So I was offered a free pool from some of my parents friends and I got this great idea to dig a hole and install it mostly inground. My wife wasn't so sure but I was confident that I could make it work. I dug the hole just before hurricane season and sure enough, it holds water! Perfect, now I just have to wait for it to dry and take the pieces of pool and put it all together in the hole. Well after a year (yeah my wife wasn't happy) all of the planets began line up and I'm finally moving forward with this install. I have pics and will upload them later but right now I have a question about the pump and filter.
My pump and filter will be about 12 ft from the pool and just above the height of the pool. I'm using hard plumbing one center main drain and a skimmer. I have valves to use just the main, just the skimmer or both; valves to run through the filter or bypass it and one exhaust port(?). With the pump and filter being higher than the pool will I have any problems with back flow? Do I need any special valves or take any certain precautions with the placement of the plumbing?
I really look forward to everyones experienced opinions on this site and will post pics of this install from ground breaking to lounging with a cool one (even if it is next summer!). Thanks, please advise.
edit: here's how the hole looked for WAY to long!