i just wanted to let ya'll know how i solved my leveling problem. i constructed an 18' box around the pool area perimeter, making sure all the boards of the box were level and then skimmed the surface over & over filling in dirt here & there until the area was level. it wasnt easy but i got it done! sorry i didnt respond earlier, i had a death in the family & wasnt able to return to work for sometime (my only access to a computer)& wasnt able to read dodgemans response to my plea for help with the water level. thanks dodgeman just the same!!