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Old 09-17-2016, 05:03 PM  
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Because of the west coast water shortage, Leslie's pool supply no longer advocate draining all your water, and most recommend only dumping out half the water at a time. I don't think you are worried about the pool caving in, but a pool will heave upward with a high water table. Draining only half the water will stop all heaving. If you are worried about power use, you have only one option, filling the hole with dirt. Even ponds need to run a pump to circulate the water.


 
 
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Old 09-18-2016, 11:32 AM  
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since you're concerned with the water table being high enough to cause the pool to heave, here's how to determine if you have a high water table
Get a 10 ft section of 1.5 dia pvc an glue an adapter to one end that will allow you to connect a water hose to it . hold the pipe vertical to the ground with the open end to the ground , and turn on the water. The water pressure will wash away the dirt from around the pvc pipe and it will gradually work itself into the ground
Once you get about 9 ft of it into the ground, turn off the water and disconnect the hose, cut off the fitting so that you have a straight pipe into the ground, then get a piece or rope with a weight attached and while holding onto the free end of the rope, drop the weighted end into the pipe. mark the rope where it enters the pipe and withdraw it, measure from the top of where the rope is wet to the marked place.
If the dry area measurement is 5 ft or more then you have no worries of the pool popping out of the ground.


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since you're concerned with the water table being high enough to cause the pool to heave, here's how to determine if you have a high water table
Get a 10 ft section of 1.5 dia pvc an glue an adapter to one end that will allow you to connect a water hose to it . hold the pipe vertical to the ground with the open end to the ground , and turn on the water. The water pressure will wash away the dirt from around the pvc pipe and it will gradually work itself into the ground
Once you get about 9 ft of it into the ground, turn off the water and disconnect the hose, cut off the fitting so that you have a straight pipe into the ground, then get a piece or rope with a weight attached and while holding onto the free end of the rope, drop the weighted end into the pipe. mark the rope where it enters the pipe and withdraw it, measure from the top of where the rope is wet to the marked place.
If the dry area measurement is 5 ft or more then you have no worries of the pool popping out of the ground.
I knew an old timer that used to claim jetting a pipe in the ground like that relieved the underground pressure of the water. He would go around jetting these pipes along a foundation wall that had a leak and the leak would go away or lessen. I never was quite sure if he was on to something or not but people claimed it worked.
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after I moved from Miami to Tampa, I tried to get a contractor to sink a 2 inch irrigation well. None were willing to do anything less than 4 inch with an accompanying price hike (of course ) I read an article on how to jet a shallow well , and decided to try it. It worked, and except for the cost of the pump , cost very little
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That is an awesome way to drill a well.

Do they make well points with holes in them? That would make it even better.

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I forgot to mention that you will have to wait until the water in the pipe from jetting it drains before you take that measurement. Google drilling or jetting a shallow well , lots of info there
Did you ever get the pool straightened out ?
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That is an awesome way to drill a well.

Do they make well points with holes in them? That would make it even better.

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Unless, of course, you happen to be right over a rock.
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Unless, of course, you happen to be right over a rock.
Yes and I will add that everyplace is different when it comes to putting in a shallow well. If your really serious about doing one, I recommend going to Mikes site: http://www.drillyourownwell.com/
I have been a Well Driller since 1958 and wouldn't advise using just one method.
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After having 3 pages of responses to farmerjohns problem, it would be nice if he posted what he did to resolve the problem, including photos, Unfortunately, so many people ask for help with their problems but never give any feed back


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