Ok fellas I went and did it. I made a deal on a 27' round AGP tonight.
It is used but comes with everything except it needs a new liner and a ladder. All totaled it looks like I will be around $1500 or so with everything (excluding land clearing) if I do this all myself. Hoping it stays this way as that is about the top of my budget unfortunately but this is a massive upgrade from what we had before.
I already found a place thanks TFP (poolsupplies.com) for a new liner.
Please review my thoughts on install
- yard leveling I will have to hire this out since I do not have the equipment to do so. A big chunk is already done as we are moving up from an Intex Metal frame 18' round pool.
- I am ordering coving, wall foam, and rhino pad for the install along with a new 25 gauge liner.
Questions on the above process:
1 - Level yard out to roughly 28 1/2 feet all around
2 - Place 2" tall pads for supports ... should I or shouldn't I?
3 - Install posts and wall check for roundness. Once done install rhino pad then coving? Do I still need sand under the rhino pad or should I do happy bottom only (opinions seem mixed on all of this)
4 - Place overlap liner in place (preferrably from outside) and install top rails
5 - Connect skimmer, returns, and filtration (it is a Waterco T-450 but I have a Hayward 180T from my Intex I could use as if that would be better)
6 - Fill with water, test, retest, and test again
Ladder choices -- Looks like there are a number of fans of the Biltmore and the Royal steps. My only question is how much space are these style steps going to eat up and my pool. I cannot seem locate "dimensions" on these things.