Hi everybody. After last year's fiasco with the EasySet top ring deflating, we've decided to upgrade to an UltraFrame. My question is about site prep. I intend to leave this pool up indefinitely.
We live just west of San Antonio, TX. Our soil is hard and dry sandy loam, with San Augustine grass. Our yard was a farm field until 10 years ago, so it is basically level, but doesn't drain well. Therefore, I intend to build up, as I have seen done for the oil tanks at the oilfield leases I service.
Here's my plan:
1. Kill the grass with Roundup.
2. Build a square frame out of pressure-treated 2x4s, and use a sledge hammer to tap into the topsoil until level.
3. Fill the frame with sand.
4. Level the sand
5. Compact the sand with a plate compactor.
6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until the sand is compacted and level with the top of the 2x4s.
5. Lay down the ground cloth that comes with the pool
6. Install the pool liner.
Any suggestions, or things I may be overlooking?
As I said, I want to leave this pool up indefinitely. I'm ready to invest the time and money to do it right the first time, so that there won't be a second time.