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Ellen Webster

04:14AM | 08/14/03
Member Since: 08/13/03
have a 16' round easy set pool. The type with the inflatable ring at the top. We have set it up twice on what we thought was level ground, only to discover it wasn't. I tried so many methods that I am just confused. What's the best way to find out if it is level? Then, what is the simplest way to get it level. Is there a special tool? Or is it just some mysterious trade secret no one wants to share.

treebeard

03:28PM | 08/14/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
Well, if I had to pick a relatively simple way to do this, I'd get myself a 16' 2x4 and a level. Then I'd draw the 16' circle on the ground where the pool is to go.. Then I'd lay the 2x4 (short edge up) across the diameter of the circle, up hill side to downhill side. I'd have someone hold the low end and I'd place a level on the edge facing up, and I'd have the other person raise the low end until the 2x4 was level (by reading the level). Then, holding the 2x4 in that position, I'd mark the point under the low end and measure up to the bottom of the 2x4. That will tell you how much you have to fill that end, or cut the grade at the other end to make the circle level. I'd do that in a number of places across the circle parallel to and in the same direction as the first measurement, say every 3 feet until the measurements on the downhill half of the circle have been made.

Then fill, or cut, and use the same 2x4 and level to make sure the fill or cut grade is flat and level.

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