Pool Hole Dug Too Deep

Hi, We have a vinyl liner resin above ground pool which we plan to set in ground to water level. It is designed for this purpose- Clark Rubber (Aussie) Seabreeze.

Our excavator stuffed up BIGtime and has dug the base way too deep, it is on a slight slope, the lowest side is 127cm deep and the highest approx. 170cm deep- for a pool whose walls are 132cm! And the water level is about 115cm, which is the depth we asked for. I am wondering if this is salvageable, it is a resin pool with a vinyl liner, we have to install channel supports, oval shaped pool, no deep end.

We were planning on backfilling the edges with a sand /cement mix once the pool was full of water. Part of the problem seems to be issues with the excavation company. We have had three different operators over 4 days, stopping and starting. The first one was only here for a short time then the digger broke down, the second guy I explained all the details to, but then someone else came today whilst I was at work to finish it. My husband neglected to double check that this guy knew the details of the depth we wanted.

I am thinking if they come back and level the area around the pool on the high side, we may be able to work with it, but I think we will need to fill the base with something compacted-perhaps a sand/cement mix?

Is this salvageable? I KNOW you are not supposed to over-dig the base of the pool- I am VERY annoyed and disappointed.
I am contacting local pool builder to give a professional opinion but I would appreciate any advice for now as I cannot contact him until tomorrow or the next day.



Hi. Sure it is salvageable, you just need to fill the hole up to the proper level with a material that will pack solid. Something like crushed granite or crusher run.

Fill the hole to the desired level and then water it and pack with a roller. Doing this for a few days will tell you whether you need to add a little more fill. After a couple weeks it should be ready for a pool.

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Jun 18, 2019
Refilling hole dug too deep.
by: Anonymous

Can I use the soil dug out to fill the hole if the 1x6 treated boards were built around the pool area for support and to keep fill in place?

Hi That should be fine.

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