Greetings from Mid-Michigan and THANK YOU for this site! It has been a wealth of information for me and I look forward to contributing my experiences and some pics when we're up and running for the year.
Last year upgraded from a 12' Intex Easy Set AGP to a 12' X 30" Intex Metal Frame AGP w/ 1,718 gal.
Need to address leveling issues, but nothing a rototiller, sweat and tamping won't cure.
Will be using 3/4" foam insulation for the first time: 4.5 sheets at 4'x8'/sheet, then taping seams and using heavy duty tarp.
Will be upgrading from canister filter pump @ 530gph to 14", .5hp Intex Sand Filter pump @ 1,600gph.
My question (and I understand if it needs to be posted elsewhere): has anyone had any experience with a DIY Solar Setup like this?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XHOvZqzSzU
I am thinking that given the overkill with the new pump flow rate vs. existing pool size, it could output to 200' of 5/8" tubing coiled 20' away from pump, up on 10' garage roof. Concerns are maintaining filtration quality and avoiding pump burn-out. I am on a budget (2 small kids) and would like to avail myself of an existing heat source in order to get my wife in a warmed-up pool.