Pavers/PT lumber level with ground or foam?

robzkombi

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May 31, 2019
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southern californina
Hi all, so contractor has started the process of leveling the spot for our 16'x32'x52" Intex pool, great! My question to you experts is should the pavers (or for those using PT lumber) be flush with the level ground or flush with the foam boards I will be using to line the floor of my AG pool?

Also since in my area extruded foam is not available only the expanded foam, should I get the thicker 2" instead of the 1" foam? The guy at the hardware store said with the amount of water weight this expanded foam will compress quite a bit. What would happened if say the foam compresses below the height of the pavers (or PT lymber) used to support the legs?
Am I over thinking this part of the build?
Thank you.
 

jimmythegreek

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Aug 10, 2017
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Morris Cnty NJ
The little I know about ABG pools is the paver support and the base material all end up flush to eachother when compacted. The foam covers all of that once walls go up. 1 inch should be ok it wont shrink in half some ppl dont use foam at all so if it ends up half inch I think it's fine. Make sure your base is solid and compacted the prep is most important
 

robzkombi

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May 31, 2019
13
southern californina
First off thank you for your response, much appreciated.

Contractor said they will be using "road base", not sure what that is exactly but he did say it will end up being pretty solid. Will I still need the pavers?
 

robzkombi

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May 31, 2019
13
southern californina
This is the spot we chose for the pool no grass just dirt. Work starts tomorrow.

I removed all the parts from the intex boxes and set them aside per contents of box. Well everything is there, everything but assembly instructions sheesh! I've called Intex but no answer yet, I'll keep trying. Is there a diagram online ( I've searched but all I keep getting are videos of pools already set up) of where A,B,C,D,E and F poles connect with?
Thank you.

Oh and by the way the stakes are set at 19' x 37'
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robzkombi

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May 31, 2019
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southern californina
25 min wait time well at least I got the information I was looking for and lo and behold it's on their website doh! Time to start snapping these poles together to get an idea of where the pavers are going.
 

jimmythegreek

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TFP Guide
Aug 10, 2017
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Morris Cnty NJ
Road base is good it packs well when compacted. I would use some type of paver or flat walk block for the poles you want the load spread out so it doesn't sink that's the reason for a block. Without you have a point load right on base itself
 

robzkombi

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May 31, 2019
13
southern californina
That makes sense, I just need to find a way to set the blocks in place and make them level with the road base.
I wish there was a page included in the online instructions with measurements of where each block should be placed.