I have a friend moving and the person who bought the house doesn't want the above ground pool. So I have a chance to get a really good deal on a bigger pool. But I know sometimes deals don't always turn out to be deals.
I think the size is about 5 feet high by about 15 feet? I'm not sure but it might be an Embassy pool like this one: http://www.embassypoolsbycarecraft.c...ft.Ellipse.pdf It is 4 years old. She got it from this place: Above Ground Swimming Pools
One of the things she mentioned is that she was trying to clean it once and had drained it or part of it. She couldn't resolve whatever the problem was so she called the pool company who had installed it, about a week and a half after she drained it. They told her that with the type of liner she had, it wasn't good for it not be in water and it changes shape or something. So she had to replace the liner, which was $400. I'm going to call the pool company and talk about this liner thing. If I take the pool, obviously, I would have to drain the pool so that liner will be dry for a few days, which I imagine would be fine. I guess I could leave it soaking in my little 10 X 30 Easy Set Intex while I get the frame set up.
She has a new pump but she is using chemicals instead of salt so I need to find out if I can use salt with the pump as I hope to move to salt. And I imagine this pump would be way too powerful for my little pool.
I just finished finally successfully creating a level spot for my Easy Set 10 X 30 pool and set up the pool last weekend. That has been a summer project for several weeks in the heat so I'm not sure I want to jump back into a leveling project. Or at the least I would want to take a weekend off from that. I could also hire someone to make a level spot for me but that is probably going to be out of my budget. On the other hand this is a nice pool and would be year round.
My original plan was to create a level pad during the winter for an Intex 15 X 48 pool, taking my time in cooler weather, and then buy it whenever I catch it on sale, which will probably be next June. If I take this deal from my friend, it would be nice if I could wait a a bit to set this one up but it sounds like I won't be able to preserve the liner. My Powerball ticket was not the winner last night...I'm on a different income than my friend. So replacing a $400 liner is a bigger expense for me than for her. On the other hand, if the frame is going to last for many years, I imagine it would be worth the expense.
I would likely break down the pool myself and put it back up. She mentioned the pool company might take it down and put it up for me, which would be more money. But after some reading tonight, I wonder if it might be under warranty and if so, then maybe I have to let them set it up or else that warranty is voided.
Any thoughts on used pools? What is the life expectancy? I guess it depends on the brand? I'm worried I might be setting myself up for some unexpected financial expenses, especially with getting it set up. Is it more expensive to maintain a more expensive pool? It's hard to pass up such a great deal but maybe that's the best choice for me. She mentioned she had offered it to another friend who, after thinking about it, decided it was not the right time for them to take on the expense.