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    im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    i plan on putting the pool (15'x48" intex metal frame) on my existing paver patio (pavers are 16"x16"). i do need to tear it all up though and get it nice and level. its not to bad but you know an old patio can get. a little wavy here and there and a slight bit sloped. i plan on digging out the high side, which only seems to be no more than 2" higher. then just spread all that dirt and gravel mix around. leveling it with a 2x4 an 4' level. i'll probably throw in a few bags of gravel too. im guessing i should use a tamper too.

    now for underneath the pool i plan on putting the tarp down on the pavers and then i just happen to have those interlocking rubber matts that you use on basement floors or even outside (1/2" thick or less). i figure i can put them on top of the tarp and then the pool on that. it will make a softer base and add a ton of protection. should i cut holes for the legs to go through? or would it be ok to put the legs directly on them?

    one thing though is im not sure if i have enough of those matts, i think i do but with my luck i dont. if not, is it ok to just put the pool directly on the tarp?

    is their anything else i should be doing? or does this all seem like a bad idea? i dont really want a big dirt circle in my yard the 9 months a yr that the pool is put away.

    the pool holds 4400 gallons.
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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    I don't have an intex but looks like you've put together a solid plan, sounds like youve researched things.
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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    funny enough is i havent really researched much. i bought the pool on a whim and it all fell into place lol. i just happen to have the rubber matts laying around and a patio i dont use that the pool will fit on.

    i havent gotten a kit yet, but i plan on it this weekend.
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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    oh and your pool set up looks great. someday i might have to do that when i upgrade to a better pool.
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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    I would just dig down to level and skip trying to raise low spots unless you have a commercial tamper for asphalt. There've been some horror stories here about what happens when you put tons of water onto fill, so matter how much you watered it to settle things.
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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    oh no what kind of horror stories?
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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    man i thought this was my thread? lol
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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    Sorry we just entertaining you and always here to help...

    We will pick you up on the way to the beer lol


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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    lol its no big deal. ive pretty much changed my entire plan since starting this thread so it doesnt even apply to me anymore.
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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    Chino.... Went back and read your original post (sorry I thought it was Barb's)

    How is it going on the paver patio set up? You had asked about horror stories on the unlevel... Some collapse, some don't... Mine had legs that sank into the ground (no bueno).

    Would love to see pics when you get it set up


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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by chinolofus
    lol its no big deal. ive pretty much changed my entire plan since starting this thread so it doesnt even apply to me anymore.

    Sorry for the hijack, but it has been corrected.

    The other thread is here: barb-about-to-make-the-foundation-for-my-pool-any-tips-t64577.html
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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    Thanks Butterfly.... My fault in the confusion *sigh*




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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    Quote Originally Posted by clambert1273
    Chino.... Went back and read your original post (sorry I thought it was Barb's)

    How is it going on the paver patio set up? You had asked about horror stories on the unlevel... Some collapse, some don't... Mine had legs that sank into the ground (no bueno).

    Would love to see pics when you get it set up


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    i actually changed everything. the pavers were a nightmare to lay down. so i just dug out the high side and leveled it the best i could (less than 1/4" off). added a tiny bit of pea gravel to get it completely level and then used 3/4" foam. going to put pressure treated wood under the legs and fill it up today. oh and i cut out the foam areas where the wood will go. maybe i will post pics...my backyard looks like a war zone at the moment lol. dirt, pavers, gravel, plastic and yard debri everywhere lol.
    intex 15'x48"
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    pool is brand new installed 7/1/2013 (started yr 2 on 6/2/2014)

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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    Lol mine looked the same way... I still have a cut piece of foam and the old tarp out there..

    Reminded me to put it in trash tomorrow lol


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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    i have foam all over my garage, gotta stash it in the rafters or somewhere. now im trying to figure out how to make it look somewhat decent around the pool. i have 3 large dogs so the usual mulch, rocks, ect is out of the question.
    intex 15'x48"
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    pool is brand new installed 7/1/2013 (started yr 2 on 6/2/2014)

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    Re: im about to make the foundation for my pool, any tips?

    I put rubber mulch around mine I have 3 dogs and they haven't messed with the rubber mulch.

    You could put river rock around it


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