Big day here. ground is level, intex 16x32 ultra is set up. water being pumped in- QUESTION

williscat2000

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May 30, 2020
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NJ
The side rails are bowing in very much it feels like its going to break. So- I used a rope to pull out/support the side rail slightly. I feel like if i undue this support that side will collapse. I have watched videos and everyone says this is normal but I am still concened that if I undo that one support..POOF, the whole thing will collapse...any thoughts? Once full, it appears it will be fine, but now I am waiting for 2 hours for next 2 more water trucks to arrive. We have 1 truck completed 4500 gallons.

thanks in advance and HAPPY POOLING
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
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NY
I've read several threads showing similar bowing and fear. Both of those are normal, especially the fear part. The diffrence is you aren't continuously filling, but 2 hours with a hose would barely amount to anything anyway so the sides would be bowed that long anyway. (IMHO) (YMMV)
 
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williscat2000

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May 30, 2020
6
NJ
OK- believe it or not, everything turned out great with the second water truck load. we're now at around 10K gallons. the bowing resolved itself and i feel so relieved. for other people having the same issue, you will be fine. I ended up undoing my support and sure enough no probs at all. Cheers all and thanks for the help!
 

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Andrew_D

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May 8, 2020
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Manitoba, Canada
I have a 16x32 also. Yes, that is normal. Yes, it is scary. I have to drain mine in winter up here. But I leave it set up with approx 4 inches in it, so that it doesn't blow around. So I made some wooden braces to keep the sides apart roughly 15 feet. I left them in place this spring when I filled the pool (with garden hose over 2 days). Worked great! After pool was filled, the sides bowed out ever so slightly and the braces lifted out.

Andrew