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  1. CT-Steven

    Intex Closing (pictures)

    The intakes I use the plugs that came with the pool. For the outlet, I left the air intake open and just closed the valve.
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    Intex 1.5" Conversion

    Well, new year and figured it might be time to start collecting parts for the conversion. Found this after looking around for a cleaner conversion. Thoughts??? Waterway | SUCTION ASSEMBLY | HI FLO 90 DEGREE ELL 1 1/2" | 640-3280 ( Eh, NM looks like there is no nut to...
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    Filter, pump, heater for intex

    It is above ground. It is just a metal framed version (not prism or XTR).
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    Filter, pump, heater for intex

    I agree Intex inground = bad. What do you consider to be a long time? Our neighbors Intex is going on year 8 with no issues so far...
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    Sand Filter Sizing

    I do not have any experience with cartridge filter systems, as we always had a media filtration system. I would suspect that, if flow is good, maybe just visually check the filter for the amount of debris in it and find a happy medium where your not cleaning it bi-weekly. The amount of debris...
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    Sand Filter Sizing

    I looked your filter up and think this is what you have: From what I can see you have 2 hoses. 1 inlet, 1 outlet. This...
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    question about self draining pool cover

    Sand media needs to be changed out roughly every 4-6 years depending on the water and the debris going through the filter. We never used sand and used glass media from the onset. Other alternatives that might be viable and have found articles on are: ZeoSand, Polyballs, and even Polyester Fiber
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    Sand Filter Sizing

    I think there is some confusion as to what the pieces are to a filtration system... In short, you have 3 filtrations system available to you. 1. Filter 2. Sand 3. DE All 3 will require a pump that run off an electrical outlet that MUST be GCFI protected. As for an on/off switch, the pump...
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    Winterizing 18’ Intex Metal Frame Pool Set (Newbie)

    I agree with Woodstock1234 See my post here on what I did: Intex Closing (pictures)
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    Sand Filter Sizing

    We purchased out Intex this year. Knowing this was our first pool we decided to just use what it came with and after we learned a few things, we would upgrade for the following year. So far the first item will be the pump/filter. I was looking at the Intex 3000gph model, but I am starting to...
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    2021 Planning

    Ok, so put the pool to sleep and now want to plan for next summer. On top of upgrading the intakes to 1.5" and hard piping, I want to upgrade the filter. I was looking at the Intex 3000gph system, but starting to question if I want to move to something like a Hayward? Pool is not huge so I...
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    Intex Closing (pictures)

    Well first summer is now behind us and it was time to close. Being in New England and wanting to keep the pool up vs disassembly, I thought I would post a few pictures of my current setup and its closing. I think I am just going to shrink wrap the entire pool seeing as I have more of that...
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    Winterizing Above Ground Pool with Hard piped plumbing

    Like the drains in your house, I put in clean outs, to facilitate draining.
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    Cost of Intex Ultraframe 16x32

    Call me excessive, but we hose the entire pool down every weekend. I also backwash and rinse every 2 weeks. I clean the SWG plates with muriatic acid every 4 weeks.
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    To drain or not to drain....winterizing an Intex Ultra Frame XTR

    Unscrew the strainer from the inlet (might have 2 screws holding this in place). Loosen the hose clamp on the back of the 1.25" hose just enough to allow the intake assembly the ability to move (do not remove hose or clamp yet). Carefully wiggle the plastic intake assembly out of the liners...
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    Intex Ultra XTR owners: Winterizing Cover

    I would say that it really depends where you live and the type of winters you may or may not experience. Here in new England, its 50/50. We can have nice mild winters or get buried in a blizzard. Were covering up and prepping for the blizzard as I want to be better safe than sorry. I'll be...
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    To drain or not to drain....winterizing an Intex Ultra Frame XTR

    We're not draining. The pool came with some black plugs, we loosened the hose clamps removed the plastic intake and return and plugged the holes. I would assume that you could also just use rubber stoppers from your hardware store. I'll be closing this coming weekend, all the equipment will...
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    Winter covers

    I got one of these:
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    Cost of Intex Ultraframe 16x32

    Tipher, I like the idea of the pool noodles tucked under the base...
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    Winterizing Intex 18'x52" Ultra Frame pool in the Northeast

    I am not draining. Will chemically treat, remove the intake and returns and plugging them. The pump, filter, and SWG will be drained, cleaned, and brought inside. I will center the Pool Tree System and cover. Will use (2) bungies at each eyelet that drop down to eye hooks (2 anchor locations...
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    Winterizing Intex 18'x52" Ultra Frame pool in the Northeast

    Decided to go with the pool tree system: Above Ground Pool Winter Cover Support System
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    Winterizing Intex 18'x52" Ultra Frame pool in the Northeast

    Hi, from CT We're in the same predicament, in wanting to keep the pool up year round. Our neighbors have had theirs now going on 6 years, so I know is is possible. I just bought a BlueWave 12 - Year Winter Pool Cover tho it is over sized as I could not find anything that is rectangular and a...
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    Eco Therm 4” Coping top

    Anyone in the area that can give you a second opinion?
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    Where to buy Intex parts?

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    Replacing intex system

    I have a Intex 1200gph pump (never pumped sand into the pool) and a separate SWG rated for 15k as it was purchased after the fact. It allowed me to get familiar with the pool and chemicals as it is my first pool. Next year I am upgrading to a 3000gph system. I have started looking at a...
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    Finishing install of Intex XTR on clay soil - issues with sinking - can you jack it up?

    Buried the legs? Not sure I have seen or read anyone doing that. Would be wary about it rusting quicker and more so if the paint is scrapped and have unprotected metal exposed.
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    INTEX Ultra XTR Rectangle (walls sway and move...a lot it feels like?)

    We have had 2 adults and 3 kids in ours. Adults had inner tubes purposely creating waves. We had water up and over every side (you loose a lot of water this way). Pool has floating corners. Even if the vinyl was to expand outwards fully, the corner pieces are still too long to fall out.
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    Pre-Rust Protection: Intex Prism Rectangular Frame Pool

    We have a XTR. I hose down the pool once a week to wash off the chlorine and salt deposits.
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    Intex Pool Owners - Corner joints

    I have a 9x18 With the rectangular Intex pools the corner pieces float and move in and out of the straight pieces as the pool flexes and pressures are applied.
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    Winter cover? Wich is best?

    First year closing and I opted for this with a 4x8 pillow. I have 2x10 surrounding the pool as a boarder since leveling left us below grade on 3 sides. Will use eye hooks in the wood with straps to...