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Thread: Upgrading Intex 12'x30" Metal Frame Pool

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    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Scott City, KS

    Question Upgrading Intex 12'x30" Metal Frame Pool

    Setting up this pool for the 2nd season, and I've decided to perform some slight upgrades.

    First, my pool is near large trees and I'm in Kansas where the wind blows, so - even with a good cover - debris is always an issue. For that reason, I'm investing in a Hayward Skimmer as well as the Intex 1,500gph pump. Please bear with my "newbie" questions. I live in a rural area and have to order all parts and supplies in, so I want to make sure I order everything I'm going to need.

    My pool uses 1.25 inch hoses, and has dual water outlets and a single water inlet. I know I have to convert/adapt to the 1.5 inch connections on the new pump. What I cannot tell from the pictures online, is whether pump connections are male or female? I'm assuming they are male, but someone please set me straight if I'm wrong.

    Also, it looks like the connector at the bottom of the skimmer is 1.5 inch male.

    Assuming all of the above is correct, what's the best route to take? Do I keep using my existing 1.25 inch hoses, and purchase adapters? If I go this route, it looks like I'd need three Intex hose adapters (1 for skimmer, 1 for pump inlet, and one for pump outlet).

    I'm guessing the most obvious alternative is to purchase 1.5 inch hose, and either adapt it down to 1.25 for the connections to the pool inlet and outlet. Or do I go crazy with the box-cutter and replace all the fittings on the side of my pool? Just how risky is that? And, also, what are the best 1.5 inch inlets/outlets to use as replacements?

    Thanks in advance for any advice you can give.

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    Re: Upgrading Intex 12'x30" Metal Frame Pool

    I put a couple of pictures and descriptions of how I modified my pool in this thread (post #7):

    Under Construction - Coleman 18' x 48" Above Ground Pool (6200 gal)
    Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump, 14", 2800 GPH
    Sioux City, IA

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    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Stockholm, Sweden

    Re: Upgrading Intex 12'x30" Metal Frame Pool

    I recommend the box cutter approach. It is really easy to cut new/larger holes in the liner. The risk is close to zero if you take care. When I purchased a separate 1500 pump/sandfilter package, new larger connectors were included. If that is not the casewith yours, these are what you need.
    Large Strainer - Intex

    the pump connector is male and takes a female/nut on the connecting hose. The skimmer has a 1,5" female connector and comes with a male adapter to hose that can be used with a hose clamp. Or better, get a 1,5" male to pipe adapter and glue on to 1,5" pipe or flex-PVC.
    Intex Ultra Frame 24'x12'x52" (732cm x 366cm) rectangular pool
    Intex SF80220RC (1600 GPH) pump/sandfilter
    Intex SF10220 (1050 GPH) pump/sandfilter driving the
    Intex Automatic Pool Cleaner
    Intex 8220 ECO SWG, Brilix XHP100 9kW heatpump

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