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Thread: building an ABG adjacent to a retaining wall

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    Jul 2009
    Near Annapolis, MD

    building an ABG adjacent to a retaining wall

    I've got a very difficult yard to work with, and I need some help going forward.

    First off, I've got a pretty steep hill that slopes upward from the back of the house. Roughly 1 in 6 slope. I recently decided to make a cut into the hill to provide some flat space for a playset for the kids. I originally didn't plan on doing anything else, however once I saw how nice it was looking, I started pondering an ABG. I've created a 12' deep flat space off the back of my deck that is roughly 30' long (parallel to the house). I plan to build a short (2') timber retaining wall to shore up the hill. If I move forward with a pool, I will also probably recess a 6x6 along the edge of the deck to deflect water, and will bury drain tile/gravel in front of it.

    So, 12' is not much to work with. I am tempted to go back farther, but then I'd have to get a permit for the taller wall. For now, let's assume I have 12' to 13' to work with.

    In looking online, I was surprised to find that I could get some nice 10' wide oval shaped pools (sans buttresses) that *may* fit the area, however there's not much room to spare. What do you think? Is it possible to assemble this almost directly adjacent to the wall? And when they say it's a 10' wide pool, is that the total width (including walls), or is that water only?

    I am slightly concerned that I will be disturbing the earth just outside the pool footprint (i.e. need to recess the 1st row of the retaining wall, plus the timber/drainage adjacent to deck). Should I construct everything but the pool, and let it sit a year to let it settle?

    Any ideas or thoughts on what to plan for would be appreciated, as well as recommendations on pool manufacturers. I've found a couple different offerors, but would be keen to hear some pros or cons. My max pool size would probably top out at 10'x18'.

    See rough sketch below:

    timber wall

    12' deep x 30' long cut

    edge of deck
    - 8'x15'x52" Cameo AGP (Manuf. by Wilbar)
    - 1HP Pentair Optiflo w/ CC100 cartridge filter
    - Confer Step 1 w/ 8000 ladder

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    Jul 2010
    Antelope, CA

    Re: building an ABG adjacent to a retaining wall

    Not an expert in things dirt related but some people have installed their AG pool into the slope of a hill in a partial bury. I have an AG pool with two decks, one about 37 inches below the top rail and another smaller deck at top rail height.


    -- Guy --
    10K gallons in 21' Round 52 inch wall Aqualeader AG, Hayward Power Flow LX 1.5 HP pump motor, Hayward Perflex EC50AC DE filter w/Cellulose, Wide mouth skimmer, 2013 new Diver Dan (craigslist) to replace the faded old Hayward AquaBug. TF-100

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    Jul 2011
    SW MO

    Re: building an ABG adjacent to a retaining wall recommends 2 feet around for setting up a pool, I managed with about 6 inches in places on a round pool but it was a true pain. I'm working on a partial burial.
    Dan D
    Used 2003 Aqua Leader 27'x52", 17,800 w/10" hopper, SwimPro SW256T 250# sand filter, Hayward PowerFlo LX pump 1hp impellor, Emerson 1 1/2 hp motor, setup Aug 2012 Summer 2011 used Summer Escapes Ring pool 14' x 42", Intex 1600gph sand filter, HTH 6 way test kitTF-100 w/stirrer, Well water @ FC=0, PH=7.2, TA=290, CH=320

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