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Thread: Styrofoam Foamboard as a pool base??? Need advice and specifics PLEASE.

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    Styrofoam Foamboard as a pool base??? Need advice and specifics PLEASE.

    I am wanting to put in a 30' round AGP this spring and read that it was possible to use foamboard insulation as the base and padding. Has anyone tried this with success? What thickness size works best? How does it feel on the feet and will I need another source of padding on top of the foam to make it comfortable for little feet and toes?
    30' AGP, 22" Sand Filter w/ 1hp Pump, Suction Side Cleaner

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    Re: Styrofoam Foamboard as a pool base??? Need advice and specifics PLEASE.

    Most people who've used the foam board for their Intex pools have used 1/2-3/4" foam. They have recommended to use duct tape on the seams (3 strips per seam). It is plenty soft on the feet but it can get expensive. Sand is just as good and a lot cheaper to use.
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    Re: Styrofoam Foamboard as a pool base??? Need advice and specifics PLEASE.

    Thank you, Casey. I put a pen to it last night and figured it would be in the neighborhood of $500 for the base alone. That is steep, but I was really hoping that the foam would insulate and extend our usability by a month or so. Thanks again for input. I'm glad I didn't rush out and buy the 2" stuff that is on sale.
    30' AGP, 22" Sand Filter w/ 1hp Pump, Suction Side Cleaner

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    Re: Styrofoam Foamboard as a pool base??? Need advice and specifics PLEASE.

    You lose most of your heat from the surface of the water. By not running your pump at night and keeping the pool covered, you'll retain most of your heat.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Styrofoam Foamboard as a pool base??? Need advice and specifics PLEASE.

    Good Info. We were always lazy about replacing the cover and night and that was when I would run our cleaner. I will change that schedule and save some heat.

    Thanks again, Casey!
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    Re: Styrofoam Foamboard as a pool base??? Need advice and specifics PLEASE.

    You're welcome!

    I have also found, in heating my pool, that it warms the fastest when the cover and pump are off and the suns rays can beat the whole way through the water to the bottom of the pool. And then covering it at night.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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