Hello to all and thanks for reading. I am new to the pool owner realm, but I have read pool school a number of times and feel like I have a pretty good habdle on what I'm getting into. My wife found a used 33' above ground for sale locally on a "Buy, Sell, or Trade" group on facebook. It was an 8yr old Sharkline with a 1yr old pump and filter and the big "wedding cake" steps. The guy also threw in the 3.5' wide half wrap composite deck and the 8'x16' composite extension as well, all for only $700, and I had to come get it. Kind of seemed like a "no-brainer" to me. It was a lot of work, but my dad and I got it taken down and hauled to my house in a weekend just before winter set in. The only problem was the bottom rail was pretty much shot, and we broke one of the resin post cups for the uprights. Other than that and a few light scratches (mostly the fault of the demo crew), the pool seems to be in great shape. The pool now sits neatly dissassembled in my garage and the deck components are neatly stored on pallets in the back yard, both eagerly awaiting spring to be set up and brought back to life.
I think I know what to get as far as the liner goes (25-mil beaded), and I know what chemicals and test kit (TF-100) to get and how to do all the bonding and plumbing, etc... I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to let a local pool builder do the install ($800 plus bobcat rental$270, 3/8" by down crushed limestone$180 and fine mason sand$150) or if I'll do it myself, but I'm really leaning toward the diy approach and saving the $800. Comments?
My question is in regards to the single return this thing has on the service panel next to the wide mouth skimmer. One return seems insufficient to me for a 33' round pool. Should I cut an additional return on the opposite side and plumb a line over to it? All piping will be hard piped 1-1/2" PVC with a couple of drops for a future aeration head / fountain and a future solor panel install.
Thanks again for reading and I greatly appreciate any advice that you can share. If you think of some reccomendations for the pool install mentioned above, by all means share them. I've done a lot of research on it, but research is nothing without implementation, and I've not done this before. But to be honest, I am somewhat "giddy" about the journey I'm about to take and I can't wait to see the look on my two daughters' face when they get to swim in it for the first time.