Reviving this old post... Getting ready to set up our 16x32 Intex and have heard negative reviews on pavers cracking under the water weight. There is a shop nearby that will laser cut me 15" x 15" x 3" steel plates which I will then get powder-coated to help reduce the chance of rust. Will the 3" thick plates be enough to withstand the water weight? Do you think there might be a chance of the plates bending or distorting in anyway? Possible overkill maybe?
I'm no engineer here so your input is welcomed Thank you.
Change of pIans, no longer going with the metal plates. I went to our local hardware store and spoke with one of their reps and told him the plan. He said these retaining wall blocks will hold up under the water weight. Hope he's right.
robzkombi, I hope he's right too. Personally, I would think them a bit too small, knowing how the legs on these pools tend to move with the movement of the pool. Mine does. They move outward when as the pool is filled, and then when the kids get all crazy in the pool, the legs move a bit too. I personally like the 12 x 12 pavers. I've never had any crack on me.
Yup, after purchasing (48 pieces) them, my wife and I decided against using them for support We'll just use them to build a small divider or something else. Found a local hardscape company that has 15" x 15" x 2-1/4" pavers. Will go with those instead.
The jack you are talking about is it a high lift jack? How much water did you drain off? Where and how did you position the jack so not to damage pool? Can you post any pictures. I have three broken pavers.
Exactly! And when the kids are getting rambunctious in the pool too. Here's an idea. What about TWO(or even four) of those pavers side by side under each support? That would take the weight of the support off of one paver and distribute it across two(or more).
Also, JeaniB, yours look like they are sitting on rocks. That will make them unstable and more likely to crack. They should be sunken into the GROUND. Then you could cover with rocks. If I'm mistaken, I apologize.
Even though we found some 15x15 pavers, I'm left wondering why pressure treated lumber is not being used more often? Got to talking with my neighbor and he used 12"x14"x2" PT lumber and stacked them, essentially making a 12"x14"x4" support for the legs. He's had it up going on three years now with no cracks. He did coat the lumber with I believe he said roofing tar .
Intex recommends using pressure treated lumber for the rectangular pools in the installation manual. You need to be sure the lumber is long enough to support the entire horizontal surface of the leg at the bottom, and that it is wide enough to support the legs when they spread as the pool fills.