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    New to it all!

    So heres the story... My wife and I bought a Intex Ultra Frame 14x48 above ground... after 2 days of "getting along" and almost divorcing 3 times, we had level ground and was putting water in it... It's been bliss ever since. Cant stay out of it and the kids wont stay out of it.

    We have decided on the following:
    We want a MUCH bigger pool in the back yard ( this is near our drive way now, flattest spot on our property )
    We want to eventually put a deck around this new pool ( budget may dictate that the deck be installed the following season )
    Budget dictates that it be ABOVE GROUND pool.
    24 or 27 is the largest we can put in with the space that we have.


    We have discovered the following:
    We live in Maine, Pool season is April ( if your froggy ) till Mid September ( if your still froggy )
    There arent a ton of places to shop pools from
    Nobody likes Oval pools in Maine
    Raidant, Blue Cascade, and Doughboy seem to be the brands that stick out the most


    Does anyone have recommendations on pool brand and quality?
    Were looking to keep the project ( pool and install ) under 7k
    We want the "bestest for the leastest" attitude towards this pool, i dont want cheap because it's cheap, but i dont want to spend money where it is not needed


    Any thoughts, recommendations would be appreciated.
    24 ft Sharkline Matrix AG
    Waterway 1HP 2SPD Sand Filter 100lb sand capacity, using 50lb of ZeoSand
    TAYLOR K-2006 test kit.
    Installed Spring 2013
    16x16 Deck Going up Soon.

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    Re: New to it all!

    Welcome to TFP!

    Doughboy has a good reputation.

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    Re: New to it all!

    I just got a Morada RTR 24x54. It has resin top rail and bottom plate. From what I've read it seems to be a quality pool. It wont be put up till next season.

    Just my 2cents
    Jeff
    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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    Re: New to it all!

    Blue Cascade is carried by 2 out of 2 shops within 15 miles... Something tells me they have good luck... one dealer had one that they have had for 13 years outside, and only replaced the liner because it was vandalized... the pool still looks fantastic....
    Radiant is nice, but is 30-40% more on cost... just cant justify it... can almost buy 2 normal pools for the price of a radiant pool...
    24 ft Sharkline Matrix AG
    Waterway 1HP 2SPD Sand Filter 100lb sand capacity, using 50lb of ZeoSand
    TAYLOR K-2006 test kit.
    Installed Spring 2013
    16x16 Deck Going up Soon.

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    Re: New to it all!

    Went to more dealers today, most are selling the Blue Cascade brand ( Swim n play is a similar brand made by the same company )
    Now the decision, 52 or 54 inches... i dont see a HUGE difference, and most want to BOWL out the bottom an additional 10 inches...
    Any thoughts?
    24 ft Sharkline Matrix AG
    Waterway 1HP 2SPD Sand Filter 100lb sand capacity, using 50lb of ZeoSand
    TAYLOR K-2006 test kit.
    Installed Spring 2013
    16x16 Deck Going up Soon.

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    Re: New to it all!

    I'd go with the 24' x 54" pool. If you have small kids I'd insist on cake steps. It gives them a place to hang out until they're old enough to stand on the bottom.

    I don't have a dished bottom but I'm not sure it's worth it.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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    Re: New to it all!

    I painted out a 24' circle in the back yard, and a 27 foot circle, the 27 just looks SOOOOOO much bigger, we'll have to decide later... and im not seeing a huge diff between 52 and 54, yeah it's 2 inches, but you COULD put 2 inches of water in the pool...
    24 ft Sharkline Matrix AG
    Waterway 1HP 2SPD Sand Filter 100lb sand capacity, using 50lb of ZeoSand
    TAYLOR K-2006 test kit.
    Installed Spring 2013
    16x16 Deck Going up Soon.

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    Re: New to it all!

    You hear it a lot, and I can say it's true --- get the largest you can afford $$-wise and space-wise. We bought at 24' this summer, and after delivery but before install we changed our minds and returned it for the 27' (52"). The reason we got 52" instead of 54" was because of our daughter's height, and in the end I'm not sure the couple inches depth matter that much, but the 24' vs. 27' round will matter.

    I thank goodness every time we're in it that we went w/the larger size....
    Pool: 27' x 52" AG, about 16,500K, cartridge filter
    Waterway 175 sq ft 1.5 hp pump 2-speed
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    Re: New to it all!

    2" makes more of a difference than you think.

    There's a very noticable difference when our pool is filled to the top of the skimmer rather than to the center of it.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
    24' x 52" Round AGP. 2hp/¼hp SPL Power-Flo 2-speed pump. 200sqft Waterway Cartridge Filter. 45MHP2(3GPD) Stenner Peristaltic Pump
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    Re: New to it all!

    Im back, springs on the brain.
    I havent talked to anyone who has had this pool ( which makes a final decision very difficult )
    price point is 5499 for a 27ft 54 inch deep Harmony by Blue Cascade.
    24 ft Sharkline Matrix AG
    Waterway 1HP 2SPD Sand Filter 100lb sand capacity, using 50lb of ZeoSand
    TAYLOR K-2006 test kit.
    Installed Spring 2013
    16x16 Deck Going up Soon.

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