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    I declare this the Summer of Mods!

    Not sure this is "showing off" but I wanted to share my Summer '14 Mods: Season Two. Last year was the first for our 18-foot Intex Ultra Frame, and that was all about getting things in order and learning to maintain "clean" water all season long. Check. I even managed to put a modest 4'x20' Sungrabber solar heater on the system, which worked well for me and the kids, but the Mrs. wanted more. So this season has been all about upgrading the experience, and it has been a success so far (with some blood, sweat and cursing!).

    After adding the Hayward natural-gas heater and the Confer steps, we set out to do some landscaping and maybe make use of the Sungrabbers that I insisted on getting up off the lawn. First up was about 3-3.5 cubic yards of "small round rock," which isn't really as round as I was expecting but still nice. We laid down some edging before bringing in the stone.



    Then we wanted some sort of walkway from the house to the yard beyond the stone, and for this I found five oddly sized pallets (53"x26") at the local Habitat For Humanity Restore for $0.99 apiece that are just about perfect for what I wanted. After using the worst of the five to repair the "decking" of the other four, making some angle cuts and some waterproofing, they went down nicely and - voilą - our own boardwalk!





    Lastly, the solar heater, which was a major undertaking. Sitting on a flat roof about nine feet above the ground below, I intended to use the original Intex 635T pump that came with the pool. It took me two attempts and some fine-tuning with a sanding wheel to adapt the pump's output to PVC, and I regret using 1-1/2" PVC instead of 1-1/4" vertically, but it is working - although not quite as planned. Plan A was to bring the heated water back down to the T-line at ground level and up and over the side of the pool under the ladder. That didn't work. The pump isn't strong enough to lift it again the final four feet. So I went with Plan B, which was to simply attach another hose to the Sungrabber output and drop it directly into the pool. It's a bit white trash but so what, right? Right out of the gate we were getting about 10 degrees of raised water temperature. It's only pushing about 200 GPH, but every little bit help!









    Hopefully this will inspire someone else to get out there and make those modifications. Good luck.
    18'x4' AG Intex Ultra Frame, 6,700 gal., assembled new 2013; Mods: Hayward EC50C90 Perflex filter & 1 h.p. PowerFlo Matrix pump, Fiber Clear cellulose D.E. substitute, Hayward H100ID1 100,000 BTU NG heater, a pair of 2'x20' Sungrabber solar heaters via the original Intex 635T pump, grey Hydro Tools through-the-wall skimmer, Confer steps/ladder system & Cover Free chemical pool cover. The Summer of Mods!

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    Re: I declare this the Summer of Mods!

    Showoff!

    Seriously, you made some great mods!

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    Re: I declare this the Summer of Mods!

    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly View Post
    Showoff!

    Seriously, you made some great mods!

    Happy Swims
    Thanks. Like I said, only meant to inspire others! It helps to be the stay-at-home dad
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    Re: I declare this the Summer of Mods!

    It will inspire
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    You're done SLAMing when:
    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

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    Re: I declare this the Summer of Mods!

    I would love to get some solar heat next year! Awesome job and I love white trash! That's my brother's GF's name from my mom. She's a great girl! I can't say the other part of her name though but I thought of her when you mentioned White Trash.

    Love the use of the pallets too!
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    Re: I declare this the Summer of Mods!

    Looks good, now the big question is, what is your next project?
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    Re: I declare this the Summer of Mods!

    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac-1 View Post
    Looks good, now the big question is, what is your next project?
    I'm probably done with the pool itself for the summer, unless I try to re-plumb that return line with the abandoned PVC. Definitely not as easy as just dropping down a sump pump hose! Three kids and five separate camps this month is wearing me out. Hopefully I can get in the water and enjoy it a bit for myself. We do have a storage shed on order for the yard just beyond the boardwalk and the whole thing needs reseeding, plus the Mrs. wants a fire pit - found plans online for an enormous one she wants!

    Then there's the sweet corn and the tomatoes ...
    18'x4' AG Intex Ultra Frame, 6,700 gal., assembled new 2013; Mods: Hayward EC50C90 Perflex filter & 1 h.p. PowerFlo Matrix pump, Fiber Clear cellulose D.E. substitute, Hayward H100ID1 100,000 BTU NG heater, a pair of 2'x20' Sungrabber solar heaters via the original Intex 635T pump, grey Hydro Tools through-the-wall skimmer, Confer steps/ladder system & Cover Free chemical pool cover. The Summer of Mods!

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    Re: I declare this the Summer of Mods!

    CeeElGee,
    The pallet mod was pretty ingenious and cheap too. Very nice job!
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    Re: I declare this the Summer of Mods!

    I love how the walkway turned. Great idea !!

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    Re: I declare this the Summer of Mods!

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeMac View Post
    I love how the walkway turned. Great idea !!

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    I certainly lucked into those. We bought some discarded kitchen cabinets at the Restore and I was there picking them up. I noticed the pallets stuck back in a corner and they caught my eye immediately. I figured, if nothing else, I could buy some new decking to screw on over the top of them, as they were dirty enough that I wasn't sure what I'd get out of them after sanding. But, yes, I'm very happy with them, and more importantly, so is my wife
    18'x4' AG Intex Ultra Frame, 6,700 gal., assembled new 2013; Mods: Hayward EC50C90 Perflex filter & 1 h.p. PowerFlo Matrix pump, Fiber Clear cellulose D.E. substitute, Hayward H100ID1 100,000 BTU NG heater, a pair of 2'x20' Sungrabber solar heaters via the original Intex 635T pump, grey Hydro Tools through-the-wall skimmer, Confer steps/ladder system & Cover Free chemical pool cover. The Summer of Mods!

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