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Thread: Shopping for First Above-Ground Pool

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    Shopping for First Above-Ground Pool

    Hi everyone! I joined this site last year when I got a little Intex pool for my backyard. Well, we loved that little pool so much that we have decided to get a more permanent above ground pool this year.

    My husband went looking and is sort of sold on a pool with a solid resin rails on top, walls are stainless covered in resin with a resin track. Sound good or no?
    Also, he mentioned something a Hayward filter that has chemical system that has silver and copper in the system. I am going to go and talk to the guy also, so this is all the info that I have. Does it sound like we are on the right track? It's a lot of money so I don't want to get it wrong. The filter ... he said something about a "lazy man package" ... I don't know what that means.

    So, basically, I'm going to go surf the boards in here but in the meantime, if anyone has any input/opinion on what I've shared so far, that would be great.

    Also, any opinions on whether or not to spend the extra money to have part of the pool sunk into the ground? Just curious ...

    Thanks!

    Michele C.
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    approx. 3800 gallons
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    Re: Shopping for First Above-Ground Pool

    The resin part sounds good. I doubt that the walls are stainless, it's probably just the panel where the skimmer and return are, but definitely find out. You don't want the "silver and copper system" whatever that is. Go for a chlorine injection pump or a swg if you want automated chlorine dosing. Never heard of a "lazy man package" find out exactly what that consists of.

    The more info you can get about the individual pieces of equipment the better we'll be able to help you. A size and model of the pool will help too.

    congrats on the new pool.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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    Re: Shopping for First Above-Ground Pool

    Bama beat me to the punch...here is my take...

    Quote Originally Posted by MClaeson
    Also, he mentioned something a Hayward filter that has chemical system that has silver and copper in the system.
    Avoid this like the plague!

    Quote Originally Posted by MClaeson
    The filter ... he said something about a "lazy man package" ... I don't know what that means.
    Post the size of you pool and we will recommend a minimum filter size. Typically the "packages" have pumps too big and filter too small.

    Quote Originally Posted by MClaeson
    Also, any opinions on whether or not to spend the extra money to have part of the pool sunk into the ground?
    If you mean a deep swimming end, then by all means I say yes! If you mean burying the walls, I am not a fan of it, but some on here have done it.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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