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Thread: Pavers? We don't need no stinkin' pavers!

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    Pavers? We don't need no stinkin' pavers!

    Or do we?

    Briefly, I had a standard blue liner/white frame Intex for the last two seasons, set up in two different locations on two different soil types. No problems with just setting the feet on top of the blue tarp on top of solid ground. I won't say I never thought of putting them on something like a paver during assembly, but never did I regret not having them.

    Now I prepping for a larger Intex Ultra Frame, and while I've already taken this forum's advice about using some XPS foam underlayment, I'm more skeptical about the pavers, mainly because I'm only using 1/4" foam and I don't want to have to bury the more than 1" thick pavers to be level with the foam. Plus the fact that I'm using Deck Blok to build my deck, and they are going to be as close to the pool's legs as possible. I'm thinking of last year's tarp over the dirt, topped by the foam and the new tarp, with the pool and its legs/feet on top of all that.

    I do plan to leave the pool up year round. Am I asking for trouble without the pavers?
    18'x4' AG Intex Ultra Frame, 6,700 gal., assembled new 2013; Mods: Hayward EC50C90 Perflex filter & 1 h.p. PowerFlo Matrix pump, Fiber Clear cellulose D.E. substitute, Hayward H100ID1 100,000 BTU NG heater, a pair of 2'x20' Sungrabber solar heaters via the original Intex 635T pump, grey Hydro Tools through-the-wall skimmer, Confer steps/ladder system & Cover Free chemical pool cover. The Summer of Mods!

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    Re: Pavers? We don't need no stinkin' pavers!

    Welcome to the forum.
    Am I asking for trouble without the pavers?
    Almost surely but you never know.
    Dave S.
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    Re: Pavers? We don't need no stinkin' pavers!

    I vote for pavers. We have a rectangular pool, similar style to an intex, and it came with these big rubber strips you put under the legs. We put a tarp under as well, and figured that was good enough. It was for a while, but the first time we got a heavy rain you could see it sinking a little. Now we have gophers that have tunneled under another leg and because we have nothing under it but tarp and rubber, the leg is sinking. If it gets any worse we are looking at a drain, fix, and fill.

    In my opinion if I had pavers or even treated lumber under the legs I wouldn't be in this tough spot now.
    NEW POOL : 9 x 18, 48" deep - Bestway brand, 1 HP Intex 3200 Pump/Sand Filter Combo, Wanda the Whale, Hayward through wall skimmer (still in box)
    OLD POOL 5,100 Gallons, 9 x 19 used Splash a Round, Intex SWG, 1.5 HP Hayward Power Flow LX pump, Pentair Clean and Clear 150 sq. ft. filter, hard plumbed, Wanda the Whale,

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    Re: Pavers? We don't need no stinkin' pavers!

    I can't imagine not using the pavers. They won't be that hard to dig in. I had to put two inch thick cap block under the post of my metal wall pool. Id do the little bit of extra work to dig them in. Better safe than sorry.
    Michael
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    Re: Pavers? We don't need no stinkin' pavers!

    Hmm. Sounds like it's nearly unanimous. Anyone know what happens if the pavers are higher than the surface the pool liner rests on?
    18'x4' AG Intex Ultra Frame, 6,700 gal., assembled new 2013; Mods: Hayward EC50C90 Perflex filter & 1 h.p. PowerFlo Matrix pump, Fiber Clear cellulose D.E. substitute, Hayward H100ID1 100,000 BTU NG heater, a pair of 2'x20' Sungrabber solar heaters via the original Intex 635T pump, grey Hydro Tools through-the-wall skimmer, Confer steps/ladder system & Cover Free chemical pool cover. The Summer of Mods!

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    Re: Pavers? We don't need no stinkin' pavers!

    I watch a youtube video of an intex rectangular pool where the pavers were above ground instead of dug in. Tge whole pool bowed inward. He gad to drain it and redo with pavers dug in. I imagine a round pool would have the same problem.
    NEW POOL : 9 x 18, 48" deep - Bestway brand, 1 HP Intex 3200 Pump/Sand Filter Combo, Wanda the Whale, Hayward through wall skimmer (still in box)
    OLD POOL 5,100 Gallons, 9 x 19 used Splash a Round, Intex SWG, 1.5 HP Hayward Power Flow LX pump, Pentair Clean and Clear 150 sq. ft. filter, hard plumbed, Wanda the Whale,

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    Re: Pavers? We don't need no stinkin' pavers!

    Since you plan to leave it up year around the minimal time and money for 12"x12" pavers is really worth it. For me the peace of mind of not having to worry about the legs sinking in the ground during a heavy rain far out weighs the time/money.
    6500 gal, Intex 18'x48" above ground, 1hp Pro Sand Filter, TF100 Test Kit

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