Got rid of my blob pool last fall, and snagged a 16X42 metal frame for this season! Assembly was nothing I didnt expect. Got the frame level within 3/4 inch, seems to work out well, no signs of distress.
The thru-wall skimmer is nice, seals tight, as does the thru-wall pump outlet. Petroleum jelly keeps the surface sealed and lubricated when installing the outlet.
Only got one day of swimming before afternoon storms got in the way. Having a few years of BBB method behind me, no problem! Water was a bit green from the hose - straight into shock mode! Rain dilution? Nail it with the bleach! Still working to get the chemistry just right, but the rains have me in Bleach Defense Mode until they stop a bit
My tip for those with the thru-wall skimmer... it doesnt work well when the pool is overfilled. There are minimum and maximum fill marks on the skimmer face plate. I plan on selecting my permanent level within that range once the rains stop, and drilling a small hole at that level so the pool will automatically dump excess water. Otherwise, you open the pump vent which is slow and messy, and pull the pump exhaust hose for more speed and mess. With the hole, it will dribble it's way down to the perfect level wetting the yard no worse than the rain that caused the overfill.
Many thanks to this board and the BBB folks! Without it and them, I'd be stuck in Science Project Mode!