DIY PA - Paver time is coming!

ckwinters

Well-known member
May 29, 2018
46
Carlisle, PA
#1
Hello TFP - We took a long, much needed break over the winter and in about a month hope to be start back working on our pool. The construction team is my husband and I. We got as far as back filling the pool, filling it and testing it out!. Our yard is a crazy disaster but hopefully we can finish up this spring. Our next step is to get the bonding done, electrical inspection, pour concrete in some areas and paver the rest. We bought 900 sq ft of pavers over the winter and they'll be delivered when we are ready for them. I have a couple of questions regarding opening the pool and bonding. We want to get started early as possible and the pool is just tarped for the winter. Is it ever too early to uncover the pool? We can get snow storms into March but for the most part this area of PA is done with snow Mid-march. I imagine we'd have to keep the pump running for any late freezes but other than that do we need to do anything else?

Pavers....we are doing something odd here but it's a hind sight is 20/20 situation. We bought the pool with bullnose coping but we're not happy with a plain concrete look and stamped prices were astronomical. We really like pavers and the idea of being able to more easily fix issues down the road if needed. The bullnose coping is not designed for being used with pavers so hubby had a brainstorm of running 7 inches concrete up into the bullnose and behind that running pavers for the rest of the decking.

Back fill is 2b stone and sloping, depth of the base(s), and which layer does the bonding wire go is what we are trying to figure out. Would the layers be: 2b backfill, landscape clothe (to stop sand from filtering down thru the 2b stone), bonding wire, sand base and finally pavers be correct? I can't find information on how deep the bonding wire needs to be underneath the pavers and I'm concerned about placing it underneath the landscape fabric.
 

jimmythegreek

Bronze Supporter
Aug 10, 2017
424
Succasunna, NJ
#2
U want separation fabric over ur clean gravel then a base of at least 4" of crusher run or DGA or QP whatever they call it by u. U bed ur bond wire in that then get that base super close to finish paver base grade and screed a maximum of 1" concrete sand and lay it pavers. Compact rly well b4 sand make sure it's concrete sand not Mason's sand. If urr renting a compactor get largest they have a reversible model is best they r heavy and pack great but we use skidsteer to unload it weighs 300pds
 

ajw22

Gold Supporter
TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
3,269
Northern NJ
#3
I have a couple of questions regarding opening the pool and bonding. We want to get started early as possible and the pool is just tarped for the winter. Is it ever too early to uncover the pool? We can get snow storms into March but for the most part this area of PA is done with snow Mid-march. I imagine we'd have to keep the pump running for any late freezes but other than that do we need to do anything else?
I think your thinking is all valid. Just have some contingency plans if you lose power or your pump fails during a freeze. Weather is unpredictable and weird lately.

Read The Physics of Freezing and Freeze Protection
 

jimmythegreek

Bronze Supporter
Aug 10, 2017
424
Succasunna, NJ
#5
if you uncover the pool you DONT need to have the pumps running or do anything to the pool water wise. you wont have a problem with any algae or water quality for a while yet, water has to get into upper 50s/60 to start doing anything. uncover it, do your work, and start up pool when the time is right. mine isnt finished either and is uncovered w snow on top of ice. covering it keeps the leaves out, I have no trees left lol