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    Gorilla Pad

    Our new pool will be 18' x 34'

    Gorilla pad comes in 18 x 33 or 18 x 44

    I suppose I should spend the extra for that one extra foot that I need? The prices go from about $120 for the smaller and $155 ish for the larger.

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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Looks like it comes in 18X33 and 18X40. If so then I'd go with the 18X40. It needs to be one solid piece and if you buy a short one you'll always notice it. It's especially important if your using it to prevent nut grass from penetrating the liner.
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Not so much for nutgrass, more for the feeling and hopefully less footprints in the sand over the years. The nutgrass protection is a bonus that hopefully we wont need.
    Oh, well, I'll just go bigger.

    Another topic, but is there a preference for self stick coves over snap in coves? The self stick are actually cheaper, but I'm willing to pay more if it is much easier/better. I really need to order this stuff today. We are planning on installing memorial day weekend.

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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    I have the self stick and it's definitely easy to install. If they're cheaper I'd go with that.
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Go with the self stick. Ours went in perfectly. You will love the Gorilla Pad
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Alright, gorilla pad and cove ordered.

    What is the proper way to install a gorilla pad. Did you put any sand down first? How much?

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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Out of curiosity, why did you select Gorilla Pad over Happy Bottom? I am getting a pool and haven't decided what padding to get, but was leaning toward happy bottom...
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    I've watched a friend install Happy Bottom, it comes in pieces that are spliced together. It felt ok in the pool, but I just liked what I heard about the Gorilla Pad and was extremely happy with it when it was delivered. One piece sized to your pool, VERY cushy, stretchy/strong. I have horses and it reminded me of felt saddle pad material. It went in like a dream and let me tell you it really feels great in the pool. Glad I did it.
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Quote Originally Posted by HotShot53
    Out of curiosity, why did you select Gorilla Pad over Happy Bottom? I am getting a pool and haven't decided what padding to get, but was leaning toward happy bottom...
    Because I like that you don't have to tape the seams together. I have heard of people that could feel the seams, and others said they had issues with it coming apart. Plus anything that would make it a little easier on my DH is a good thing.

    I don't know how common the seam issues are, but if they are going to happen anywhere, they are going to happen in the frozen north. So, just decided to go with gorilla pad.

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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    I plan to use the gorilla pad too. Can I ask where you purchased it from?
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    We had a sand base from our initial install of this pool, but when we put in the gorilla pad, foam wall and foam cove, we removed almost all of the sand, leaving just a really thin layer. The Gorilla Pad is thick and too much sand will make it stick up too far.
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Does anyone know if you can use Gorilla Pad in a round AG pool with a dished center? I am due for a liner replacement soon and would like to use this and foam cove instead of sand. But I'm not sure if it will pucker when i try to install it in the dished out center.

    The other option is to just replace the pool I guess with a 52" depth and avoid the dished center.
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    We dished one end of the pool. The pad is larger than the pool size by a bit and stretchy, flexible. If you dont have drastic level changes it should follow the contour smoothly, ours did.
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Thanks- did you order a size larger to give some room for the dish? Or did you order the size spec'd for your pool?
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Go with a larger size, you can trim excess
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    I was thinking of the happy bottom cause I figured it would be easier to get it in a deeper end. Would the gorilla pad fit in a 4' shallow to 6' or so deep end?
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Why not?
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    because it's all one piece intended for flat above ground pools I didn't think it'd do the slopes so well... obviously the one piece would be easier to install, as long as the slopes work
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    Happy Bottom isnt intended for slopes either
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    Re: Gorilla Pad

    I know, but I've seen at least one picture from someone who cut happy bottom to fit the slopes and taped it together that way. You can always cut and tape things to make them fit, but I didn't know that gorilla pads would stretch/bend to fit without major problems
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