Hi, I thought I would post some pics to introduce myself. I'm Paul and I'm from the UK.
I've no doubt I will be needing peoples help, and I am very happy to offer any help no matter how limited that may be!
Grab a drink, I will outline my starting process to maybe help others who have zero experience on this subject...
I've had three different pools over the last three years. Most will know you tend to start small and then get bigger and better
Pools so far:
10'x30" Intex metal frame AGP
12'x30" Intex metal frame AGP
12'x48" Bestway Poseidon metal wall AGP
We are a corner house, meaning we have a very small rear garden that is diamond shaped. The front garden drive is much larger, but not suitable to have a pool.
I've always liked the idea of having a outdoor pool, but British weather, small houses/gardens and expense always kept it a pipe dream.
I had seen the Intex metal frame pools in Costco, but never thought of getting one due to the small size of our rear garden. I thought getting a small pool would be a waste of time. A few holidays with small pools in the villa's gave me a few ideas though.
I came across a bargain 10'x30" Intex pool whilst browsing Amazon (£80). It was so cheap I reasoned that if it was a bad idea or that the kids would get bored quickly, then I could just sell it or even dump it.
It would fit between a metal shed and the existing decking, and sited on artificial grass. After the pool arrived, I realised that I would need a few other bits...(it starts!!!)
I got a bargain on a small Intex pump/filter(£10). I was amazed how easy it was to set it all up. Within a couple of hours, the pool was being filled. Whilst waiting for it to fill, it occurred to me we might need a heater!
So the kids could use the pool straight away, I hooked up the hose to the hot tap in the kitchen. Thankfully we have a big instant hot water boiler, so feeding plenty of hot water wasn't a problem. The following Gas bill might be though!
The pool only took six hours to fill, and the water was nice and warm. The kids were straight in, and so were we . The next day, the water was much cooler. The kids and me were still in but my wife wasn't.
So I was soon back on Amazon looking for a pool heater. The obvious choice was the Intex 3kw pool heater (£80). It arrived in two days and was fitted straight away. It took a couple of days to warm the pool, and the wife was back in!
By the end of the week, we woke to find the pool had a nice lime tint to it! I had no idea what that was, and by the next day had turned a nice green colour. I looked online for a pool store. Pools haven't really taken off in the UK yet, so stores are few and far between. They are also very expensive. I found a local supplier. They are normally online only, but since I only lived a few miles away, they agreed to help me out. I popped round with the intention of getting something called "Chlorine tablets". By the time I got out of there I had enough pool "bits" to start my own shop!
I was now the proud owner of a deluxe pool maintenance kit, Chlorine multi tablets, shock granules, test strips, floating tablet dispenser, Intex bucket skimmer...
I was told to "shock" the pool with the granules, then add a couple of tablets when the other ones disappear. All the shock granules did was turn the pool from green to grey. I decided to drain the pool and start again.
Once the pool was refilled, I added a couple of multi function tablets to the floating "space ship" (as the kids called it). This worked great until I then bought a Intex solar/thermal cover. The space ship got caught under it and over night dropped Chlorine onto one spot on the bottom of the liner and bleached it white! At that point I started just adding tablets to the clip on wall skimmer.
It took a while until I got the hang of how many tablets to add to wall skimmer. I could almost smell when the pool was about to "turn". I was more worried about bleaching the kids than the colour turning green so took it easy etc.
Even though I had now spent three times as much as the original pool cost, the season was a complete success. The only glitch came in the form of my electricity bill. Heating the pool for 5 months cost an extra £800-900...
To my amazement, the kids didn't get bored and used the pool every single day. Wind or rain didn't put them off. In fact it was only during a possible thunder storm that I managed to get them out! My wife and I loved the extra time we all spent together. Friends/family also came round more and had a great time.
That made my mind up! The metal shed had to go. With that out of the way, the garden would be more open and brighter. But more importantly, I could squeeze in a 12 footer
The small space...