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    To those with oval above ground pools

    Do you ever regret/wish you had installed a round pool instead?

    And, vice versa???

    Thoughts?

    Christine
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    NOPE! Oval fit my back yard much better, looks better with a deck down one side, and it is longer so you can get farther away from people in an oval!
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    No regrets here. The oval is a better fit in my yard but even if I could accommodate a round pool it's not what I'd want. I just prefer the oval with a deck.
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    A round pool would not fit in our backyard. No regrets!
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    No not at all!
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    I wish my pool was oval... :~}
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
    Year 3 BBB -15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame - Was using (2) 1000gph Intex cartridge filters (see Full time pumping Intex). 2012, converted to 1600gph and sand filter+SWG = Sand filter love affair!
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    Actually I love our 27 ft round pool, I like the consistent diameter being large rather than with alot of the oval pools you may only have a 16 foot width or so. But I can understand property constrictions at the same time, it's not an issue in this case though.

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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    An oval fit better in my yard, but oval was our first choice anyway. I like that we can swim laps. I can tell the noisy splashing kiddos to take it down the other end too. The rounds seem to get a better value for the money though.
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    Former Pool:Buster Crabbe resin and steel 30'x15' oval 52" ABG pool Pentair sand dollar filter 1.5 Pentair Dynamo pump13,500 gallons

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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    I can't see regretting one over the other, once you get a pool in your too busy enjoying it.
    The one thing I could see someone regretting is size, in that you might wish you got a bigger model.
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    Oval pool owners, did you do the installation yourself?
    18 X 54 Round-Wilbar-Sharkline Above Ground Tahitian
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    Self Installed 6/09
    Crushed by Irene, and a 50ft oak 8/28/11
    Re installing 4/12 and up and running

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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    I did not do the installation. We had the pool store where we purchased the store handle the installation.
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    We seriously considered an oval pool, for a while it was what we were getting. I knew I would be installing it, I did ALOT of research on installation and in the end came to the difficult decision that it was simply more than I could do and I don't regret that decision.
    I'm a pretty handy guy and not afraid to tackle tough jobs but to me installing an oval was simply more work, and complexity, than I could handle, especially for a first pool install. That was the final decision on oval versus round, also, the local prices for pool installs are ridiculous.
    I'm not saying it's impossible to do, but the volume of dirt to remove/add is significant and the wall bracing system looked challenging.

    If your planning to do an oval install yourself there are lots of videos out there showing how to do it, additionally if you go to most major pool manufacturers you can download pool manuals (for initial research the model is irrelevant) and you can study what is involved with putting up an oval.

    My personal recommendation: if you want an oval and if you can afford it - get a good pool installer, if you can't (and you want an oval) make sure you fully study the install process.
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    Quote Originally Posted by christine19720
    Oval pool owners, did you do the installation yourself?
    This is a good question. As cramer mentioned you need to be a pretty sharp do-it-yourselfer to do an oval. It wouldn't scare me away, but I if I was the one doing it, I would need to study it a bit (I love a challenge). I like round, engineering wise it is the right shape for strength! Both types can have deep ends!
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    Did not install it ourselves. The terrain was tricky and required a small backhoe and grader. Even in a less challenging environment we would have hired a contractor. We're pretty handy but this is a project beyond our scope and skills. We might replace the liner when that time comes, but even that is a "might".
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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    I did the installation of our 15x30 AGP, but it took a lot longer than I expected, working on it evenings and weekends. I ended up taking 2 seasons to finish, but the family loves it now that it is completed. I also did hard 2" plumbing with 80 gpm DE filter and .75HP pump. Solar is not in yet and will be finished in about a month.

    Only issue I have is to much flow capacity for the 1.5" fittings that came with the pool, causing the skimmer to suck air and making a really powerful jet from the return. Right now I am keeping the pool really full to keep the skimmer from sucking air, and took the eyeball out of the return to tame that beast. Contemplating my options of a 2 speed motor upgrade to the pump, and/or adding another skimmer and return. Leaning towards changing the motor anyway, not sure if I want to add more holes to our pool or not yet.

    Mike

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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    Looks like we are going to go with the 24X54 round Tahitian. And, once again we are going to self install it in the spring when the ground is soft. Hopefully, we will just be able to order just the pool walls, liner, uprights top and bottom railing because the pump, filter hoses, etc. are all still intact.
    That is after we remove the 8 other trees.

    Thanks everyone for your input!

    Christine
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    Stainless steel access panel/ 1.5 hp pump
    Self Installed 6/09
    Crushed by Irene, and a 50ft oak 8/28/11
    Re installing 4/12 and up and running

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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    Are you removing trees in the location where you're going to place the pool? I ask because any "hole" you dig will settle over time even without thousands of gallons of water pushing down on the area. More so if a pool is atop it. Removing a stump creates quite a disturbance to the soil. I just wanted to point this out in case you hadn't considered it.
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
    Year 3 BBB -15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame - Was using (2) 1000gph Intex cartridge filters (see Full time pumping Intex). 2012, converted to 1600gph and sand filter+SWG = Sand filter love affair!
    Don't waste time and energy looking for a better value on test kits, the TF100 is the best deal around. I did the looking and spent the extra money, but you don't have to make the same mistake. Just go here: TFTestkits. I use Pool Calculator for min/max, and shocking chlorine levels.

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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    The trees are located on the perimeter of the property, not where the pool will be installed. Basically, we are putting it in the same place the old pool is/ was because all the wiring, pump, filter are already there. But, less trees mean less tree mess in the pool so we can go with a larger pool. We do realize that we will have to basically start over when it comes to excavating, though. The upside is it seems we just installed the pool in 09 so how to do it is all fresh in our memory. Only this time, thankfully, I have convinced hubby to use a bobcat instead of digging it all out with hand shovels.....
    That is if the insurance adjusters ever make their way here...
    BTW, this is what it used to look like. I remember disliking this picture because there was 1 leaf in the pool LOL!!!
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    18 X 54 Round-Wilbar-Sharkline Above Ground Tahitian
    Stainless steel access panel/ 1.5 hp pump
    Self Installed 6/09
    Crushed by Irene, and a 50ft oak 8/28/11
    Re installing 4/12 and up and running

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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    Kind of sad ...that was a nice looking pool you had. Since you are getting the bobcat anyways, how about a deep end?
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: To those with oval above ground pools

    That pool looks much happier without the tree in it...

    Lame way to get a bigger pool, sorry to see you dealing with that mess. Is the insurance going to pay for the new pool larger size and all?
    Where kids swim in 54 degree water, turn blue, and giggle happily cuz they got a POOL!
    Year 3 BBB -15' x 48" Intex Metal Frame - Was using (2) 1000gph Intex cartridge filters (see Full time pumping Intex). 2012, converted to 1600gph and sand filter+SWG = Sand filter love affair!
    Don't waste time and energy looking for a better value on test kits, the TF100 is the best deal around. I did the looking and spent the extra money, but you don't have to make the same mistake. Just go here: TFTestkits. I use Pool Calculator for min/max, and shocking chlorine levels.

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