New install - concrete collar

Jbgirl79

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Oct 3, 2019
5
Long Island ny
I am in Nassau county on Long Island. My pool builder has informed me he is not pouring a concrete collar just pouring concrete at the base of each support. Is this going to be a major issue in the long run? Should I insist on a concrete collar? The company has been in business for over 50 years so I feel like maybe they know what they are doing. Concerned newbie.
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
1,199
NY
Above ground pool ? Yes that will be fine. Many many people use either a paver stone or a cinderblock under each support post.
 

Jbgirl79

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Oct 3, 2019
5
Long Island ny
It is going to be an ingound pool 16x32 4’-8’ deep. The concrete collar I mean at the base of the installation, it is a vinyl pool steel wall supports. I have watched many videos showing people pouring concrete around the entire base of the pool after the walls and supports are put up. My pb says they only pour concrete at the supports where they meet the dirt. His response was that the water needs to drain away from the steel walls and pouring a complete collar could keep the water near the steel walls and supports. Again just curious as to if it is an issue or not
 

sktn77a

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May 16, 2010
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Chapel Hill, NC
My pb says they only pour concrete at the supports where they meet the dirt. His response was that the water needs to drain away from the steel walls and pouring a complete collar could keep the water near the steel walls and supports.
Well, he could be right. But would that make the other 95% of vinyl liner pool builders wrong.........................?
 

jimmythegreek

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Aug 10, 2017
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Morris Cnty NJ
He is right but there is a build sheet with every pool kit and I haven't seen one yet that does not call for a concrete collar. I wouldnt dream of building a pool without one. I would insist on a full collar and just have them slope the concrete away slightly from pool walls, that's standard way of doing it. If hes so worried why not use composite wall panels and braces? Technically the plans all spec out 8" of concrete depth for the collar but most PB skimp and do 5 or 6 max. I go heavy and do 7 to 8. I've only had one inspector actually measure and it was my local guy at my own house. At least he gave me the heads up he was gonna check it first.