First let me say I am new here, and so far I have found this site to be about the most informative I have ever been to, it is awesome....
I have never been a fan of paying to use a website, but this site is so impressive in several ways, first as stated fully loaded with actual useful information, and organized where you can find what you need, and the fact that it is totally free to access all this wonderful information with no hidden gotcha's, I am planning to become a supporter....
OK with all that out of the way let's get to the good stuff, lol.
We bought a 16' Quick Set pool from Wally World 4 years ago, and it was not very impressive, however it did serve its purpose, lol, it gave us a way to get out of the house on the hot summer days here in Mo., and cool off thus reducing the need to run the AC so much, which resulted in MUCH lower power bills.
We have had such a mild winter and off to an early spring so we thought we would get the pool put up and filled ahead of schedule, well when we dug it out we found the critters have chewed some BIG holes all over it, sighs...sooooooooo time for a new pool...as much as we can't really afford to buy a new pool this year, I am actually kinda glad, (like I said, was not real fond of the Quick Set style), it was a royal pain to clean, and you don't get the full use with the design...
Anyway since we are gonna have to buy a new one, we are going to go with the Intex 22' x 52" Ultra Frame Pool, Wally World has them for $699.00 right now, plus I am going to add the Heritage Wide Mouth Pool Skimmer, just one for now but may consider a second one down the road, winks.
Disclaimer here: I have pics uploaded to Photobucket, but not sure if I can embed them inside a thread, so for now I will go ahead and insert them the way I knnow how, (I am all for reducing bandwidth on the site server).
OK so let's talk new pool here
We are planning to build a deck on the back of the house and have it wrap around the pool when we are finished, (this is going to take a couple of years to complete so this thread will go on and on and on, LOL).
First let's start with some pics of the site where the old pool was, when we first set it up we had it too close to the house so we started the setup by adding dirt to move it out another 4' or so, (give room to start building the deck this year).
OK I didn't know there was a 3 file limit, so I will have to add more to another post I guess.
As you can see the site is currently a mess, lol, but we are hauling in much more fill, since the new pool is 6' bigger in dia. the whole site is going to have to be expanded, plus we are going to raise the level of the whole thing about 2', I know people will say it is a bad idea because of settling, but we have red clay out here, and plenty of it, plus with our equipment it will be well packed and hard as concrete by the time we set the pool, and we are doing some initial filling with stone mixed with the clay, (another thing we have plenty of, lol).
You can see the solar heater my other half built, (it is coming down, getting a design makeover, and repositioned).
When he built it he wasn't sure how effective it would be so he built it on the cheap, (regular 3/4" PVC painted flat black), it turns out that 100' worth of pipe on a hot summer day would scald you coming out, and would increase the temp of the pool by 10 degrees in about 4-6 hours of run time.
It has held up pretty good until last year when we hit some 100+ days and the PVC started melting, but now that we know it works he is going to rebuild it using Pex tubing, it is rated for 200 degrees, so it should hold up nicely.
My other half is pretty sharp when it comes to stuff like this, but I must say even he is impressed with the cool neat ideas we have seen on here and he will be implementing many of your ideas in the new setup....Thank You, Thank You.
We left the old pool up the first winter, but when it came time to open it the second year cleaning it was a bigger pain than usual, so we took it down each year after that, the new pool however will remain in place year round, with the design of the new pool he has figured out how to cover it for the winter so it will stay clean, plus we have a very big wood furnace and he is going to build a heater for it to keep the pool water above freezing.
OK that is about enough for this post, but before I close he wants me to ask those with this type of pool about the support legs, when the pool is filled:
Do the legs stand up straight and 90 degrees to the ground?
Do the legs bow at all or are they nice and straight?
Is there any space between the point where the legs set on the ground and where the liner turns inward, or does the liner touch the legs and the very bottom?
Thanks Everyone, I will make another post soon, and give regular updates on our progress.