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    Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Just finished setting up/fill the new pool tonight. I will be adding chemicals tomorrow after an initial test. Definitely going to be upgrading the pump, but want to get up and running first. I have twin 5 year old girls who are VERY excited about this.

    Does anyone have one of these types of pools running all year round? I live in Florida and plan to keep this pool up all year round, wondering if anyone has any success in doing this.




    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
    Pool Volume: 1700 Gallons
    Pump: Krystal Clear 2500 GPH Pump

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Hi! I bet they are SO ready to jump in no matter how burrrrrrrr the water is! What fun!

    If you are going to keep it up year round you will need to put something up around it to keep the grass from growing to and under it and to keep rain from washing the sand out from under it.

    Do you have something under the pool legs?

    You can keep it up year round but the leaves and stuff are going to drive you mad in the fall! LOL

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    There is a ring around the area where the sand is as we had to rip out the grass in order to level the ground and such, and then the sand is in there. So I can keep that clear of the grass. Not sure what you mean by "Do you have something under the pool legs?"


    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
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    Pump: Krystal Clear 2500 GPH Pump

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Are the legs on the ground, or are they on patio blocks/pavers? The weight of the pool my pull the legs into the ground over time, so it's recommended to put a 2" thick patio block under each leg.


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    Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Quote Originally Posted by domct203 View Post
    Are the legs on the ground, or are they on patio blocks/pavers? The weight of the pool my pull the legs into the ground over time, so it's recommended to put a 2" thick patio block under each leg.


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    Oh ok. I I'll pick those up today. Hopefully now that the pool is full I will be able to get them under them...
    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    If your grass is anything like mine it will start growing and get under and through the sand. You do NOT want to use a weed eater right by the pool you might cut it.

    I would use something like this:

    Shop EasyFlex 20-ft Black Poly Landscape Edging Roll at Lowes.com


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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    There is over a foot clear around the pool before the edge of the grass. I did that on purpose. But will purchase the plastic ring and the stones at Lowe's.


    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
    Pool Volume: 1700 Gallons
    Pump: Krystal Clear 2500 GPH Pump

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Quote Originally Posted by dorgan View Post
    Oh ok. I I'll pick those up today. Hopefully now that the pool is full I will be able to get them under them...
    I doubt you will be able to do this now, the blocks need to be flush with the ground/sand. I don't know how you would lift the legs.... water weighs 8.36 pounds per gallon.


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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Anyone used the Clorox pool app in the past. Before knowing about this site and the proper test kit I purchased their test strips and that's what I have been using until I can get a proper test kit. So far after its dosing recommendations today I have the following results:



    It had me add 1 tbsp of phUp today so I have done that and I am letting the pump run.

    My question is it possible to get the levels better than this while using their test strips/app?


    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
    Pool Volume: 1700 Gallons
    Pump: Krystal Clear 2500 GPH Pump

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    It's impossible to have a FC of 1ppm, and a TC of zero. TC is the sum of FC + CC (FC+CC=TC).

    That app does not follow TFP guidelines.


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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    I also upgraded the pump and switch to sand filter. You can also add the SWG if interested.

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    Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Tivo View Post
    I also upgraded the pump and switch to sand filter. You can also add the SWG if interested.

    Felipe
    Yeah upgrading to this pump is on my list:
    Intex Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump 2800 GPH https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GSPHS1U..._O5M8ybFKKK146


    Probably also going to add a skimmer


    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
    Pool Volume: 1700 Gallons
    Pump: Krystal Clear 2500 GPH Pump

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    What would you say are the numbers on these?




    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
    Pool Volume: 1700 Gallons
    Pump: Krystal Clear 2500 GPH Pump

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    You need to read the test with a white background(sheet of paper), but i will give it a go:
    C 1
    PH 7.2

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Ahh ok good to know. I'll try it again with a white background. That will probably help


    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
    Pool Volume: 1700 Gallons
    Pump: Krystal Clear 2500 GPH Pump

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Yeah much easier to read


    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
    Pool Volume: 1700 Gallons
    Pump: Krystal Clear 2500 GPH Pump

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    pH - 7.4 - 7.5 Very good!

    FC - 0 - VERY BAD!

    Get some chlorine in your pool pronto!

    Why do you think your pH has increased? How long between tests?
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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Well, we've managed to go through the first pump. Probably not that hard to do as my 75 gallon reef tank has a stronger pump on it. So instead of dealing with warranty and such I've instead purchased the Intex 2500gph pump and the 1.25" to 1.5" hose adapters. Now I'll be able to vacuum without having to put water in the pool! I decided not to go with the sand filter as I only expect to have this pool up for two years until we start the in ground build.

    Are the any other upgrade anyone would recommend on this pool?


    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
    Pool Volume: 1700 Gallons
    Pump: Krystal Clear 2500 GPH Pump

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    Happy people! That is all that is needed at this point!

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    Re: Setting up Intex 20' x 30"

    So the new pump came today and the adapters are coming tomorrow. Although thy may be the wrong size as most of the reading I have done says I need to buy 1.25" to 1.5" adapters and it looks like the hoses for the new pump are 2" on the opening alone.

    Also the new return head is massive compared the one on the pool. Should I be cutting out the nipples for the old return head and be putting the new head on this pool? It's a 2500gph pump, did I go too big?










    Pool: Intex Above Ground Metal Frame 12' x 30"
    Pool Volume: 1700 Gallons
    Pump: Krystal Clear 2500 GPH Pump

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