My AquaSport 52 Build

mgmercurio

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Jun 22, 2020
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Louisville, Kentucky
I have posted questions in other parts of this forum asking for advice on my pool build and I promised I would post pics as soon as the build was under way. So here it is...

I am building an Aquasport 52 - 15x30x52 oval pool and burying it 28" in the ground. I will also build a deck around the pool. I have attached a mock up of the rendering (it is slightly different from the final design) and then the final design blueprint. I am also attaching 20 or so pics in order of sucession from the start to current day. I hope all enjoy and please feel free to make suggestions or comments. I will always welcome any advice, constructive criticism, suggestions, comments, observations...good or bad ;)

Thanks all - I hope you enjoy.
Matt
 

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mgmercurio

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More pics...
 

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Mary97

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We are having the same pool, same size installed inground next year so I’m looking forward to following your thread. Are you treating the walls with anything? Backfilling with just dirt? How many pavers were needed? Thanks!
 

mgmercurio

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Jun 22, 2020
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Louisville, Kentucky
We are having the same pool, same size installed inground next year so I’m looking forward to following your thread. Are you treating the walls with anything? Backfilling with just dirt? How many pavers were needed? Thanks!

Mary,

With concerns about treating the pool wall...
I am building a deck around 3/4 of the pool with a small section of one side exposed...which will later be covered up by a stone wall. I intend to build a bar top on the stone wall for a pool side bar. ;)

But back to the question of treating the walls...I did not treat the walls with anything however, I am also not planning to backfill dirt up against the walls (except for a small 12" cove falling away from the outside of the bottom of the pool wall all the way around)... because there will be a deck covering it. I would like to have the open area under the deck for when I need to crawl under there for whatever future maintenance reason ;) With that said, I am planning to dig a very shallow ditch all the way around the pool and lay corrugated pipe that will run over to an old septic lateral line system that is in very close proximity to the pool. My goal is so any groundwater will drain away from the pool walls and under the deck.

Finally, if I wasn't planning to have the pool walls open under the deck, I would probably treat the walls with something. Keep in mind though, this is an all-aluminum pool meaning rust and corrosion is at a min

As far as the pavers go...
I used a total of 56 pavers in the build-out. I explain below...

The straight side of the oval pool buttress supports and uprights:
I used 4"x 8" x 12" inch solid concrete pavers (they are actually considered to be solid cinder blocks) as shown in pics 12 and 13 under the buttress supports. The pavers came from Home Depot (found in the lumber section by the concrete bags) and I think the cost was around 4.30 ea and I used 12 of them.

Also, I used triangle shaped pavers, also from Home Depot (1.18 ea.) and placed one on either side of the buttress upright as shown in pics 14 and 15. I used 24 of these types of pavers.

The round side of the oval pool buttress uprights:
I watched a very good video from MKG Pools showing how to assemble the bottom sill on the round side and in that video he highly encouraged everyone to place a paver under each upright buttress of the "round side" of the oval pools. When you get into the install you will see that the big heavy-duty 1/2" bolts go through the bottom sill and bottom sill connector plate and they point downwards with the thread side down in the ground. This means that if you place a paver directly under the sill connector plate, the thread portion of the bolt would rest right on top of the paver. I did NOT like this setup, so I called the manufacturer (Buster Crabbe) in New Jersey and asked them how to address this issue? They recommended placing a paver under each side of the sill connector plate flush with the grade and so the bottom sill lays flat on the ground. Doing this does support the buttress uprights - but just know that the thread portion of the bolts will be buried in the ground. So with this in mind, this is what I came up with...
I found 2"x 8" x 16" solid concrete paves at Home Depot (cost is around 1.68 ea) and I placed one paver "longways" directly under each of the round bottom sills. The 16" length of the paver allowed it to extend very near to each of the sill connector plates - thus supporting the entire length of the bottom sill. You can see this setup in pics 11, 20, and 21. I used 20 of these pavers (10 on each of the round sides)

I hope all this made some sort of sense as my explanations probably are not that clear...
Regardless, I hope this helps and good luck! Please post pics of your build-out. ;)
Matt
 
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mgmercurio

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Louisville, Kentucky
Still have to work a few wrinkles out before I drop the liner in...but the pool is ready for the liner...now Im just waiting for a couple sunny days....
 

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deandaniell

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HI Mary,

The black bottom you are seeing is the Armor Sheild Pool Pad. I also used wall foam (I used blue spray-on adhesive...that is why it looks blue) and I also used a foam cove.
Where did you find the blue spray stuff on the walls? We ordered our aquasport 52 round 18 foot. We have the hole dug and we are now waiting for the pool to arrive. How much sand did you put on the excavation site before you put down your pad? What brand did you use for the pool cove? I'm getting nervous. I have found bits and pieces from many sites but haven't found a site with complete step by step instructions. None of them have shown the pad and I had heard from someone else you needed a pad. I am so glad I found your example. I plan to do exactly as you have done with the pad, cove, and whatever you put on the wall. I hope you see my post and can offer me any insights that might make this easier. Thanks!
 

mgmercurio

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Jun 22, 2020
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Louisville, Kentucky
ok construction has resumed...weather has been KILLING ME! .... anyway...I have installed the French drain and the bonding wire...pics attached....backfill is this week. ;)

Next comes pool floor, liner, skimmer, and WATER!
 

