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    Putting down sand for AGP

    I've heard some people putting a couple inches of sand under there pool, but I was thinking of building a 2x4 railing up sort of like you would form up to pour concrete, and then filling it with masonry sand. The form would keep the sand from shifting. Would this be a good idea?
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    Yes, it will keep your sand from escaping!
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    No, I would not. You can acheive a very nice " safety net" for your masons sand with a plastic vapour lining duct taped to the inside wall about 13" up and laying down the bottom. Any additional bulk edges and hardware inside the wall without nice slopes is one more thing your liner was never manufactured to conform to. Why all that work and wood when the plastic works perfectly?
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    plastic vapour lining duct taped to the inside wall about 13" up Inside wall of what? Also what would 2x4's in a 17ftx17ft square hurt a 16ft pool?
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    I think we have a miscommunication above. You're essentially putting the pool in a sandbox, which I think would be just fine.
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    Thanks! in the past I had trouble with the sand moving.
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    i had a 20X20 sandbox for my intex it was nice and easy to set up the pool every year. I used 4X4 s with rebar to stake it in place

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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    Quote Originally Posted by NWMNMom
    No, I would not. You can acheive a very nice " safety net" for your masons sand with a plastic vapour lining duct taped to the inside wall about 13" up and laying down the bottom. Any additional bulk edges and hardware inside the wall without nice slopes is one more thing your liner was never manufactured to conform to. Why all that work and wood when the plastic works perfectly?
    Can you tell me more about the vapor lining? I am still researching which AGP to buy and learning all I can before the boxes arrive. I did not see any info on this idea elsewhere? Are you taping the plastic so the sand is under or sand on top of it?
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    Don't know if I should start another thread or not. Just wondering if my plan will work. Here's what I'm considering. Had a 12 ft. round pool and now will be getting a 12'x24'x53". I plan to construct a box with 2x6. fill with a couple inches class A tamped down. Then top up with sand and tamp down. This is what the locals tell me is the best idea. I have also come up with the idea of covering this with plywood, and then outdoor carpet. Pool will be taken down every fall. So, is this a good idea, bad idea, waste of money, just perfect, or unnecessary!! Thanks for any advice.
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    I'd actually go with screenings instead of sand...it packs well, forms well and doesn't shift around like sand. It's what ALL of the pool installers around here use as the base of a pool setup.
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    Great. Thanks for the info.
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    Pardon my ignorance but what are screenings ?
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    Re: Putting down sand for AGP

    gravel screenings...are basically what's left AFTER you take all the large gravel stones, pebbles and such away..you are left with a "sandy" type of material known as gravel screenings. They use it in alot of hardscaping with pavers, patio stones, etc as the base..because they can level it out and pack it down firmly.

    Same stuff is great for the base of a AGP pool...you can level it, work it easily with rakes and shovels, and then you can dampen it down and compact it so it's a nice hard, firm surface.
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