Hello. I've been lurking here for a long time - excellent source of information - and have learned a lot. My water got horrible cloudy green while setting up my 6300 gallon 18' Intex above-ground pool this year. I added water slowly, making darn sure everything was straight because some of the poles slipped off of the concrete blocks last year. I also built a deck and PVC ladder, & added a skimmer. The water was so bad, and then my salt-water generator died, so I've been taking advice from the experts here, got a test kit & a ton of bleach, and it's slowly getting better. Pics of the pool are below. I put in a concrete pad around the corner (and out of site) for my 2650 gph sand pump. I also plan to add a "rainbow" water fall, but haven't gotten there yet. Been shocking the pool for the last few days.
Anyway, Howdy from Texas!
Old cartridge filter and new sand pump. This is where the saltwater generator will go when Intex ships me the warranty replacement.
Skimmer basket & main drain, each with a PVC ball valve. The plan is to use the main drain for vacuuming.
The ladder is done, but I've got a big piece of wood on it temporarily to keep the kids out. I still need to figure out an easier way to "close" the pool so curious toddlers don't drown. My puppy did a good job posing for the picture. You can also see my make-shift pool brush, which is a big piece of PVC, a swivel mop, and a couple of tie-straps.