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    Questions about new pool

    I have just purchased a new 18 foot ultra frame pool and have a couple of questions.

    First, i have a waterway 1/2 hp pump with 100lb sand filter is this sufficient? As i do not want to use the sand filter that came with the pool.

    Second is putting gorilla mat under the pool worth it as i just used sand on my previous pool?

    Are their any auto pool cleaners that work aquabug? polaris?

    Does anyone know of a good latter that has the safety thing over the outside steps?

    Thanks
    G

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    Re: Questions about new pool

    Hi Germando,

    I have the 18 foot ultra frame rectangle pool... I love it... My pump is a 0.75hp and I've gone with a 100sq foot cartridge filter.....

    I didn't put anything underneath my pool, between the ground and the pool except the ground cover that came with it... Its starting to deteriorate, and the small pieces are ending up in my pool.... I'll be cutting the rest away on the weekend...

    I find I don't need an automatic pool cleaner, I vacuum every 2-3 days, and because I keep a solar cover on it every night, not much debris gets into my pool...

    I'm in Australia and resin ladders here are super expensive, but Amazon have a great range and it will only get better the closer your summer gets....

    Hope this has helped....
    Intex Rectangle 18 x 9 x 52', 4544 gallon (18000 litres), 0.75 hp pool pump, 100 sqft Zodiac Titan Cartridge Filter - 40mm, Stenner Peristaltic Pump chlorine injection system, Intex Over The Wall Skimmer, Intex Fittings with 40mm plumbing Lil Patch Of Heaven. Build/Construction http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...lice-of-heaven

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    Re: Questions about new pool

    Debris will not be much of an issue i am just lazy . I will check amazon i was just wondering if anyone had a good or bad experience with a particular one.

    Does anyone know of a good inline chlorinator or SWG? I have not decided on salt or chlorine and have used both, just wanting to get some ideas of what everyone has used and likes

    Also I am in texas and as soon as summer hits we will be 100+ for months
    Thanks
    G

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    Re: Questions about new pool

    I have the smaller pool and love it - I know nothing about the SWG's although I did read an earlier topic on rust and most people thought it was the SWG that was causing it. So far, I've not noticed any rust on my pool and I use a sand filter.

    I used a very heavy duty tarp under the pool and also used one on top, although like you, with the weather in the 100's you don't need it on at night - except to stop the leaves etc. It's surprising how much can blow into a pool in less than a week. I also use the vacuum that came with the pool it works with the filter and does a pretty good job, although I'm not too impressed with the fine stuff it lets through.

    You'd have read on here that getting teh site level is the most important thing and I can vouch for that, mine was uneven and had to be drained and re leveled it's still not perfect. I made the stupid beginners mistake of adding soil at one end instead of removing it at the high end - consequently, the topped up end sank badly.

    Re the ladder, the outside steps on mine come off - it is a bit tricky sometimes and can be a pain - plus the cover doesn't fit properly, so Laceygirls suggestion of taking the ladder out after every swim is what I'm going to do.

    Phew, who knew I knew so much - only had my pool since November lol
    2014 to 2015m pool 10000 litre (2531 Gallons) Bestway Above Ground Pool 412cmx201cmx122cm (162"x72"x48"), 1000GPH Sand Filter Pump System
    2016 New Pool - 3mtrx5.6mtr 20,000 litre Oval Above Ground, 21" Ongar Sand filter with 550 watt pump. (being sunk 60cm inground)

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    Re: Questions about new pool

    The aqua bug gets really good reviews but I found an open box Kreepy Krauly Lil Shark and could not resist the price so I bought it. March will be a year and it works great. I like it best because there is only one moving part, which means less to break and less to replace.

    When my pool was installed, the gorilla pad was put underneath. Nothing has come through in the year it has been up but, if I ever do it again, I will put down foam because it make a huge difference in how nice the bottom feels. The gorilla pad does not provide any cushion.
    Sharkline Reprieve 15x52 (3/14). Still using Intex 2650 Sand Filter with Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 3/4 HP pump (6/15). Solar Cover cut into strips for easy removal, (2) 2*10 Space Saver solar panels. Swim Jet HD Robot (by Aquabot) (3/15). Chlorine Liquidator (4 gal). 4 person hot tub. Hard pipe is the way to go for improved flow! Retired Lil Shark (3/15). Starite Max E Therm 333k BTU Propane Heater w/ 24 gal tank (7/15).

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    Re: Questions about new pool

    Oh wow, I LOVE that little shark - just watched a youtube video, it's so cute and looks like it wold do a great job. Shame it works out at about $350 over here though.

    On the up side, my nephew has always wanted to swim with sharks - this wold be one way to keep him happy lol
    2014 to 2015m pool 10000 litre (2531 Gallons) Bestway Above Ground Pool 412cmx201cmx122cm (162"x72"x48"), 1000GPH Sand Filter Pump System
    2016 New Pool - 3mtrx5.6mtr 20,000 litre Oval Above Ground, 21" Ongar Sand filter with 550 watt pump. (being sunk 60cm inground)

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    Re: Questions about new pool

    Ouch on the $350. You can swim with real sharks for free.
    Sharkline Reprieve 15x52 (3/14). Still using Intex 2650 Sand Filter with Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 3/4 HP pump (6/15). Solar Cover cut into strips for easy removal, (2) 2*10 Space Saver solar panels. Swim Jet HD Robot (by Aquabot) (3/15). Chlorine Liquidator (4 gal). 4 person hot tub. Hard pipe is the way to go for improved flow! Retired Lil Shark (3/15). Starite Max E Therm 333k BTU Propane Heater w/ 24 gal tank (7/15).

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