Sand for an Above Ground Pool
by C. Tyson
Approximately how much sand, in yards or tons, will I need for a 24' round pool? Is it a smart move to put down a weed stop cover underneath the sand in the pool or will that create future headaches?
Thank You, C. Tyson
Hi. Masonry sand is measured a couple of different ways. Measuring by the yard is a more accurate measurement. When sand is sold by the ton, they may simply guess at the amount based on how much they think their scoops hold, of if it is weighed now wet the sand is will play a role in how much you get. Masonry sand is much easier to work with when it is wet, not dripping wet, but very damp.
When sand is sold by the yard, it is usually loaded in a 1 or 2 yard scoop, and then dumped into a truck. It is still possible to have way to much or not nearly enough, but the chances are pretty good you will get what you need.
When a pile of sand is dumped in the driveway we use what we need and only that much. There is no benefit to using to much sand. I know that when I heap my contractor size wheel barrel full of sand ten times I have enough sand for an 18' pool. If that leaves sand in the drive it can be used for other things. There are a million uses for sand around most houses.
In order to get my ten wheel barrows full of sand I have my customers order 1 1/2 yards of sand. A yard is about a ton and a half. If the sand company deals in tons I have them order three tons and that usually leaves some extra. Two and a half tons would be closer but since the loads vary so much when sold by the ton I know three tons will get the job done without being short.
For a 15' pool I use 1 yard or 1 1/2 tons, an 18' takes 1 1/2 yards or 2 1/2 tons, a 21' takes 2 yards or 3 tons and a 24' uses close to 3 yards or 5 tons.
There are many situations where plastic or other types of ground covers are useful. You still need to treat the ground for any type of vegetation you may have but the plastic can give you another layer of comfort.