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    Census Poll on Intex Users

    I'm curious to know how many of have an Intex and plan to only ever have an Intex (or other seasonal pool that is taken down each year). If there are enough of us, maybe it we worth a separate category for seasonal pools so we don't have to hunt through a lot of the stuff not relevant to us but can still leach of the wisdom of all these "real" pool owners. Talking here more about things other than keeping the water balanced -- stuff like site prep, tips to do with filling or erecting, hose adapters/converters to get a bigger pump, tips having to do with these styles that may not apply at all to the IG or real AG crowd, etc.

    So ...... If you have an Intex, sound off and please indicate if you have an Easy Set (inflatable ring style); Metal Frame (white legs on blue vinyl style); or Ultra (looks most like a permanent AG).

    I'll start:

    For 2010 - 15 x 36 Frame Style

    2009 - had 10 x 30 Easy Set
    POOL: Intex ultra new in 2014 (32 x 16 x 52) (seasonal; on concrete pad covered with 1.5" extruded or whatever foam insulation sheets - ugly, but comfy); added a through-wall skimmer; I add salt for feel. EQUIPMENT: Pentair SuperFlo pump (1HP, 2SPD); Pentair cartridge filter (200 sq. ft); Pentair MasterTemp natural gas heater (400,000 btu) Climate/Location: Eastern Nebraska

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    i just recently bought the intex 16x48 ultra frame w/SWG and i'm very pleased with the product after 4 weeks. so yeah, i'd be all for a thread dedicated to the intex pools. i did alot of research on this and other forums about the intex brand which meant going thru alot of pages looking for intex subject matter. it certainly would have been easier if us intex owners had our own thread. i love my pool! so do the kids....[attachment=2:3aoiul56]62663.jpg[/attachment:3aoiul56][attachment=1:3aoiul56]49396.jpg[/attachment:3aoiul56][attachment=0:3aoiul56]70001.jpg[/attachment:3aoiul56]
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    18x52'' intex AGP, 6981 gal, 2650 intex sand filter,
    thru wall skimmer, SWG, 52'' 20G overlap liner, intex pool light

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    I have a metal frame 15ft Intex. 2nd year with this one I have had 3 in the past. Mt husband doesn't want a permanent pool so I will keep using the intex.
    Cheryl
    14X42 Intex Ultra Frame

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    We have had an Intex pool for 3 years now. The first two years we had the 15' metal frame pool and just this year we bought the 20' Ultra Frame! It's great for the little bit of extra money to spend. We do have plans of buying a "real" AGP or IGP someday but we know that this is our first house and we are using these as our starter pools. Second year on BBB and never going back!!
    Intex 20' metal Ultra Frame round 9400 gal, standard 1500 gal/hr Intex cartridge, K-2005 Test Kit, AG, vinyl -- my practice pool until we can get a real AG or IG....:)

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    Just bought our first pool- a 16" round Ultra Frame. After spending a SOLID week on ground prep (sod removal, leveling, putting in recessed pavers for under the legs (the past 2 days were 10 hour days with the husband and 2 teens), we were able to assemble the pool only to find a very pinhole tiny leak near the bottom. Since we have water in it already, we patched inside and out. Will call Intex Tuesday and let them know it came that way so if there are any problems in the future they need to take care of it. As long as we have no further problems, we are planning on being Intex people! A forum just for people like us will be very helpful.
    AG Intex Ultra Frame
    Round 16 ft x 48 in, 5061 gal
    2500 gph Intex Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter
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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    Well, we have had an Intex pool since 1997. seems like forever ago.
    Started out with the 10' x 6' inflatable on the cement patio, that is where I learned about the styrofoam under the pool.
    Then came the 12' EasySet but that lasted one year, too small!
    Upgraded the next year to the 18' Easyset that lasted about 4 years.
    Had 2 more 18' Inflatable Ring models from another Mfg, each lasted maybe 2 years.
    (Got them on sale at Home Depot one year for 100.00 each.)
    Would never buy anything made by that co. again.
    Found an 18' Metal frame on Craigslist for 175.00 and had that for 2 years then sold it on Craigs list for 225.00 to a gal that just wanted the frame.
    Saved her over 100.00 on buying the frame pieces for her pool plus she now had a spare liner and pump.
    Last year upgraded our entire pool setup. Had a great area landscaped for the new 18' Ultra-Frame listed in my sig.
    Pics of the landscape and pool can be seen here:
    http://s567.photobucket.com/albums/ss119/mcoonan/Pool/
    Before we upgraced to the Ultra, we were planning on putting in a perm. AGP but with our city's codes and regulations cannot.
    So we will be Intex folks always as our city considers the pool as a toy.
    Wish that the 24' had been available last year before we started this but to late now, no room on the deck for a 24'.
    Hopefully I will finish up on my plumbing upgrades and skimmer install today. Look for the post either tonight or tomorrow!
    Mike
    PS, Jeff where did you get a 20' Ultra-Frame? I cannot find anything about them!
    Intex Ultra 18' x 52" AG 6,981 Gal.
    3 - 2'x20' solar panels
    Hayward XStream 1500 Cart Filter
    Hayward 1-1/2 HP 2-speed Superpump
    Aquabot Pool Rover
    2-Softub 300 hot tubs (yup just got one for the lake)
    TF Test Kit Doing the BBB for 7 years
    Medota Heights,Minnesota

