Looking at buying a new Doughboy AGP. We would like the expandable liner for a deep end and we also want to partially bury it.
We currently have a 16' intex metal frame round. We've had it for 4 years to see if we would want to invest in a better pool. The intex has a intex SWG and an intex pump/filter unit.
I went to our local dealer, they recommend the Doughboy Autumn Breeze. We are wanting a 16' x 24'. Then they had a list of up sales.
So the actual pool is $3913
Expandable liner is $575
Skimmer is $170
Ultra maintenance package (pole, vac head, brush, skimmer head, leaf rake, vac hose, test kit, ladder, trident ABG cleaner). $597
Ultra equipment package (20" doughboy filter, 1.5 HP xp pump NEC, and filter sand) $839
Then there is a "happy feet liner" $237
My question is, we want to use a automatic cleaner and have many of the same tools from our intex pool. Will the intex maintenance tools work with the new pump/filer fittings? Should I buy the maintenance items seperatly?
Should I use the doughboy equipment or buy my own independently? The store says I will get 2 more years on the warranty if I use doughboy equipment. They also say that if I use a SWG on the pool it voids the warranty anyway. My wife does not like pool chemicals, especially since we have used salt the last three years. I might use chemicals the first year to make sure everything is working right and then plumb in a SWG.
If it is better to buy a pump/filter independently are there any recommendations for a 16 x 24 partially buried with a 7' deep end? I've seen so many options my head is going to explode. From what I can tell I would need a 1 HP pump, maybe 2 speed. Hayward seems to be a popular brand. As for how much sand filter I have no clue. With 52" sides it looks like around 11,200 gallons.
Also our intex pump had a built in timer. I've seen people using paragon and inter attic timers on their pools. What schedule do people normally use? How long should you run pumps and filters?
Thanks for any help in advance.