So, here I am again... middle of May in MN, gazing out at my 1/2 filled pool debating whether or not to take on the daunting task of getting it up and running. Thankfully, after seeing the transformation from last year, I am eager to take on the challenge.
As a very brief refresher (see link below for full story), I have an AG 24' pool that had been kept up with baquacil until I did the conversion to chlorine last year. To my pleasure, my pool was the much more clear and required much less maintenance than it had in the previous years. Unfortunately, 3 years ago I made the executive decision to take a summer off and left the pool half full. I did not know about the damage the sun could do to a exposed liner. SO, although my pool was very clean last year, I ended up having a number of small holes, which were very difficult to find and forced me to drain my pool down to a certain level multiple times throughout the summer. By the end of the summer I had pretty much given up on my liner.
So, my project for this spring is to put in a new liner. I am hoping someone can give me some guidance as to what this all entails. I am willing to take on this project, and I have a number of friends who are willing to help, if you folks think that this is reasonable. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated as I start to formulate a plan.
I am planning on using my actual pump to empty the pool most of the way, but are there any suggestions on a cover pump that would be a good option for further draining the pool? Are certain places better than others to buy a liner? Any special tools or considerations I need to take into account before taking on this project?
Thanks again, I am really looking forward to having a truly a "trouble free pool"!