I got a 24' round above ground from craigslist for free. the previous owner said it was 15 years old, the pool definitely doesn't look it. only very light surface rust on some of the bottom rails and a bunch of rusted screws at the wall joint, i cut threw those with a wheel grinder. I bought a new 30ga liner, coping strips (the old ones look sturdier and still have their shape, I think i'll reuse those) and the foam cove all from ebay for $300. I also bought a wide mouth hydro tools skimmer on amazon to replace the old skimmer and return.
when ready, do i cut the existing hole in the pool wall for the new skimmer with tin snips? any other suggestions for an easier/better cut? how much water needs to be in the pool for the new skimmer install? I'm getting very far ahead of myself on this one from the looks of the leveling, lol.
I removed the sod with pitch fork, wheel barrow and the help of a friend in 1 1/2 days. the pool is going to be on a slope with the high side being about 18" higher than the low side. my neighbor helped move tons of dirt with his tractor but he said the rest would have to be done by hand... this almost seems impossible. I'm using a 12" spade to dig and the 4' level taped onto a 12' 2x6 to check for level.
is leveling supposed to be this hard or am i doing something wrong? what is the exact technique to use... I feel like i'm missing something or doing something wrong.
here come the equipment pics and what we've done so far