I just joined, this looks like a great site. I looked but did not see a search function so here's my question:
I am replacing my 24' round above ground pool with an 18 x 33' above ground pool. The new pool will basically sit where my existing one is with, of course, an extra 9' of ground space needed. My yard is slightly sloped and I know the best way is to bring the high point down to the lowest to assure well packed earth. The drop off is only about 6". I am not having it installed until next May so IF I raise the lower portion with new soil now (I plan to go a few extra feet past where the new pool will sit) and I am going to install a retaining "wall" to assure it stays, will the new dirt settle enough over the winter with rain, snow etc. (I live in NJ just east of Philadelphia, Pa)?. I am not going to tear down the old pool until next spring to help keep it from erroding and I will have an installer come out & level it with a Bobcat front end loader and pack it down with that hopefully. I don't want to have to remove 6" of soil to bring the existing pool base down if I don't have to. I would have to have it removed if I did (it's a mixture of soil & clay so it's not really usable anywhere else in the yard). Also I have a deck that is just above the existing pool height so if the new pool is installed 6" lower, I will have a lot of extra work to do to mate the deck with the new pool.
Thanks for any advice.