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    Is it OK to partially bury an aluminum Gibraltar pool?

    Hello. I just purchased a 3 year old used Gibraltar aluminum above ground pool. (www.usaswim.com) I am considering burying the bottom 1-2 feet (excavate 2 feet down, set pool in excavated area, then backfill bottom 1 to 1.5 feet with crushed stone).

    I am not trying to bury the entire pool...just sink it down a couple feet as compared to the surrounding landscaping. I figure if I ever have to drain it, I could pull back some of the stone to make sure it's not pushing too hard against the sides.

    My yard is very dry and drains well (sandy soil). I don't expect any water to collect in the hole.

    Can anyone let me know if they've done this successfully? Any strong reasons not to do this?

    Thanks,

    jason

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    Re: Is it OK to partially bury an aluminum Gibraltar pool?

    A lot have buried their above ground pools to differing depths. The best thing to do is contact the mfg and get the info from them. They can tell you whether they recommend burying or not and the specifics of what to back fill with.
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    Re: Is it OK to partially bury an aluminum Gibraltar pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by jgerrish
    Hello. I just purchased a 3 year old used Gibraltar aluminum above ground pool. (http://www.usaswim.com) I am considering burying the bottom 1-2 feet (excavate 2 feet down, set pool in excavated area, then backfill bottom 1 to 1.5 feet with crushed stone).
    I have a Gibraltar pool also.
    I was told they can be buried up to where the deck brace meets the pool wall.

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    Re: Is it OK to partially bury an aluminum Gibraltar pool?

    Hi, Jason,

    Welcome to the forum. I would suggest providing some form of drainage when you are digging the hole. Might be quite a bit of extra effort but I think would result in much better conditions (rust prevention, mold, moss etc) on the outside walls.
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    Re: Is it OK to partially bury an aluminum Gibraltar pool?

    Remember that even if a dealer says it can be done you'll want to read the manufacturer's warranty to see if it will be voided.
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    Re: Is it OK to partially bury an aluminum Gibraltar pool?

    Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I'll bury the bottom 1' with a 1' tall slope (over 2 feet) up to grade. This will allow me to set the pool down 2', but only bury 1'. I can't imagine I'd have any trouble with that (especially with a Gibraltar pool).

    Thanks again.

    Jason

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    Re: Is it OK to partially bury an aluminum Gibraltar pool?

    Couldn't hurt to ensure drainage with some perforated drain pipe, if you have any grade that you can take advantage of.
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    Re: Is it OK to partially bury an aluminum Gibraltar pool?

    You should check your local codes too. By lowering the pool hight, the town may require a fence. Many towns waive fencing requirements if the pool is greater than 48" high. This is why many manufacturers make 52" tall walls.


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