Uneven ground - pool tilting!

foxbody

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Edit - Just realized I posted this under the water chemistry section. Not sure how to relocate.


Just installed our pool with my father in law about 3 weeks ago and despite our best efforts, apparently we didn't get the ground completely level. One side is now about 2-3 inches lower than the other and its become quite noticeable over the past week. Is there any way to fix this without draining the whole thing and redoing our leveling? I think the problem is we left a very small amount of grass in place on one side and that grass has now died and is decomposing vs maybe it's just settling on the lower side and it's becoming worse.

The method of leveling went like this -
Dug up most of the circular area using a pick ax, removed grass
Stone dust added
Used a 10 feet 2x4 with rebar drilled into it, placed in the middle of the circle
a level was taped to that 2x4 and I moved it around the circle, making as level as possible
Then I used a plastic roller barrel filled with water to flatten the stone dust
re measured a few times
filled pool, noticed slightly uneven at that top
Used bricks under those legs that looked uneven
guess I should've stopped there and re leveled.


I hope this link to 2 pics of the pool works / is allowed



Thanks
 
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clambert1273

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Yes, you will want to drain and level correctly before it gets dangerous

there is lots of info on this site on how to set up, level etc... might look around at those for best methods
 
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PoolGate

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At least now the ground is tamped. Get a long, straight 2x4 and put a level on the 2x4 to check various locations of the site until all show level.
 
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Mdragger88

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Also you may want to use this opportunity to add pavers under the legs- this will prevent them from sinking & causing an out of level situation in the future. They should be buried in the ground with their tops level to the ground the pool is on.
 
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foxbody

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I should have included pictures of the entire setup. I did use pavers under some of the legs. I observed some pavers were not level so I jacked those up and re leveled the pavers. Then I took some stone dust out from underneath the legs on the higher side and this seemed to help level the pool. Now we are within 1" all the way around!


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zea3

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You really need pavers under all those legs. The legs without pavers will sink over time. The photo where you show the outside of the ladder, the second leg to the left is not plumb. You also need to make sure there is no dirt, sand, stone dust, ect piled up against the legs. It will trap moisture and cause the legs to rust out very quickly.
 

RhondaF

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Edit - Just realized I posted this under the water chemistry section. Not sure how to relocate.


Just installed our pool with my father in law about 3 weeks ago and despite our best efforts, apparently we didn't get the ground completely level. One side is now about 2-3 inches lower than the other and its become quite noticeable over the past week. Is there any way to fix this without draining the whole thing and redoing our leveling? I think the problem is we left a very small amount of grass in place on one side and that grass has now died and is decomposing vs maybe it's just settling on the lower side and it's becoming worse.

The method of leveling went like this -
Dug up most of the circular area using a pick ax, removed grass
Stone dust added
Used a 10 feet 2x4 with rebar drilled into it, placed in the middle of the circle
a level was taped to that 2x4 and I moved it around the circle, making as level as possible
Then I used a plastic roller barrel filled with water to flatten the stone dust
re measured a few times
filled pool, noticed slightly uneven at that top
Used bricks under those legs that looked uneven
guess I should've stopped there and re leveled.


I hope this link to 2 pics of the pool works / is allowed



I should have included pictures of the entire setup. I did use pavers under some of the legs. I observed some pavers were not level so I jacked those up and re leveled the pavers. Then I took some stone dust out from underneath the legs on the higher side and this seemed to help level the pool. Now we are within 1" all the way around!


K7dPjJD.jpg



DgdNNus.jpg



kGnVWh5.jpg
Thus may be bad advice but my 27' agp (not intex) has been lopsided for years. It looks bad but my pool guy said it's fine lol
 
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