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  1. mac.dblues

    What did you do to your pool today?

    Not today, but Friday I added a good bit of muriatic acid because our TA was higher than I wanted it. Saturday morning I aerated a while to raise Ph back up after dropping TA. We also installed a pair of Pyle Bluetooth outdoor speakers that Deb got for Christmas so she can have her tunes in...
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    Did a little upgrading and now have questions.

    So, over the winter we bought a new sand filter for our Intex pool and as part of the process, I hard plumbed it to the pool to reduce drag inside the plumbing, and well, to be perfectly honest, so that I can say I hard plumbed our pool. Ha! Since hard plumbing and upgrading to the Hayward...
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    Intex Privacy

    Now how in the world are you supposed to get an all over tan by skinny dippin' at night????
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    Hanging a rectangular Intex Ultra Frame Pool directly from the pool deck

    I assume the coiled hose is to heat your water. How do you circulate it?
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Deb told me I needed to get caught up on the pool build, so here we go. We got another load of sand and Deb got busy spreading it before I got home from work that day. Then we finished building the frame to retain the base of sand. Then the picture taking kinda stopped while we leveled...
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Next step... get off lazy butt and finish building the sand retaining frame. Haul in sand. Level it fairly well. Let rain pack the sand in nice and tight. Cover with weed barrier/rolled roofing. Order more sand... No rain in the immediate forcast???? Artificial Rain will have to work...
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    Intex Privacy

    That's interesting looking. I wonder how heavy it is though.
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    Intex Privacy

    Has anyone come up with a make shift privacy fence for an Intex Ultra frame Pool? If so, post some pics up in here! Once I get our pool set up, one side will be visible to our next door neighbors and another few feet will be visible from our road. Don't want to fence all the way around since...
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Last weekend was spent camped at the Gilbert RV Campground on the Buffalo National River. We had a great time, but didn't get any pool work done... This weekend however, Deb cracked the whip. We got a good start on the frame that will contain the sand foundation under our pool. It will be...
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Deb is a little excited about the dirt work... We borrowed a backhoe from a cousin down the road. Made the dirt work quicker and a little more accurate. I grew up on a farm so I kinda understand equipment and have a decent hand operating it. I'm no professional by far but if I take my time I...
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Thanks Kim, I'm feeling much better. Deb is a beast, she just doesn't realize it. More pics coming soon.
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    What a lovely weekend to do deck work in preparation for the pool! The high temp Friday was 104 with a heat index of 115! Saturday was cool by comparison, just 103 with a heat index of around 112. We got started early Saturday morning, cutting posts to support the deck beams and attaching the...
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Holy Cow! Has it really been 2 years since I started this thread??? Life has been busy. And we have been a bit lazy as well. Since the last update, we bought a new camper and have spent many weekends in it at various campgrounds all over Arkansas. But one of our trips this month got...
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    My First "Level" Pool Install and Deck Build

    I let the OP know you had questions about his deck. I'm pretty sure he used 2 X 10's sistered together. And I am fairly certain he just used green wood screws to attach the 2 X 4 , 2X10 and 4X4's together. I'm not an engineer but 2 - 2 X 8's sistered would probably be plenty to carry the...
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    Spa plaster crack turns out to be delamination/bubble

    How does one make room for meat in a beer fridge? And yes, beer goes in those drawers nicely. Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
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    Tarp to go under metal frame post feet, or behind them?

    If you cover all of your leveled ground, you can always cover the part that is exposed with mulch or washed river rock to make it more pleasing to the eye. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Tarp to go under metal frame post feet, or behind them?

    I'd be careful using cedar. I just spent about $2000 on cedar siding on our hose remodel and that stuff splits easily. Most of us around TFP use concrete pavers. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Tarp to go under metal frame post feet, or behind them?

    Yeah basically. However, I had rolled roofing under my sand base for a weed barrier. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Install through the wall Skimmer with pool full.

    This ^^^^^ And my final piece of advice... Make sure you use a #3 phillips screwdriver to tighten the screws. The larger head creates more torque and will tighten the screws that extra bit they need to make the gasket seal. I tried with a #2 and had them as tight as I could get them but still...
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    Tarp to go under metal frame post feet, or behind them?

    I folded ours where it was covered and out of sight by the bottom of the pool.
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Sorry it's been so long since we updated. It's been a little hectic here in Lower Arkansas. We spent prom weekend building the deck. Then our daughter graduated from college. Then we had our semi annual camping trip on the Buffalo River in Upper Arkansas. Pool will be coming soon. But...
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    Pool base

    I don't see why not. They'd probably be even nicer than the foam insulation.
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    Hanging a rectangular Intex Ultra Frame Pool directly from the pool deck

    I gotta see this one... Casey, pass the popcorn!
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Phase one is a 12 x 28 deck off the back of the house. Phase 2 will connect this deck to the pool. Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Thanks Kim. I made another blog post last week. First stage of the renovation is almost complete. We finally have the house almost painted. I sprayed the house and Deb has been painting the trim. She would have been done with the trim yesterday, but the red wasps chased her off the ladder...
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Sooo... Our original move in date was going to be last Memorial Day weekend. Man, did I ever over estimate my skills and time management abilities. Deb's dad says I worry too much about things that don't exist. He's right. I have a bad habit of over thinking a project and delaying things...
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    Helpppppp!!!!! Skimmer install

    I'm still on the #3 bandwagon. That's all it took to finish sealing mine off.
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    Helpppppp!!!!! Skimmer install

    Get a #3 Philips screwdriver after those screws. You are probably using a #2 as they are most common and it keeps slipping out on you. The #3 will give you the necessary torque and grip to finish seating the screws. How do I know this? Experience installing my Hayward skimmer. I tried using...
  29. mac.dblues

    Finally got the Nerve to install Hayward Wide Mouth Skimmer... WITH PICS

    We have the dynaskim on our 20' round pool. I'm pretty sure there are pics in my build thread. For those of you preparing to install yours, here is my advice. Drain or don't drain, it doesn't really matter. If you don't get the screws tight enough, it will leak either way. Personally, if...
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    Gonna have to do it all over again...

    Dang it Casey!!! Good thing there is a beer store between work and home. FYI, check out the blog for pics of Deb falling in the kitchen sink! LOL!