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    Jun 2011
    Eastern Panhandle of WV

    Build question about bottom rails, sand & gorilla pad

    I have a 1/2" gap below my bottom rails due to how my patio plates/pavers are not fully sunk. The soil here is like digging through limestone ... near impossible ... watch in the video how I have to use the back end of a hammer to scrape away the area for the pavers. The last 3 seconds of this video show how minor the gap is. I have at least 2 tons of soil left from the excavation as well as 4 tons of sand being delivered tomorrow ... what should I do to correct this? Should I backfill with native soil and water/tamp or simply spread the sand just outside the pool wall? Also, since I have a Gorilla Pad for my install, and foam coves, how much sand should I use? I assume the Gorilla Pad goes right over the sand, or is it used instead of sand?

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    Re: Build question about bottom rails, sand & gorilla pad

    The best thing to do is set the pavers lower, I know it's tough work, I actually set extra pavers under my pool. But fixing it now, will save a lot of headaches that you will have trying to drain and partially correct this problem once you start filling the pool. A couple more hours of suffering will save several days of frustration and not being able to swim!

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    Re: Build question about bottom rails, sand & gorilla pad

    Probably already done with the job, but based on what I went through putting my pool up, sink the pavers lower. Don't try to cheat, not worth it in the end. That sand won't last.
    17K saltwater, freeform pebbletec with spa; Hayward cartridge filter, Hayward Northstar 2.4HP 2-speed pump, Hayward H400 heater. Hayward T-CELL-15 salt cell.

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