Yes, we are VERY late in our planning, since it is mid-April, but we want to put in a pool for this summer. We have a ranch style house, but a walkout basement, so you can get an idea of the slope we have. I would guess we need to go about 3 ft into the high side. So only one side would be buried. Actually, it would look like it was "set into" the side of the slope.
I was thinking I would need to build a good retaining wall. And leave a gap from that, to the pool, but I have see many pics of people burying their pools, so I am thinking I could build a cheap, but effective retaining wall out of railroad ties, about 4 inches from the wall of the pool, then just fill in that gap with dirt, once the pool is set up.
Ok, now for the questions:
1) Do you think I would even need a retaining wall, for a 3ft slope? (Lets say 4ft at most) Of just dig out the dirt, install pool, then fill in. (I am afraid of the pressure the dirt would put on the pool.
2) Did you guys coat the outside of the pool with anything? Or line it somehow? Or do you simply have dirt against the side of the pool wall?
3) I am VERY nervous about doing this, if it voids the pool warranty. I am planning on paying about $3800 for the pool (package deal) and would hate to have no warranty with it. (this is alos the reason I am not going SWG yet, since they said that would void it also.) Any thoughts? Do some companies still warranty if you partly bury?