18' above ground pool not level

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18' above ground pool not level

Postby Icon699 » Fri 08 Jun, 2007 19:31

MY steel above ground pool is not level by about 3 inches on one end. Is there any danger with this?


Postby K » Sat 09 Jun, 2007 08:18


I am no expert but every single thing I read when figuring out how to assemble our used a/g said that a tolerance of "not greater than 1"" was the maximum for level.

I don't mean to be alarmist but I recently purchased a used pool ladder from a family that was selling because their five year old pool inexplicably suffered a "wall blow out" -- sending 13k gallons of water, give or take, rushing out. It destroyed everything in it's path - but fortunately flowed DOWNHILL from their home. More fortunately their three young children were not IN the pool at the time.

I don't mean to be alarmist - and certainly go with a Pro opinion, not some random woman on the internet that's owned a "real" pool for 3 months. However, I've experience EZ Up type pools tipping on me. Even 4k of water can be frightening when it decides to all go out at once - if your "babies' are in it at the time - you start to feel very strongly about level.

When constructing our steel above-ground pool, my DH spent an obsessive amount of time laser leveling our pool to under the 1" of tolerance. Nothing is certain, but when it comes to something our kids will be in with their friends, "close enough" is not good enough.

Please call a pro about your pool!
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Postby Icon699 » Sun 17 Jun, 2007 15:57

Talked with a pro and he said it's fine
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Postby Slevin » Mon 16 Jul, 2007 11:46

Icon699 wrote:Talked with a pro and he said it's fine

Let me assure you that it's no fine!! I setup an intex 18'x48" easy set pool on a 2-4" unlevel surface. I got the pool filed up but there was about 8-12" or room left to fill. I couldn't fill it anymore or it would have poured over the side. Anyway, I though this was fine and we swam in it for about a week. The side that was lower than the highest spot of land started to droop to that side. I was messing around in the pool one weekend and sure enough I hit the side of the wall enough to have 5000 gallons of water rush out and I went over the side with it. Luckly enough I have a large piece of property and it did flow downhill.

All in all noone was hurt, but it just goes to show you that even a small unlevel ground will cause problems. I spent the next week leveling that area to about .5-1" of grade change. I refilled the pool and it is 100% better. Has been up for a month and no problems. When full, you can see about 1" difference in water depth on either side.

Make sure your area is absolutely level!!!!

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Postby Backglass » Mon 16 Jul, 2007 12:13

Icon699 wrote:Talked with a pro and he said it's fine

See if he will sign a document stating this. It will help you with your lawsuit.

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18' above ground pool not level

Postby brenda » Thu 02 Jun, 2011 17:11

My pool is the same way. a couple inches off level & now one side looks like it has a foot or so with no water, while the low side is completly full. My kids still want to try swimming in it. I'm gonna try draining it but the plug is on the ground (fuller end of the pool) - HELP!! Not sure what to do. Jusat paid $120.00 to fill the pool (we have well water) so i'm gonna have to dump this into the ground. OMG!! So freaked out. So, basically this is NOT safe at all?? Damn. I was hoping to try swimming a few days until I could try getting it drained. What do u suggest???
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18' above ground pool not level

Postby Blackstar » Sat 04 Jun, 2011 12:15

I'm new here at the forum and just started reading over some posts. I got my first pool in 2001. It was a 27' X 52" round above ground. We had some bad attitude from the seller/installer and to make a long story short, they left in a hurry without their payment for a completed / installed pool.

Anyway, the pool was installed out of level by 3.5 inches. They said it was fine. I contacted the pool manufacturer and he said get it drained and reinstalled properly ASAP or it WOULD collapse. The installer basically told us it was our pool now and to just pay our bill and go away. It cost me approximately $1500.00 dollars for teardown, reinstall level and refill. The pool has lasted until this past winter when an overload of snow collapsed one side. (Thank God for a great and understanding insurance company :D ).

So, for the price of $120.00 for water as you quoted earlier I would get the pool fixed up and set level. Too bad you don't have a holding tank to transfer the water to. Maybe you could rent an empty tank or tanker truck for a weekend to get the job done. You can syphon the water out using a garden hose if you can't get at the plug.

Re: 18' above ground pool not level

Postby Meme » Sat 01 Jul, 2017 20:31

Bought the Coleman 18'x48" was unlevel one end about 2 or3 inches had it one week it collapsed and bent 7 legs the legs are not heavy enough to hold the offset weight expensive for parts because of the cost I am fixing it was wondering if putting concrete inside the legs would make them stronger.
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