Equipment pad for AGP

Townlakecakes

Member
Aug 24, 2016
20
Houston area
After having intex pools for 5 years and managing them with ease thanks to this site, our last one rusted through and we are done with them. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a 21’ x 54” Saltwater 8000 from The Pool Factory and after a full week of backbreaking ground prep, we are proud to say we have a beautifully round and level pool.
Our previous pool was 20’ x 48”. We built a deck to make it more adult-friendly, and we worked hard to make it work with the new pool. To that end, we’ve dug down a couple more inches so the pool rail can sit on the deck.
My question is this: The ground around the pool is lower than the rest of the yard - 10-12” on one side and 6-8” on the other. We had a big rain today and can now see just how swampy it is.
We do plan to backfill a bit once we’ve bonded the pool, Preferably with pavers we already had and sand or stone In between. In the meantime money is tight and energy is in very short supply. I am looking for any and all suggestions for a solid base on swampy ground with a minimum of $$ amd effort. Im leaning toward DG, with edged pavers on top. Previous pad was pavers in sand with a wood frame. Frame rotted but the pavers stayed pretty level under the weight of a 16” sand filter.
New ump is 1 1/2 hp 2 spd Hayward with 23” sand filter that holds 250 lbs of sand, so I don’t want to do this twice. I will also be putting up a sort of bulletin board style wall to mount the Aquatrol control panel and the electric outlet
We have lots of rain in the forecast so it’s not gonna dry out before the pool is full and really need to get this pump in place and running.

Thanks so much,
Ali
 

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ksteber

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Sep 9, 2018
61
Summit Hill, PA
Pool Size
13500
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-3)
I used these Equipment Pads for my build. They are very nicely priced and are very sturdy. See attached pics.
 

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AJ.A

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Jun 19, 2020
72
NE Ohio
Pool Size
17000
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
CircuPool Edge-40
Your pool looks great- really good job getting it nice and level!

Personally I just used some left over pavers to make my pad then put the plastic base that came with the filter/pump. I have the same equipment as you. I also didn't want to spend any more money and I think it looks fine and holds fine with the pavers. It's only 250 pounds - nothing crazy. Those pads in the picture look nice but then you have to order them and wait. I would just get it done with those pavers you have sitting there. Just get some paver base and some sand and it shouldn't take you too long to get it all up and running.
 

ksteber

Well-known member
Sep 9, 2018
61
Summit Hill, PA
Pool Size
13500
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite (T-3)
Did you find them locally or order online? Short timeframe kind of limits me

I ordered them online. Shipping to me was pretty quick. Pavers is the other choice and will work fine as well, but for me I had the time to order in the equipment pads.
 

MikeSaw75

Well-known member
May 28, 2020
49
Illinois
When I get my AGP installed I was thinking of using these for the Pad. I like that you have a place to bolt too. They are very light to move around but then you add water to them and it mixes with a Gel inside that allows it to harden and they get pretty heavy (162 lbs). They have a 36x36 and a 40x40 size.

QwikProducts Condenser Pad
 

Townlakecakes

Member
Aug 24, 2016
20
Houston area
Mike, that condenser pad is pretty cool! I was very close to driving over to Grainger for a lightweight cement pad. In the end I went with tamped 1 1/2” bull/river rock with pavers on top. That way the only expense was the rock, which we’re putting on the perimeter anyway. Ordered 2 yards and they delivered an hour later so it saved me
a trip to the store too. I’ll add edging tomorrow morning if the weather holds. We’re expecting a tropical storm in the coming days.
So I got the pad “done” and also put up my wall w SWG and got it all hooked up. Just waiting on the last few inches of water so I can fire up the pump and leak test the whole works.
It sure was nice to be able to get in with hubby and the kids after a long hard day. Thanks for the help, y’all.
Ali
 

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