hey everyone. we do 10,000' or more of pavers a year, but we hardly ever do them around pools. we have consistantly poured a concrete skirt around the pool (3' all around,) then installed our 1" of sand and then pavers. we dont do any gunite pools, only inground vinyl with poly walls. this is the way our pool guys have always had us do them. we are in the northwest (spokane) and do get a lot of freeze/thaw, so this is why i havent done it any other way. now that i do more research, i see a lot of people dont do this. can we hand compact all around the pool, gravel, compact, lay sand, compact, pave, compact? its about a $60,000 pool, and i am not trying to cut corners, but i do want to save them some money and labor. so please, anyone with EXPERIENCE let me know what you have done. thanks.