I guess registering and posting makes it official! We are prepping to install our first above ground pool. This originally started off with the idea of a "little Wal-Mart ABG" and after research has turned into a full fledged project. With a family of 9 and at least 7 of the 9 will probably use daily we quickly realized bigger will be better over the long run. Right? Factor in friends and family and lot's of bather potential. Anyway, we are looking at a 33' round Sharkline Matrix. Still working out details of pump and filter but looking at Hayward sand filter. Will continue working out equipment details over next couple of days.
The kids have been gung ho since we first let them know the plan and they started clearing the proposed pool site of a gravel bed that had been there prior to us owning home. They worked hard and removed it all.... and then... we realized that spot won't work as the power supply to the house runs under the ground there. They took the news well. So we found a new spot with no above or below ground power lines but one sagging, ugly old chain link fence that has been needing to come down in the way. So, let the kids know the fence has to be removed and they might as well take the whole fence down while they're at it. Came back about 30 minutes later and boy was I impressed with what they had done!! Talk about teamwork! They had gathered tools and begun work.... they had each taken over some task that they were in charge of and were working hard... 6 kids ages 5, 6, 7, 9, 11 and 13. They were told to take down the fence and leave the posts for daddy to take down later... they don't need daddy... look up and 9 year old daughter is digging posts out with shovel and then 5 and 7 year old sons jump in and the 3 of them pull the post out... these posts are concreted in and my little ones are beasting them out. Yes I am bursting with pride at how hard and smart the 6 of them are working. I just sat in a chair and took pics of them working. They took the fence chain down and one of them had thought to cut it into smaller sections and then roll it and throw it in the back of the truck. My 6 year old daughter was cutting chain link with bolt cutters. I guess they have been paying attention when their daddy and I work after all... who knew?!