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    Choices for AGP

    I am looking at pool packages for AGP, 21'. Most packages include a single speed pump/sand filter. From my reading it seems a 2 speed pump would be better, and that a cartridge cleaner may also be better. Thoughts? What would you do if you were doing it again?
    Also any absolutely do's or don't on the type of pool? Steel vs aluminum walls, etc.
    Looking at AGP, probably 21', comparing and agonizing over choices.

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    Re: Choices for AGP

    Cartridge filter upgrade if you can. 2 speed pump is pretty versatile, but not needed. It it could save you a few bucks in electricity and the high speed helps run the vacuum or whatever you might need more power for.
    Michigan - 24'x54" AG, approx 15,000g, 2 center drains, Cartridge filter, Aqua Pro 2hp, 2 speed pump 3.5a@1725w / 10.5a@3450w, AquaCal TropiCal T90 heat pump, Hayward Salt & Swim SWG, Poolskim, Aquabot Rover Jr.

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    Re: Choices for AGP

    I would buy a Doughboy pool. I put one in 30 years ago at my parents house and it is still standing. The sand filter is still original also.
    Inground 22k gallon gunite 15x31 main pool, 15x7 wading pool/sunning deck, hot tub/with overflow (9' octagon with limestone top) & slide NSWG, Aqua Blue Pebble Sheen
    Filter dual cartridge Sta-rite 450sq/ft, TF-100 Test Kit
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    Auto pool cover, Polaris 280 auto pool cleaner, Jandy AqualinkRS8 Remote Control System

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    Re: Choices for AGP

    Tnjane... I can only speak for myself and my experiences over the last 4 seasons... but im a bit pedantic about my water being crystal clear.
    I started off with an intex pump and sand filter and it was pathetic.... i changed to a 24" sand filter and bigger hp pump but i was still not happy with small sediment/ dust that kept accumulating in the bottom of the pool... so i bit the bullet and bought a cartrige filter.... hot ****... no dust... and water has remained crystal ever since....
    Now... it worked for me... but others may have had a different experience.
    Its up to you.... but IMHO.... cartridge filter are almost as good as a DE filter these days...

    intex ultra frame round pool 6831g totally hard plumbed with hayward variable speed pump and jandy cs150 cartridge filter... plus a solar heating roof system with a .75 onga pump and 24" sand filter.

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    Re: Choices for AGP

    If I could have a do over I'd go bigger... we have a 21 round AGP. Also have a cartridge filter love it, easy to use.. would also have gotten steps right away instead of ladder.
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    10,400k, AG 21 round, 1.0HP Waterway pump cartridge filter. TF-100

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    Re: Choices for AGP

    A lot depends on how long you want this pool to last, at the bargain basement end there are a LOT of people that have modded Intex pools and are very happy with them. You can buy a 22 ft wide, by 52 inch deep Intex Ultraframe for under $900 online, add your own choice of small 1.5 HP 2 speed pump for above ground pools for under $300, and a decent cartridge filter for $250 (or maybe under $200 for a sand filter and sand) a Hayward above ground pool skimmer for $50, about another $50 in PVC pipe, glue, and adapters, then it is just up to you to decide on things like pool steps, ladders, decking, etc. Sure it is not as durable as some of the other option, but if you plan on just keeping this pool until the kids are grown a Intex Ultra-Frame may be just what you need.

    All total this together could give you a reasonable pool in this size class for under $1,700 not counting ground prep. Sure it will not last like some of the major brands, but not everyone wants a pool for life. Maybe you do, maybe you don't maybe if you start off with the Intex you will decide you want a larger pool for life, ....
    Indoor 20x40 35,000 gallon vinyl pool with 1.5 HP 2 speed Jandy FloPro pump, Hayward EC75 Perflex DE filter, 11 4x12 Techno-Solis solar panels w/ Aquasolar controller, Aquabot Turbo T Robot Cleaner. Also LMI metering chlorine dispenser pump and HotSpring Jetsetter
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    Re: Choices for AGP

    Thanks, Smitty! I do want clear water -- and less work if possible!

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    Thanks! This pool is for me and I hope it will last 30 years -- which will probably outlast me!

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    you would go bigger than 21'? The pool would be just for me most of the time. I had considered an oval but decided against it because of the expense and reading that they were more difficult structurally.
    Looking at AGP, probably 21', comparing and agonizing over choices.

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    I want it to last as long as I do! It is for me, a granny, and my dogs who like to swim, and occasionally the grandkids.
    Looking at AGP, probably 21', comparing and agonizing over choices.

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    it's just me I love to float... sometimes the DD and then the grandkid mostly me...lol
    10,400k, AG 21 round, 1.0HP Waterway pump cartridge filter. TF-100

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    Re: Choices for AGP

    I have a 24' X 52" steel wall. We put a deck on the side and have gotten a lot of service from that. Agree about going with steps vs a ladder,especially for older folks. With the deck and steps it makes entry and exit easier and safer.
    14,000 gallon above ground 24ftx56in round vinyl overlap liner steel wall sand filter 1/2 hp pump heavy lime in city water morning shade

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    Re: Choices for AGP

    I've had two Doughboys at both homes I've lived in. Both were bought used, the one we have now was from Craigslist for $1000. I wouldn't buy anything but Doughboy. They are made to last forever. If I had to do anything over it would be to dig deeper than what we did. You can see our build in my signature. It was a muddy mess when we bought it, already tore down. Definitely had to have a vision.
    28ft Doughboy AG 18,000 Gallons installed July 2014 / Pentair SD60 Sand Filter / Baracuda Ranger Vacuum / Pentair Aqualuminator / TF100 Test Kit / Hot Springs Envoy Hot Tub
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