I’d like to start off by thanking everyone on this froum for their knowledgeable contributions to help us newcomers in obtaining a "trouble free pool".
The problem however, is that South Africa is rather limited in the availability of a lot of the equipment etc mentioned on this forum, and as such, one often has to imrpovise to obtain similiar results. An example is the availability of automatic vacuum cleaners for AG Vinyl Pools.
I purchased in August this year, the Intex 15' x 42" metal frame pool. Included was the ridiculous cartridge filter. Advice from this forum had me purchase an Intex 1200GPH sand filter and pump combo right from the get go. I cut the liner to accommodate the larger intake and outlet.
Everything was going well, except the manual cleaning had become a schlep and I soon started looking at auto vacs, but couldn't find a cleaner appropriate to the vinyl pool. Importing is just too expensive.
This made me go on a mission to get the right stuff. I eventually ended up buying a Zodiac Barracuda MX8 and fitted to the system. Much to my surprise (not), the Intex pump was not capable of running the MX8.
Picked up a good second hand Speck 1.1kW 220V pump, some adaptors and a ball valve (to regulate pressure to the Intex sand filter) and asembled the lot.
Boy am I impressed at the end result! This MX8 climbs the vinyl walls all the way to the water line and saves me hours of tedious time wastage and frustration.
Two reasons for this thread:
1. Let people (specifically in S.A) know that the MX8 can be made to work in a Intex AG metal frame pool
2. To advise newcomers to carefully plan your requirements before hand, thus reducing the costs of buying equipment not quite suited to your needs.
I now have the standard filter that came with the pool, as well as the pump from the filter set just lying around. I will be upgrading the sand filter to a proper 2 bag filter in January and will then hopefully be able to sell the Intex pump and filter as a combo again, in the hopes of recuperating some of my expenses.
Thanks to the forum and members for all the valuable information here!
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