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Thread: Slope of rectangular pool?

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    Aug 2013
    Houston, Tx

    Slope of rectangular pool?

    Hi all,

    We are moving towards accepting a bid on a rectangular pool and spa. The pool is 34'x19' max depth 6 ft. We were thinking about going to 7 ft but seeing the latest drawing is giving me pause. The slope looks pretty steep from shallow to deep. I know this is just a representation but I hope it would be close to scale. I have attached a pic here. Is that too steep or is the pic just throwing me off? It seems 34' would be long enough but I'm not sure...
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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: Slope of rectangular pool?

    A pool with more length would/could mean a more gradual slope. When you start to shorten the length on the in ground pool, the slope starts to eat up the shallow end and take a nose dive towards the deeper end, especially if it's a non diving pool. This is my opinion and I'm sure if anyone else has a differing one, they will be along to add it. I'm sure you will get an even more precise answer from your perspective pool builder.
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    Apr 2013
    Sacramento, CA

    Re: Slope of rectangular pool?

    I agree with casey. In a diving pool, the PB tries to provide a deep end that's large enough to dive in and then slope up to the shallow. But that's tough to do in less than 40 feet. In your non diving pool they apparently have a continuous slope. It looks ok to me.

    One thing you can do is have little slope from the shallow end and then have a steep slope beyond where most folks would stand. That's how my pool provides a non conforming diving area (depth ok inadequate side clearance).
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    Nov 2013
    Miami, FL

    Re: Slope of rectangular pool?

    I can chime in with my pool -- we have a 32 x 19 rectangle. We originally designed a pool from 3.5 - 6 feet. Right now, without plaster, our pool depth is 3.5+ - 7 feet. The slope feels pretty steep, especially for children. My husband and I walked into the pool and eyeballed our shoulders with the waterline tile (where the water level will be). Only adults will be able to stand at the halfway mark.

    Of course, I'm not sure how much plaster will affect these numbers. But, I think you are smart to consider how the slope will affect your use of the pool. Talk it over with your PB so you are comfortable with the depth and have a design that is best for you.
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