So here is my deal. I got a EasySet Intex pool, but knew full well my yard was unlevel and would need to be dealt with. No biggie. 3 different people I know have this type of pool, and an unlevel yard. They all threw down some bagged sand from Wal-Mart and everything was perfect. Easy peasy. My first try on this probably could have been better thought out and when it was severely unlevel the first time, I just assumed I didn't put down/ pack enough sand. So I drained the pool and did some actual research on what to do. Consensus was that it's better to dig the high side to be low. Durr. Okay, makes sense. Here's the problem with that. Oklahoma has clay dirt and it is very VERY difficult to work with. But since the yard was still pretty wet from the drain, I went to work to try and level it. But even being flooded, it was just too hard to dig. After 4 hours of doing almost nothing to it, I said screw it and was considering just selling the pool.
I mentioned the ordeal to my dad, and he goes "No, no, you have to put down a bunch of dirt first to make it level, and the sand is basically just so its soft on the bottom. And if the dirt below the sand is level, it will hold up." So we decided to move the location to somewhere slightly less uneven to begin with, and went to work. We put down about 1,500 pounds of dirt, leveled it, tamped it really good with 2 x 4s etc. Then we put down 2,500 pounds of really nice masonry sand, tamped it, etc. Looked AWESOME. So I start filling it up, and the first 4-8 inches it's fine. So I go run errands and take a nap. 4 hours later, it's pretty crooked, and WAY more noticeable than it was the first time!!
I highly doubt the hard-packed dirt we put down first could have sunk/ shifted that much. What am I doing wrong??
So my next idea was this. I can't install a regular deck, concrete pad, or anything like that due to living in a rent house, nor do I want to spend 3k+ to have a nice metal-walled permanent (ish) ones installed. Again, rent house. So here's my next (and probably last) idea.
I was thinking of putting bricks deep into the sand we have down on the low end for support, then making a huge platform out of OSB sheathing to put down on top so it's level and supported. Then putting a little bit more sand on THAT just to make sure it's soft and won't get ripped, THEN put down the liner, THEN the pool. Essentially making a non-permanent deck...sorta. I know it'd be about $75 to do this, but would it work, or am I crazy?
Also I do not have pics right now (I'm at work) but could take/ upload some at about 8 am when I get off if that would help? Any other ideas/ adjustments would really be appreciated.