Situation: Absolute first timer that knows nada about pools except what I've read in recent weeks. My son is 2 years old & loves the water. I hate those little dinky kiddie pools that get so nasty so fast & want to put in a simple, easy, small pool with a good filter that will last me for at least 3 seasons. From what I've read & heard I think I'd like to have a SWG instead of using bleach (after reading up on the BBB method of course!). I'm the kind of person that doesn't mind spending a bit extra to do something right and do it right the first time.
Location: Central Georgia
Product sitting in my garage: Intex 10'x30" inflatable ring job (1018 gallons).
Sooo with all the above in mind here is my current thoughts on this process.
I'm going to clear myself out about a 12x12 square of property (rock hard Georgia red clay), set up a single layer of 4x6's around this, level the inside, fill that in with sand for an inch or two, tamp the heck out of it, put down a layer of the pink insulation foam stuff & duct tape it, put the pool down & partially fill it, smooth out the bottom & then fill er up, put down a bit of mulch between the bordering wood and the edge of the pool just to make things look nice. I'll have a cover that will stay on the pool about 70% of the time. It'll only come off when someone is in the pool basically.
Here's the more tricky part & what I think will be the more expensive bit. I've already been told by Intex customer support that I need a larger filter/pump than the one which is packaged with the 10x30 pool (this is to do the whole SWG option). Intex has an easy route here to get their SWG and an upgraded pump & use those. BUT I've seen plenty of comments where folks don't think the Intex pumps are worth a flip. I'm considering some kind of sand filter & pump set up as well. I don't have a dedicated electrical set up for this. I would like to have a system that I can just plug up via extension cord to a standard outdoor electrical outlet. That part isn't a show stopper - I can handle running some wiring if I can't get around it but something I can just plug in would be much preferred.
What I am looking for are comments on the above plan of attack, suggestions on products that I should go with, experiences, things to watch out for as I go into this; basically any constructive advice the experienced folk on the board can offer. Particularly advice in regard to the Intex pools and using "aftermarket" filters & SWG.
Thanks in advance for any help you kind folks around here can offer me!