AGP Pool Base Help

by Erik Pogue
(Cabot Arkansas)

We bought a 24ft above ground pool and I was planning on using sand. However, when I opened the instructions it specifically says that if I use sand for the cove it will void my warranty. I am considering all the options including pool-krete, styrofoam, and Gladdon Perfect Bottom.

I live in Arkansas and have thick clay soil and there is some nut grass around so I am concerned about that. Any advice on what the best way to go would be appreciated. I don't want to overspend but want the pool to last.

Thanks!



Hi Erik. The preformed pool cove is not a bad idea but I still prefer sand. For most of my installations I use a sand base and a sand cove. The nut grass could cause problems so be sure to treat it properly so it will not grow back up through your liner.

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Apr 21, 2010
More base questions
by: Erik

I'm afraid of the sand right now because I have a 25 yr warranty with 10 yrs on the liner and don't want to void that. I noticed you recommend styrofoam if you don't use sand but will that block nut grass? Or do I need to treat the ground/use a liner like gorilla pad. Also with stryofoam is it soft enough that the ladder can puncture the liner? Thanks for all the advice!

Erik



Hi Erik. I would still treat the ground and use a pad under the foam. Nut grass can grow through anything. The ladder should be fine, one of the ladder pads is a good idea however. They add just a little more protection.


Apr 26, 2010
Thanks
by: Erik

Thanks for the advice. i think I'm going to level the ground and spread a very thin layer of sand to fill in any small depressions. Then use a Perfect bottom pad to prevent the Nut Grass and top it with 1" foam insulation and use preformed cove. Probably a little overkill but I want it to last. Thanks so much for all the help!



That all sounds good to me. Best of luck.

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