A few days ago I spent 3.5 hours in a pool store as the owner intermittently gave me lots of "information" and recommended different constructs for my new sand filter and pump. I left there with lots of hard plastic flexible pipe (that he had recommended) but then at the last moment while I was walking out the door he suggested, "that's probably not the way to go, call me tomorrow." Aack. His concerns were twofold; 1. My pump (1hp) would be pushing a lot of water and 2. My sand filter and pump would be located under our deck making accessibility an issue for back washing, etc.
I could go back, but while I appreciated his willingness to help...that's 3.5 hours of my life I will never get back. (Please understand, he was not helping me much of the time...it's one man operation and he helped me in between customers who came in with a definitive shopping list). I bought many things from him...it just seems they may be the wrong things.
So. Is there anyone here who recommend a best case scenario for me? Our pool is a 9x18 intex ultra. There is a deck that runs the length of the pool, on the side with the intake and return. The deck is about 9 foot wide. I have a 1 hp dyna flow pump and a large haywood sand filter waiting to be set up. Currently the pool runs with the awful canister filter and pump that it came with, along with a SWG. It appears to be necessary to set the pump and filter up outside of the deck...so about 9 feet away from the side of the pool.
Other pertinent information...It is going to be 95 degrees in Boise, Idaho in 3 days. My 4 children are on summer vacation and may eat me alive if I do not get this figured out soon. I am a girl with zero plumbing experience, but I take directions well and I am confident...which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. I really prefer to not cut holes in my pool liner for a skimmer..maybe if I win the battle with plumbing this year, my over confident bravado will convince me to do this next year.
1. My children are rowdy. They will jump, they will kick, they will splash. Is rigid pvc a bad idea? Is there long flexible pipe available that will work and not get brittle?
2. Should I put both pump and filter out from under the deck?
3. Am I foolish for thinking that I can conquer this on my own?
4. Can anyone hold my hand and talk me through it?