Hello, We installed a vinyl lined steel wall pool last fall. This spring we are starting the paver patio and I was hoping somebody could help me with information on installing the brass sockets for the ladder and railing. I am confused how to set these, since the patio will be pavers set in sand on a gravel base. I have hired a mason to install the bullnose coping, but was going to do the pavers myself.
My pavers are 2.375" thick
The brass sockets are 4" long.
How do I cement the sockets securely since the pavers can technically move since they are just sitting on sand? The three things I was thinking are:
• Pouring a cement footing under my pavers and put 1.625" of the brass socket in the cement and the remaining 2.375" of the socket sticking out of the cement and through the pavers, (so the tops are flush with the patio). Will this be strong enough? How large of a footing would you recommend? I could always tie the sockets to some rebar in the cement for extra strength.
• Shall I sink the sockets deeper in the cement so that the top of the socket is below the top of the pavers? This would make my railing and ladder a little lower than normal. Again, how much concrete would be sufficient?
• My other thought would be to pour a cement pad that is flush to the top of the pavers, but was hoping to avoid this as I don't want to see the cement pad in the middle of my paver patio. If I did this, how large of a pad would be necessary to support someone pulling themselves out of the pool on the ladder or leaning on the railing?
Does anyone have any suggestions or pictures of what you have done in this case? How much concrete / what size footing is sufficient to support the ladder and railing?
Any suggestions you have are greatly appreciated.