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    Intex again, or something that will last longer

    I went with another Intex 26' x 54" round pool. This one is labeled an XTR but looks exactly like the outgoing Ultra Frame that I bought in '17. Hopefully it holds up better. Was lucky to get this one as they were selling out fast. Paid a premium for it, but Walmart sensed they were in high...
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    New Pool Install

    Unbelievable, this is so hard. Praying for you Casey.
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    Gas heater for intex AGP?

    Isn't it most important to bond the pool water? That's what these fittings are for: Amazon.com : Perma-Cast PB2008 Water Bonding Fitting PB-2008 : Garden & Outdoor These can be mounted in a skimmer or piping as close to the pool as you can. The outside receives a large copper bonding wire.
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    How fast does rust spread?

    Curious, do you have salt in your pool or are you just using bleach as your chlorine source?
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    Overlap liner without original liner on Intext Ultra Frame pool?

    The Intex liners are very tough (strong). Unfortunately I don't think a liner designed for a pool with a steel wall will survive what you're considering.
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    Question about space between liner and poles?

    It could be that the liner wasn't perfectly centered when water was first added. Once there's water in it, the liner won't self-center. As for checking level, if you look across the top rails of the pool from one side to the other you can see if the pool is level or not all the way around.
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    Jhook vs beaded liner for pool wall longevity - less rust?

    Hello, Looking at pool liner mounting options I was all excited about the beaded liner approach until I thought about how splashing water and waves might get to the inner pool wall at the joints between the bead track segments. With a beaded liner, the liner itself does not go all the way to...
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    Gas heater for intex AGP?

    I think so. If you're doing a SLAM, or any other high chlorine or high chemical thing in your pool water to correct and issue, I did not want that flowing through the heater's heat exchanger. So I'd close the in & out heater isolation valves and open the bypass before I drastically changed...
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    Rust Treatment

    Wow, you guys have me wondering why I am considering 'upgrading' from my Intex Ultra Frame that only lasted 3 years. I was assuming that a 'real' AGP would last way longer and not have these rusting problems.
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    Lomart Montessa 24' rusting

    Pool Supply World lists this model as 'salt water friendly' but the rust you have is of concern especially considering the age. Hopefully others more experienced than I can give you come advice. Pool Supply WorldLomart Montessa Above Ground Pool
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    Gas heater for intex AGP?

    Here are some pictures of my setup--I used this plumbing for 3 summers until the pool frame rusted too badly to continue using. I'll admit embarrassment over the weediness of the pump area--that was fixed last year to a clean gravel area--but you get the idea. Isolation valves are your...
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    Rusted skimmer

    Maybe try to protect that liner by folding it up and setting it somewhere safe?
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    Rusted skimmer

    I'm so sorry to hear this. Was really cheering for you and anticipating the new look of your pool with the liner.
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    Can somebody check my specs before I spend $7000+

    PV2, what are the downsides of the wall foam? And the ladder pad? Thanks.
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    Rusted skimmer

    Thanks--looks great!
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    Rusted skimmer

    Hi Casey, I really like the look of your old pool liner. Do you have a photo or two of what it looked like when it was full of water? How did you like the look of that liner?
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    Intex XTR 24 foot round

    I don't know the weight limits of the concrete pads. They have no internal reinforcing steel--it's just a slab of concrete--from Lowes. While there is a lot of weight on the posts, most of the water's weight is straight down on the ground through the floor of the pool. The vertical posts are...
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    Intex XTR 24 foot round

    I've used 12" x 12" pavers that are about 2" thick under the posts of my 26' x 52" Intex. Never had a crack.
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    Can somebody check my specs before I spend $7000+

    I think overall you've spec'd out some good items! I like the Stainless service panel on that pool. I've been shopping around to upgrade from our 26'x52" intex. I will say that I think you're pool heater may be undersized--but that is for me up near Seattle which likely has cooler weather and...
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    Availability of Intex Pools (COVID-19 impact)

    I've been watching for an opportunity to buy a new Intex 26' by 52" Ultra Frame XTR as ours rusted out in 3 seasons. Walmart just marked their price up to $1,799 in the last few days. It was $1,249. Guess I waited too long :) With the 3-year lasting Intex at $1,800 I'm tempted to upgrade and...
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    Question for users of the DIY solar cover reel

    I've had a 26' round pool the for the last 3 summers. I took a single piece solar cover and cut it in half to make it (a bit) more manageable. I would just pull it off the pool and let it sit in the yard until we were done swimming for the day. It works, but its probably not the best method...
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    Question for users of the DIY solar cover reel

    4" diameter by 8' long aluminum round tube starts at $219 (depending on wall thickness) here: MetalsDepot® - Buy Aluminum Round Tube Online 4" x 4" square tube, if that would work, is almost half the cost.
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    Question for users of the DIY solar cover reel

    Looks like you can get a completely new one for a 30' pool for $369: FeherGuard Premium 30' Solar Cover Reel | Solar Cover Reels
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    Above ground vacuum problems..

    You can keep any port(s) that have return water going into the pool open. But when vacuuming, you want only the suction of the pump coming through the skimmer and your hose/vacuum. Any other suction port should be closed with a valve. I have two suction locations in my pool and close the...
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    Best starter pool

    What size or shape do you want? How much do you want to spend? How long do you want it to last?
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    Before I pull the trigger...?

    I've used 40# salt bags from Home Depot that are for water softener systems--these have worked well for us. Yes, you are right on Intex pools selling out! I've been watching the 26' x 52" size for a long time as ours rusted out badly after three seasons. Perhaps I've been waiting a bit too...
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    Above ground vacuum problems..

    I have the 3,000 GPH Intex pump/sand filter combo and a Hayward skimmer. The suction I get off of it is very strong. In fact when the pump is on it is very difficult to remove the vacuum plate from the skimmer. If you can easily remove the vacuum plate from the skimmer when the pump is...
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    27'AG install in Kentucky in 10 days! With additional Patio and Deck build!

    Also, it looks like you have a Dolphin pool cleaner. What are your thoughts on it? I'm considering an E10.
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    27'AG install in Kentucky in 10 days! With additional Patio and Deck build!

    It has been a joy to read this thread in the last few minutes. You have done beautiful work! You'll love the heater. I have the same one except it is natural gas and it's been a game changer for us here in sometimes-chilly western Washington.
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    Gas heater for intex AGP?

    I have a 406k btu/hr natural gas heater for my intext pool (26'x52" round). It is fantastic although it cost much more than the pool. The Raypack model I have is very very quiet. No fans or moving parts other than the gas valve opening and closing. The heaters with a pilot light that require...