New to site, first post. Just found this site and am having a hard time getting back to work
Anyway, here is the story:
I have two kids that we are taking to Nanie & Papa's pool too much.....to hard to pack all the stuff, etc........(don't get me wrong, its been great but just wanted something a lot easier.) So, bought a "Costa Del Sol" 24' dia. above ground pool. I did the install myself with the help of two friends.
I work for an excavation contractor for a living, started out as a land surveyor. So I was fortunate that the ground work was very easy for me to do on my own. I had to take cut about 14" on the back side and 4" on the front of the pool area to get to a level grade. I compacted the ground with a plate compactor (big one), brought in sand, leveled it up and compacted the heck out of that. Setup a screed, etc......things were dead on, level wise. I dug in some large concrete pavers just under each of the uprights.....and off I went.
Things went well, directions were good. I bought one load of water for $300. That filled it maybe about 5/8. I am slowing filling the rest out of the hose.
I have since noticed that a couple of the uprights are leaning inward a little bit. I bet I put them up that way, nothing has settled or anything....90° out and i was dead tired at the end of it. I can (without much force at all) pull the top of the upright out to level. Is this a big deal. The pool is about 3/4 full now........
The water level is dead on all the way around the pool. When i measure from the bottom of the top rail to the water level all the way around the pool, there is no spot that is more than 1/4" different.
On the two uprights that are leaning inward a bit...the tops need to come outward about 1.5" and that would have them straight up/down. My friend stated that after 2 winters go by they will all be out of level by that much anyway.....maybe he is right?? He is speculating though.....
Do i need to care about this or should i just lighten up? My landsurveying background makes me very critical of line/grade.
When i go around the pool and wiggle the uprights in and out, they easily move back and forth a couple inches. Is it designed that way? I just have nothing to reference. I don't know anyone else with an above ground pool.
Before i backfill I was considering applying some roofing tar to the pool wall and uprights that will have drainage sand pushed up to them. Not much, like above stated: 14" in the back tapering to 4" in the front. I figured it couldn't hurt to add that layer of protection (the roofing tar) or maybe I would use foundation sealer because its thinner and easier to apply? I would use course drainage sand against the pool because it will not hold water against the pool, the water will easily drain through.
This is a long post. Sorry, I hope its not rude that it is my first post.
Thanks for any help!!!