We've been lurking for a couple years with just a few posts. We started with a used 20' x 48" Intex and zero knowledge and made all kinds of the usual mistakes- "this spot looks pretty level to me" sort of thing. We've come a long way and last summer the Intex gave up the ghost after me patching the bottom at all hours of the night with my husband holding my legs out of the water which must have been very amusing to the neighbors. We even corrected one Intex install with an engine hoist, which was scary and ridiculous but that worked for the season (and probably helped bring about the leaks).
Fast forward to now- we shelled out in January when we could get a great deal on a Radiant Metric. Our neighbors lost a new AGP after one season due to frost heave damage, something out street suffers from terribly. We went with Radiant largely for this reason.
This is the 4th pool setup we've done and the most care we've taken. We borrowed a laser level and did the paving stones exactly as directed. I thought we were within 1/8" level with the pavers when we began. We also installed this ourselves and work full time with little kids and long commutes with other ailments to boot, so I guess I shouldn't be too surprised... It's almost full and it looks like we are 3/4" out of level. Maybe up to 1" but I don't think quite that much. Also, it's not all the way around. It dips in two roughly opposite spots, about the same amount.
I know everything says to be less than an inch, and I know what more looks like and the problems that ensue, at least with our Intex pool. I am so frustrated as I really thought this was more level and the past issues have made me very anal and paranoid about it. I am hoping for reassurance but also know I'll get honesty here. We're hoping this is a 15 or 20 year install. Do you think this amount of level with this pool is okay for years to come? Sorry, the picture is a bit dark. It never dips worse than that, it does pretty much the same thing on the side not shown, nothing more.