Best way to get pavers in exact position to each other

eyedoc_01

Well-known member
May 30, 2020
56
Saint Louis MO
Hey all,

I am setting up our 27' pool mostly on my own (until we get to the wall install of course).

I am in the process of getting my 4x8x16 pavers level to themselves and level to each other. I laid out the pool ring so it was circular and checked at multiple spots that opposite upright base supports were 27' apart. Then I installed the first few pavers.

Problem as you all know is that when you remove the upright base piece and move bottom rail out of the way it shifts everything slightly. Then once the paver is in I'm feeling the need to recheck to make sure everything is still circular. For 18 pavers that's a lot of checking.

What is your favorite trick to make sure everything stays circular? I was thinking of cutting a piece of plywood slightly bigger than the paver to use to spray paint the outline of all the remaining pavers on the ground to use as a guide. I think this will work fine unless it rains again before I'm done :)

Any other suggestions? Pool instructions aren't super helpful. They first say to pack a ring of crushed rock around the circumference to use as base for the uprights and bottom rails, then stick nails through the holes in the bases to keep the ring intact. But then they say "placing uprights on patio stones recommended." Well, it's hard to drive a nail into a patio stone...
 

AJ.A

Well-known member
Jun 19, 2020
56
NE Ohio
Hey all,

I am setting up our 27' pool mostly on my own (until we get to the wall install of course).

I am in the process of getting my 4x8x16 pavers level to themselves and level to each other. I laid out the pool ring so it was circular and checked at multiple spots that opposite upright base supports were 27' apart. Then I installed the first few pavers.

Problem as you all know is that when you remove the upright base piece and move bottom rail out of the way it shifts everything slightly. Then once the paver is in I'm feeling the need to recheck to make sure everything is still circular. For 18 pavers that's a lot of checking.

What is your favorite trick to make sure everything stays circular? I was thinking of cutting a piece of plywood slightly bigger than the paver to use to spray paint the outline of all the remaining pavers on the ground to use as a guide. I think this will work fine unless it rains again before I'm done :)

Any other suggestions? Pool instructions aren't super helpful. They first say to pack a ring of crushed rock around the circumference to use as base for the uprights and bottom rails, then stick nails through the holes in the bases to keep the ring intact. But then they say "placing uprights on patio stones recommended." Well, it's hard to drive a nail into a patio stone...
Take this for what its worth as I have never installed a pool but im about to undertake my own 27' also. My plan is to mock up all the pavers under the leg bases then outline them with a screw driver. Then move the base out of the way. Next ill dig the dirt to the depth of the paver using the outlines i made. then reset all the pavers and check for roundness by measuring across the pool and checking level between pavers. I have a transit level I borrowed to check levelness for everything as I go.

I'm sure someone with experience will weigh in but that is the direction I'm going to head.

I've watched a lot of videos and read a lot on here and that seems the logical route to go.