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    21ft or 24ft?

    Ok, just thinking out-loud, so to speak. My back yard is tight. We got a septic system on one side, the house on the other, and a line of pines on the East side. If I follow the rules for distance from my property line and septic system (10ft from property line and 10ft from septic), I can BARELY fit a 24ft pool. It will be a snug fit. If I go with a 21ft pool, it will be no problem. Obviously I would have 1 1/2ft extra from the septic and property line. That would give a foot more away from the pine trees. (obviously 1 ft or so will make no difference in sun access, so I am not factoring that in.

    My wife says just get the 21ft and be done with it. My brain says, For only $200, it may be worth it to squeeze the 24ft in there. What are your thoughts? I usually have buyers remorse, so that is another reason for the 24ft, lol.

    Man, I am also upset I waited to get the permit. I did not realize the health inspector needs to actually see where I am putting it, pertaining to the septic. Now I can't start the excavation which I need for 3ft on one side, and I can't even order the pool, since I want to make 100% I can do it, lol. Sigh, it feels like it will be end of June before I get it setup.
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    Re: 21ft or 24ft?

    I have a 24 and that extra 1.5 feet all the way around makes a HUGE difference. I was in a friend's 18 and felt like I was in a bathtub. I say go as big as you can. But before you commit, do you want a deck around it? If so, what effect does that have on your setbacks? Might cause you some troubles if you put in a 24', want a deck, and can't due to property line issues.

    I would rather have an 18 with a place to sit than a 24' without.

    Another thought is how big are the trees now, and how big will they get? I know white pines get enormous, so if the trees have room to grow, they will quickly encroach on your pool.

    But hey, it's your $$$.
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    Re: 21ft or 24ft?

    There has never been someone on this site complaining, "I wish I had gotten the SMALLER pool."
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    Re: 21ft or 24ft?

    Quote Originally Posted by NWMNMom
    There has never been someone on this site complaining, "I wish I had gotten the SMALLER pool."
    Actually, I remember two of those. Lots and lots of larger is better, two smaller is better.
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    Re: 21ft or 24ft?

    I stand corrected! But only two, JMHO go bigger
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    Re: 21ft or 24ft?

    I would too lean towards the larger one but what you want to do as far as fencing/decking needs consideration as well. We had to have a 6 ft fence up around ours so ended up putting a small deck/walkway around ours along with some railing to meet the city requirements. If you end up doing something like that you will need the extra room on the sides.
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    Re: 21ft or 24ft?

    I have a 24ft pool and it also was a tight fit, but glad we went larger. Might have to do just a small deck, but the pool is worth it. Good luck.
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    Re: 21ft or 24ft?

    Thanks everyone. I know I would have always looked at the pool and said, "I could have fit the bigger one in here." so I finally ordered the pool. I went with the 24ft. It is pretty much exactly 10ft from my septic, and 10ft from my neighbor's property, which is code here. I plan to build a small deck and need nothing more than a small one, so that will be fine. I think it may look a little funny, being so big, in a small area, but it will look better once I am swimming in it, lol.
    14.6K gal., 24ft, 54" above ground. 2HP, 2speed Hayward pump (4psi low, 18psi hi), 150sqft cartridge filter. 4x20 solar panel (6 psi).

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