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    Big Mistake - Start Over??

    We were having a lot of trouble leveling our pool site ourself so we hired an excavator to bring in his equipment to do it. When he showed us one level spot and told us the pool site was level and ready for install. We were so excited we put up the pool without remeasuring across multiple spots like we had been doing when we were digging it out ourselves.

    Now that it's up it is obvious that one side is about 5 inches higher than the low side. One resin post on the shortest side is a bit buckled and my husband is ready to tear it down and just throw it away!

    Dumb, Dumb, Dumb I know. . . What are our options?
    27 ft round AG/ 52" depth. Northeast Ohio

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    Re: Big Mistake - Start Over??

    I am not an AG pool expert but I think five inches is w-a-a-ay too much. It's time to start over
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    Re: Big Mistake - Start Over??

    Hire a different dirt dude who knows how to use a transit. 5 inches will not fly.
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    Re: Big Mistake - Start Over??

    I'm sure it's very frustrating but there's no option except to take it down and level it correctly. Was there a understanding with the dirt guy about how level it had to be? If so you may have recourse, if not then you're probably going to have to get another guy or DIY it.
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    Big Mistake - UPDATE. Does this info make any difference

    We are now in the process of draining the pool. Please let me know if this additional info make any difference to what your next steps would be.

    We first measured from the level of the water to the top of the support post. Then we used a 12ft 6 inch board with level on it's center. Yes - I know we need a longer board. We started at what appears to be the highest support point and named that support #1. Then we checked the level of the pool from one support to the next support the board would reach to working clockwise.

    Below is the measurements we found. So our question is does any of this make any difference? Do we need to take the pool completely down to the ground and start all over or is it possible to drain the pool, remove the liner and work on lowering the high side?

    Husband wants to raise the low end. Everything I have read screams NO. He isn't convinced. Your thoughts?

    What would you do??

    Support #1 Water level 14.5" below support top. Support #1 to Support #4 LEVEL

    Support #2 Water level 15.75" below support top. Support #2 to Support #5 LEVEL

    Support #3 Water level 16" below support top. Support #3 to Support #6 LEVEL

    Support #4 Water level 15" below support top. Support #4 to Support #7 LEVEL

    Support #5 Water level 15" below support top. Support #5 to Support #8 LEVEL

    Support #6 Water level 15.25" below support top. Support #6 to Support #9 LEVEL

    Support #7 Water level 14.75" below support top. Support #7 to Support #10 LEVEL

    Support #8 Water level 15.25" below support top. Support #8 to Support #11 LEVEL

    Support #9 Water level 15.25" below support top. Support #9 to Support #12 Off center of LEVEL, but still within level bubble

    Support #10 Water level 15" below support top. Support #10 to Support #13 OFF LEVEL by 3.75"

    Support #11 Water level 14" below support top. Support #11 to Support #14 OFF LEVEL by 3.5"

    Support #12 Water level 13" below support top. Support #12 to Support #15 OFF LEVEL by 2.75"

    Support #13 Water level 11.5" below support top. Support #13 to Support #16 OFF LEVEL by 1.75"

    Support #14 Water level 10.75" below support top. Support #14 to Support #17 LEVEL

    Support #15 Water level 11" below support top. Support #15 to Support #1 OFF LEVEL by 3"

    Support #16 Water level 11" below support top. Support #16 to Support #2 OFF LEVEL by 4.5"

    Support #17 Water level 12.75" below support top. Support #17 to Support #3 OFF LEVEL by 3"
    27 ft round AG/ 52" depth. Northeast Ohio

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    Re: Big Mistake - UPDATE. Does this info make any differen

    How big is this pool? with 17 supports, the entire area should be within 2" of level.
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    Re: Big Mistake - UPDATE. Does this info make any differen

    This is a 24 ft round above ground.

    Looking for options if there are any other than dismantling the pool entirely.
    27 ft round AG/ 52" depth. Northeast Ohio

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    Re: Big Mistake - Start Over??

    Over five inches out of level, you need to take it down and get the ground properly leveled. I know that it is tremendously frustrating, but it will be more than worth it in the end.
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