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    New Pool, or Site Improvement

    This is going to be year 3 for us. The last 2 years we had an intex 12'*30" and it worked fine.

    We used it enough even in Oregon to justify something better.

    I'd like some input for the new project. I see two options... Get the good pool now and diy it, my budget is about 2k plus install materials.

    Option 1: 15' round and 54" with some bells and whistles.

    Option 2: Pour a reinforced concrete pad, and a cheap 15'*48". Then next year get the good pool.

    I'm leaning to option 2. Also with the slab option I wouldn't use sand, just pad and closed cell foam. Im worried that the beaded liners expect sand and I'd have a inch or two of slop.

    Any thoughts?

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    Re: New Pool, or Site Improvement

    Quote Originally Posted by Skymeat View Post
    I'd like some input for the new project. I see two options... Get the good pool now and diy it, my budget is about 2k plus install materials.

    Option 1: 15' round and 54" with some bells and whistles.

    Option 2: Pour a reinforced concrete pad, and a cheap 15'*48". Then next year get the good pool.

    I'm leaning to option 2. Also with the slab option I wouldn't use sand, just pad and closed cell foam. I'm worried that the beaded liners expect sand and I'd have a inch or two of slop.
    Question: What is the benefit of waiting a year to buy the desired pool? It seems like more expense invested to buy another temp pool and pour a slab, just to have to tear both out and throw away next year. You could use those funds to put towards or offset the cost of the desired pool and get it installed this year. The base prep methods of both option 1 and option 2 are virtually the same**. I suppose you could skimp on the install of the temp pool, but that's not my style.

    **As for the concrete slab, what is the purpose of this? most pools are installed on a level, sand base. Usually there isn't a need for a slab. I would consider 1"-2" slope over 15' to be excessive and you would want to control better than that. You would need to dig into the high side to level. Then place sand and compact it for a good base. This is irrespective of either option, especially if you know you are going to option 1 within a year anyway

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    Re: New Pool, or Site Improvement

    Agreed on whatever you choose to do, the 1-2" slope must be compensated for on your base no matter what. Slope of 2" is excessive, and less than one should be the goal.
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    Re: New Pool, or Site Improvement

    The inch or two of slop *not slope* is something that I was worried about. Like do liners expect sand to be present and tamped flush to the bottom rails or an inch or two of sand inside the walls? I could see a problem with a beaded liner there.

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    Re: New Pool, or Site Improvement

    Slab is mostly because it can be formed and poured, no leveling needed. And if in 5 years we decide no pool we have a nice finished patio.

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