Hi, I am a newbie to the forum. I registered because I was searching around the forum and found it to be a GREAT SITE for learning how to take care of pools.
I have been using Intex Pools (18' X 48") (the one with a air ring around it) round pools for about 8 years now. This year we bought a new 18' X 52" Intex Ultra frame pool because it gives us more room than the air ring Intex pool. I re-leveled out the ground threw 2 tarps over the ground and lay-ed indoor out door carpet over that and set up the pool. Unfortunately after filling the pool overnight we found a leak in four different places on the carpet, don't know were the water came from as we could not find water leaking anywhere except for wet carpet. I had close to 5,000 gallons of water in it before we found this, so I am draining the water and have to wait 8:30 Pacific time (which is a three hour difference) to find out what Intex is going to do about it.
I have been using these pools with a Pentair sand filter (100 lbs of sand) with a 3/4 horsepower Hayward pump. Has been working great all these years, but later in the summer I would get that spot algae in it. Water was getting up to 88 degrees last summer, but kept on shocking it and water stayed clear.
I see browsing around the forum it gives plenty of tips for solving problems. Thanks all of you that started this site for inexperienced people like me.