Middlesex County

Pool Water and Landscape Material Delivery

Pool Water Delivery

  • GW Obrien
    Serving Northern MA and Southern NH including Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Hollis, Hudson, NH Lowell, Nashua NH, North Chelmsford, Pepperell, Townsend, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Westford
    978-970-5955

Landscape Material Delivery

  • D and D Mulch
    597 Old Connecticut Path
    Framingham, MA 01701
    Phone: 508-620-9090
    Manager: Jeff Bangs
  • D and D Mulch
    5C Coolidge Street
    Hudson, MA 01749
    Phone: 774-804-1192

Water Volume in Above-Ground Pools

The Optimum water level in a pool is determined by the following picture. Pool heights are 52″ and 54″ (48″ being phased out) and your pool is filled to halfway up the skimmer. This provides equal parts of air and water going into your filtration system. Knowing this we can determine the optimum water volume your pool should hold for best filtration/circulation.

optimum-water-level
What water level should be

Optimum Water Volume Round Pools

Pool Size ftPool Height 52″Opt Vol 46″ (52″)Pool height 54″Opt Vol 48″ (54″)
123,6593,2373,8003,378
155,7175,0585,4375,278
188,2337,2838,5507,600
2111,2069,91311,63710,344
2414,63612,94815,19913,511
2718,52416,38719,23717,099
2819,92217,62320,68818,389
3022,86920,23123,74921,110
3326,67224,47928,73625,543
Optimum Water Volume Table Round Pools

Optimum Water Volume Oval Pools

Pool Size ftPool Height 52″Opt Vol 46″ (52″)Pool Height 54″Opt Vol 48″ (54″)
8×122,4922,2082,5482,265
12×175,2954,6945,4164,814
12×247,4766,6267,6466,796
15×2610,1248,97310,3549,204
15×3011,68210,35411,94710,620
18×3315,42013,66715,77014,018
18×4018,69116,56719,11616,992
21×4323,44120,77823,97421,310
Optimum Water Volume Table Oval Pools

Landscaping Around an Above Ground Pool

landscaping around a pool

Landscape rocks or crushed stones are most common around a pool after it’s installed.

They serve two purposes. One is they keep moisture from staying near the pool wall.

Moisture against the pool wall can cause it to rust faster. Second, when spread around the pool perimeter it creates a strong base. Pool and base become one solid structure.

The most used rocks are 3/4″ crushed stones. It can be anything you like. What you don’t want around an above-ground pool is mulch!

The mulch keeps moisture against the wall. It will cause the pool wall to rust quicker.

Peastone Gravel is the Best!

Pea-Stone
3/4 Inch crushed stone

Picture a warm summer day and the kids are in the pool playing ball. What happens every time the kids play ball in the pool? The ball ends up on the outside of the pool.

One of the kids will need to hop out and get it. The Peastone is a small 1/4 inch smooth rock. They feel good on their feet. the last thing you need is for your company to cut their toes while jumping out of the pool.

How Much Landscape material do you need?

Pool Size in ftYards Needed
15.75
181
211.25
241.5
271.75
302
12×241
15×261.25
15×301.5
18×332
18×403
Landscape Material Chart

What Goes underneath an Above-Ground Pool

Have you ever wondered what is underneath an above-ground swimming pool? I’ve been on many backyard pool visits. My customers ask me this at every backyard pool visit.

Above-ground pools must have a base material in order to withstand many tons of water weight. Mason Sand or Stone Dust is what installers use. Other accessories include Rhino Pad, Armor Guard, and or Liner Shield. These three items are GEO textile materials that protect the pool’s liner. They all lay between the liner and the base material.

What is Mason Sand?

Mason Sand comes from larger rocks like granite, trap rock, and or limestone. It’s crushed and then it goes through a screening process. It goes through the screening process twice. By doing this it creates a nice smooth consistency. It feels like beach sand or what we in the business call pool sand.

What is Stone Dust?

Stone dust is a larger rock crushed into dust. Also called Quarry dust is coarser than Mason sand. It packs like concrete and creates a hard pool base. Much like an in-ground pool base. It’s used in concrete construction. A Stone Mason will use for laying pavers.

How Much Material do we need?

These materials come in volumes of yards and or tons. We have a chart that we use to know what amount we’ll need to get for a particular size pool. See the following chart it will show you the amount we order when installing a pool.

Base Material Chart for Different Sized Pools

Pool Size in ftMason Sand YardsMason Sand TonsStone Dust YardsStone Dust Tons
1511.511.5
181.52.51.52.5
212.53.52.53.5
243.553.55
2745.545.5
3056.556.5
12×242.53.52.53.5
15×263434
15×303.553.55
18×3356.556.5
18×405.57.55.57.5
Base Material Chart