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    DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    Hi everyone,

    I was wondering if you guys could give me some tips and or opinions with regards to my pool.
    it was put up last august by myself and my bro. at the time it went up it was level properly with patio pavers under the posts but not along the bottom rails.
    After a couple of weeks I notice 2 things.
    1. One side of the pools looks lower than the other by almost 2 inches you can tell by looking at the water level.
    2. One side of the walls is leaning outward. not but much but you can really tell. now on this side I was thinking in building a small deck 4x10 agains the pool but not sure if I need to fix it before.

    Is it safe to keep the pool as it is or should I take it down and try to level it again?
    what could be causing the wall to lean outward?

    any help is appreciated thanks.
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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    I take it this is the side that settled where the wall is pushing outward ?

    This could be a problem. What was the ground like on that side? Was the bottom rail sitting flat on top of the ground all the way around ?
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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    yes this is the side where the wall is pushing outward. the ground was level but my area has a mix of rock and dirt so I hired a guy with a bobcat to level it as much as he could before I level as much as I could myself

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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    There might have been a void there with the rock and dirt and the weight of the water made it settle. Did you use a transit, lazer level to get it level?
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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    nope, i used the old school 2x6 and a carpenters level

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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    I would definitely keep an eye on it as I'm sure you are.

    Something is definitely going on. 2 inches might be too much out of level with that wall buldging out like that. You don't want it to fail when family is in there.


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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    I vote for a re-do. 2 inches is waaaay too outta plumb for safety.
    That bulging wall tells you all you need to know.
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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    I'm with ya !


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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    noooooooooooo, hopefully I can salvage the liner because it was a custom order.
    there is no way to just trying to lift the one side?

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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    I've never heard of that working. Maybe somebody else has.

    When you put the patio blocks in, we're they dug in to be flush with the ground?


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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    Another question, are all the patio blocks set at the same elevation ?


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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    patio blocks where flush with ground and all level all around the sides like

    b x x x x xx c
    a d
    e x x x x x x f

    a to and a to e b to c and e to f as well as c t do and f to do but no a to d if I remember correctly

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    Re: DIY Oval pool 12x21 Need Help

    Either it settled or it wasn't truly level.
    If it settled your going to have to figure out why, is it on undisturbed soil? Was there perhaps something else done in that area and now the soil has compacted?
    If it wasn't accurately levelled, well, that's pretty straight forward.

    Bottom line is that 2" exceeds the manufacaturers recommendation so that's a waranty void if anything happens, like pool failure. The general concensus is that 1" is the max you should be out.

    There's no way to prop up a metal walled pool, the bottom track also has to be brought up, you'll compromise the integrity, not to mention you've got those side braces as well.

    I put my pool up all by myself so I feel your pain man, but there's the safety side to consider, especially if there's kids around.
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