Hi, I'm Jeremy. I'm new to the board and I thought I would introduce myself.
At the end of last summer, my wife and I found a used, 28' round, Doughboy pool, with a deck that went all the way around the pool, and a slide, on Craigslist for $100. We of course had to take it all down. That was a lot of work! We stored the pool and the deck in our garage all winter (that sucked with our Michigan winter) and we were getting read to install the pool over Memorial day. I went to my township office, application in hand, to get the appropriate permits, only to be told that the location I had picked out for my pool didn't meet the local zoning ordinances. I also found out, that where I was "allowed" to put a pool...my 28' round wouldn't fit!
We were frustrated to say the least (our liner for the 28' round had arrived the day before all of this went down)! We were told we could apply for a zoning variance, but this process was costly and the outcome didn't look favorable. After spending several hours pouring over our lot survey and then recreating it in my CAD program, it became apparent we needed an oval shaped pool! This would fit in the "allowed" area. Back to Craigslist we go! My wife ended up finding a 18 x 34 Doughboy, again for $100/you tear it down. I just finished tearing out the pool last night (5-16-2013)! This pool is in way better shape than the round one was, even though it is an older model.
So, now I have a 28' round pool and liner I need to get rid of, and I'll have to re-engineer the deck to work with the oval pool, but it should be great when I'm done! It's going to be a busy summer!