Apart from an inground pool usually installed by a professional, above-ground can be set up without any aid. This requires knowledge of how the different stages of the pool setting have to be done. Any error along the way can hinder the lifespan of the pool.
In some cases, the pool gets brittle within a year due to the unfavorable condition it has to withstand. Among these stages of setting up a pool is structuring the ground on which the pool will stay.
The ground floor must be level so that the pressure in the Intex pool will be even and one side wouldn’t slide off. Without a leveled ground, the poles will lose their stability, and the pool might collapse anytime. I’m sure no one wants to reset an Intex pool countless times after it collapsed.
How To Level Ground For Intex Pool Without Digging
We are trying to meet up here because we wouldn’t dig anything, and the setting is for the Intex pool. Each of our procedures will have to be in line with these. It is, however, very easy than thought. The only thing needed is your dedication and the enthusiasm to have great work done. Let’s get started:
Materials needed to level ground for Intex pool without digging
- Soil or sands
- 5 Two by six wooden planks (up to 16 feet long each)
- Half-inch piece of iron rod
- Stump grinder
- Foam tiles, interlocking gym mats, or garden fabric
You might not need each of the materials listed; it all depends on your type of environment.
Before proceeding into action, you are required to follow safety precautions. While dealing with sands, be watchful of your eyes. While using a hammer, concentrate closely not to hit your hand. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions while using the lawn mower or Stump grinder. Those are the first steps.
Step 1: Mark out your pool perimeter
Measure the area needed for your exact Intex pool size. For this, let’s assume you purchased 14 feet wide Intex pool.
Your perimeter should be up to 16 feet. You will need extra space to set up your pump, deck, or pipes.
Drive the iron rod into the center of where you want to place your pool using a hammer. Attach a rope to its head.
Make sure the rope length in your head is up to the required length. Mark out areas where the rope’s end reaches as you rotate around the center.
Step 2: Make a border
Many articles or tutorials will miss this, but there will be consequences. Over time, the ground soil of a pool will erode if it was initially filled and imbalanced.
To prevent that, we will need to build a border so that all the sand is collected in an enclosure. Use the 16 feet long 2 by 4 wooden plank to form a square.
Merge the corners with the use of brackets. You will place this later after some other steps have been done.
Step 3: Get rid of the grass and stumps
If you are lucky, your chosen area might only have grasses. For other people, there are stumps of trees.
Use the Lawnmower to clear the grasses and the Stump grinder to remove the shrubs. If the area is clear, you can bring in the square border made earlier.
Place the border where the marked area can touch the middle of the four joined planks.
Step 4: Make the level mechanism
To check if the ground is leveled, you will need a mechanism in place. You probably wouldn’t have a laser level.
Drill a hole almost to the end of the remaining 2 by 4 wooden planks. Put in the iron rod used earlier through the hole.
Then, use your hammer to drive it into the same center again. Place your level on the plank and attach it to the plank with duct tape.
Step 5: Put in the fillings
You might bring in this before the earlier step, depending on your preference. Pour the sands within the border made.
Use the plank to try to level up the area evenly. The area covered by the plank driven to the ground might not reach the four corners of the border but continue.
Step 6: Make the ground level
Check the level to see if a part of the circle is leveled before proceeding. You might need to add more sands to some areas of the sloppy structure.
Instead of filling with ordinary sands, you can reinforce the foundation with small stones. Just make sure everything is on the same level.
Step 7: Remove the driven plank
Now, face the corners you could not reach earlier. As you did earlier, level up the corners. But this time, you will have to use the plank manually. When this is done, it’s time for the next step.
Step 8: Add the surface
You wouldn’t want your children, friends, or family members getting soiled when they walk around the pool. You have to add a layer to the leveled ground.
This isn’t necessary, but it’s advised. Grab your foam tiles, interlocking gym mats, or garden fabric. Spread or arrange them in a smooth fit over the area.
This will make it look nice. Take your time to make it perfect. You wouldn’t do this all day. Give it the best you can this one day.
After these, you already have a leveled ground to place your Intex pool in without any problem. Rather than do this alone, you can call your friends around to help.
It will reduce stress, and you will be able to crack jokes or talk while working. This makes things easier.
Check for the manufacturer’s instructions on how to merge up every part. Seek help if you don’t get any instructions right. The same applies when you don’t seem to understand some parts of this article. Just read again through.
One more thing,
Which one is better? Digging or not digging?
As mentioned earlier, pools with above-ground leveling are more prone to erosion. So, if you dig, every of your leveling will be to match the ground level.
This makes you less vulnerable. But also, within the procedures, we made provision for that by making a border to encamp the soil added.
Whether dug or not, everything will run smoothly with the right steps.