Joining this forum has been both a blessing and a curse because there is some really great information. I continue to read and read and have come to realize I have no other option than to drain my pool and relevel.
California is in the worst drought in over 1200 years that has depleted 11 trillion gallons of water, so this is a really inconvenient time to be draining 10k and refilling. I researched the cost of renting a tank compared to having a water truck deliver potable water. Both are much more than I care to budget. We are on a strict 30% water cutback restriction and face $1000 fine for every 25 gallons over the allowance, which rules out any chance of refilling. I decided to buy another Intex pool to use as a storage container. I was able to find a 18 x 48 easy set liner for $200 with free s&h...score!! I have already drained the pool back to install a thru the wall skimmer, so this temp pool should be just the right size.
BUT......I still need some help. I apologize for this wall of text now and for the patience to educate me. Here we go...
The high side of my pool sits about 5" above the low side and I noticed yesterday that the pool is really leaning. My question is after I relevel the sand does it make sense to place pavers under each foot and will this help to keep them all plumb? Or should I only place pavers under the (7) legs of the low side? I'm really struggling with the leveling and only want to do this once.
Do I need to take the entire pool down, or can I with careful planning leave the pool in place?
When I get to the point of transferring the water back into the pool, I would like to install the skimmer. I have seen that some people block the original inlet hole off and cut a new one, and I have seen some that cut a new one and use both. Does the new hole work as a return? If yes, would it be possible to put the second return further around the other side of the pool for better circulation? Or does it matter? If you cut a new hole do you place it higher or lower than the original and where ?
Is it best to fill the pool a couple of feet and then install skimmer or wait until it is nearly full?
Last question i swear... the water is going to sit for a day or two without any filtration in the temp pool, should i add anything or test as normal and worry about it when i refill the permanent pool??
I'm sorry, I know that was a lot. But thanks!