How to Make the Ground Level for Easy Set Pool


Easy Set Pools are above-ground pools manufactured and marketed by the Intex Company. Easy Set Pools come in inflatable varieties and as liners supported by plastic pipe frames. These types of pools should be set on perfectly level ground in order for the pool filter to work correctly and for optimal water filling. Achieving a level surface for the pool is the hardest step in the process of setting up the pool and preparing it for swimming. Though some pools may boast easy set up time, preparing a level ground surface will take a few days or weeks, but is well worth the time and effort.

Step 1

Find the area in your yard that appears the most level. Choose a safe location that is not above a septic tank, electrical lines or underground pipes or located too close to the driveway. If possible, choose an area that receives sunlight throughout the day, so that the pool's water temperature is acceptable for swimming. Measure the area to ensure your pool will fit into the space.

Step 2

Check the levelness of the ground by turning the level in a full circle to determine the high and low areas of the pool site. Lift the low end of the level up until both sides are even to determine approximately how many inches of difference there is between the sides of the pool space. If there are more than two inches of difference, dig out the higher end of the pool space with a shovel and get the area as close to level as possible.

Step 3

Carry clean, filtered sand to the pool location in wheelbarrow loads or buckets, and dump the sand onto the pool site. Attempt to evenly distribute the sand as you move it onto the site. Use the shovel to smooth out the sand into an area measuring slightly larger than the pool circumference.

Step 4

Overlap the ends of the two boards and drive two screws into the pieces to hold the boards securely together to form a longer board that should fit the diameter of any size Easy Set Pool. Determine how much to overlap the boards using the diameter of the pool; the two boards, once attached, should measure one foot longer than the pool diameter. Turn the two attached boards up on an edge and set them into the sand-covered pool site. Place the level on top of the boards and push the boards around in a circle to push down the sand and create a level surface.

Step 5

Pack the level sand down by spraying it with a water hose. Wet the sand, allow it to dry, apply more sand, re-wet and repeat every day for at least one week before assembling the pool in order to ensure that the site is level. Any sand that you add should be leveled again with the 2-inch by 4-inch boards.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow or buckets
  • 2-inch by 4-inch boards, 2
  • Wood screws, 2
  • Screwdriver
  • Garden hose


  • Epinions: Intex Above Ground Easy Set Pool
  • Level Ground Pool: How to Level an Above Ground Swimming Pool

Who Can Help

  • Intex: Easy Set Pools FAQs
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Stephanie Daniels is a freelance writer residing in Louisa, Kentucky. Daniels focuses on parenting, children, gardening and home decor articles. She was the manager of Home Decor for Home Depot for 4 years. Daniels has written for many online publications and enjoys ghostwriting.

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