As you read, we filled the pool up with water then had to drain it because it was bad off level. Let me back up for the start of this tale … The first day we got it up I only put a little water in it with intentions to smooth out the floor the next day. That night as North Dakota is famous for, winds with gusts up to 60+ miles an hour came through. I even heard upwards of 80 mile per hour winds but nevertheless, with little water in a 20 foot pool, the wind blew aside the pool and broke one of the metal connections. So, I had to fix that.
Fast forward to after we had started draining the pool. My eldest son was trying to help me out by digging up the dirt around the pool so we could re-level the ground. He accidentally put the corner of his shovel into the side of the pool. So, before we even got the chance to enjoy the pool we had a connection break, we had to drain the water, and had a hole in the side. Some would take all of this as a sign to give up but, I was determined to tempt fate.
We got the pool drained and spent many more hours checking and rechecking the level of the ground. We had to clean the tarp under the pool and we had to clean the pool so there was no sharp pebbles that could damage the pool. We filled the pool up again and got to swim in it this past Saturday. It is very level though not perfect but, slightly off is safe and okay. Now there is a whole lot of dirt work and landscaping we have to do but, when we get hot we can get in the pool.
My advice from experience to all of you: If you ever attempt to put a big pool in your yard, make for sure you do it right the first time. Take your time and put it off to when you have time before you think it is good enough and wing it. Cheers, ~b