I posted awhile back about a 8 yo AG pool that was built up - pool was actually in great shape until this summer when it suddenly went about 3-4" out of level. Back and forth I went about whether to scrap the pool and use the land for a garden, buy a new one and have it installed properly (LOTS of $$$$$) or take apart the one I have and start over. There is nothing wrong with the pool or the mechanicals. My ex seems intent on fixing the problem (since he likes to use the pool in the summer when visiting the kids), so I'm going to try and make the changes necessary and re-use the pool.
1. When I start removing the posts, should I label them as to where they were so they can go back in the same spot. If labeling, what system is recommended? Obviously I can't just say "Post 1, 2", etc.
2. I know digging everything out to get the solid ground is the BEST way of doing this, but it might not be an option (kinda of a complicated story). Since the ground has been by the pool for 8 years, would it be best to remove the high side and level with the lowest area? I think one of my problems was that we did not allow for proper drainage on the built up side so when water splashed over the side it just eroded the dirt and pushed the retaining wall out. I will be putting in a drainage system and building a much stronger retaining wall.
3. Has anyone put back up a pool they got for free? Inherent problems with taking on such a monumental task?
Here are some pics of the pool with the retaining wall (hopefully you can view these:
The pool is now empty but I took the pictures to show the difference in water level so we knew where to start on raising or lowering.
I'm still not completely convinced this is a worthwhile venture - money is an obstacle at the moment which is why I'd rather put in a little bit of personal elbow grease to see if this works - that way if I decide it isn't worth it I'm not out all that much.
Thanks for all your help!