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dansmithfl 12-13-2010 09:34 AM

Pool In-Fill
I am filling in my in ground, vinyl lined, metal sided pool. I pulled a permit and I have to punch holes in the bottom to allow for a positive waterflow, which I have done per code. Now after removing the metal sides I want to fill it with dirt. It was an 8,000 gallon pool, and is 6ft deep.

What compactor type should I rent to compact the dirt?

I want to make sure it's a solid foundation for when I lay a small patio slab over it in the near future.


Bondo 12-13-2010 11:17 AM

Ayuh,... A simple walk-behind plate tamper will work just Fine,...
Especially if you fill it in, in Lifts,... say 6" per lift...

dansmithfl 12-13-2010 12:48 PM

Thank you!

Daniel Holzman 12-13-2010 05:40 PM

The pool is best filled with structural fill, which typically includes mostly sand and gravel, and a small percentage of silt and clay (less than 10 percent by weight). This type of soil will compact easily and well. Soil with too much silt or clay will compact poorly, and will not provide good support for any future type of building you wish to place on it. The suggestion of compacting in six inch lifts is a good one, and using a plate whacker works fine.

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