LEVEL AT LAST!!!!! *photo included*

kb109

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I hired a contractor to do the work and he let us check everything with both a 2x4 and regular level as well as with a laser level before paying which I thought was nice. Some of you may have been following my super annoying posts about ground prep. My backyard is massively sloped and we failed at leveling ourselves. We also could not use sand as it would cause washout. We plan on building a retaining wall probably next year. Pool FINALLY goes up tomorrow!! We had to use small gravel as our base. Do you think a heavy duty tarp would be sufficient? I don’t care if the floor isn’t soft; I just don’t want anything poking through the liner but these stones are not sharp at all. We will also be installing pavers under each leg. Anyways, the point of this post is to show photos and I will be updating thread as soon as the pool goes up! Yay! Feel free to give me any advice. We have never done this before and the thought of installing pavers, putting the pool up, and setting up the filter and of course, the skimmer, which scares the h*ll out of me!

Edit: It says photo is too large. I’m going to try to scale it down then I will post. The ground doesn’t look nearly as good/level in the photos as it does in real life!!
 
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kb109

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Here it is! It has rained the past two days and I hope that didn’t cause any issues! *knock on wood*A6D1D84E-590B-48DE-B013-FEC0FCFCDDD0.jpeg
 
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kb109

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Not worried about the grass or weeds. The area was 90% dead anyways from my dogs running around. I don’t even want to think about a retaining wall right now because I’ll have a panic attack but I do need to start thinking about how to fill around the pool since they dug 21’ all the way around and the pool is only 18’.
 

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A lot of people use marble chips or small river rock around their AGP. Any material that drains well is good. Mulch retains moisture so I wouldn't use that.
 
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kb109

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Oh I definitely wasn’t going to use mulch. Thank you for the recommendations! I’ll likely go with whatever is cheaper but gets the job done lol. The ground work itself cost more than the actual pool.
 

kb109

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Just ordered three 50 lb bags of hth sand filter sand for pickup from Ace plus a bunch of chemicals. This is really happening finally!
 
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TBSNPS

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You indicated you would go with whatever is cheaper for material around the outside of your pool. So why are you buying chemicals at ace instead of the grocery store. You should read Pool School. Just trying to save you some greenbacks.
 

kb109

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I have a friend who works there and got me a nice discount. And our grocery store did not have any regular Clorox bleach in stock since they just had a sale.
 
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kb109

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I don’t like making a million trips to different stores. Ace was kind of a one stop shop. I’ll pay a little more for that kind of convenience especially when we are in a hurry to get this pool up considering it’s almost August! I’ll go to the grocery store another day lol
 
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kb109

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And I did read pool school. That’s how I knew which chemicals were needed and which to avoid. And we are having river rock delivered to put around the pool in the empty spots. Thanks for your help.
 
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scout123

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I know you have got to be excited!! I only have a 12 foot pool, but it still took me FOREVER to get the ground level. When I get my bigger pool (hopefully next year) I'm definitely hiring it out. I put river rock around my pool and it looks nice. Good luck on getting everything up and running!!
 
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kb109

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Update: We have 10 more pavers to put in the ground today then pool is for sure going up, considering there are no unexpected issues *knock on wood*. I’ll be posting photos throughout the day and probably a plethora of annoying questions so please bear with me lol I’m excited!
 

kb109

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@scout123 thank you so much for your kind words! I am BEYOND excited and can’t wait to post more pics to show our progress haha. If all goes smoothly, pool will be fully assembled and we will start filling today!! It’s a 7000 gallon pool so I’m estimating about 12 hours to fill. Hope you have a lovely weekend!! :)
 

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@scout123 thank you so much for your kind words! I am BEYOND excited and can’t wait to post more pics to show our progress haha. If all goes smoothly, pool will be fully assembled and we will start filling today!! It’s a 7000 gallon pool so I’m estimating about 12 hours to fill. Hope you have a lovely weekend!! :)
We're all with ya KB. The entire TFP nation is beyond excited too.