Making the Pool Round
We are in the process of setting up a used 18' round pool. We put down landscaping blocks to set the ring on and put up the side walls, but we're having problems getting it perfectly round.
When we measure across one way it will be 18' 1 1/2" another way will be 17' 10" & so on. We've been trying to slide it around to make it even but are having a hard time getting it just right. How important is it to have it perfectly round?
Hi. There are two really important things to remember about building an above ground pool. They must be perfectly level and perfectly round.
The best way to make a pool round is to work off a center point and use the radius measurement. I always do this before the wall is installed. Actually, I take a tape measure around with me as I am connecting the bottom rails and set them all at the 9' mark, for an 18' pool.
All 18' pools will not have a radius of 9' exact. Some may be 9' 1" while others are 8' 11". It makes no difference what the radius is as long at it is the same all the way around. You need to keep working it until it is.
This same method can be used for a pool where the wall has been installed. Use a center point on the inside of the pool and work a tape measure around the bottom rails. Once the pool rails are round double check the bottom rail gaps and make sure they are all the same.
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Putting Round Pool Into Oval Barrier
I got talked into purchasing something different than what I wanted. I BOUGHT an 18' round above ground. I wanted to place it into the in ground oval pool area that has been filled with sand.
It appears that the larger pool I got talked into is about 1' bigger than the pool sides for the in ground filled with sand where I wanted to place the above ground pool. Can I put a round above ground into an oval area without issues?
Will the round pool adjust to the sides being held by the in ground pool lip or will it cause issues?
Hi Teri. What you are talking about doing will cause you nothing but problems. None of the pieces will fit correctly. An 18' above ground pool needs to be perfectly round and perfectly level, there are no exceptions.
Installing a pool on sand is also not recommended. The pool should be set up on solid level dirt.
From what I understand your options might be to find a new location for the pool, or to remove the sand in your ideal location and to fill it up with dirt. When filling it up you could fill it to the top so that the new pool can expand out to its intended dimensions.