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    Intex 14'x 48" pool bulge

    Just set up the pool on what I thought was level ground. Well after filling it about 75% full i noticed it starting to bulge on one side and the water difference from end to end is about 2". The side its bulging on is leaning hard on one leg. I cant get my finger between the leg and the liner. It seems sturdy but still not sure about it. Is the liner suppose to lean hard on a leg? Did'nt know since its only leaning on one and its only off 2" if I should worry about draining it or not.
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    Re: Intex 14'x 48" pool bulge

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    Generally 2" off is more than we would recommend. Did you dig down to level the ground? Did you put pavers under the legs? If not, the out-of-level may keep getting worse.
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    Re: Intex 14'x 48" pool bulge

    No i did'nt use pavers the legs have sank maybe 1/4in into the ground but im guessing they will continue to sink?
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    Re: Intex 14'x 48" pool bulge

    That is a lot of weight on those legs and it's highly recommended to use pavers to help support them and keep them from sinking into the ground. With your pool being 2" out of level, those post are going to sink even more.
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    Re: Intex 14'x 48" pool bulge

    Ok I'm going to drain it and fix it. What size pavers should I use? I figured they would crack under the weight
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    Re: Intex 14'x 48" pool bulge

    I used 7.5 x 7.5 pieces of 3/4 treated plywood and held them flush with the inside of the plastic foot and screwed them on the outside of the plastic foot to the plywood. That way as the pool fills and the legs move outward as they do the plywood moves with the leg and you don't end up with pavers under your liner or legs that slid off their pavers and it has worked great for me. There is some weight on the legs but not as much as you would imagine.......Mike
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    Re: Intex 14'x 48" pool bulge

    And I also sanded the inside edge and corners round
    18x52 intex ultra frame pool 6981 gallons, 1 HP LL pump with 19 in sand filter,BBB method,borax 50ppm
    leslies DPD test kit + fas-dpd chlorine test kit + borates test strips
    thru wall skimmer,hard plumbed with 2 returns 1 1/2 sch 40 pvc
    1 large fountain 1 inch sch 40 pvc,shut off ball valves on all

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    Re: Intex 14'x 48" pool bulge

    Ok thank you. I have sand under it and outside the pool more for softer bottom than support. Tried to dam the outside of the liner so it won't push out
    27k gal, IG vinyl, sand Hayward s-200

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