Summer Fun and Structural Integrity
June 27, 2014 8:31 AM Subscribe
So I'm the proud owner of a new above-ground swimming pool
. I set it up in the corner of my building's rooftop and filled it with water. Everything's perfect, but there's one nagging thought: should I be worried about the floor not holding up?
posted by Silky Slim to Grab Bag (28 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I live in Tel Aviv, Israel. My building is from the 1930's or '40s.
The pool is 10 ft. (3 meters) in diameter, and the water's about 2 ft. (60 cm) deep. So according to my calculations, the thing weighs around 4 metric tons right now. On one hand, that's as much as... well, a 4-ton truck, which sounds like a lot; On the other hand, it's also about as much as the weight of 50 people, which seems trivial.
I don't know the layout of the apartment underneath. For obvious reasons, I'd rather not consult the neighbors who live there... or my landlord, for that matter.
Yeah, I guess I should have done more homework before actually doing this... But now it's up, everything seems okay and I'd obviously like to be able to enjoy it for the rest of the summer.
So... How much weight are roofs of this kind designed to support?
On a scale of one to ten, how worried should I be?