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    DIY or Contractor

    So, we had an AGP for two seasons until the wall rusted between liner and wall at skimmer and split, wrecking the whole pool. That pool was installed by an installer hired by the pool store we purchased it from. We went last season with no pool and now we're ready for another. The pool we had was a round 32'x54" and we had a large deck built half way around the perimeter. We've priced new pools from local pool stores and they are asking roughly $5,000 for just the pool not including install.

    What's the best place to buy an AGP online, what's the best brand, and we'd like opinions on the difficulty of doing it ourselves. We'd like another 32'x54", resin, with a good liner....our sand filter and pump were spared and salvaged from the wreckage.
    33' x 54" Round AG - 150lb Clearwater High Flow sand filter - 1.5 hp two peed Hayward pump - TF-100 Test Kit - 1 clear clean pool thanks to TFP and BBB - 1 soggy wife and 3 water logged boys. Next up, THE deck!

    All of the above now in wreckage, hauled for scrap...and to wrap hunting blinds.

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    Where are you located?

    When I bought my pool, I bought the local stores "demo" pool about Labor day. As for the best price? I would say dtermine which pool you want (by manufacturer if you can) and look for a bare bones price. I was lucky in that I got a great deal from a reputable dealer. In owning it for ten years, I have learned that most pools are manufactured by Doughboy, Asahi (most private labeled) and Wilbar. In looking up resources, I fund this article that in reading, I would agree wit much of what is being said here, but is seems to have some sales pitch bias but not bad. LINK

    I would find your manufacturer, and then the pool... then the liner. It seems some places will bury a high margin item in the middle of quote. You don't need much more than the pool and liner. You don't need pump/filter/ladder... The base cove and ground matt are items you can shop for separately.

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    We live in south Arkansas. The pool store I talked to today said installation would be an extra $1,500

    I've checked poolstore.com and poolsuplyworld and both have what appears to be good pools with good warranties for much less than the local retailers are selling them.
    33' x 54" Round AG - 150lb Clearwater High Flow sand filter - 1.5 hp two peed Hayward pump - TF-100 Test Kit - 1 clear clean pool thanks to TFP and BBB - 1 soggy wife and 3 water logged boys. Next up, THE deck!

    All of the above now in wreckage, hauled for scrap...and to wrap hunting blinds.

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    I'd buy a pool from poolsupply world ever day of the week if I had the money!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Two seasons! I would have that pool laying in somebody's parking lot! Good luck in your search for a new pool.


    30K gallon IG vinyl. 1.5HP 2-speed Waterway Mustang pump. 600 lb sand filter. Polaris 280. Circupool SI-60+. TF-100

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    Quote Originally Posted by n240sxguy View Post
    Two seasons! I would have that pool laying in somebody's parking lot! Good luck in your search for a new pool.
    By the time it crashed there was no parking lot, the guy filed bankruptcy, was arrested, and was found guilty of nine cases of theft and consumer fraud....which included us. Far as I know, no one ever saw a dime of restitution.

    Here's a link to the thread with pics of the wreckage. http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...c-Failure-Pics
    33' x 54" Round AG - 150lb Clearwater High Flow sand filter - 1.5 hp two peed Hayward pump - TF-100 Test Kit - 1 clear clean pool thanks to TFP and BBB - 1 soggy wife and 3 water logged boys. Next up, THE deck!

    All of the above now in wreckage, hauled for scrap...and to wrap hunting blinds.

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    Wow! That's nuts! Would've been a fun ride if you were on a float I bet! At least he got some of what was coming to him for screwing people over like that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by n240sxguy View Post
    Wow! That's nuts! Would've been a fun ride if you were on a float I bet! At least he got some of what was coming to him for screwing people over like that.


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    If that's what you call fun... That gushing water pushed his sand filter, pump, and the pad into the woods. If someone was in the pool, they could have been killed.

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    Washed pump, sand filter, concrete pads and grass down into the woodline.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    If that's what you call fun... That gushing water pushed his sand filter, pump, and the pad into the woods. If someone was in the pool, they could have been killed.
    I just saw the picture and thought about the videos of rednecks cutting an intex pool and surfing through the yard. Obviously it wouldn't be fun tumbling with the filter through the woods.


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    Enough force to snap sch40 pvc like a twig when it washed away the sand filter and pump.

    I wasn't going to replace it after seeing what could happen. After a season off, I know this is probably something that would never happen twice to even 1 out of 1000, and I have a nearly 5k deck sitting there that's good for nothing except a pool and to big to move. So, I'm on the hunt and really wanting to just do it myself....with some help of course.
    33' x 54" Round AG - 150lb Clearwater High Flow sand filter - 1.5 hp two peed Hayward pump - TF-100 Test Kit - 1 clear clean pool thanks to TFP and BBB - 1 soggy wife and 3 water logged boys. Next up, THE deck!

    All of the above now in wreckage, hauled for scrap...and to wrap hunting blinds.

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    I think it will be easy to install the new pool yourself. By far the hardest part is the site preparation. You site is all set. The ground is level and everything is ready for the pool including the deck.

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    Get some friends n do it! It's not that bad!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    As far as install, I helped uninstall mine at the store and then moved it home and set it up with the help of my brother. It took most of the day but it was not overly difficult. Grading and site prep are by far the hardest work.
    -- Guy --
    10K gallons in 21' Round 52 inch wall Aqualeader AG, Hayward Power Flow LX 1.5 HP pump motor, Hayward Perflex EC50AC DE filter w/Cellulose, Wide mouth skimmer, 2013 new Diver Dan (craigslist) to replace the faded old Hayward AquaBug. TF-100

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    In what I read you answered your own question (indirectly) in the second sentence.why would you put yourself through that again, Beer and equipment rental are far less expensive and YOU know the install is right and to your specifications.
    If you say you don't have time, when do you have time to play in pool!!!!
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