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    Getting ready to buy a pool

    Hi! My husband and I finally decided that we would like to have a pool installed. I'm leaning toward ordering the pool/equipment online and then hiring someone to install it and run electric. We are in the Chicago area. So far I have the following that I am considering:

    -Sharkline Matrix 20 x 54" Round Above Ground Swimming Pool
    -Pentair 347992 OptiFlo Vertical Discharge 1-1/2HP Above Ground Pool Pump Dual Speed Motor with 3' Standard Cord, 115V
    -Liner Armor PC20R 20' Round Above Ground Pool Peel and Stick Liner Cove Protection Kit
    -Swimline LI2054ASU 20' Round All Swirl UniBead 54in. Depth Above Ground Pool Liner
    -Polaris 65 Turbo Turtle Above Ground Pressure Side Automatic Pool Cleaner
    -TFTestkits TF-100 TFTestkit FAS-DPD Test Kit
    -Pentair PNSD0060DO1160 Sand Dollar SD60 Sand Filter System with 1-1/2HP Dynamo Above Ground Pool Pump
    -Hayward AQ-TROL-HP AquaTrol Salt Water Chlorine Generator for Above Ground Pools

    We would also need to purchase a locking gate and above ground pool resin fence kit (both required by town and all around a good idea to have since we do not have a fenced yard).

    Does this look good? Anything you would add or change? This his a large purchase and I want to make sure I'm making the best choices. Is the floor or wall foam necessary?

    Thank you very much for taking the time to help!

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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

    I will back off of most of this because as an Intex owner, I know little about specific non intex pools.

    I will say that the floor foam will make your pool more comfortable. Little money for the amount your spending so I would definitely keep that.

    Also good choice getting a proper test kit from the start. Looks like you have done your homework! I would at a minimum get the XL option. It will make your kit ship for free as an added bonus. I don't have one, but the speed stir will make your life much easier.
    6425g Intex Ultraframe 18'x48" AG
    Stock 1500gph cartridge filter / Intex SWG CG-28669 with E.C.O.
    Install date: 5/26/2015
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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

    Thank you! I'll be sure to go with the foam and I'll look into the XL kit. Does anyone have any comments on the other equipment?

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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

    Have you decided on where you will purchase the pool and accessories
    21' NEW YORKER II 54" DEEP AGP Private Label MORADA RTR WILBAR Aluminum wall
    Hard Bottom and 1/4" Floor Pad 1/8" Wall Foam Well Water Perma 2500 Unibead liner King Technology Pool Chlorine Feeder HAYWARD Diver Dave cleaner
    Waterway 22″ Sand Filter 1.5 HP Center Discharge Pump Single speed Wide Mouth skimmer

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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

    Get the thickest mil liner you can afford, at least 25. I would recommend that you get a robot cleaner but that is definitely a preference. I did the battery operated cleaner and then the suction side cleaner, and then the robot. I get a lot of joy plugging it in and letting it go. My time is spent enjoying the pool, not connecting and lugging hoses or unwrapping the suction cleaner from the stairs.
    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: Getting ready to buy a pool

    Quote Originally Posted by giltyler View Post
    Have you decided on where you will purchase the pool and accessories
    I was leaning towards poolsuppyworld, but am open to suggestions.

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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

    I also have a Leslie Pool in the area, might go and check out their prices also.

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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

    -Sharkline Matrix 20 x 54" Round Above Ground Swimming Pool ( FANTASTIC CHOICE! We have the same one, just 24 ft )
    -Pentair 347992 OptiFlo Vertical Discharge 1-1/2HP Above Ground Pool Pump Dual Speed Motor with 3' Standard Cord, 115V ( VERY NICE CHOICE, 2 spd is the way to go )
    -Liner Armor PC20R 20' Round Above Ground Pool Peel and Stick Liner Cove Protection Kit
    -Swimline LI2054ASU 20' Round All Swirl UniBead 54in. Depth Above Ground Pool Liner ( we had this liner when we first got our pool, not very dark. We went with the Pacific Diamond pattern after ice damage and it's so much nicer )
    -Polaris 65 Turbo Turtle Above Ground Pressure Side Automatic Pool Cleaner
    -TFTestkits TF-100 TFTestkit FAS-DPD Test Kit
    -Pentair PNSD0060DO1160 Sand Dollar SD60 Sand Filter System with 1-1/2HP Dynamo Above Ground Pool Pump ( If I had to go back and do it all over again, i would get a DE filter )
    -Hayward AQ-TROL-HP AquaTrol Salt Water Chlorine Generator for Above Ground Pools ( keep in mind the cells are not cheap, think 300$ for this model )


    Good luck
    24 ft Sharkline Matrix AG
    Waterway 1HP 2SPD Sand Filter 100lb sand capacity, using 50lb of ZeoSand
    TAYLOR K-2006 test kit.
    Installed Spring 2013
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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

    Stand where you plan to put the pool and look up. If you see trees, make sure you are prepared to fight that battle. Leaf nets help.

    If there aren't trees, look to see if neighbor's trees will eventually grow high enough to block the sun, drop leaves, pollen, etc., on to your pool.

    The first couple years in our yard were nice. Each year it gets tougher. It's been 6 years and now loose almost 2 hours of sun because of a neighbor's tree that has grown so high. I also open nearly a month later, to avoid dealing with the heavy pollen season.
    18' AG pool, 7,646 gallons, Sun from 11:30AM-2PM.
    Pentair Dynamo 1hp pump, Intermatic Timer (6/17)
    Pentair Sand dollar filter - 100lbs, 35gpm
    Pentair Lil' Shark cleaner, TF-100 Kit
    Raypak 206A 200K, BTU gas (6/17)

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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

    You might consider 230VAC instead of 120VAV for the pump.
    16 x 32 17500 gallons
    Vinyl in-ground
    Hayward 250# Sand Filter
    1 HP Pump
    Hayward SWG

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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

    I shopped here National Discount Pool Supplies - Above Ground Pools and Supplies
    Very nice people and always take time to answer you questions.
    The have good prices and free shipping and tax free unless you are in WI
    I negotiated with them on my hard bottom and other building extras and got my pool in 3 days.
    Some of the listings are there own name but it is easy to figure out what others call it just ask.
    21' NEW YORKER II 54" DEEP AGP Private Label MORADA RTR WILBAR Aluminum wall
    Hard Bottom and 1/4" Floor Pad 1/8" Wall Foam Well Water Perma 2500 Unibead liner King Technology Pool Chlorine Feeder HAYWARD Diver Dave cleaner
    Waterway 22″ Sand Filter 1.5 HP Center Discharge Pump Single speed Wide Mouth skimmer

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    Re: Getting ready to buy a pool

    We just replaced our pool with a sharkline saltwater 8000. I like it compared to the one we had before and it has all stainless hardware. We've had an aquatroll for about 7 yrs. and I like it quite a bit, be prepared for it to stop working though. I believe we've been through at least 4 of them so far. 1st one didn't work out of the box 2nd one lasted a while and started leaking some kind of black stuff out of the cell so it was replaced 3rd one didn't work out of the box and got replaced 4th one I've changed a part on the board and it's still running, for how long I don't know. I'd try and find a 1hp pump, 1.5 is a bit much. Go with the thickest liner you can. Trust what you read here,this site will teach you how to confidently operate a pool. Check out Thepoolfactory.com
    Noob Here!
    24' Above Ground
    Aquatrol SWG
    1 1/2 hp pump, sand filter

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