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    Putting up Intex 9 X 18 pool. Questions on pavers and foam

    Hi all,

    Thanks to all of the wonderful advice, and the size of our backyard and wallet, we finally decided on an Intex 9x18 Ultra frame pool. It arrives today, so I'm dragging my DH out to buy some things for the build.
    I have searched on the board, and so I apologize for redundant questions, but....

    What size pavers do we need for the legs?

    What kind of foam do we use for the bottom? I've read that polystyrene foam insulation boards are good. Is that the rigid pink board or some kind of softer sheet.

    We are leveling our space with a cultivator, and tamping down the dirt with a tamper.

    Any advice would be very welcomed! I'll put up pictures as we go along.

    Cheers,

    Liz
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    Re: Putting up Intex 9 X 18 pool. Questions on pavers and fo

    Hopefully someone else will be able to chime in as I am pretty new to this all myself, but...I just finished shopping yesterday for the finishing touches for putting up my Intex. We got a 18'x48" ultra frame, and from what I gathered, the amount of pavers needed is equal to the diameter of the pool. Since mine was 18', I needed 18 pavers. I also read on the forum where 6x6 were used, so that is what I purchased. I was able to get them for 84 cents a piece, so that wasn't too terrible. Not sure about the rectangular pools though and how pavers are measured for that.

    As far as the foam board goes, I got the pink polystyrene with the tongue & groove. I opted for 1 inch (as it was on sale at Menards and only 3 cents more than the 1/2" of the same kind).
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    Re: Putting up Intex 9 X 18 pool. Questions on pavers and fo

    Hi!

    Thanks for that speedy reply!

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlyK82
    We got a 18'x48" ultra frame, and from what I gathered, the amount of pavers needed is equal to the diameter of the pool. Since mine was 18', I needed 18 pavers. I also read on the forum where 6x6 were used, so that is what I purchased. I was able to get them for 84 cents a piece, so that wasn't too terrible.
    Great to know! By 6 X 6 you mean inches? How about depth? 2 inches? I'm so new to all of this!! And terribly challenged when it comes to DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by nelson4!11
    As far as the foam board goes, I got the pink polystyrene with the tongue & groove. I opted for 1 inch (as it was on sale at Menards and only 3 cents more than the 1/2" of the same kind).
    Thanks! How does it feel under the pool? Did you put a tarp over the foam board?

    I hope you are enjoying your pool! Please put up a picture!

    Cheers,
    Liz
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    Diamond Brite Quartz Medium Grey Plaster - Islands Sapphire Breeze Tile Border
    Jules Bright Cobalt Blue Blend Tile Bench fountain sheer waterfall descent
    Pentair Intelliflo Variable Speed Pump - Pentair CLean & CLear PLus Cartridge Filter - Kreepy Krauly Legend - mTF-100 Test Kit - Swimmers: Twins (Boy/Girl) 14 yrs old

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    Re: Putting up Intex 9 X 18 pool. Questions on pavers and fo

    Great to know! By 6 X 6 you mean inches? How about depth? 2 inches? I'm so new to all of this!! And terribly challenged when it comes to DIY
    I am terrible when it comes to DIY too...we haven't started even putting ours up yet because the boyfriend has been working like crazy so I have been sitting here waiting to do the pool.

    Here is the link to what we got (and the price went down too, so I need a price adjustment, LOL)
    http://menards.com/main/building-materi ... c-5786.htm

    And here is the foam boards:
    http://menards.com/main/building-materi ... c-5779.htm

    We made sure to find some decent pieces of the tongue & groove and also picked up some gorilla tape to tape down the seams.

    We already started to prep the area (we had the blue blob last year) and so we just need to level the sand underneath the area and we should be good to go and start. I have already planned on taking pictures as we go along of our progress, as we have to finish up the octagon that serves as our fence for the pool. I shall make sure to let you know how it goes.
    Intex 18x48 Ultra Frame Pool - Intex 2650 Sand Filter - Intex SWG
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    Re: Putting up Intex 9 X 18 pool. Questions on pavers and fo

    Thanks for the links!

    Quote Originally Posted by CarlyK82
    I am terrible when it comes to DIY too...we haven't started even putting ours up yet because the boyfriend has been working like crazy so I have been sitting here waiting to do the pool.
    Sorry to hear you are waiting for the pool! My kids are waiting, but not very patiently! It's like taking a car trip, "Is the pool ready yet? Is the pool ready yet?"
    I'd be lost without my DH to do the DIY stuff. I'm the one who says "we need a pool!" and he puts it into action.

    Right now our back yard is dirt, all dirt! My DH is battling a major root from a fig tree. Once he wins, we will start to transform the backyard into a small oasis, hopefully!

    I've already bought the compost and manure for the new grass we are putting in, and some shade plants to go behind the pool. I just hope we can get it done before it gets too hot!

    Thanks again for the links. They really helped!

    Cheers,

    Liz
    Northern California Inground pool 20' by 40'
    Diamond Brite Quartz Medium Grey Plaster - Islands Sapphire Breeze Tile Border
    Jules Bright Cobalt Blue Blend Tile Bench fountain sheer waterfall descent
    Pentair Intelliflo Variable Speed Pump - Pentair CLean & CLear PLus Cartridge Filter - Kreepy Krauly Legend - mTF-100 Test Kit - Swimmers: Twins (Boy/Girl) 14 yrs old

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    Re: Putting up Intex 9 X 18 pool. Questions on pavers and fo

    Don't use patio blocks under the legs! Use wood!!! We have a broken patio block and will need to empty the pool to replace it. NIGHTMARE! Not going to do till this fall since we only use it for floating and not crazy stuff
    24' Sharkline Matrix. Coral Reef Liner. Clearwater II Cartridge Filter. Saltron Retro Salt WaterGenerator. 4x20 Ecosaver Solar Panels, Rover Jr. robot vac. Fiberglass Steps and Lifesaver pool fence/gate.

    Previous pool: 9x18 intex with salt water generator and vinylworks 5x10 deck.

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    Re: Putting up Intex 9 X 18 pool. Questions on pavers and fo

    Good Idea. I never thought about that!

    Thanks,

    Liz
    Northern California Inground pool 20' by 40'
    Diamond Brite Quartz Medium Grey Plaster - Islands Sapphire Breeze Tile Border
    Jules Bright Cobalt Blue Blend Tile Bench fountain sheer waterfall descent
    Pentair Intelliflo Variable Speed Pump - Pentair CLean & CLear PLus Cartridge Filter - Kreepy Krauly Legend - mTF-100 Test Kit - Swimmers: Twins (Boy/Girl) 14 yrs old

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