Well, decided I couldn't go with one of the real nice AGP, so the family bought a Pro Series 16x48" from Walmart over the weekend. I installed it on the same site as the old Intex was a couple of years ago. I had the Intex SWG setup on that pool but it only lasted about 3 years before the frame rusted through and it became very unstable. We didn't have a pool last year and my daughter almost couldn't stand it so my wife went and bought the easy set Intex. I set up the SWG and filter for it and it sufficed until this year. It was actually about the easiest pool I have had. Just wasn't quite big enough.
I have decided not to use the SWG on this one due to the rust issues with the other pool. This one seems to be much higher quality, but still don't want to chance the premature failure due to the salt. I did install 1/2 foam sheeting on the ground after leveling it. The foam is supporting 1.76 PSI under the pool if my math is correct at 48". The sheeting cost was outrageous. I probably could have bought the foamboard and coping sold as a pool kit for what the 8 boards cost. There wasn't money in the budget for 18 pavers so I installed the legs with broad feet on the board. At least everything is level that way. I could not see how in the world I was going to get the pavers level with the foam board anyway. I hope this doesn't turn out to be a mistake. It seems to support it just fine though and I can actually lift the legs just a bit even when full, so I don't think there is very much pressure exerted on the oversized feet. I set it up after work Sunday morning after I got off at 1am. By 7am I had everything set up and assembled with a foot of water in it. Very little wrinkles are left in the liner after complete fill. My water has very high iron content, so before entering any chemicals, I let the filter run for 24 hours, cleaning the filter three times to remove frank iron deposits.
Today, I put a chlorine tab in the filter skimmer and loaded the pool with chlorine. I think I overshot it just a bit according to the test kit. It matches up somewhere between 2-3PPm on the color scale. I figure it will settle in ok. The PH was initially high with raw water, but has since settled into ideal with the introduction of chlorine. Is that normal?
My intentions are to follow the guidelines on here for maintaining, but time is critical, so the learning curve is very steep right now. Last time I took care of a chemical pool I was 12. That was 3 decades ago. The SWG spoiled me, I never had to do anything except clean the SWG plates twice a season and add salt once after heavy rains left it overfull and needed to be drained a bit.
I appreciate advice and experience from others. I will probably go to a sand filter at some time, but this pump really pumps a lot of water and the skimmer feature works much better than the Intex set up I had. I can actually watch the surface water being drawn to the skimmer area on this one. I will post pictures of it maybe tomorrow.
Thanks in advance.