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Thread: Purchased Intex 18' easy-set inflatable... what now?

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    Mar 2011
    Clearwater, FL

    Purchased Intex 18' easy-set inflatable... what now?


    So I decided on the easy-set 18' pool. I'm hoping to get 3 years out of it and then maybe upgrade to a hard pool if we still want one. I purchased a SWG also and I am planning on getting 1 or 2 of those solar water heating panels 2' x 20' black tubing and putting them on the roof of my house.

    My lawn is quite flat but I plan on leveling it out anyway. Is sand good enough or does anyone have a better solution? Then I was planning on putting crushed rock around the pool to keep back the weeds.

    Do I need a tarp under the pool? I was looking for a round tarp so I wouldn't have to look at it but not having much luck. I'm not sure if I even need a tarp... or can I get away with something else like thick plastic?

    Thanks for any advice
    21K gal kidney shape in-ground pool
    Hayward C1200 filter
    Single speed pump

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    Apr 2009

    Re: Purchased Intex 18' easy-set inflatable... what now?

    I would stay away from the crushed rock idea on a soft sided pool. For a tarp you can just cut it to size or a cheap 18' round winter cover could work well as a tarp too. A 3-4" sand base would be great for fine tuning leveled ground and imo would negate the need for a tarp. My AGP pool liner sits on top of sand w/o any issue, but do check the Intex install instructions and warranty requirements.

    Here is a nice little intex thread

    24'x52" AGP (13,500 Gallons), Intex SWG, (2)Solar Bear 4x20 panels, Hayward S220T Filter, 1/2hp Pentair Superflo

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