Ok, so I am hoping people will look in here to answer some questions as I have them, but for now this will be a start to my "build" page of our pool.
Last year we had a small 12' x 30" easy set. Was fun until I realized the pump was WAY underpowered and couldn't even vacuum. I ended up not putting forth a whole lot of effort to keep it clean as it was nearing the end of summer, so just let it go.
This year we decided to go bigger and nicer. I had found a metal sided above ground pool that was the perfect size for our back yard for $300 though would end up needing a liner etc. Well my wife didin't want something that permanent so we went with an Intex ultra Frame 14 footer I found on Craigslist for $175 with the Saltwater system and a few other goodies.
Even out the ground, lay some sand and a tarp, and start setting it up (was a long day)
Get it all set up, about to start filling it, when I realize I accidently forgot to put the final top rail piece through the pool liner. (******) that was an absolute pain to get out as the pool was standing already but I eventually got it fixed.
Start filling the pool to realize that they failed to give us one of the connectors needed to hook up the saltwater system. (******) so I decide to bypass it for now as the manual says to put the salt in and run your filter for 24 hours before starting the unit up.
Well I hook the hoses up to the filter-pump and the pool, get it filled up, plug in the filter and......???????
Take the filter pump apart to realize water leaked into the motor area and it was effed.
So I bust out the old 550gph pump to at least somewhat circulate the water for the time being. ok so we got it going, now to go on CL and find a new pool pump.filter... search search search. Find a couple, but nothing that seems like a steal, so eventually land on the Intex 56671EG sand filter and pump on Amazon for $154 shipped. I decide. screw it, lets try it.
Read lots of reviews that it has lots of power and makes a huge difference in people's pools.
Well, that is where I am at now.. Waiting for that to show up in the mail.
In the meantime, I would like to start planning the hard plumbing of it as I read it likes to collapse the plastic hoses it comes with (sweet).
Also plan to enlarge the jet hole, and would like to put in a through wall skimmer, but should that wait until I drain the pool a ways for winter?
Thanks for reading