Setting up an Intex Pool for Summer | InTheSwim Pool Blog10 Jun 2014 ... right-way The Right Way: Place a stake at center point, and use a long string to spray paint a border that is 1ft larger than your pool. Use a line level on the string to measure for level at 12-36 points around the pool. Use flat shovels or a sod cutter machine to remove turf, and lower the high spots. Add a one inch layer of ... If you are digging out more than a foot, you may want to think about constructing a small timber or block retaining wall to direct water around the pool.