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    Do we really need to level for an above ground pool?

    We are thinking about getting an Intex Ultra Frame pool. What will happen if we don't level the ground first? Can we get a gorilla pad instead of doing all the work to level it?

    Thanks for your help!
    Thinking about buying an Intex 18'x48" Ultra Frame

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    Re: Do we really need to level for an above ground pool?

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    If you do not level, the pool could collapse cause property damage and possible personal injury.
    A gorilla pad is used for cushion on an already level surface.
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    Re: Do we really need to level for an above ground pool?

    Do you have to level? Possibly not, if your ground is naturally within 1 inch of level in your pool location. If it's off by more than an inch, then yes, it needs to be leveled.
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    Re: Do we really need to level for an above ground pool?

    I tried to setup a small Intex blowup ring pool a few years ago on ground that was out of level 2-3". Let me tell you, it looked scary the amount that the pool leaned. I could not imagine doing this with a framed pool. It would have been even more drastic if it were larger too. Mine was 10 ft at best.
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    Re: Do we really need to level for an above ground pool?

    If you decide leveling the pool is too much work, go buy a pool pass for your family.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Do we really need to level for an above ground pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    If you decide leveling the pool is too much work, go buy a pool pass for your family.
    Yay to swimming in a pool that uses urine as a sanitizing agent and hair gel as a stabilizer!
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    Re: Do we really need to level for an above ground pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by downtownbrown View Post
    We are thinking about getting an Intex Ultra Frame pool. What will happen if we don't level the ground first? Can we get a gorilla pad instead of doing all the work to level it?

    Thanks for your help!
    The installation sight needs to be level w/in 1" or better as mentioned.

    Look at it this way, an 18' x 52" Ultra Frame, filled to 48" as recommended will be about 7600 gallons. ONE (1) gallon of water weighs 8.34 lbs.

    8.34 X 7600 = 63,384 lbs. or 31.7 ton.

    If the ground is out of level, you pretty much have a half-loaded tractor-trailer on a hill, held back with a vinyl pool liner.

    Make it as level as you can.

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    Re: Do we really need to level for an above ground pool?

    I set up a couple of small, blow up kiddie pools for my Kindergarteners on what looked like level grass.

    WELLLLLLL let me tell you something--------one of the spots was not so level. When I filled the pool up it leaned towards the low side! I could not let the kids use that pool as I was sure it would tip over with kids in it.

    THAT was with a small wading pool. Maybe knee height. I would NOT take the chance with it!

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    Re: Do we really need to level for an above ground pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scuba_Steve View Post
    Yay to swimming in a pool that uses urine as a sanitizing agent and hair gel as a stabilizer!
    Some people just don't care n need the simplest solution for their lifestyle.
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