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    26' Intex - Planning, Install, Upgrades, and Landscaping Thread

    They're held on by zip ties high enough on the legs where the ties won't touch the pool wall, I was worried about chafing and wearing a hole over time. I've become an expert siphoning water with an old 1" pool vacuum hose. A garden hose works too but it's very slow, a set it and forget it...
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    26' Intex - Planning, Install, Upgrades, and Landscaping Thread

    I think i mentioned early in this thread i switched to an oversized solar cover and I'll never go back. I clip the cover on and never get a single leaf, bugs or dust in the pool. Removal literally takes 3 minutes. I remove all clips except 2 that are directly across the pool from each other...
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    26' Intex - Planning, Install, Upgrades, and Landscaping Thread

    I have the same setup (skimmer and Intex cleaner). When I upgraded to a new filter and pump it moved enough volume to have 2 returns so I was able to run the Intex cleaner and an eyeball for circular water circulation at the same time. I don't know if the Intex filter and pump you have moves...
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    Ground Prep Question

    I had a similar problem. I dug the stump and roots out because i was worried the roots would decay over time and settle. I filled the hole with a fine compacted sand and haven't had a problem.
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    26' Intex - Planning, Install, Upgrades, and Landscaping Thread

    It looks like Walmart has the Intex Auto Pool Cleaner. Not sure why they are so expensive at over $100 there, I got one last year in the mid 60s... That pool cleaner is the best thing I ever purchased for the pool. Yes it is probably cheap junk compared to the expensive ones but for the price...
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    Cover clips

    Spring clamps from Harbor Freight, $1.99 each, been using them for years on the Ultraframe.
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    26' Intex - Planning, Install, Upgrades, and Landscaping Thread

    That's much better than I thought it would be, not bad at all really, the foam must be pretty dense. I'm guessing it might sink more over time but it's probably good for a while. If you decide to place blocks with water in the pool I've had good luck with a floor jack and rigging two 2x4s to...
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    26' Intex - Planning, Install, Upgrades, and Landscaping Thread

    If the wood blocks weren't flush with the foam you probably would have had problems. They would have been pushing up on the bottom of the liner and I'm guessing might eventually tear it. Just my 2 cents but you've spent sooo much time researching, preparing, constructing, money and doing...
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    26' Intex - Planning, Install, Upgrades, and Landscaping Thread

    Here's a cheap DIY fence. Did upgrage to cedar as recommended by my brother in law who owns a fence company (lasts longer, doesn't warp much, no maintenance). Price was $10 a foot from Menards.
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    DECIDED ON INTEX! Suggestions Wanted - Intex XTR vs "Real" AGP

    Very happy for you! Glad it turned out and happy to help. This site has helped me so much over the years I couldn't ask for anything, just pay it forward some day. ?
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    DECIDED ON INTEX! Suggestions Wanted - Intex XTR vs "Real" AGP

    Crazy how it fluctuates, you bought at just the right time.
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    26' Intex - Planning, Install, Upgrades, and Landscaping Thread

    It is a bit of a pain. I've become pretty efficient at removing and installing the cover by myself, maybe 3 or 4 minutes tops. If anyone else tries it, forget it, not gonna happen. So you're right that might not be the way to go.
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    26' Intex - Planning, Install, Upgrades, and Landscaping Thread

    For placement make sure the pool isn't in the shadow of the house. Mid summer won't be a problem but mid May and end of August could be. The sun angle at your location can be found online. My "opinion" on solar covers... After 5 years with an ultra frame and trying different things with a...
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    DECIDED ON INTEX! Suggestions Wanted - Intex XTR vs "Real" AGP

    I would bet money, or a case of beer, you get what you ordered. Plus it says sold and shipped by walmart which would give me peace of mind, not some other company which is sometimes the case. Once you see the box in the store you'll know if it's the real deal and if it's not what was...
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    DECIDED ON INTEX! Suggestions Wanted - Intex XTR vs "Real" AGP

    Walmart is very strange with these pool prices, the regular ultra frame is $1166:unsure: :hammer:
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    DECIDED ON INTEX! Suggestions Wanted - Intex XTR vs "Real" AGP

    I ran into the same problem looking for intex pools a few years ago. Intex website doesn't list their biggest pools and the ones they list are 4x the price of walmart. I have an old thread following the price of the 26' pool at walmart over the course of a year and their price jumps all over...
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    DECIDED ON INTEX! Suggestions Wanted - Intex XTR vs "Real" AGP

    Haven't read through your entire post to see if you've picked a pool but Walmart has 26' round 52" deep intex ultra xtr for $399 free shipping if you pick up in store.
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    I drained the pool too far, it’s at least 12 inches below the skimmer, will it be ok? 30 ft round

    Thanks, I see the light! My confusion was mistakenly thinking it was a vinyl sided pool like an Intex. Looking at the picture I see it most definitely is not.
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    I drained the pool too far, it’s at least 12 inches below the skimmer, will it be ok? 30 ft round

    So what are the sides vulnerable to that 8" of water would fix?
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    I drained the pool too far, it’s at least 12 inches below the skimmer, will it be ok? 30 ft round

    I disagree. How deep was the water when it froze? 1 ft of water in a pool that size is 44,000 lbs. I'm guessing you still had at least 2 ft of water so thats 88,000 lbs. That pool isn't going anywhere, leave it alone till spring.
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    How tight to make winter cover

    My cover is solid
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    How tight to make winter cover

    I let it sit on the water, 2 to 3 feet of snow on a stretched tight cover would wreck things in a hurry. I use the jugs to hold the cover down until rain or snow takes over.
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    Winter cover for high winds!

    I'm happy with a cheap one. I wouldn't get a pillow, just let the cover sit on top of the water and use jugs of water to hold it down until it rains or snows.
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    "Temporary" AGPs + Northern winters. Can they survive?

    We leave our Intex Ultra up all year, this will be the 4th winter and have noticed no problems. It freezes solid, just drain below the returns.
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    New Build

    Wish I would of saw this post a few weeks ago, I would have recommended making a water level. For about $5 you can make a level thats as 100% perfectly accurate.
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    Weight of Snow/Slush on a Covered AG pool

    In the future I would let the cover rest directly on the water surface, you'll never have to worry about what's on the cover.
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    Winter Cover Air Problems?

    Getting rid of the pillow might add a little more slack in the liner.
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    Oops! Nearly drained my pool empty. How low can I keep it for Michigan winter?

    It will freeze solid in Michigan. 12" from the top??? I think you want it 6" below the lowest return.
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    Intex robot wheels "locking"

    Mine too. I swapped the front wheels to the back, it seemed to help a little but I think the thing is just getting old and wore out. I'll be getting a new one next spring.