Hello all ... I'm brand new to this site and forum. Hoping to get some answers to installation questions for a Radiant Metric pool that is has the following dimensions ... 12' x 24' (oval) and 52" (wall height).
> My space is relatively small and pretty flat. I'd like to put the entire pool semi-inground ... 3 feet in the ground, leaving 16 inches out of the ground.
> I'd like to build a wooden bench (very similar to a deck, but not as big) all around the pool. I imagine having this oval wooden bench around the pool would serve as a sitting area for people hanging out outside the pool and an easy hop-up-to-sit area for the people in the pool.
(1) Considering the fact that I live in northern California (East Bay Area) where it gets really, really hot and really cold, but barely ever to the point of freezing ... do I need extra insulation for the bottom and/or sides of this Radiant pool? (Basically, do I need something more than what is already specified in the Radiant pool installation instructions. It just says to level the bottom of the pool with sand.) Will a solar cover be sufficient in terms of natural heating?
(2) Do I need a concrete collar?
(3) The pool will be located 40 feet from the nearest electrical outlet (power source). Should I hire an electrician to add a power source closer to the pool?)
(4) Do you see any problems with backfilling the pool with the excavated dirt then topped with gravel?
Thank you so much in advance for any advice you can provide!