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    wall collapse

    Easy question for all you pool experts! I was having a pool contractor change out a vinyl liner on my pool that was built in 1968. New variable speed pump bought last year, New paver deck in 06. All was in good shape. Liner leaked at light but contractor drained water further down past shallow end to leave only 2-3 ft in deep end. Claimed it was necessary to remeasure before ordering liner. Left it drained for 2-3 weeks. Wood walls in shallow end are leaking sand and dirt and bowing in at the plywood wall seams. His response is see ya later alligator! " It was gonna happen no matter what he did and its not the amount of time without water that caused the problem". Funny how the walls weren't compromised even when I had water only halfway up on the wall on the shallow end ! I get that it has to be drained for installation but to leave empty like that for weeks? His response is that if it wasn't rotted plywood, which it wasn't, it should have held that long and longer! What's your views? Thanx for letting me pick your brain.
    2012, 7600 gal. vinyl, AG, Hayward S180T Sand filter, Hayward Power Flo LX 1580X pump, Wanda the Whale

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    Re: wall collapse

    A full pool, properly backfilled has equal pressure on both sides of the wall so it is stable. Once you take out the water, the pressure is unequal and the sides will begin to move inward.

    That's pretty much a no-brainer and the PB is completely at fault for ignoring the laws of physics.
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    Re: wall collapse

    I agree. Is the PB going to do anything about this ?


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    Re: wall collapse

    We were able to leave my steel sided pool empty for 2 weeks while the liner was made and shipped in.
    16 x 32 Vinyl IGP ~22000 G

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    On that steel sided pool, that was probably a more recent build than mine. Did it have the L bracing in the back of the wall with a concrete footer or base poured behind it?

    I'm getting more estimates now with the more work needed. Thanx for your insight.
    2012, 7600 gal. vinyl, AG, Hayward S180T Sand filter, Hayward Power Flo LX 1580X pump, Wanda the Whale

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    Re: wall collapse

    Quote Originally Posted by Breezer
    On that steel sided pool, that was probably a more recent build than mine. Did it have the L bracing in the back of the wall with a concrete footer or base poured behind it?

    I'm getting more estimates now with the more work needed. Thanx for your insight.
    It was steel sided with dead men buried in the ground for support. The steel is only about 4 feet around the whole perimeter so the deep end is all sand.
    16 x 32 Vinyl IGP ~22000 G

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    And No to your other question. The PB has walked away from the job. Trying to determine if I have a legal position to take. Licensed and insured is a yes.
    2012, 7600 gal. vinyl, AG, Hayward S180T Sand filter, Hayward Power Flo LX 1580X pump, Wanda the Whale

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