We're installing our first pool and we've selected a Summer Escapes 14'x42" metal frame. The spot where we're installing the pool is unique, so we're looking for some opinions on preparation and setup.
The install area is half grass/half concrete patio. (It's the only spot where we can install the pool, otherwise it would be all grass or all concrete) I tilled up and removed all of the grass. I added additional soil and compacted until the soil level was even with the level of the concrete patio. This is the point where we need some advice. The pool installation instructions simply state to select a level surface free of debris, that's it. I've been reading about using sand to help level the pool and prevent damage to the liner from punctures. Is sand necessary for a pool such as this one? I've seen where pads are also available to help prevent punctures. Local stores do not carry these pads, so I was wondering if a heavy duty tarp doubled over itself would suffice. Any thoughts on this approach?
I was going to leave a 6" space around between the pool and the grass. Are there any best practices for how much space to leave? I don't want grass trying to grow through the liner. I figure 6" will be plenty to keep from hitting the liner with the weed trimmer, so I'm not worried about that part.