpump
    Aquabot Pool Rover
    2-Softub 300 hot tubs (yup just got one for the lake)
    TF Test Kit Doing the BBB for 7 years
    Medota Heights,Minnesota

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