Well, decided to dabble our toes in having a pool, and purchased a soft sided above ground pool from CostCo online earlier this year.
After one mis-step in setup, I leveled out a patch of desert, built a little retaining octagon of pressure treated wood, filled it with sand, tamped it down and got the darn thing to within a 1/4" of level all the way around.
It's been running for about a month and a half just fine. Then we thought it'd be nice to get a little solar heater to warm the water up just a touch.
And that's where the real pain began
I had no leaks prior to trying to run the hoses and hook up the heater, but apparently the solar heater puts more more pressure on the 'flexy hose' plumbing that came with the pool than it can handle. Let's just say I've gone through several rounds of trying different hoses, hose clamps, etc.. to no avail. Always at least a drip of a leak, frequently more.
To add insult to injury, since I've made such a swampy mess around the pump area, I think I've attracted some wild life to the area. I disconnected the heater and went back to the 'old fashioned' pool->pump->filter->pool setup and had that fine with no leaks. At least until something decided to chew up the hoses. Checked it last night and there were streams of water coming out of the return hose...
So, Went out and bought what I need to hard plumb the whole darn thing.
All was going well, but then I noticed the fitting on the output side of the cartridge filter has a different fitting. Everything else I could rig with a standard 1 1/2" pvc fittings, but the output side of the filter has one of those 'hose type' connections with 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 od things on it meant for hoses to clamp over. I'd love to replace it, but the fitting is glued into the cartridge.
Any tips on how I can get that from that hose fitting to a standard 1 1/2 or 1 1/4 threaded fitting?
Looks like another 50 mile round trip to the Hardward store tomorrow....