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I'm so glad to have found this thread because now I can ask a few questions about my own unlevel pool!
Ok so this is my second year with the Intex Ultra frame. I had multiple Intex Quickset pools in the past. The area in which the pool resides has always had some low spots. I've done the best I could to try and make it level, and it did improve somewhat. My Ultra frame is a much larger pool than my previous ones, so with that in mind I had 3 cubic yards of sand delivered. I have a 3" sand base that I kept wet before packing down with a tamper(?). To that I placed a heavy duty tarp and I placed indoor/outdoor green turf 1 foot around perimeter of pool. There is no sand exposed for the sole purpose of preventing a washout. Everything appeared and showed level, and I thought I did pretty good for being a girl!
First season pool was up I quickly discovered that the pool was off by about 1 1/2 ". Didn't think it would be a problem and left it as it is. I had 4 teenage nephews rough housing and jumping off the edge of the pool with no problems, so I kind of figured I was good. Slowly the pool has begun to settle and now this season my pool is off by about 5". I use the little squares on the liner as my guide. Ultimately I have 7 (out of 18) legs that need to be raised by 2 - 21/2 ". There does not appear to be any stress areas with the liner and all of the legs are standing relatively straight. About 90% of the time I am the only one that uses the pool, and I just float and drink.
Here's my dillema: I live in California and we are suffering a severe drought. Draining the pool completely is not an option. This is where I need suggestions;
- Is it possible to dig the sand out from the high spots one leg at a time?
- Or do I want to raise the low spots?
- If I drain 2000 gallons off would this be enough to use the floor jack and 2x4 method to raise the legs and place pavers?
- Do I rent an onion tank and save the 2000 gallons to refill pool?
- Would it be better to have potable water delivered if I end up having to drain, say 3000 gallons?
- Is potable water safe from parasites and other creepy organisms?
- Will I have to do anything to the water other than regular pool chemistry?
- Or do I leave the pool as is and hope for the best?
Anyone care to come help me? It makes me sick to think about all this, because I fear I don't have the strength or experience to pull this kind of task off. Sorry for the wall of questions.