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    Cutting Foam For Bottom Of Intex

    We are prepping our space for our Intex and are planning to purchase the 2 Inch sheets of foam at HD in the morning. I was curious which methods some may have used for cutting your foam? Did you place inside the circle and cut around blocks, use a utility knife, etc? I have suggested a electric carving knife Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Cutting Foam For Bottom Of Intex

    A utility knife works pretty well, though you'll want a ready supply of sharp blades.
    While I have not yet tried one, if there is a Harbor Freight near you, they have a hand-held hot-knife for foam cutting.
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    Re: Cutting Foam For Bottom Of Intex

    A keyhole saw works great, especially for cutting curves and chamfers. That is how I cut mine, 2 in foam with blades is tough unless your cuts are straight and you snap the foam. The type I like look like:
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    Re: Cutting Foam For Bottom Of Intex

    Thanks much for the help Hopefully all goes well and hubby is not too stressed before it's done. I am so nervous about putting this pool up and it being unlevel.

    Jen
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    Re: Cutting Foam For Bottom Of Intex

    Something to remember when placing your blocks, with an Intex pool, the legs will get pushed out somewhat by the water pressing on the sidewalls.
    You need to have your blocks placed a little outside of where the legs sit when the pool is empty.
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    Re: Cutting Foam For Bottom Of Intex

    Quote Originally Posted by mcoonan
    Something to remember when placing your blocks, with an Intex pool, the legs will get pushed out somewhat by the water pressing on the sidewalls.
    You need to have your blocks placed a little outside of where the legs sit when the pool is empty.
    That's a great point. What would you suggest of for "a little outside" ?
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    Re: Cutting Foam For Bottom Of Intex

    Well, we did not get to install because of rain and ended up getting Home Depot delivery which took a day Hopefully today we can get to work on it.

    Thanks Again,
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    Pool: Intex Ultra Frame 16x48 AGP 5061 gal With Pink Foam Underlayment
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    Re: Cutting Foam For Bottom Of Intex

    I think that I pushed mine out about 2"
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    Re: Cutting Foam For Bottom Of Intex

    Turns out the jig saw worked best We got it all gorilla taped and set up and is now filling! Looking all level so far, keeping my fingers crossed for sure. The wind has been our enemy so far, lol. About to head out and purchase our salt water system. Hoping I feel comfortable enough by the evening to order a stair/entry system. Going to be installing the pool fencing tomorrow pending everything goes smooth.

    Jen
    Pool: Intex Ultra Frame 16x48 AGP 5061 gal With Pink Foam Underlayment
    Equipment:Intex SWG, Intex Pool Light, Still Needing To order new Intex Sand Pump

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