I picked up a 15'x48" Intex metal frame pool on closeout last season for my kids for Christmas last year. I added an Intex 2650 Sandfilter as well as the Intex SWG, I also put in a Hydro Tools wide mouth in wall skimmer. I just got it all set up finally and I have lots of pics and several questions I'm hoping to get some guidance on. I'll start with pictures of the build etc and end with the questions in another post...
This is where I decided to put the pool, the rod in the ground was the center point of the pool. My back yard while somewhat level is filled with lots of small ruts/divots and lots of hardpacked dirt and dead grass. I opted to rent a sod cutter to get started.
Same area from the other side. There you can see the shed that was present when we purchased our house which is the next project on the list as well as a tractor I found behind said shed. I think I am going to try and get it running with my kids as a good lesson in mechanics at some point.
I opted to level the area and then set the pool down on 1" extruded polystyrene insulation boards with 12"x12" concrete pavers under each foot. The pool came out level all the way around to about 1/4-1/2". Sadly, I can't seem to find any of the actual assembly photos so lets jump to filling..
Houston, we have a problem.... As you can see I have a well, and a crappy one at that. My iron is greater than 5ppm and manganese is greater than 8ppm, total hardness is 93 grains. I considered having water trucked in, but the only source of non-well water I could find would have cost over $800! So well water will have to work..
While it was filling I got out the template and razor knife and went to work on the skimmer opening. I tried to create the opening as high on the wall as possible to give me the max depth. I think I measured about 6 times before cutting and held my breath the whole time!
Another shot of the pool filling, Yes my water still sucks! The pool took a day and a half to fill basically and finished about 8PM. I turned the Intex sandfilter on and let it run all night. By the next day the water was clear but still the wrong color.
More filtering and 32oz of sequestrant later The pool was clearer and a new color!
Another 32oz of sequestrant, more filtering and we had more of a change. At this point I thought I was well on my way.
Up until this point I was only running the sandfilter so I got out the SWG and proceeded to start with the install.. Here is a shot of the widemouth skimmer installed, I added the small stake under the bottom because when it was running it sagged a bit from the weight of the skimmer and water. With the stake in place it is level and very stable.
A couple shots of the completed pump/SWG install.
At this point it was about 8pm so I set the SWG to run for 10 hours and called it a night. When I awoke the next morning things had changed again, Which leads me to my questions in the next post and even more pictures!