I have a very small (15 X 30) Intex metal frame pool. Tiny, but it keeps me cool in the Texas heat. I am getting ready to set it back up for the season and want to make some changes. As last year was my first time owning and operating a pool, I feel I have learned quite a bit (mostly from following the awesome advice found on this site) and I am ready to take the next step to upgrade using the materials I currently have.
Current Set Up:
My current set up came with the crummy 500GPH pump/filter combo. Halfway through the summer it started to give out and I ordered a 1000 GPH pump/filter combo. Turns out the original 500GPH wasn't really crapping out, it just sucked! So I modified some things and was able to run them both.
Original wall outlet by original hose to the 1000GPH pump, returned to pool over the wall by original hose connected to PVC with adjustable ball switch for fountain and spigot.
Original inlet was switched to become an outlet, connected by hose to 500GPH pump, back to pool over the wall with hose connected to PVC dropped to the bottom of the pool for circulation.
Both the 500GPH and 1000GPH pumps use the 1 1/4 inch intex hose.
I want to add a skimmer and upgrade my hoses/inlets/outlets.
My hope is that the skimmer will cut down on the amount of floating materials (bugs, leaves, etc), thereby reducing my maintenance, and I would like to be able to use a vacuum connected to one of the pumps (instead of the battery operated vacuum I currently use).
Seeking Help With:
I am seeking help with what changes I should make and what methods I should use for making such changes. I know there are many options available and I would like to know what suggestions and experiences my fellow Intex folks can offer.
I am willing and even hoping to upgrade the inlet/outlet size on the pool itself (as the original inlet has a small leak anyway) and I am not afraid to cut into my liner, so I welcome suggestions for what materials to use to upgrade those with. Should I go with the bigger Intex fittings or is there another brand that is out there that might work better?
I am also willing to cut into the liner to install a through-the-wall skimmer, and I don't mind using the over-the-wall skimmer by Intex either.
I do not desire to run the pumps parallel. I would like to keep them on separate loops.
I guess it all comes down to plumbing and fitting sizes, as well as placement of the skimmer. The current pumps run on the 1 1/4 inch hose, but I have ordered the Intex B adapters (if I need them for any changes). As mentioned above, I currently have a combo of flex hose and PVC, and I would like to keep it that way if possible.
All ideas and suggestions are welcome! Thanks so much