Hi again everyone,
So I've been sorting and sifting through lots of stuff here about hard plumbing my 18' Intex pool. I've found that information is a little scattered and a ton of helpful images are missing. So I've started this thread for two reasons. The first is to get some questions answered and some help plumbing my new pool, and the second is to provide a place for others to easily find all the information in one place. I plan to take lots of pictures when I actually start plumbing the pool and I'll try to provide some step by step instructions.
First, my setup. It's an 18' X 48" Ultra Frame pool. I'll be keeping the pump that comes with the pool for at least this season (might upgrade in the future). This is one reason I want to hard plumb, so I can get rid of some of the restriction. When the pool is first setup over the coming weeks there will be no other additions or modifications. HOWEVER, I plan to add a 4'X10' solar heater to the system sometime in the near future (as funds allow). The water stays pretty cool up here in the white mountains.
Here's a link to the heater for anyone interested - http://www.amazon.com/Pool-Solar-Heatin ... BWLCPZJQ1L
So I'll need to have a way to add that heater in for the future without having to hack up my system. Will spend some time trying to figure this out, but if anyone has some good suggestions, I'm all ears.
I'll be able to source the 1.5" adapter no problem as Lowe's carries them. The item # is 49111 and here's a link - http://www.lowes.com/pd_49111-1716-L513 ... facetInfo=
The plan is to use 1 1/2" PVC to plumb everything. I saw on here that somebody used two 3' sections of flexible 1 1/2" pvc to accommodate any pool movement. I'd love to do this but I'm only able to find 25' sections and I'm not spending $70 for it. If anyone knows of a better place to source this in small sections please let me know.
So at this point, I'm collecting parts and preparing for the pool. Here are some questions I have.........
1. Where do I need to have ball valves? I plan to get ride of the Intex Plungers as I hear they are trouble.
2. Any ideas on how to leave a way to hitch up the Solar heater in the future without having to hack into the system?
3. Any other issues tips or tricks I should know about?
That's all I can think of at the moment. Like I say, I want to make this thread useful for others as well so I will try to add to it as I complete each step. Thanks!