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Thread: Looking at first ABG pool. Opinions please!

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    Looking at first ABG pool. Opinions please!

    Ok, so we just purchased our home last summer, and are looking to add an above ground pool for this summer. Our backyard is relatively small and we already have a wooden playset/swing set in the backyard. So, I have been looking around and I am considering this one from walmart. ... ifications

    Now, from reading through the forum I see that the Intex Ultra is a very popular choice. However it is also about $150 dollars more. Given my limited budget would I be better off going with the 15 x 48 and using the savings to upgrade my pump, or is there some advantage to the 16 x 48 ultra that I am not considering? My local Sams Club also offers an 18' which looks more comparable to the Intex Ultra for $399 (same price as the 16 x 48 ultra). ... rod1830025

    Any advice that you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I believe in spending a little extra to do things right the first time, but I also don't want to spend money that I don't need to. I am considering leaving the pool up year round, as we are in Houston and the weather is condusive to swimming for a good portion of the year here.

    16' Intex Ultra Frame
    Intex Sand Filter / SWG Combo (2150 GPH pump, 14 lb. sand filter)

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    crookm11's Avatar
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    Jun 2010
    Copperas Cove, Texas

    Re: Looking at first ABG pool. Opinions please!

    Welcome to TFP!

    I would say that pretty much all of the seasonal pools like the intex and other brands are about the same. The only difference is the pump and filters that come with these pools are the main problems with them. The ultra frame by intex I think are popular because they come with much better pumps/filters than the other models. People that come to TFP are all the same, We all want the best looking water our pools can give us!!! With that being said daily water testing, water circulation, and water filtration are the keys to achieving that goal. I would get the pool that is within your budget and then upgrade the pump and filter when you can.

    Mark Crook
    13,500 Gallon 24' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame
    Intex Sand Filter and Pump, Intex SWG (All hard PVC plumbed)
    TFTestKit-100---Pool School---The Pool Calculator
    Location: Copperas Cove, Texas --- My Pool Build---Useful Links for Intex Pool Owners

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    mcoonan's Avatar
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    Aug 2008
    Mendota Heights, MN

    Re: Looking at first ABG pool. Opinions please!

    You may want to look in Craigslist for your area, I have seen brand new pools go for less than 1/2 retail price.
    Try to search additional area around you. Sometimes a drive saves alot of money!
    Intex Ultra 18' x 52" AG 6,981 Gal.
    3 - 2'x20' solar panels
    Hayward XStream 1500 Cart Filter
    Hayward 1-1/2 HP 2-speed Superpump
    Aquabot Pool Rover
    2-Softub 300 hot tubs (yup just got one for the lake)
    TF Test Kit Doing the BBB for 7 years
    Medota Heights,Minnesota

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