Hi folks...been reading this forum for the past couple years and have gotten tons of great advice just from reading about other peoples experience. Thank you for that.
I have for the last 6 or 8 years owned Intex above ground pools with the inflatable ring. We've gone from the very small variety when my daughters were little up to the 18' one we currently have. At first it was a challenge keeping the water clear and the sides of the pool clean, and as the pool grew in size, the pump grew in size, then we added a swg when we got the 18' pool and it has become much less of a challenge.
My longtime neighbor has decided this year will be the last for his pool. The primary reason being twofold, a tree very close to the pool will soon cause issues because of the roots, and he and his wife would like to reclaim a decent amount of their backyard and are thinking a gazebo would be more enjoyable than a pool leading up to and into their golden years.
I don't know a great deal about the pool yet other than to say it is a 27' round pool, 4' deep (walls 52" I believe). I also believe he said the pump was replaced 2 or 4 years ago. In no way do I feel the pools I've owned for the past 6 or 8 years will have prepared me for ownership of this one so I thought I'd ask here if anyone could suggest some things I should look for, and or ask my neighbor about his pool that could help me decide if what I was getting into was a good deal or not.
Visibly there doesn't seem to be anything wrong at all, and I really don't see any signs of age. His backyard backs to mine so the pool would just have to be carried a very short distance through our yards. Is it generally a good idea to buy (cost is free however) a used pool....or is that something people shy away from for particular reasons?
If we did take the pool I would like to think I could buy a swg and make it a saltwater pool like the one we have now is. Once I got everything dialed in with our current pool I almost literally did nothing to maintain it during the summer that my girls swam in it.
Thanks for your thoughts.
NW Suburbs of Chicago
18' Intex above ground pool, 5400 gallons
Saltwater Chlorine Generator