Out of curiosity, I've recently been looking at the do-it-yourself inground kits available from different sellers on the 'net (i.e. like from Nationalpoolwholesalers, though I wouldn't necessarily buy from them in particular). This might be a project I would consider doing in the next year or two.
Has anyone here purchased and installed one of these kits themselves? Just going by their video, the install doesn't look that complicated in terms of skills needed (i.e. wiring, plumbing, excavation, and concrete work) - in theory, it would allow us to install a much larger pool than we otherwise would be able to afford due to the fact that we can do almost all the work ourselves.
I was just wondering about the downside, i.e. if the kits are worth the price in terms of materials used and whether the kits would have longevitiy issues with the liners, walls, etc. I'm sure the kit filters and pumps are probably lower end, which would be a strike against unless I could find a kit which would allow me to buy without and add my own choices. Additionally, would polymer or steel walls be better in such a kit? Obviously, the polymer won't rust or corrode but I wonder whether it would have the strength of a kit using steel walls. There would also be the issue of liner replacement - down the road, how hard would it be to obtain a replacement liner when it becomes necessary?
Any and all opinions welcomed.