My wife and I have wanted a pool since we moved in. After getting quotes for extremely simple and plain in-ground pools, we decided to go with 3x the pool and get an above ground 18x34 Doughboy (54" sidewall) for about 1/3rd the cost. We planned to have it buried at least partially but decided to instead place it out further in the yard and keep it above ground. We did not go for a deep end for a couple reasons.
Preparing the ground. This was the hardest part. They ended up having to rent a sod cutter to help with the roots. Lots, and lots of roots. Due to complications with the install, they did not hit me with an excessive root charge.
Preparing for the buttresses. The ground had been leveled with a laser level at this point, and now they're leveling the blocks with a laser level.
One side of the buttresses with the pressure plate attached.
The track and supporting blocks for the verticals in place. These blocks were also laser leveled. By now the buttresses have been buried after concrete added to the concrete blocks.
The sidewalls in the track now.
Liner going in. They used the vacuum method. It worked pretty well actually.
Top rails on and water being added, skimmers installed. At this point you can get an idea of what battle is to come. I'm filling from a private well, with a lot of iron in it. The yellow iron + the blue liner makes the water appear green.
Sorry, the only picture I have of the pump/filter right now. I suspect the shut off valve shown is cheap, and there's another one off the filter too. When I had the pump basket lid off I could still see a fair amount of water coming into the pump from the pool with the valve shut.
This was our water, Friday evening. The pool finished filling. You can get an idea of how bad the iron was. We could not see the white band on the liner just underneath the tile accent from more than a few feet away, let alone the bottom of the pool.
Overhead shot, taken at the same time. It was very disheartening at this time, because it was our first pool and we had invested a lot of money into it.
Same angle, taken yesterday. With routine cleaning of the cartridge filter (after allowing the pump to run 24/7 max speed), socks+pillow stuffing in the skimmers, it has gotten tons better. We can see the bottom of the pool well now. We are still battling it, but soon I will be ready to visit the pump run time section of Pool School and setup our pump to run according to it instead of full blast 24/7.
Another angle, same day.
Picture of the pool filter being cleaned. The filter looks roughly like that each time it is cleaned (every 2 hours the first day, every 4 hours the second day, now on to once daily.)