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    Pool is unlevel

    Hi, I have done some reading and I have gotten a lot of helpful tips and information. But I still have some questions. My backyard is seriously on a slope. We tried to dig down about 4 inches, make a frame for the pool, fill it with sand, level it and put the pool on top. We finished and I filled the pool up yesterday and it is about 6 inches off on the front side of one side of the pool. Also, the side that is off is bowed some. I filled the pool overnight and I checked on it but did not pull the supports taut. Some of them are a tad lose, I wouldn't say it was enough to make the pool unleveled. We placed the supports on pressure treated wood as Intex suggested, and tried to make them as level as we could. I'm kind of at a loss here, my family thinks we should kick out the supports some more to try and get it more level hoping that may help. Other than draining and starting over, I have no idea what to do at this point. Any help would be appreciated!
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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    If you are six inches out of level, there is a good chance that pool is coming over....sooner or later. I would start over.
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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    6" out sounds like a dangerous situation just waiting to happen. Please, start over. You can not build these pools up with sand and dirt.
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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    So, instead of sand, what should I use? Pavers or cement?
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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    It would really help if you could give us a picture of your location....

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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    This is kind of how my pool is sitting.
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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    I'm not sure if that picture helps much, if not I can take one of the ground tomorrow in the daylight.
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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    Use a 12*12 paver for the uprights and borrow or rent a transit laser level to make sure the pavers are perfect that way if they settle a little to should still be within and inch of level.

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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    To get the area close I used a piece of pipe in the center and a 2x6 with a nail and a level and swept the circle filling in the low spots and digging the high spots.

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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    I went to Home Depot looking for pavers or concrete and they didn't have any that would be strong enough to hold up to the weight of the pool. I believe I have found some that may work, they are 16x16 concrete step stones. Also, a picture of the inside of the water level of my pool. I think that the backside supports (the side to the right) are not dug down deep enough and that is why it is not level. That is also the side that is bowed. The left side frame is very near straight. I would like to start over but after talking to my parents, I don't know if that's a possibility. I was thinking we could try to relevel the supports using the concrete step stones.
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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    There is a lot of weight n that pool and could potentially hurt someone if it let's loose. I would start over just to be safe. You need to be within and inch of level for it to be stable.

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    Re: Pool is unlevel

    I have decided to redo the pool with/without the help of my parents. It may take a little longer, but it stays pretty hot here in New Mexico until about September/October. I did some research on the forums and decided to use a different pool base than sand. I am also going to relocate the pool to a different area of the yard that is much more level to begin with. It's only maybe 2 or 3 inches off level. I am going to dig down and use extruded polystyrene foam as my base. I am also going to use concrete stones as my supports and cut into the foam to place them. I had a question though. If I'm using the foam, how far should I dig down to place the pool? It is 2 inches in depth, so should I dig 4 inches for the base of the pool then place the foam, a tarp, and then the pool liner?
    AG, 18x9, 4545 gal, 1 hp Intex sand filter, 2650 gph, SWG

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