Pool Side Brace Problems

by Brian
(Manchester Ct, USA)

I posted a question that has not been answered yet but I have done some additional research and there is no way to revise my question so I am rewriting it with some new info.

The pool was installed a little over a week ago. The guys who did the installation were pros and they did have a transit and every block is within 1/8 inch. Visually the pool is perfect, no issues of any kind however, when walking in the pool, and if you know where to look, you can see the pressure plates and about a foot of the center straps lifting or raised. You can feel that there is sand so the liner is not in contact with any metal.

After doing some reading I realized the straps are likely not raised but the buttress uprights might be leaning out. I checked them with a level, and sure enough, they are all leaning about 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches. That doesn't seem like a lot but it is enough that it is raising the pressure plates under the liner.

After reading posts on other sites as well as this one I have seen repairs ranging from draining the pool, pulling back the liner, adding sand and rebuilding the cove, after re-leveling the buttress to just draining a small amount of water and driving a wedge between buttress support and the block it is resting on.

I want to know what is the best way verse the easiest way to repair this issue and if I need to worry about doing it right away or can I wait til spring and drain most of the water and add crush stone and additional blocks to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Also while vacuuming the pool near one of these raised spots the vac grabbed the liner and when I pulled it away it formed a wrinkle on the bottom of the liner. Do I also need to worry about this or is it just an inconvenience?

Hi Brian

Let me answer your last question first. Stay away from those areas with the vacuum. That's the big drawback to having sunk, or raised, areas in the liner. It is very easy to tear the liner with cleaning equipment. So, for now, stay away from these areas.

Raising the side support blocks, so that the support uprights are perfectly straight, is important, but if that is all you do you still have the liner issues. You have areas you cannot clean and areas you have to continually watch to make sure the liner does not come into contact with metal.

I would drain the pool and fix it right.

If the liner is save, and the supports are stable, you are probably OK to wait a while before fixing it. Just watch the uprights for further settling and the liner for metal contact. And be careful when cleaning.

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Sep 05, 2012
Buttresses & Sink Holes
by: Anonymous

Wow, I had an above ground Oval 18ftX33ftX52in swimming pool installed July 16th of this year. I can't believe how many people are having the same issues I am having with my pool. I have a couple of sink holes that are more like a trench type sink hole. The Buttresses are not level on the back side of our pool we just notice this yesterday. They where level when our pool was first installed they are also sinking further down into the ground deeper than the professional pool installer's put them into the ground it is causing the very bottom on the outside of the pool wall to go inward and is very noticeable.

The front side of the pool where the Buttresses are as of right now look fine and like they did when the pool was installed !!! So according to what I have been reading on the site is that the contractor needs to come out and fix both of these problem's A.S.A.P. !!! Good luck to you all I am calling the contractor now.

Oct 29, 2012
by: Brian

Well I wanted to give an update on this issue. Without draining the pool I was able to jack up the supports under the struts and add patio base as well as an additional block but I was not able to get them perfectly level. Way to hard to work with the pool full. After I was done with the pool for the season I drained all except for about a foot of water. This made it easy to position the uprights exactly where they needed to be and also raise them high enough to work around and pack the patio base to avoid further settling. As I stated in my original post the installer was a pro however I think because of the many designs he is used to working with he simply placed the outer footings in the wrong spot. I decided to do the repair myself as I am a hands on kind of guy and it was easier to just do it and know I had what I wanted than to make arrangements to have time off of work when he was available to come back out. I can still see the outline of the pressure plates but they are not nearly as raised. I am not going to worry about fixing these unless they create additional problems in the future and at that time I will probably upgrade my liner as I'm sure the one that came with the pool will be quite faded by then.

Jul 26, 2017
Side walls bowing in
by: Jerry

I installed an Intex 12'x24'x52" above ground pool yesterday and started filling with water. It is a little over half full. Both side walls are bowed inward and I'm afraid to continue filling in case they don't straighten out on there own. Should I pull them out with ropes until pool is full or maybe put a 12 foot 2x6 in between the side supports and continue to fill.

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