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Question DetailsAsked on 5/21/2017

need small amount of fill dirt to where a few areas around recessed above ground pool caved in. How much to order

It's just where the paver around the pool caved in a little, so I'm not sure if I can order a small amount from a sand/gravel company etc..

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Well - minimum delivery charge for a small quantity if probably about $50-150 - commonly around $75-100 for guys who deliver just a pickup load of material. Plus about $10-30/CY for the material. [A cubic yard is 27 cubic feet - about 4-5 normal bathtubs full]. So - about $75-200 range commonly for a relatively small (1-3 CY) delivery. Vendor would be a Stone and Gravel delivery contractor (your Search the List category) - though probably cheaper to find a guy who delivers Mulch and Topsoil (Search the List category) using a tilt pickup, because most of the Stone and Gravel listings will be for truckers with 10-15CY trucks so for a small quantity your delivery cost will be high. (You can order any quantity you want from a Stone and Gravel hauler, but the delivery charge is usually going to be the same regardless of quantity hauled.

Your best material for this would be a driveway base material - about 1/2" - 3/4" maximum particle size, and is designed to be compacted and provide structural support. But if buying bagged materials, not available in small bags.

Of course, if you have a pickup you can go to a gravel pit or most concrete plants and buy a half yard of material (normal max load for a normal pickup like 100/1000 or 150/1500 range.)

Since you are only talking presumably some settlement of a few but not all pavers, you likely need maybe 1/8-1/2 cubic feet (NOT cubic yard) of fill per paver (assuming largish poolside pavers). In that case, you probably do not need a delivery - you can buy sacks of sand and sometimes pea gravel at home improvement and building supply places - sacks are normally about 60 pounds or about 1/2 cubic foot each, for about $3-5/bag. Unless you are looking at major collapse, I would just go with sacks - just be careful not to overload your vehicle, might have to do several trips but is the sort of job you can spread out over several weekends. I would use, if available in your area either Traction Sand (use for winter traction - is coarser and less mobile than regular multi-purpose or mason's sand) - or even pea gravel, though that costs more per bag and not available in bags in all areas. Sometimes bagged pea gravel can be found at building supply places, sometimes only at plant materials and garden centers.

One thing to bear in mind - not knowing exactly what your pool is built like - if there is any bulge in the in-ground portion of the pool at those points, don't add fill - it will just enlarge the bulge and result in ultimate collapse of the pool lining. In that case, like if the soil around the rim of the pool is collapsing into the hole, you would need to remove the pavers in question and cast a concrete rim support to replace the slumping and support the pavers. This can be done (with pool full to stiffen the lining) by putting a plastic sheet against the pool liner (if it is plastic) to avoid sticking to it and avoid abrasion, and use a dry-pack (very stiff, non-slumping low water mix) bagged concrete mix to fill in the voids and removed slumping part, leaving an inch or two space at the top (below the bottom of paver elevation for mason's or general purpose sand to bed and level the pavers in.

Contractor to do this - Handymen is you find one with that type of experience - professionally a Concrete or landscaping - Hardscaping contractor with pool paver experience.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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