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    DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    This is my 18x33 oval agp project I'm working on. I dug 60% with a skid loader and dug out the other 40% by hand. I'm doing the final leveling now. This is slow a going process the ground is mostly clay.
















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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Looking good!!
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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Was it too hard to get level with the skid loader. Is that why you had to shovel so much?
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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Quote Originally Posted by HamburgerChef
    Was it too hard to get level with the skid loader. Is that why you had to shovel so much?
    I thought I had it level with the skid loader. But once I put the level down on the ground I was at least 5" off on the side closer to the house. I've been a shoveling fool. I dug the first 12" by hand then I hit clay. I'm in the process of the final leveling now. I used my water level and set all the patio stones for the uprights now I'm working off of the patio stones. I should be done leveling tomorrow.

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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Quote Originally Posted by timothy918
    Quote Originally Posted by HamburgerChef
    Was it too hard to get level with the skid loader. Is that why you had to shovel so much?
    I thought I had it level with the skid loader. But once I put the level down on the ground I was at least 5" off on the side closer to the house. I've been a shoveling fool. I dug the first 12" by hand then I hit clay. I'm in the process of the final leveling now. I used my water level and set all the patio stones for the uprights now I'm working off of the patio stones. I should be done leveling tomorrow.
    My back aches with empathy for you.

    But you're doing it right. An extra day or two making sure it's level-level-level will save you ten times that much work if it's not.
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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    Quote Originally Posted by timothy918
    Quote Originally Posted by HamburgerChef
    Was it too hard to get level with the skid loader. Is that why you had to shovel so much?
    I thought I had it level with the skid loader. But once I put the level down on the ground I was at least 5" off on the side closer to the house. I've been a shoveling fool. I dug the first 12" by hand then I hit clay. I'm in the process of the final leveling now. I used my water level and set all the patio stones for the uprights now I'm working off of the patio stones. I should be done leveling tomorrow.
    My back aches with empathy for you.

    But you're doing it right. An extra day or two making sure it's level-level-level will save you ten times that much work if it's not.
    That's what I keep trying to explain to my wife and daughter. It has to be level.

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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    I feel for you brother, but your doing it right and that will pay dividends...trust in that!!!
    I've seen several threads here over the years where oval owners had to tear down and re-level, and no matter how much work that first leveling is, it will never be as much work as draining, disassembling and doing it over again.

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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Adding three words of encouragement. Level. Level. Level.

    Keep pluggin'.
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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Leveling is the hardest and most crucial part!!!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Thanks for all the encouragement. I learned that leveling is the most important thing here and at poolforum.

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    Update Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    I finished leveling the ground yesterday and what do you know it stormed last night and now I have 4" of standing water. I'm draining it now. My plan was to get the foam bottom prepped and put down so I could get the wall put up today. All that is out the window. Now I'll have to wait a few days for the ground to dry up a bit.


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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    That puddle is a good way to check for low spots!
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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Rain got us too. About 2.5" worth came down last night. I am gonna go for it anyway. Bobcat, riding tamp, and laser transit will be here tomorow. Then 24 hours of intense site leveling and packing. Hope to be done by Monday morning with site prep. Maybe start putting up the wall by within a week.
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    I've got a mud pit myself! I can't do anything til it dries out.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Update Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Got the foam down and cut to size and got the pool wall up today. Now I just have to wait for the bottom to dry completely then I can put the foam back down and put the liner in.




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    Update DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Got the liner installed today. Gonna start filling tomorrow.


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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Looks like we are building pools in tandem. I did the shop vac trick with the liner and now the pool is about half full with no wrinkles.
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    update DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    I used the shop vac to get the liner smooth also. Started filling it today, got the uprights installed. Tomorrow I'll get the top ledges installed and maybe start back filling. It's been a long hard journey but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. My next project is a deck.


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    DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    The pool is now complete. Just completed all the backfilling. My wife put down some grass seed. Next on the agenda is the deck.
    Anybody know any decent deck planning website's?


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    Re: DIY 18x33 oval agp project

    Quote Originally Posted by timothy918
    The pool is now complete. Just completed all the backfilling. My wife put down some grass seed. Next on the agenda is the deck.
    Anybody know any decent deck planning website's?
    deckplans.com has some quick simple deck designs that are made with dek-blocks vs traditional posts. I also like using the Lowes Deck designer. http://www.lowes.com/deckdesigner
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