Your site rocks! I have been lurking around for a few weeks now and just recently joined. I have learned tons from reading all your posts and all the great help you guys give each other. I will be reading pool school quite a few times as i see reference after reference to it.
We just bought our 16' round Intex at lowes, wife works there and it was a price we couldnt pass up so my Dad bought it for us (well our 3 yr old, grandpa's little girl).
I havent started leveling anything yet but understand that as close to perfect level as possible is the goal for these soft sided pools. Plan is to level as best I can on the dirt after I dig the grass out. Then do a thin bed of sand for a nice smooth surface and final leveling (I plan on tamping the slightly dampened sand to pack it as best I can). Then some 3/4" foam insulation board, not the expanded polystyrene, i cant remember the name of the good extruded stuff you guys have posted up but I may need to special order it as it doesnt seem to be a normal stock item here in CA. I have to make sure to tape all the seams. I hope that using foam boards will extending the life of the liner as long as possible. Okay then, how should I layer the items going under the pool and is it worth using the tarp provided with the pool? Sand then tarp then foam then another tarp??? How do you guys go about getting the wrinkles out of the liner as you fill?
I am going to be using all the factory equipment for this first season at least and maybe try to upgrade items later on as I can. I am going to try to scrape together enough to order one of the nice test kits you guys all mention. Since my plan is to use the supplied equipment is there a concern with the stock filter element? I read a post on here where one of the guys said they supply disposable paper filters.
Okay, enough rambling. Thank you all in advance for your input and help as well as all the information I have already learned just reading your guys stuff!
oh, one last question... if i set up initially as a chlorine pool can i switch later on to a salt water generator.