So a friend is selling his house, and he gave me his 30' AGP, most likely an Esther Williams. The pool is 10 years old, but the pump and filter are 1 year old. I am paying the original pool store to install the pool, along with a new liner, new skimmer, and all new plumbing. The wall is in very good shape with no rust whatsoever. The pump is a Hayward 1.5 HP and Sta-Rite 200# sand filter.
I do have a 525 gallon hot tub and am familiar with the BBB method of chemistry control, as I am basically doing the same thing in the spa. I am definitely not a fan of paying pool/spa store prices for baking soda.
The dig was completed yesterday, they will install the sand and blocks when they return to finish the install.
I do have a couple of questions:
1 - Is the 45 degree foam coaming and foam underpad worth the money? No sense wasting money if it is junk?
2 - The ground where the pad was dug sloped about 3 1/2' from high to low. So on the high side the pool will be about 2 1/2' below grade once the sand is installed. I plan on installing a retaining wall on the high side to keep the grade from eroding into the pool wall. I will also be installing a wall on the low side to keep the pad from washing out. Should I wait until the pool is installed so that the wall doesn't interfere with the installation?
3 - For the electrical, I will be putting in an 18" trench and conduit to feed the pump and convenience outlet. The pool will be bonded back to the main panel. Are there any other electrical needs I am overlooking?
4 - How deep is the sand typically below an AGP?
5 - A friend at work recommended spraying the sand with an ant/termite killer prior to putting the liner down. Does this make sense?