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    New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    Hello all!

    With the heat fast approaching in Northern California, My GF and I are looking at a about ground Pro-Series 16x48 (on sale for $300!) as a investment for this summer. Even if it lasts a few years, awesome LOL!

    Kind of excited as its our first purchase together, I plan on taking out some of my lawn, leveling and capping sprinklers then make a border of rock or mulch with some plants around the pool. My grandfather had a in-ground and he was def a pool man, he raised me so I must learn as he recently passed away

    Thank you for a great site and glad I was linked to here

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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    Welcome to TFP slammed
    Stick around, read some of hte pool school and some of the posts....

    post pics and keep us informed when you start working on it!
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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    Usually like a weekend job? I have a local yard I can get sand from. Builder or play/coarse sand work?

    My area currently

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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    Welcome. You are going to need to read some Pool School. I'll add some reading material for you...

    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    Chlorine CYA Chart
    Test Kit Comparison
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    Why thank you for the links =)

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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    So short run down:
    1. Remove sod
    2. Use say a 10' 2x4 (for 16' pool) with level taped on
    3.Remove high side until even
    4. Set pavers on ground and fill with sand, recheck levelness paver to paver and from center
    5.Wet sand so it settles
    6. Lay tarp (or foam then tarp
    7. Put up pool



    #4. Do I set pavers on ground and make area surrounding paver with sand or bury in ground.

    Can I use my outside power plug on back of house on patio if GFCI? It's about 20 ft from the pool

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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    Plan to spend waaaaay too long getting the surface ready. Stockpile Motrin and beer before you start.

    Here's a couple really good threads you should read.
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...ing-27-AG-Pool
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...ling-my-ground

    If you scroll through the construction and above ground forums, look for long and or starred and or intriguing threads. See what others have done that works, and what others have done that were terrible ideas. That's the beauty of this forum: you don't have to make every mistake yourself!
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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    Is there another "above ground " section? Yes, bud light yum! I've been reading since yesterday afternoon and gas me even more eager. Never thought I'd wanna rip up lawn so bad.... Must study first!

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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    Water is flowing!,
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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    On my first intex, I ran a 25 foot extension cord to pump, it was hooked up to GFCI electrical box. I did use a heavy duty 12 gauge 3 prong cord. If it was the "right" or "proper" thing to do..... I don't know? But, I didn't have any problems for two years with it.
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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    well its filled and up! Now for chemicals ekkkk! First TF-100 test wasnt bad, I was scared when I opened it and felt overwhelmed LOL!



    FC -2 (4 drops)

    CC- 0.5

    Total Chlorine- 2.5

    CH- It turned blue right after adding the R-0010 (maybe due to water softener?)

    TA- 90 (9 drops it took)

    CYA- 0 (filled the whole tube and can still see the black dot, no chem in pool!)
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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    OKay....So..Bought a Intex Ultra Frame 26' x 52" pool. (15000 gallons) The filter that comes with these pools just can't keep up. Want to upgrade to a sand filter, but don't want to buy something either too small or too large. Suggestions please.....I also have a Salt water system by Intex...HELP !!!!

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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    I'd search, do u have the Hayward skimmer ? If not do it asap
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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    I don't think there is such a thing as too large a filter. The bigger the filter, the less backwashing or cleaning cartridges needed.

    Just my 2 cents. Go with the biggest you can afford.
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    Re: New here and cant wait to start learning! Soon to be above ground owner!

    Well I'm 1" out of level and one pool leg was getting close to the edge of a paver after filling. I added a extra paver to the outside and will fix at the end of the season most likely. Rope isn't tight on the leg so that's positive!
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