Can I lay pavers all the way up to the coping on a newly installed
in-ground pool? I'm planning on backfilling the pool surround with 4
feet of crushed stone and tamping it with a machine (or the contractor
will, I'm not doing the work myself). Since the ground below the pool
dig hasn't been disturbed below the 4 foot dig, it will be virgin
ground and should be okay, yes?
Does anyone have experience with this sort of thing? I talked to one
paver contractor today that said I'd have to back fill the stone and
then let it settle for six months before laying pavers over it. He
said in the meantime I could cover the stone with plywood (which would
negate the affect of rain and weather settling the stone, imo).
That sounds nuts to me. The pool would be relatively unusable for that
time and I imagine even mild use would end up putting dozens of stones
into a liner pool.
Any ever done anything like this?
4 feet deep or wide?
As long as you backfill with base rock and compact it after each foot is
added it should not settle later. If you backfilled with soil, loam, gravel
(stone only, no sand) or similar completely to 4 feet then compact as a last
step, you cannot be sure it will not settle later. It's the materials and
method that matter here.
Once you have the pool backfilled and almost level with the coping, you
should be able to pour in the required layer of sand then lay pavers on top
Nice thing about pavers, if it does settle, you can pull them up and regrade
to fix. Sure that is a disaster in its own right but a lot better than a
cracked and cantelevered concrete slab (or same with stone on top).
Let it settle for 6 months, right, he just dosen't want to lay pavers in the
July heat. That plus if he can schedule your work for an off part of the
season, he can make his money more efficiently. There's nothing wrong with
wanting that but he should give you a break if that were the case. On the
other hand, perhaps he is just being extra cautious because he got burned
reworking a failed job in the past and he dosen't want a repeat.
If you do decide to fill and wait and want to mitigate the dirt/rocks in the
pool try this. After compacting the base material, spread a thin layer of
sand on top then dust that with 1/8" of portland cement and compact again,
finally water that in. By morning you will have a solid concrete like
surface that is thin enough to be easily broken when the time comes to lay
the real pavers. Keep it swept and it should last 4-6 months of light to
medium duty use, it won't last through the winter or resist erosion during a
very heavy storm but it will help keep the pool area intact.
On 19 Jun 2006 19:53:49 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
My wife has built about 100 pools this way. They choose pavers over
concrete because you can start laying them right away.
Like the other poster said, if they do settle you can pull up the low
spot, backfill with sand and lay them back down.
Just try to get your backfill as well compacted as you can before you
do the final grade for the pavers.
BTW when your AHJ adopts the 2005 NEC this may change. It will require
a 12" x 12" #8 copper grid, 3' out from the pool's edge and bonded to
the rest of the pool equipment. That will cost as much as the pavers
and make this a lot more than concrete with bonded steel, the other
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