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    We have the 24' Intex. So far, so good. Brand new to pools this summer. Dream is to 'upgrade' to an IGP one day in the future. It probably would be neat to have an Intex section of the board.
    32' Doughboy Desert Spring (Blue Bayou liner) Buried with Deep End
    300# Sand Filter, 1.5 HP Pump Hayward
    My Build: making-the-jump-to-a-doughboy-from-our-old-intex-t56425.html

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    Quote Originally Posted by armywife1996
    It probably would be neat to have an Intex section of the board.
    I'll second that

    It would make the info we need to know about these type's of pool's much easier to find for sure.

    But by the time we figure out how to hook a real filter and pump system up, it might as well be treated as any other type of pool.

    The filter and pump hookups for these can sometime be the trickiest things to figure out.
    Intex 15' X 48" metal frame pool
    Waterway Supreme 1hp 2 Speed pump
    Hayward X-Stream 150 Sq. Ft. Cartridge Filter
    2-2'x20' Sungrabber Solar Panels hooked up in parallel on a Goldline GL-235 controller.

    Not getting "Pool Stored" = Priceless!!!
    Thank you TFP

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    Having an Intex thread here would be really great! It would be nice to see some new ideas coming from Intex pool owners.

    Oh!! I found the 20' Ultra Metal Frame pool at Wal-Mart. They have them there every now and again so you have to keep an eye out for them. I paid $499 for it there. Unfortunately my solar blanket doesnt fit from last year but oh well. I absolutely love it and am thrilled at the improvements on them from just the normal metal frame pool. Well worth the extra $$$$ to spend. If you look for it on the Intex web page you will not find it. They only have the 16' and 18' Ultras even though there are the 20' and 24' Ultras out there.
    Intex 20' metal Ultra Frame round 9400 gal, standard 1500 gal/hr Intex cartridge, K-2005 Test Kit, AG, vinyl -- my practice pool until we can get a real AG or IG....:)

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    here is the family enjoying the pool![attachment=1:3ij37394]9003.jpg[/attachment:3ij37394][attachment=2:3ij37394]2367.jpg[/attachment:3ij37394][attachment=0:3ij37394]52859.jpg[/attachment:3ij37394]
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    thru wall skimmer, SWG, 52'' 20G overlap liner, intex pool light

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

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    18x52'' intex AGP, 6981 gal, 2650 intex sand filter,
    thru wall skimmer, SWG, 52'' 20G overlap liner, intex pool light

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

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    thru wall skimmer, SWG, 52'' 20G overlap liner, intex pool light

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    oops! forgot these...[attachment=2:2mbixf1n]75190.jpg[/attachment:2mbixf1n][attachment=1:2mbixf1n]19278.jpg[/attachment:2mbixf1n][attachment=0:2mbixf1n]32687.jpg[/attachment:2mbixf1n]
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    thru wall skimmer, SWG, 52'' 20G overlap liner, intex pool light

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    what i'm liking about my intex most is, well look at my water in the pics. i'm going into my 5th week of using my pool, heavily i might add on the weekend with all my grandkids coming over to swim, and my water is still crystal clear. the only thing i have done is add the 125lbs of salt the first day. the SWG has done the rest! ITS GREAT! [attachment=1:3m5p9uea]73203.jpg[/attachment:3m5p9uea][attachment=0:3m5p9uea]11465.jpg[/attachment:3m5p9uea]
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    18x52'' intex AGP, 6981 gal, 2650 intex sand filter,
    thru wall skimmer, SWG, 52'' 20G overlap liner, intex pool light

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    I just ordered an Intex Ultra Frame 16' x 48". It should arrive next week. I'll start digging the ground this weekend. I would love an Intex only forum. I had to dig through so many posts to learn about the pool. I'm so nervous about setting this pool up. Any help from more experienced veterans would be fantastic!
    5061 Gallons
    Cartridge Filter
    AG Intex 16' x 48" Ultra Frame
    1,500gph (5,678 L/hr.) filter

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    We have had an Intex pool for three years now and we love it. We realize that some see these as a "kiddie" pool but they are a lot of fun none the less. We upgraded to the 20' Ultra Frame pool and couldnt have been happier. I leveled the ground out as best as I could by hand. After we started to fill we could see where the low points were gonna be and placed 4"x6" wooden planks covered with industrial strength rubber around the planks underneath the legs that needed it.
    Intex 20' metal Ultra Frame round 9400 gal, standard 1500 gal/hr Intex cartridge, K-2005 Test Kit, AG, vinyl -- my practice pool until we can get a real AG or IG....:)

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    kdoonan - congrats on your purchase and best wishes on getting all the prep work done. Last year I put a 10 x 30 on the grass and it was fine. This year, for a larger pool, I needed to remove the sod and level the ground. Although level, it was far from smooth. It is now quite uneven on the bottom of the pool even though we thought we had filled in with sand enough to smooth it out. Next year I'll buy a gorilla pad or something else to put under the pool. The problem caused by the uneven floor is that vacuuming is harder. Also just doesn't feel great under foot.

