Dumb choice? Uneven / “shallow end” 18x9x52”


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May 20, 2020
Cincinnati, OH
Hello all. I’ve been lurking for a few weeks getting ready to set up our first ever pool. This site is truly awesome.

Hoping to get some comfort from you — or confirmation of an imminent dumb choice.

Without a lot of shovel work, our Intex Ultra XTR 18x9x52” will be set up facing slightly downhill toward one of the 9’ ends. Need to remove all the sod still, but initial measurements show a 7” difference.

Our 5yo is 40” at his mouth so we would actually like the differential so he can stand very comfortably in say, 38” water, with 45” water in the “deep end”. We’re okay if the aesthetics are a bit weird.

Is this crazy and dangerous? Or do you think it’s fine, structurally? Thank you!
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Bronze Supporter
Feb 18, 2018
Northwest GA
If I'm reading this correctly, you are saying the pool with be off level by 7"? If that is correct, then I think it would be dangerous. The pool should be level within an inch.
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Feb 13, 2019
Yep, crazy and dangerous. :) I don't think you can put a large differential force across the pool and have it remain as desired. At least, it is likely to get out of square. Probably, it'll start sliding down the hill. I can imagine the deep end rotating down and the shallow end lifting up.
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