Landscaper suggested adding 1 1/2 tons soil to level ground for Intex pool?

#1
I am planning on putting up an Intex Ultraframe 18 x 52. Our yard is sloped , and my husband doesn't want to hand dig it himself to get it level. Had a landscaper come out to get an estimate on grading it (assuming they would use a bobcat and get it done pretty quickly and easily). He suggested that we should have about 1 1/2 tons of soil added to where we want to put the pool as a means to get the area level instead of digging it. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me , but maybe I'm wrong. Any thoughts on this?
 

woodyp

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#3
Countless stories on here on digging down to level vs. building up. It quite simply doesn't work(building up).
 

gwegan

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Apr 19, 2013
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#4
You need to dig down rather than build up. This is especially true with these Intex Ultraframes. If hes talking mechanical compaction and has a soils report on the imported soil I might listen, but that's too technical when the safe simple thing is to dig down to level.
 
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Jul 21, 2015
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Thanks guys. I read as many posts on here as I could find about leveling , and couldn't find any good examples of using soil to build up. Thought I would put it out there just in case I missed something. Will get a couple other landscapers over to look at the job and have it done correctly.