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  1. Townlakecakes

    Another bonding question - regarding finished grade

    Our pool varies at 6-10” below grade. We are planning to put down landscaping fabric then backfill 24” from pool wall with river stone and set w pavers. Does the bonding wire need to be surrounded by earth? Do I need to backfill with soil before I put the river rock on top?
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    Help with steps decision

    We bought both sections. The curve on the right interferes pretty badly with flow in the pool We got rid of the curve this year and still have the main step part, which has flow-through supports. They do float and I haven’t Yet found a way to consistently hold them in the water, but that seems...
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    Draining AGP

    A quick search found this, which is what the intex pools use. The bit that looks like a cage pushes into the pool to move the stop. We used the gravity drain and a pump w garden hose to drain our 20x48”and it still took almost 2 days. Intex Garden Hose Drain Plug Connector 10184
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    Pool is always cloudy after vacuuming!

    If it was green it’s still alive. You will need to shock/SLAM. Then it will take a few days for the filter to clear the water and you will probably need to vacuum again. Scrub all your surfaces with a brush to make sure you kill it all.
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    Quick moving storm wrecked AGP mid build, now what?

    So sorry for what happened. We put ours up this last week and I was constantly afraid impending storms would do the same. We lucked out. I agree with the other posters. May as well give it a shot. Good luck!
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    Upgrading to an Intex Salt Water System This is the SWG you’ll need, if you can find it in stock anywhere. Intex offers a 7000 gallon one or 15000. You’ll want to be sure...
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    Leak in pool

    I would imagine the overall condition of the wall and the rest of the steel would determine whether it’s worth it to put in a new liner. Is the rust structural or surface at this point? Replacement liner is around $300 and I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t very difficult to install.
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    Equipment pad for AGP

    Mike, that condenser pad is pretty cool! I was very close to driving over to Grainger for a lightweight cement pad. In the end I went with tamped 1 1/2” bull/river rock with pavers on top. That way the only expense was the rock, which we’re putting on the perimeter anyway. Ordered 2 yards and...
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    Equipment pad for AGP

    Did you find them locally or order online? Short timeframe kind of limits me
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    Equipment pad for AGP

    After having intex pools for 5 years and managing them with ease thanks to this site, our last one rusted through and we are done with them. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a 21’ x 54” Saltwater 8000 from The Pool Factory and after a full week of backbreaking ground prep, we are proud to...
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  16. Townlakecakes

    Best online pool store??

    We ordered from Pool Factory on July 1. I knew stocks were low across the board but I didn’t realize how lucky we were to grab one when we did but I was worried until shopping notification that it would be cancelled for not actually being available. It shipped 8 days later and will be here on...
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    New Intex pool, thinking of upgrading to SWG and sand filter to start

    I’m jealous. We’re limping through our 3rd summer with our 2nd 20x52 Ultra frame pool and we hope It doesn’t collapse like the first one did but it isn’t looking good. We’re done throwing good money after bad so next year upgrading to A hard sided AGP. However, after 6 years of Intex pools...
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    Oh no...RUSTing out after only one year!!!!

    We had the exact same problem, except we had 3 top rails rusted through by October after setting it up in May. The rest rusted through by spring. A good gust of wind blew the whole thing down once it was mostly drained. The legs weren’t exactly rust-free, but the top rails had nothing but water...
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    Has intex quality dropped?

    We had a friend that bought the Ultraframe 20’x48”last spring. It was on sale for $400. We were looking to upgrade our 15x36” easy set pool that my youngest had outgrown. So we followed suit and bought one too. We put it up beginning of May, and by October 3 of the horizontal supports had rusted...
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    Muriatic Acid not lowering TA

    That's interesting about the static. I tried again after wiping the tip and got 175. I also tested fill water, which is pH 8 and TA 250. I added water today, probably 4" or so. I must have had a combination of the two going on. I have 3 kids in there now splashing away, so I'll be ready for...
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    Muriatic Acid not lowering TA

    We opened the pool about 2 weeks ago. In that time, I've been trying to reduce my TA because it's at 200. pH at testing has ranged from 7.6 to 8.0. 3 times I've added enough acid to reduce the pH to 7.2, but the TA is still at 200. Any clues to what's going on here? Im using a 10mL test and 7...
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    Adding chemicals is not increasing my pool values

    @HotKewlAid, I got the stuff that's $6.44, but it's a box of 2- 1 gallon bottles, so $3.22/gallon. I was only able to find 3 bottles of store brand bleach on my grocery store shelves. I guess somebody else was SLAMing too. Walmart was my last resort but it sure was easier bringing home 6...
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    would these work as a bottom mat?

    We used them too. I kind of wish we had taped them together. All the sediment in the pool settles into the grooves in between, although I've never had a problem vacuuming it out. They do feel very good underfoot.
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    After 2 months of research, I still need some advice!

    We have a 15x36 and can't wait until it dies so we can get a bigger one. We run it with the Intex SWG and the Intex 3000 gpm filter and they all work great together. I do think with a larger pool we'd upgrade to a filter that has 2 speeds. The ladder *is* garbage. We'll eventually get around to...
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    New and Thank you!

    I don't know what I would have done without this site...maybe thrown away my easy set pool? I'm on almost my third summer with it. The first one came after my sister decided in august that pool ownership wasn't for her. So she sent me the link to the pool she had (or so I thought) and I told her...