We just had our pool installed a few days ago and I'm getting frustrated on deciding what to do with the back-fill. My pool installer didn't have a definite answer and I've gotten about 80 different answers on what to do. So, I'm gonna post some pics and see what you guys think. I'd rather not do a retaining wall. The yard slopes very slightly away from the house. The excavator had to dig about 15" on the high side and that slopes to ground level on the other side of the pool. I plan on making a wrap around deck on the high slope side eventually, but not yet.
I was thinking of back-filling with about 4" of dirt along the pool wall in a cove shape to keep water away from the pool wall. Then put the plastic drain pipe around the high side of the slope draining to the low side. Maybe put some gravel on top of that and call it a day. The ground on the high slope site is is fairly flat, it just looks worse right now because there's a pile of dirt resting there from the excavation.
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