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Should I put sand under my above ground pool?

Last Updated: 2nd April, 2020

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Sand is the recommended base material upon which an aboveground pool should sit. Sand is used under an aboveground pool to protect the pool's vinyl liner from rocks and objects that could tear the liner. Also, sand under an aboveground pool acts as cushioning for its floor, making it more comfortable for feet.

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Just so, why do you put sand under a pool?

The sand acts as a barrier between the ground and the liner and helps to protect the liner from any rocks, roots or other hard objects. It also provides cushioning for the floor of the pool, making it more comfortable underfoot.

Also Know, should you put a tarp under an above ground pool? It's OK to use a tarp under the sand but not in place of it. A tarp will allow all the lumps and bumps of a dirt base to show through into the base of your pool. With just a tarp you still have to have a cove for the pool to be safe. The cove can be dirt, sand or foam, but it has to be there.

Thereof, should I put sand under my Coleman pool?

The ground should be dug level on virgin soil always. The sand is simply a buffer from the pool liner to the ground. The sand should be inside the pool track, never under the track. If the track of the pool is set on sand, it will wash out and the pool will settle or sink, reducing the longevity of your pool.

Can you put a pool on grass?

Installing an above-ground pool on a natural grass lawn is not a good idea, particularly if you plan on taking down the pool for part of the year. Since natural grass does get muddy and can be quite slippery when wet, there are also issues around safety and, of course, tracking mud and wet grass into the house.

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Sinforoso Mezo

Professional

How do I level my yard for an above ground pool?

Take the time to level the ground the first time.
  1. Hammer a metal stake where the center of the pool will be.
  2. Tie a length of string about 6-inches longer than the radius of the pool to the stake.
  3. Remove all grass, sod and other vegetation from the marked pool area with shovels or a powered sod cutter.

Stephanie Otagain

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What can I use instead of sand under my pool?

You could go with a thin layer of sand. Smooth it out, wet it down and pack it down good. Over top of that you could use carpet foam, carpet felt, indoor/outdoor carpet, something along those lines that can be found in the remnants, cutoffs or discount racks of carpet stores.

Sigita Corngut

Explainer

How do you prepare the ground for an above ground pool?

Yard Preparation
  1. Step 1: Placement. The first step is deciding where you want to place the swimming pool in the backyard.
  2. Step 2: Clean the Area. Remove all items that could make it difficult to secure a proper foundation for the pool.
  3. Step 3: Measure.
  4. Step 4: Start Digging.
  5. Step 5: Level the Pool Hole.
  6. Step 6: Wait 24 hours.

Candela Ioni

Explainer

What kind of sand do I put under my pool?

Mason Sand, For Your Pool's Base
Mason sand, sometimes called mortar sand, can normally be found at any sand/gravel yard or masonry supply yard. It is usually measured in yards. It is very fine and should not contain any rocks or pebbles.

Martina Tzalaban

Explainer

How many bags of sand do I need to level my pool?

Either one will be adequate for leveling your 15x15 above the ground pool. You can also buy bulk sand in the 1/3 cubic yard bags. Each bulk bag of sand will cover 110 sq. ft. to a depth of 1 inch.

Hildebrando Eleuterio

Pundit

How do I level my ground for a pool without digging?

How to Level the Ground for Pool Installation Without Digging
  1. Tools you need to Establish Pool Location.
  2. 1) Hammer a stake into the ground where you want the center of your pool to be.
  3. 1) Remove any vegetation, such as grass, that is growing in the area where the pool will be placed.
  4. 2) Use a carpenter's level and check the ground to see if it is level.

Iomara Carrere

Pundit

Can you use sand to level a pool?

Lay out a layer of sand 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5.1 cm) deep across the work area, then roll over it with the tamper. If there are any areas that you need to level, use crushed limestone instead of sand.

Juvencia Bok

Pundit

What is a gorilla pad for pool?

Gorilla Pads are pre-cut floor pads designed to protect and cushion the bottom of above ground pools. Unlike old pool foam padding, which can be easily be cut or pierced by grass, roots, or rocks under your above ground pool liner, Gorilla Bottom pool floor padding is impervious to almost any sharp object.

Bertina Doral

Pundit

Can grass grow through a pool liner?

Grass growing through liner. Most likely, there are no holes in the bottom of the pool. Certain types of vigorous grasses, including Nut Grass aka Nut Sedge, St. Augustine and Bermuda grasses, can grow through the liner. Before setting up your pool, it is recommended that you clear the area of these types of grasses.

Enebie Adro

Pundit

How do you prepare the ground for an Intex pool?

Use a line level on the string to measure for level at 12-36 points around the pool. Use flat shovels or a sod cutter machine to remove turf, and lower the high spots. Add a one inch layer of sand. The Wrong Way: Raise the low spots by adding sand – not checking for level.

Dativo Jadryshnikov

Teacher

Can you put plywood under above ground pool?

Plywood. It's costly to buy enough plywood to place directly beneath the entire pool. You also create the risk of a wood splinter puncturing the pool liner. Instead, measure the size of the pool's leg supports and cut plywood pieces that can sit directly under the legs.

Zinedine Jockel

Teacher

How many hours does it take to install an above ground pool?

Above ground pools are every bit as safe and fun as an in-ground pool. Depending on your yard, and your installer you can have your pool up and running anywhere from 24-72 hours later. Above ground pools are also easy to remove.

Salua IpiƱi

Teacher

How do I make sure the ground is level?

Steps
  1. Stake off your area to level. This area does not need to be perfectly square or rectangular unless you are planning on using sod instead of simply replanting your grass.
  2. Use a string level. Attach strings to stretch between the stakes, a few inches above the ground.
  3. Adjust the strings.
  4. Adjust for grade.

Faical Batuca

Teacher

How hard is it to disassemble an above ground pool?

Disassemble the skimmer and remove the pump and filter system. Remove the drain plugs from the filter canister and the pump to allow any water inside to run out. Clear any debris from the pump basket and empty out the filter medium, which is usually sand or a cartridge. Replace the plugs on the pump and filter.

Zhihua Malmierca

Reviewer

Can you level a pool with water in it?

There is no way to raise a pool with water in it. Any attempts to do so would disturb the cove and put to much strain on the liner. The pool water level needs to be lowered to just a couple of inches before any leveling can be done.

Yifeng Tronchoni

Reviewer

Quinton Behrndt

Reviewer

Can you put carpet under above ground pool?

Traditional felt carpet padding is usually frowned upon as a pool padding material, but modern closed-cell foam carpet pads can work well. Those marketed as "memory foam" pads work for an above-ground pool sitting on concrete.

Yonatan Jouhanneau

Supporter

Can you use a tarp as a pool liner?

Pond Liners
While tarps are water resistant, they are not waterproof. A tarp used as a pond liner will begin to leak before a single season passes. You can cut the bottom section to size and use it to line your garden pond for a few years of quiet enjoyment.

Dorthey Gerbrandt

Supporter

How unlevel can an above ground pool be?

If you install an above-ground pool on an uneven surface, the walls can collapse due to uneven pressure. The water will press with more force on one section of the pool than the others.