I am new to TroubleFreePool. I spent a great deal of time reading reviews and ratings for Intex pools on various sites like Meijer, Walmart and Target, and found a post a few weeks ago from a lady who said she had found alot of help here on TFP, and she highly recommended it. So, I've been soaking up with info. and help I can ever since, and here I am.
I have so many questions, I'm not even quite sure where to begin. Here's my situation.
I have wanted a pool for a very, VERY long time. At this time I thought it best to buy an Intex pool since the investment isn't huge, and will help me decide if I ultimately enjoy having a pool, and want to upgrade to something bigger, deeper or more permanent in the future.
I bought my house 3 years ago, and found out at the closing that the previous owners had an in-ground pool in the backyard which was filled in prior to putting the house up for sale. Their realtor told them they'd never sell the house while it had a pool, presumably for safety reasons. From what neighbors have told me, it was beautiful blue water and a great pool, so naturally this boggles my mind.
Anyway, the old inground pool was oval in shape, and had the sides smashed in, and was then filled up with the concrete and lots of fill dirt, etc. before new grass seed was planted. This was in 2009. For along time I haven't known quite where the old pool was, until I did recently find a satellite aerial pic. from the county showing it. After reading alot about how to properly install an Intex pool (and get it to last), a contractor is coming to level the ground for me with construction equip. next week. I still have not decided exactly where I would like to put my new pool. Has anyone installed an above ground Intex atop of an old buried inground pool? If so what are the results? Some people have told me since its been buried 5+ years already, its already settled, and should be fine. Others have said it could be an issue. Either way, I don't know EXACTLY where the pool is in the yard, I can only look at trees, fences etc. from the image I have and try to approximate the location of it.
Also, does anyone have pictures of their round (or rectangle) Intex pools, preferably with people in them? I've struggled alot with deciding what size to purchase, and I've heard complaints that the stock photos from the manufacturer is not accurate, like a 18 x 52 pool on Meijer.com showing a 24 x 52 for the photo, or vice versa. I'm trying to get an idea of the differences in swimming space, and number of people who will comfortably fit in the pool for an 18 x 52 versus a 20 x 52, 22 x 52, 24 x 52 or 26 x 52. I've bought an 18' round, which is still fully returnable and hasn't been opened yet, but now found both 20, 22, and 24 (out of stock at the moment) for the exact same price. 26' is $250 more. Note - I know its frustrating that some of these intex ultra frame sizes are not listed on IntexCorp.com, but I've found them on other retailer sites, as well as here on TroubleFreePool, so I do know they exist.
I've also had some issues figuring out which pools include the saltwater system (which I've read wonderful things about) and which don't. Ideally I want to choose an intex pool that DOES have a UL listed filter and pump, and the GFCI. The one I bought is listed as having a '1600 gph Sand/Saltwater System Filter Pump Combo System'. Anyone know what this is? I've also read that there are both an Intex Saltwater system AND a 'Deluxe' Intex Saltwater system. I just know I don't want to get stuck buying tons of chemicals I can't afford because of green water, and spending lots on the filter cartridges.
The larger 26' round Intex Ultra frame pool I've found is $999. I believe this one comes with only the basic pump and filter, which I would have to replace with the saltwater system. The listing doesn't specify. I've never owned a pool before and still don't fully understand, how many different 'PIECES' will this system need, how many cords to plug in? Are the Saltwater System and Sand Filter the same thing, or 2 different things? Do I need both? From what I've gathered, I think I need a sand filter, a saltwater system, AND a pump, but am I wrong?
Thank you in advance for any and all help!