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    New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    First of all, I'm really glad I stumbled upon this site. Lots of good people and info.

    Our 18'x33' 52" Cameo pool should be delivered by next Monday. Yay! I'm really looking forward to it, even though it is a bit late in the season Some rough dirt work began today so that just adds to the anxiousness.

    I am considering a partial bury of up to 2'. We have a professional installer doing the job, which is great since I have never installed or helped to install before. There are a couple questions I am curious about though...

    When it comes to steps, I have seen some AGP pics that appear to have built-in steps like an in-ground pool. Is that possible? What does something like that cost? Also seen the wedding cake type and like those too. What brands/retailers do you recommend on those?

    I'm wanting to start my deck, at least part of it ASAP. Is there a good resource online to view pics of different/unique deck builds specifically for AGP /partial buried pools?

    Lights - I'm wanting to get a light also ASAP. I have seen one that I think goes in the jet? Could anyone point me in the right direction with the brand/model and retailers?

    Thanks everyone! I plan on posting pics as things come along.
    18'x33'x52" (15,700gal) AGP. Buried 18"
    1.5hp Pump w/ 150# Sand Filter
    TF100 Test Kit
    BBB Method

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    Re: New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    Round one. Make sure your warranty allows you to bury it 2 feet first if that is an issue for you. Wedding cake steps are fine-just drill more holes in them for circulation. Nightlighter makes one that hangs over the edge under the top rail plugged into 110 with a looooooong cord. Welcome to TFP! Ordered that test kit yet?
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    Re: New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    Hi shltn. We did the same thing last year... waited until July or buy our pool. Anyway we also built a small deck for easy access and installed steps. We bought these and love them :
    http://store.poolcenter.com/confer-p...0-p176263.aspx

    Anyway, good luck on your new pool and you did come to the right place; these guys are awesome!

    Here is a photo of my setup...
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    15 x 30 12,000 gal Above Ground (Aluminum), 2 HP pump motor, 27" Sand Filter, Installed July 2012

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    Re: New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    Thank you for the replies! I have not ordered my testing kit yet (been a hectic week) but I intend to today.

    As for the bury; I'm not dead set on the bury but it would be nice even to sink it 1'. Just to ease the flow of the deck / outdoor area. 52" seems like quite a bit more than 3' but it may not be in practice. I've been experimenting with some 3D layouts of how I want to look once the pool and deck are completed.

    The light I was looking at was the Aqua Illuminator; I'm doing a search on here but if you have any opinions I'd appreciate it.

    The wedding cake type steps are looking like the ticket. Any specific brands or place to buy? Like everyone else in the world, I try to save money but go with a reputable retailer.

    I plan on posting some pics as things progress, should I start a specific thread for that or just post in this one?
    18'x33'x52" (15,700gal) AGP. Buried 18"
    1.5hp Pump w/ 150# Sand Filter
    TF100 Test Kit
    BBB Method

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    Re: New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    Keep the pics in this thread. It's much easier for us to follow your whole story in one place.
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    Re: New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    Looks like things are going to get delayed a few days. I was hoping the pool would arrive today but no such luck. Plus, it looks like rain the next couple days. Ugh... I guess that's what I get for waiting till so late in the season
    18'x33'x52" (15,700gal) AGP. Buried 18"
    1.5hp Pump w/ 150# Sand Filter
    TF100 Test Kit
    BBB Method

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    Re: New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    Test kit is on the way and rain is coming down

    Since I had some downtime, I started roughing out a deck plan for once the pool is set...
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    18'x33'x52" (15,700gal) AGP. Buried 18"
    1.5hp Pump w/ 150# Sand Filter
    TF100 Test Kit
    BBB Method

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    Re: New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    And so it begins...
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    1.5hp Pump w/ 150# Sand Filter
    TF100 Test Kit
    BBB Method

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    Re: New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    I used Deckplans.com for my little deck and it worked out great. My main deck is 36 inches below the top rail as I didn't want my deck at fence height. It also meant I did not need railings. My pool is on grade.
    -- Guy --
    10K gallons in 21' Round 52 inch wall Aqualeader AG, Hayward Power Flow LX 1.5 HP pump motor, Hayward Perflex EC50AC DE filter w/Cellulose, Wide mouth skimmer, 2013 new Diver Dan (craigslist) to replace the faded old Hayward AquaBug. TF-100

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    Re: New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    I'll have to check out that site - thank you!
    18'x33'x52" (15,700gal) AGP. Buried 18"
    1.5hp Pump w/ 150# Sand Filter
    TF100 Test Kit
    BBB Method

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    Re: New, First Pool - Finally! So many questions...

    *UPDATE*

    The pool is in and filling with water as I type this.

    There was a couple day delay due to weather but they showed up this morning and got it finished. Rain did start shortly after we began filling but eased up by the time the skimmer and jet were able to be cut out.
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    18'x33'x52" (15,700gal) AGP. Buried 18"
    1.5hp Pump w/ 150# Sand Filter
    TF100 Test Kit
    BBB Method

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