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    Best base for large Intex

    We are in the process of clearing ground for a 26' Intex ultra frame. Ground is leveled. We are on the edge of a field, so we want to make sure we do this correctly. Is it necessary to have a layer of crusher rock below the sand? We got many of the rocks out of the ground, but there is no humanly possible way to get them all, lol. We also plan on getting a Gorilla pad for on top of the sand. We don't want any large rocks pushing their way through. We are also going to tamp the ground down before we start adding any layers. I looked into the insulation to use as a barrier, but to me, it didn't seem any cheaper than the pad, and a lot moe work!
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    Re: Best base for large Intex

    The Gorilla pad is not very thick. When I was looking at it I thought it looked like it was really just a thick tarp. I worry that you would still notice the rocks.

    How thick are you thinking about for the sand? Sand settles and moves very easy so is not the ideal base.

    I just wanted to put that out there for you to think about.

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    Re: Best base for large Intex

    Pea Gravel or Screenings will give you a nice base that is quite malleable and yet will not wash when it rains. I think both are superior to sand.
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    Re: Best base for large Intex

    I called the stone center today. They said to use an A2 something or other (ha ha), then the sand. About 2" thick, tamp it, then about an inch of sand. Am going to also put some weed killer first.
    26' X 52" Intex Ultra Frame. Intex Sand Filter
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    You can lead a horse to (clear) water, but you can't force him to swim in it!

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