After searching the forums I've had trouble collecting all the bits of information and compiling them. I'm hoping to ask some of the most common questions and have all the answers in one location for future users, as I couldn't find a step-by-step install 'guide'. If there are more questions I missed please ask! I've also noticed that a lot of photos don't even show up any longer (anything older than a year or two,the pics are gone).
some info on my current situation...I've broken ground for my intex 16'x48" ultra frame pool. I removed all the sod and I'm now having someone come out and level for me, its turning out to be quite the dig as the slope is steeper than I originally anticipated. Here is a picture. I intend on leaving this pool up throughout the Winter so, of course, I'd like to get it right (or close to it ) the first time.
Questions about setup/install:
The soil here seems sandy to me, I'm no expert, but its really easy to put a shovel in it and dig out. Is this going to be a problem? I've read that you do not want to use sand as a pool base.
Should I use patio blocks under each of the support posts?
I went to Lowes Home Improvement and did not see any of this 'pink foam'. What exactly am I looking to purchase here? I saw 4'x8'x1/2" sheets of foam (some had a silverish lining on it) These sheets were about $10 each and there were about 3 different options, I have no idea what the differences were, but none were pink.
What is the proper order of ground cover? I was thinking of using earth > tarp that comes with pool > foam and then assemble pool on that.
Questions about upgrades to Intex pools
So from what I've read the paper filters are a joke, and that sand filters are the way to go. How do I know which one I can use? wally world has dozens of options and the descriptions don't seem to be very detailed, and I'm pretty sure they have the same filters listed several different times with just different lettering of the description. I was thinking of getting the intex krystal clear 1,600 gallon sand filter.
I ordered the intex krystal clear saltwater filtration system from walmart. Once I get the sand filter, is that all I need? I see a heritage wide mouth pool skimmer on sale, should I go ahead and get that also?
What are the pros/cons of 'hard' plumbing all the pumps/filters?
So there is only one pump in this setup? That will circulate pool water through my sand filter, and then through the saltwater filter and then back into the pool? And again, the sand filter is for small debris and the saltfilter is for bacteria/naturally chlorinating the water so I don't have to manually add chemicals?
Any other tips/tricks/questions for total newbies I might be missing?
For me, pictures are worth a thousand words...so I'd like to take photos of the whole install and post along the way if anyone is interested.