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    HELP..My new Intex ultra 18' pool isnt level.....need advice

    Hi I'm new to the forum and I live in RI. I just put up a 18' by 48" deep round Intex ultra pool up on saturday June 15th. The pool has about 6500 gals of water in it right now. When I set up the pool I put it on a tarp right directly on top of my grass just like the directions said to to. I thought the ground was level but it turns out its off by two to three inches and now that the pool is full of water its a little uneven and leaning a bit to the low side. What should I do? Has this happened to anyone? Can I leave the pool like this for this summer and just level the ground next year? I really don't want to drain it if I don't have to. Was thinking of maybe trying to lower the high side by digging under the pool and legs to see if that would help. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    thanks,

    Steve
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    Re: HELP..My new Intex ultra 18' pool isnt level.....need ad

    now that the pool is full of water its a little uneven
    How much? If it's out more than an inch, there is a chance it will continue to come over.
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    Re: HELP..My new Intex ultra 18' pool isnt level.....need ad

    Sorry to tell you this, but anything over 1" out of level puts your pool at risk. Best would be to drain, level and reset.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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    Re: HELP..My new Intex ultra 18' pool isnt level.....need ad

    my water level is off or uneven by about 1 to 1.5 inches right now
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    Re: HELP..My new Intex ultra 18' pool isnt level.....need ad

    The main problem with it being out of level will be water movement flexing the liner and frame. This is normal to these types of pool. If not leveled to within 3/4-1", you risk the structure failing.

    The uprights, horizontals, and the liner ARE your structure, all working together to contain the water. Out of level, you put more stress on the low side, and with flexing of the pool can result in catastrophic failure.

    This is why the more expensive (Doughboy etc) have a rigid frame that does not rely on the liner to be part of the structure.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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