I love this site and thank god i stumbled on it.
Well we just bought a intex Ultra Frame 16x48 with the new sandfilter pump. We at first wanted to purchase a real permanent above ground pool but I got alot of mixed reviews about "how it takes alot of time to clean, maintain etc. So we decided we would go with the intex ultra frame since it would be better to have lost 800 dollars compared to 1000's of dollars if we didn't like having a pool. I have never really owned a pool ( besides those cheapies for the kids ). Anyways, We started off with hiring a landscaper to level our backyard lawn for us, wow i could not believe how unlevel the ground is. Well we decided to put stone and crushed stoned and compacted it. Hubby works on a construction site so he got those foam insulation pads for free I read on here that those are good for under the pool for under the tarp. Ok now we plan on setting up the pool this weekend as long as it doesnt rain (which of course there's a chance of rain and thunderstorm but i'm hoping it doesnt) but i'm confused now, are these foam pads too thick? is hubby suppose to bury them? and i also know we should be putting some kind of stone or slab under each leg of the pool, how do you recommend doing that? level to the crush stone ?
On another note i was debating on the maintaining of the pool, which is easier to maintain, salt water or chlorine ? i have 3 kids and this summer i want it to be the best summer with this pool but i also want to make it easy for me since i also want to have fun too.
here are pics from what my lawn looked like before it started to when he was finished