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mgmercurio

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Where did you find the blue spray stuff on the walls? We ordered our aquasport 52 round 18 foot. We have the hole dug and we are now waiting for the pool to arrive. How much sand did you put on the excavation site before you put down your pad? What brand did you use for the pool cove? I'm getting nervous. I have found bits and pieces from many sites but haven't found a site with complete step by step instructions. None of them have shown the pad and I had heard from someone else you needed a pad. I am so glad I found your example. I plan to do exactly as you have done with the pad, cove, and whatever you put on the wall. I hope you see my post and can offer me any insights that might make this easier. Thanks!
I am sooooooooo sorry....for what ever reason...I missed your post/questions.... I hope I am not too late...here are my answers...

1. How much sand did you put on the excavation site before you put down your pad? - 6 tons

2. What brand did you use for the pool cove? I don't what brand it is...I simply went to our local pool supply house here in Louisville (Recreonics) and told them the size of pool and they sold me the proper cove.

3. "and whatever you put on the wall." - I did the same thing as the pool cove...I told the supply house my pool size and they sold me "Wall Foam" in a roll large enough to go around my complete pool.... around 100 bucks I think...

I also bought 6 cans of spray adhesive to spray on the pool walls so I can stick the wall foam to ...also bought at the pool supply house.

Again, I hope I am not too late and I hope this helps...

-mgm
 
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Are you doing all of that yourself? Looking good!
 

mgmercurio

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Are you doing all of that yourself? Looking good!
yep...all by myself...well with the exception of the excavator....I would do that too...but it costs the same to rent the equipment and do the actual work verses hiring someone to do it...so I just opt to pay someone to do it for me. But other than that ....yes...I am doing it all. I also have a deck to build that will go all the way around it... ;) and thank you for the kind words....
 
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mgmercurio

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Ok more pics of the backfill and pool equipmwent pad pour...but first a couple stories...first...with excavators...I couldn't believe how hard it is to get excavators to the work.... let me explain...I started out with a Facebook post asking for recommendations from my friends of any excavators that might be interested in doing the work for me....and immediately I received several names and numbers. I chose one that is a very close friend of my own close friends...thinking this would be a safe bet. Wrong....after coming out and looking at my project (3 months ago) the guy took a small deposit from me to secure the work and get on his schedule (he claimed)...but from there he literally kept me hanging on week after week stating he had something come up, or he broke something on his tractor and needed to be repaired, or it was too wet....and aside from that last excuse...I was getting really annoyed with his repeatedly procrastination. I even went back to my close friend and asked her to nudge her friend into taking care of me. Finally I decided to cut my losses and run. Then I went to Angie's list and talked to 3 more contractors to give me bids...only one would return my call and the other two only texted me stating they would be out in 3 weeks to look at the job. As you can imagine...I was extremely frustrated at this point and decided to do it myself. So I spent 276.00, rented a machine and did it myself in less than 6 hours. :rolleyes: Pics are attached....

Second story is about my pool equipment pad. I spent a few days making sure the forms were correct, square, and just two inches above grade with a slight fall to promote water run off... In short...the form was perfect. So on the day of the pour, the weather people around in my area were calling for heavy rain later hat night...so....

I decided to go to Home Depot and get 30 bags of quick setting concrete mix. The thinking was, I wanted the concrete to be hard before the rain set in....a HUGE mistake!

This fast-setting concrete should read.... VERY fast-setting concrete...becuase it literally was getting too hard to work with after only 30 minutes. As you can imagine...mixing, pouring, and finishing 30 bags of concrete...made me work my butt off and with no time to slow down...the result ended up being a very bad finish to my pad as you can tell in the pics. The concrete was literally turning white as I was just screed, trowel, and finish. I ended up finally trying to just do a broom finish and even that didn't work out too well. In the end, it turned out to be a very poor looking job :oops: However, at least the grade, slope, and the "square - ness with the world" is right on the money. Really...when everything is completed, the pool equipment pad will be sitting directly behind the deck and no one will be able to see it...plus it will hold all the equipment just fine and really...that is the only goal anyway...so it is all good. It is just one of those things...that no one will ever see or know about....but I will (and that's what sticks with me)

Anyway, next step is to hire an electrician to run wiring for a sub-panel out to the equipment pad. Let's hope I have better luck with this task.... heh heh

I had to attach all pics in 2 separate posts... Enjoy!
 

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mgmercurio

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Pool Floor, Liner Install, Water Fill and Skimmer/Return Install...
 

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