Intex 18ft X 9ft X 52in Ultra XTR Rectangular Pool placed on top of the pawers

manyxblessed

Member
Sep 22, 2018
16
Tallahassee, FL
We have an Intex 16x32 UltraFrame and are going on our third season with it. I put 2x12 pieces under the metal supports and they have held up nicely. I have heard horror stories about using pavers under the supports so we opted for wood and have had no issues. I also put 4x8 foam sheets under mine and that feels great to wlka on. in the pool. I also used the tarp that came with it but added another heavier one just to be safe. The SWG system is great. We replaced the pump this year with a Hayward pump which made a huge difference. We also added a Hayward side wall skimmer that does a much better job keeping the pool clean. Hope all this info helps! You're definitely in the right place to learn!
 

trustus

Member
Mar 29, 2020
14
Orlando
I wouldnt put the pool on pavers but that's just me. I would install next to that area to use the deck for what it's intended.
Just be aware down the road when pool is removed the area will likely be settled
There is so little info regarding setting pool on concrete slab or pavers or anything besides soil. You guys are mostly correct that I might face pavers settling damage. I went to two pool stores today and they are absolutely clueless regarding anything but selling salt......

There is a link below from Dan Dougher regarding pool installation on top of concrete. If I still decide to go with pavers, do you have any recommendation what kind of padding I should use - how thick?

 

trustus

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Mar 29, 2020
14
Orlando
We have an Intex 16x32 UltraFrame and are going on our third season with it. I put 2x12 pieces under the metal supports and they have held up nicely. I have heard horror stories about using pavers under the supports so we opted for wood and have had no issues. I also put 4x8 foam sheets under mine and that feels great to wlka on. in the pool. I also used the tarp that came with it but added another heavier one just to be safe. The SWG system is great. We replaced the pump this year with a Hayward pump which made a huge difference. We also added a Hayward side wall skimmer that does a much better job keeping the pool clean. Hope all this info helps! You're definitely in the right place to learn!
Thank you soo much with your help!! I will definitely using foam sheets under.
 

taprackbang

Active member
Mar 31, 2020
29
Cerritos, CA.
For what it's worth, I have my pool on a concrete slab and the other half is on pavers (just the way we had to do it because of our layout). Our pavers were installed probably 2 years ago. I would have to say if your pavers are set in by professionals using tampers you will be fine. I have 3 legs and 2 of those U-shaped side supports on top and the pavers are solid.
 
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Lee218

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Jul 19, 2019
2
North-West, N.C.
We are on our second year of a 24x12x52. Do not put only pavers! We did earth, then sand and put down 10x10x1 pavers, which over half crushed. Had to empty the pool and ended up putting down “half cinderblock solids” and they’ve held up thus far. Had to empty the pool and releveled the sand this year after my husband patch worked it last year to see it through summer, after the block fiasco. Do it right the first time! Get it as level as possible before adding water.

Oh, another thing: the middle section will look like it’s caving in. Do not fret! They will straighten out as the pool fills!
 

Pv2

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Aug 14, 2013
741
south east Arizona
sand won't support anything and will wash out. you should always level by going down to lowest spot. building UP is risky and needs special engineering, such as mechanical compacting, framing or retaining structures etc
 
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trustus

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Mar 29, 2020
14
Orlando
Hello nice people, pictures are here - pool is looking great and completely even. I have to admit I was very lucky that pavers are completely flat without and discrepancy in height. So pool was done on top of my pavers and has few layers below.

1. Heavy duty tarp - and it is really heavy - 3 millimeters thick.
2. FOAMULAR 150 1 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. R-5 Scored Square Edge Rigid Foam Board Insulation Sheathing
3. Heavy duty gorilla super tape (taped all boards together)
4. 3.2 mm Waterproof Premium Plus 10-in-1 underlayment for Vinyl, Laminate, Engineered Floors
5. Tarp again

6. Ladder that came with the pool was upgraded to the
Confer Plastics Above Ground Swimming InPool Step & Ladder | Heavy Duty

7. Good stuff for the end....my wife told me that pool looks like huge container and she ordered bamboo what is installed
around the pool with zip ties to the legs.


Waterproof underlay was done so you have soft feel on your feet when walking - it is excellent.
I upgraded 10 inch sand pump to Krystal clear 16 inch.

Instaled salt water system that works perfectly. Pictures attached.

Super happy with full setup.
 

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Momofthreema

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Apr 27, 2020
59
Massachusetts
Hello nice people, pictures are here - pool is looking great and completely even. I have to admit I was very lucky that pavers are completely flat without and discrepancy in height. So pool was done on top of my pavers and has few layers below.

1. Heavy duty tarp - and it is really heavy - 3 millimeters thick.
2. FOAMULAR 150 1 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. R-5 Scored Square Edge Rigid Foam Board Insulation Sheathing
3. Heavy duty gorilla super tape (taped all boards together)
4. 3.2 mm Waterproof Premium Plus 10-in-1 underlayment for Vinyl, Laminate, Engineered Floors
5. Tarp again

6. Ladder that came with the pool was upgraded to the
Confer Plastics Above Ground Swimming InPool Step & Ladder | Heavy Duty

7. Good stuff for the end....my wife told me that pool looks like huge container and she ordered bamboo what is installed
around the pool with zip ties to the legs.


Waterproof underlay was done so you have soft feel on your feet when walking - it is excellent.
I upgraded 10 inch sand pump to Krystal clear 16 inch.

Instaled salt water system that works perfectly. Pictures attached.

Super happy with full setup.
I love the bamboo, where did she get it?
 

Pv2

LifeTime Supporter
Aug 14, 2013
741
south east Arizona
you have to figure out what works for your pool, all the bugs in a corner might be good - you can skim them all up. in my case I run an auto cleaner on my single return most of the time so it doesn't have a directional nozzle on it anymore. I also have a "real" skimmer installed pretty close to recieve floaters from the main wind direction. Mostly you just need it for mixing the water well. Swimmers do that job too.
 

chi-chi

Member
Jun 21, 2019
17
Maryland
Hello nice people, pictures are here - pool is looking great and completely even. I have to admit I was very lucky that pavers are completely flat without and discrepancy in height. So pool was done on top of my pavers and has few layers below.

1. Heavy duty tarp - and it is really heavy - 3 millimeters thick.
2. FOAMULAR 150 1 in. x 4 ft. x 8 ft. R-5 Scored Square Edge Rigid Foam Board Insulation Sheathing
3. Heavy duty gorilla super tape (taped all boards together)
4. 3.2 mm Waterproof Premium Plus 10-in-1 underlayment for Vinyl, Laminate, Engineered Floors
5. Tarp again

6. Ladder that came with the pool was upgraded to the
Confer Plastics Above Ground Swimming InPool Step & Ladder | Heavy Duty

7. Good stuff for the end....my wife told me that pool looks like huge container and she ordered bamboo what is installed
around the pool with zip ties to the legs.


Waterproof underlay was done so you have soft feel on your feet when walking - it is excellent.
I upgraded 10 inch sand pump to Krystal clear 16 inch.

Instaled salt water system that works perfectly. Pictures attached.

Super happy with full setup.

Did the waterproof underlayment make that much of a difference even with the 2nd intex tarp over it? Just want to make sure because it's an additional $175-195 in cost. TIA!
 

MrNorth

Member
Dec 23, 2019
16
Sweden
Looks great, I am a bit jealous of the totally straight sides on the pool. Ours are slightly bent, no clue why since the bottom is almost perfectly leveled.

/H