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    kne's Avatar
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    Jun 2015
    Concord, CA

    New pool location - what to use under pool

    Last year we set up our pool, eyeballing a section of our yard and deciding it was level. It wasn't. (This was before I found TFP.) Even though it was a few inches off level we went with it, although I was super paranoid all summer long that the side would give. Knowing we would be moving it for this season we drained and packed it away before winter. This year I have a little tractor to help dig down about 4-6 inches to level out the ground in the new area, pulling out all the roots and rocks that are buried there. I was thinking about building a 20'x20' pad of pavers to put the pool on. My boyfriend thinks those would be too rough on the bottom of the pool. I remember seeing someone last year that had done that but I can't find the thread. Any suggestions about what to place the pool on? is directly on dirt the ideal choice? That just seems so muddy to me.
    18' x 48" Intex Ultra Frame AGP, ~6,500 gal
    Hayward Perflex EC40 DE Filter, 2 speed 1HP pump, generic brand, through the wall wide mouth skimmer
    Test kit will all the required juices and powders plus the stir monster

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    Stockholm, Sweden

    Re: New pool location - what to use under pool

    Sand, about 2-3 inches. Check out these videos:

    Installing a Intex Ultra-Frame Rectangle Pool PROFESSIONALLY - YouTube
    Installing an Intex Round Metal Frame Pool PROFESSIONALLY - YouTube

    The rest of the video series are also quite helpful to get the most out of an Intex pool, albeit Chad can be a bit tedious in too large doses.
    Intex Ultra Frame 24'x12'x52" (732cm x 366cm) rectangular pool
    Intex SF80220RC (1600 GPH) pump/sandfilter
    Intex SF10220 (1050 GPH) pump/sandfilter driving the
    Intex Automatic Pool Cleaner
    Intex 8220 ECO SWG, Brilix XHP100 9kW heatpump

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    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio

    Re: New pool location - what to use under pool

    Some folks have also used Gorilla Pads, and I also believe some type of insulation panels. They were good for both weed/rock control and comfort.
    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
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    El Cajon CA

    Re: New pool location - what to use under pool

    I used DG as a base and it's been great so far, look at my install in my signature. Good luck and take the time to do it correctly the first time.
    Intex 15'x48" Metal Frame pool 4600 GAL with 1Hp pump, sand filter and Intex SWG. TF-100 test kit. Our Pool Install Thread

    Master Spas Legend Series LSI 557 3-4 person Hot Tub, 230 GAL using bromine to sanitize it.

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    Jul 2014
    Lodi Ca

    Re: New pool location - what to use under pool

    click on the link in my signature, I used the foam sheets and really like them, wished I would have done this with my previous pools. using the foam and the pavers would be good in my opinion.
    Tim Jacobsen Lodi Ca.
    18'x48" Intex Ultra Frame (5700 Gallons)
    TF 100 Test Kit, Speedstir, & Sample Sizer. Liquidator Installed.
    Hayward C550 Cartridge Filter (55 Sq. Ft.), 1HP Powerflo LX Pump, Pool Rover Jr.

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