Pressure treated wood vs concrete pavers

timmyc

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May 13, 2020
9
california
How does using pressure treated wood work out for supporting the legs on the Intex rectangular pools? I am prepping my ground and can not find 4" thick pavers. Is anybody having luck using wood? Intex says to us 1.2" thick wood, that seems thin to me. What dimensions did you use for the wood? My other option would be to double up on 2" pavers. Will that work just as well as 4"? Thanks.

Tim 12x24 Intex
 

Windylou

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May 11, 2017
208
Groveton, Tx
I had bought all the 4 inch pavers & the night before I changed my mind to pressure treated 2x12’s & I’m so glad I did. The pool will move with the water & the wood gives it that allowance whereas pavers have no give & that’s why you hear a lot of people saying they’ve broken. Mine has been up for 3 years now & never any issues out of the wood. I do plan to get an XTR next year & will probably replace the wood just because, but I’m planning on the next lasting at least 7 years.
 
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sammckin

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May 9, 2019
362
WV
I think the wood is fine for a seasonal pool ypu plan to take down at the end of the season. If you plan on leaving it up like me then the blocks make more sense due to the fact that wood will rot at some point.
 
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DKDecker

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May 15, 2020
55
Wisconsin
I had bought all the 4 inch pavers & the night before I changed my mind to pressure treated 2x12’s & I’m so glad I did. The pool will move with the water & the wood gives it that allowance whereas pavers have no give & that’s why you hear a lot of people saying they’ve broken. Mine has been up for 3 years now & never any issues out of the wood. I do plan to get an XTR next year & will probably replace the wood just because, but I’m planning on the next lasting at least 7 years.
What size did you make your 2x12’s?
 

Windylou

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May 11, 2017
208
Groveton, Tx
What size did you make your 2x12’s?
I’m not sure exactly what you mean. But if you’re asking about cutting them down, I didn’t have to. My pool is rectangular, so I was able to lay them straight. I just made sure none of the legs would be on an end. I’m sure I had to cut a couple just to make them meet at the right spots, but I don’t recall.
 

Andrew_D

Active member
May 8, 2020
30
Manitoba, Canada
Oh, you ran the boards length-wise? Are your legs vertical with a plastic foot on the bottom?

My legs are U-shaped, with the bottom of the U on the ground, so I was thinking of running wood crosswise (perpendicular to pool) so that the bottom of the U leg was running across the grain of the wood.

Pool has been up a couple of years with nothing under the legs and has been alright, but I am noticing a bit more bend in the sides this year. (Should note that I have a 23ton excavator on the farm, so the clay pad is very well packed!)

Andrew
 

Windylou

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May 11, 2017
208
Groveton, Tx
Mine are the same, with the U shape. I did run them lengthwise, but you make a good point with the U going across the grain. I’m planning to replace mine with an XTR next year, so I’m going to go ahead and replace the wood also just because. I’m wanting this next set up to last about 7 years if not longer. I was thinking about adding some Thompson’s water seal to those pieces of wood. I also want to add that my neighbors Gardner left their hose on pouring straight towards my pool setup for several days once before anyone noticed. It was a muddy, wet, swampy mess. I did worry about the wood after that, but it didn’t seem to phase it. That was in year one. I’m planning to buy my wood for next years setup this winter so that the pressure treatment will have time to dry out a little before use.
 

CT-Steven

Active member
May 26, 2020
35
CT
We are planning on doing something similar using 2x12 the entire length and width of the pool (framed). They will be cut at 45 degree angles at the ends and then secured together with deck strapping. However we are also putting down pavers for the wood to sit upon as a foundation.
 

DKDecker

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May 15, 2020
55
Wisconsin
I’m not sure exactly what you mean. But if you’re asking about cutting them down, I didn’t have to. My pool is rectangular, so I was able to lay them straight. I just made sure none of the legs would be on an end. I’m sure I had to cut a couple just to make them meet at the right spots, but I don’t recall.
Oh that makes sense. Mine is round so I was curious what length others made the 2x12s to support the posts.