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    new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    i just recently purchased a new 22ftx52 intex pool, dug out and laid sand and leveled it out. of course the back side had to be banked up to make level. we had to banked up quiet a bit. we proceded to set the pool up has directed. I filled it up and by morning the back side poles had sunk about 3 inches. i have recently drained it and ready to start over. i know we need to reprep the sand again to make sure it level. but my question is what can i put down once its level to make sure it will not sink again. i have been told there is a type of concret i can lay under the pool to prevent it from sinking, but i dont know what its called or where to buy it. If anyone can help i would be greatly appreciative. thanks bunches
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    Normally you try not to build up the earth because of what's happening to you. If you do you need to water it and tamp it down firm. Did you use pavers under the posts? This helps distribute the weight and keep the posts from sinking. The pavers are normally set level into the ground. The ground needs to be level under the sand, the sand is more for smooth comfort and protection of the bottom of the pool from rocks, not so much for level as it shifts some.

    I've had to dig down almost three feet to get level across the 27' for the pool I'm putting up. I've used four pieces of heavy equipment so far, 2 farm tractors, a backhoe and a Toro Dingo for final level. Unfortunately the Dingo blew a hydraulic hose before it was quite level and I still have to do some hand leveling.

    I'm sure others will be along with more advice.
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    Welcome to TFP!
    Sorry to have to say this, but using fill material isn't really going to work very well. The best thing to do is to dig out more so that the entire pool is sitting on undisturbed soil. You could try renting a plate compacter (jumping jack) and really packing down the fill, but digging further is your best bet.
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    thanks for some of ur advise. and dan what are these pavers and where do i get em.. and when i get em do they set ontop of the sand or what do i need to do before i can use em. i am so dumb to this..lol and i dont think it help i got a husband who thinks he knows what he's doing.. that is why we are in position in the first place..
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    google some videos on pool installation, they will help you understand the process.
    Dig the high side down, don't add material to make it level, and make sure you use something to get it level - the human eye cannot sufficiently determine true level.
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    ok i have done some looking online and these pavers that i have found are pretty much concret steppin stones.. right? im a thinkin removin all sand and doing a lil more diggin and reapply some sand and use these pavers and that should take care of my sinking problem. i hope... (crossing my fingers)
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    You are correct, that's all they are is concrete stepping stones. Best to dig down to solid ground and level it and then set the top of the pavers flush with the surrounding soil before setting up the pool.

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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    You just found out what about 100,000 lbs of water can do.

    Start over hun. Keep digging.
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    Welcome to tfp, lil_tink74
    Quote Originally Posted by lil_tink74
    im a thinkin removin all sand and doing a lil more diggin and reapply some sand and use these pavers and that should take care of my sinking problem. i hope... (crossing my fingers)
    Like others have said, you need to dig the whole pool bottom down to the lowest point of undisturbed ground. Do not put sand under the pavers, dig the pavers down so they are flush with leveled dug down ground.
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    ok thank you all so much! im heading to lowes today... wooo hoooo! i just may get this up and running yet...and yeah casey i found out that 100,000 lbs=10,472 gallons of water can really clean the road pretty good. but oh the other hand i have the greenest yard in the block...lol and it only cost me $70.00. but again thank you guy all so much for ur advise. this site is awesome, im sure its gonna come in handy here real soon.
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    Tink, steps for installing an Intex pool:
    Steps that I used to create my original pool area:
    1. Choose area, use a can of marking paint to paint a circle 2' larger that your pool. ie 18' pool = a 20' circle.
    2. Cut sod off and dispose of. (if you do not do this it rots and stinks terrible)
    3. Attached a 4' level to a 10' 2" x 6" pegged to the middle of the circle.
    4. Swing board in a circle trimming away any high spots and filling in any low spots (less than 1/2").
    5. Tamped entire area with a hand tamper. (lots of work, rent a plate compactor it goes a lot faster and not as hard on the back and shoulders.)
    6. Put down 1 1/2" or 2" styrofoam (the pink stuff). Tape the seams with Gorilla tape. Cover it all with a HD tarp. (don't use the tarp that they send with the pool, get a good HD one)
    7. Setup pool, place 1 1/2" or 2" pavers/patio blocks under the legs.
    8. Fill pool with 2-3" of water and smooth all wrinkles out.
    9. Fill up the pool with the rest of the water.
    10. Test water with your new TFTest kit (you did order one right?) use results on The Pool Calculator and add BBB (if needed) to your Pool.
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    I told you Lil_tink that others would be along to help. It's a great group of people here. Looks like you've gotten good advice and more in-depth then I could give in the limited time I had. Once you get it up be sure to read up on "Pool School" link on how to keep it sparkling. It's really pretty easy and not as expensive as pool stores make it out to be. TFP is the primary reason we're moving from a ring pool to a hard sided pool this year. That is if we can ever get it up!
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    thanks again for all the advice. with a lil bit of moving sand and those wonderful pavers woo hoo i now have my pool set and filled now for the deck.. thanks again guys
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    Re: new 22x52 intex pool sinking... HELP

    Sounds great
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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