    Note, however, I'm not sure if the gorilla pad is reusable from year to year.
    POOL: Intex ultra new in 2014 (32 x 16 x 52) (seasonal; on concrete pad covered with 1.5" extruded or whatever foam insulation sheets - ugly, but comfy); added a through-wall skimmer; I add salt for feel. EQUIPMENT: Pentair SuperFlo pump (1HP, 2SPD); Pentair cartridge filter (200 sq. ft); Pentair MasterTemp natural gas heater (400,000 btu) Climate/Location: Eastern Nebraska

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    Quote Originally Posted by crek31
    kdoonan - congrats on your purchase and best wishes on getting all the prep work done. Last year I put a 10 x 30 on the grass and it was fine. This year, for a larger pool, I needed to remove the sod and level the ground. Although level, it was far from smooth. It is now quite uneven on the bottom of the pool even though we thought we had filled in with sand enough to smooth it out. Next year I'll buy a gorilla pad or something else to put under the pool. The problem caused by the uneven floor is that vacuuming is harder. Also just doesn't feel great under foot.

    Note, however, I'm not sure if the gorilla pad is reusable from year to year.
    I agree. Next year I am going to purchase the 2 or 3 inch styrofoam sheets from Lowes and gorilla tape them together and see how that works. I have heard it works well. Yesterday I went to our illustrious pool store (Pool and Spa Depot) and asked if they maybe carried the FAS-DPD test kits and they looked at me like I had three heads! LOL I tried to explain to them what it was and they asked if it was the "dropper style" and I explained once again and the person behind the counter chuckled and said, "We don't get that technical here." I couldnt believe it and just told them thanks and left. Can you believe that??? "We don't get that technical here"? UGH So I guess for the time being I will just use the DPD kit I have.
    Intex 20' metal Ultra Frame round 9400 gal, standard 1500 gal/hr Intex cartridge, K-2005 Test Kit, AG, vinyl -- my practice pool until we can get a real AG or IG....:)

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    Yes, please! We've had Intex for a few years now. We are upgrading pump/filter/skimmer this summer using the ideas we've found on TFP. It would be great to have us Intex folks in one place.
    Intex 18' x 48" metal frame
    Hayward 1 HP/ 100 sq ft XStream cartridge filter
    Intex SWG
    2 2x20 solar heaters on separate pump
    still a work in progress...

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    Re: Census Poll on Intex Users

    Quote Originally Posted by kdoonan
    I just ordered an Intex Ultra Frame 16' x 48". It should arrive next week. I'll start digging the ground this weekend. I would love an Intex only forum. I had to dig through so many posts to learn about the pool. I'm so nervous about setting this pool up. Any help from more experienced veterans would be fantastic!
    I posted this in another area but I think that you might like it.
    Steps that I used to create my origninal pool area:
    1. Choose area, use a can of marking paint to paint a circle 2' larger that your pool. ie 18' pool = a 20' circle.
    2. Cut sod off and dispose of. (if you do not do this it rots and stinks terrible)
    3. Attached a 4' level to a 10' 2" x 6" pegged to the middle of the circle.
    4. Swing board in a circle trimming away any high spots and filling in any low spots.
    5. Tamped entire area with a hand tamper. (lots of work, rent a plate compactor it goes alot faster and not as hard on the back and shoulders.)
    6. Put down 1 1/2" or 2" styrofoam (the pink stuff). Tape the seams with Gorilla tape. Cover it all with a HD tarp. (don't use the tarp that they send with the pool, get a good HD one)
    7. Setup pool, place 1 1/2" or 2" pavers/patio blocks under the legs.
    8. Fill pool with 2-3" of water and smooth all wrinkles out.
    9. Fill up the pool with the rest of the water.
    10. Test water with your new TFTest kit (you did order one right?) use results on The Pool Calculator and add BBB (if needed) to your Pool.
    ENJOY THE POOL!!!!
    Mike
    PS, I did eliminate a few steps. Like go to store buy beer. Go to store buy AsperCreme for the aching muscles. Go to store buy more beer. LOL
    PS here are some pics of my build last year,
    http://s567.photobucket.com/albums/ss119/mcoonan/Pool/
    I will be updating the pics this weekend as I now have installed a skimmer and some more plumbing.

    THIS IS SO MUCH FUN!!!
    Intex Ultra 18' x 52" AG 6,981 Gal.
    3 - 2'x20' solar panels
    Hayward XStream 1500 Cart Filter
    Hayward 1-1/2 HP 2-speed Superpump
    Aquabot Pool Rover
    2-Softub 300 hot tubs (yup just got one for the lake)
    TF Test Kit Doing the BBB for 7 years
    Medota Heights,Minnesota

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