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Question DetailsAsked on 5/22/2016

I need 1 ton of sand deliver to racine WI 53406

Need the sand for underneath our swimming pool so that it levels off the ground and is nice and soft for underneath our pool

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I hope this is an above-ground pool you are talking about, because for an inground pool that is generally not a suitable finish surface material. Even for an above-ground pool, I would roll it well or better yet run a plate compactor over the damp surface to provide a hard, compact surface - because if you leave it loose and "soft" you can get creases and detents in the pool liner that can cause eventual tearing.

And if for under a pool liner, expeically if your pool odes not have a separate liner sheet under it, use a mason's sand, not a coarse "tube" sand or traction sand - you do not want coarse sharp particles in it.

For that small amount, while a small Stone and Gravel contractor could certainly deliver it (and possibly a Mulch and Topsoil contractor also), likely to run $100 or more delivery charge in addition to the sand cost.

I would either get yourself or borrow a friend with a trailer or pickup - maybe a few trips if you have a car or SUV rather than a pickup - in 50 or 60# bags (usually 0.4 or 0.5 cubic foot volume) at local lumberyard, home improvement center, most plant centers - or call a few and find out their delivery charge - commonly about $50-75, probably cheaper than having a normal sand and gravel provider bring a dump truck with only 1 ton of material. Bagged sand is more expensive than bulk of course, but generally easier to move from drive to where you need it, and in small quantities can be cheaper after delivery costs are figured.

Note - 1 ton is not much - roughly 16 to at most 20 cubic feet, so a 1 inch thickness would cover roughly 240 square feet spread out - about a 12x20 pool. Depending on how even your surface is, you might get away with 1/2 inch thickness.

And be sure there is no concentrated surface runoff that could run under the pool and erode the sand. A good way to minimize that risk is take a strip of filter fabric (available in small bags) about 2-3 feet wide and lay it out around the sand perimeter and extending half wdith beyond (sand should be at least 6 inches beyond pool boundary for support), put the sand down, then fold the remaining half of the fabric back over the sand and bury it in the surface before laying the pool out - to retain the sand at the edge.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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