Notes on my Intex Ultra Frame 18x9x52 setup

Cletus

Active member
Sep 12, 2018
33
Trinidad
I'm down in the Caribbean and always wanted a pool. Recently, while doing some much needed renovations, I sprang for the pool. The following are my notes on what I've done so far:
For the last two years the ENTIRE house is controlled by SmartThings, with voice interface using Echo Dots (Alexa), this has worked flawlessly for me. I also converted to 100% LED lighting and found my power bill has decreased some 22%
I chose the Intex Ultra Frame 18x9x52 pool as that's the available Rea Estate I've got available for this project. Pump and filter have been upgraded to a larger 16" unit, Intex Saltwater system, Inted induction coupled in-pool light, Hayward skimmer and Intex LED Waterfall.
I wanted a dedicated pump house away from the pool, to house the pumps along with chemicals and pool accessories, so I chose the Suncast BMS2500 Horizontal Storage Shed. Plumbing is a combination of original Intex hoses and 2" schedule 40 PVC pipe and valves (2" to mitigate drag in the 20' water-runs I created).
I designed a power bank in the pump-house using GFCI outlets and a number of individual SmartThings power outlets so I could automate the periods when various things come on and go off, and also facilitate voice control of the entire pool and deck using Alexa (after all, I am a semi-retired electronics engineer).
A layout of the slab positions was created in AutoCAD so that I could pre-lay and level everything using a Bosch Laser Level. Intex recommends 1.5" x 15" x 15" wooden slabs under each frame upright, some people I see have used standard pavers. I chose to cast my own 2"x15"x15" rebar reinforced concrete slabs. Criticl is the need to level these pavers/slabs to within 0.25" of each other and then level the sand floor as best you can to these. his ensures that your rails end up nice and straight when the pool fills completely.
Ground prep was: 2" construction sand, two layers of black poly sheeting, one layer of black geotextile (felt) and then the Intex supplied tarp. Ground prep takes all the time and any extra time and care spent on this pays big dividens in the final outcome. The pool erection was a breeze with my daughter and a friend assisting and a cold six-pack of the finest local brew and some Bob Marley hits on the speakers.
I am quite pleased with the project as it turned out, and we're on to constructing the deck now.
Since having the pool up, I notice about 1/4" of daily water-loss to evaporation. Well, I concocted a fix for that too. A simple Instapark PWT-07 Outdoor Waterproof Digital Programmable Single Outlet Automatic On Off Water Faucet Hose Timer with Rain Delay and Manual Control dumping via a neatly run hose, directly into the skimmer. I've found a water timing cycle of 2-minutes per day takes care of my evaporation-loss adequately. It's also timed to add freshwater into the skimmer, just AFTER the chlorination period, to prevent a false "low-salt" warning on the generator.
The original pump (without filter) was then used, to run the Intex LED Waterfall from an individual Smart outlet, so I've got voice control of that too.
Topping it off, with a nice pair of dual outdoor speakers under the eve of the house, and music supplied by Alexa and Amazon Prime.
My voice control options (I also have access to these via my Samsung phone):
FILTER: Starts/stops the main filter pump.
DECK: Starts/stops all the deck lighting
WATERFALL: Starts/stops the Intex LED Waterfall.
POOL: Starts/stops all the above simultaneously.
MUSIC: Of course Alexa will play anything I wanna hear!
So, Here's a bunch of pics of what I've done so far:

Intex 18x9x52 Plan dimensions.jpg

pool2.jpg



pool1.jpg
 

Cletus

Active member
Sep 12, 2018
33
Trinidad
I'm having issues uploading pics now, it was fine before. now it says:
wall.jpg: Exceeds your quota by 9.1 KB. <a href="profile.php?do=editattachments&showthumbs=1" target="_blank">Click here to view your attachments</a>

GOT IT!
Will use PhotoBucket
 

Cletus

Active member
Sep 12, 2018
33
Trinidad
....and, now it's on to building the L-shaped deck. 2"x 3" Steel I-beam (overkill, but it's cheaper and faster here) with wood planks (probably teak).
A work in progress but I am pretty happy with the outcome, and I can use the pool in the meantime!
 

kimkats

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2012
41,275
Tallahassee, FL
You do things right! Nice job! Thanks for sharing!

Did you paint that wall? That is so neat!

You will LOVE having that pool to jump into while working! SO refreshing. Jump in, cool off, then get back to work! I can't wait to see the deck work.

LOVE how you put the equipment in the box just make sure it is vented very well. Don't want things to heat up too much.

Kim:kim:
 

Cletus

Active member
Sep 12, 2018
33
Trinidad
Thanks for your comments!
Loving that pool already!
Can't wait for the deck, then I can work from out there with my laptop.
Yes on the wall! ...woke up one morning with a bright idea, opened-up AutoCAD and started pulling a few spline-curves, when I saw the final drawing, I just had to do it on the wall.
There is adequate ventilation and the pump runs very cool and quiet.
 

Cletus

Active member
Sep 12, 2018
33
Trinidad
This pool has been so very easy to maintain.

Pool maintenance thus far:
1) During the Friday nite swim, Jack Daniels and myself would lightly scrub the waterline (scum-line) with a 3M scrubber (about a minute and a half)
2) Early Saturday morning, armed with a fresh mug of carefully brewed Colombian coffee, test water chemistry (usually spot on), pop the skimmer basket, empty the two or three leaves and maybe four bugs that are in there. Replace basket.
3) Scrub the inside of the skimmer as there's usually a scum line.
4) The four corners of the pool will usually have about a tablespoon of debris collected in each. Hook-up the hose and vacuum the corners as necessary.
5) Spray the exterior of the pool and ladder with fresh-water.
6) Glance the sand-filter pressure gauge (usually just fine).
7) Glance the electrodes of the chlorine generator (usually just fine .....heck, the Intex gen is self-cleaning)

Probably takes 20-minutes tops. Setting up and packing away the pool-vac hose is the biggest chore.

.........Now, if only that deck was completed!
 

kimkats

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2012
41,275
Tallahassee, FL
Pool life with TFP is just like you say! Truly Trouble Free and oh so easy!

I was not going to get another pool when our first one failed. Hubby missed it so I challenged him to find a way to care for it that did NOT involve a pool store..............should have known better :roll: he is the search king.............He found TFP, darn his hide LOL We got a new pool and we BOTH love it AND I became a MOD here............life is funny like that!

Kim:kim:
 

Cletus

Active member
Sep 12, 2018
33
Trinidad
Happy New Year!
Well, just as I expected, I had to vacuum out quite a bit of fireworks debris out of my pool this morning.
Just over a month and the pool is doing great!
 

YippeeSkippy

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 17, 2012
11,494
Evans, Georgia
How great is this!??! I love your work Cletus :goodjob:

Please keep on sharing pics with us. I will look forward to them. We've seen some neat ways folks have put up those Intex long pools. Great to share with others looking for ideas.

Maddie :flower:
 

Cletus

Active member
Sep 12, 2018
33
Trinidad
Intex LED Pool Wall Light, 110-120V
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002V1H13K/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Intex-Above-Ground-Energy-Efficient-LED-Magnetic-Swimming.jpgA17bQppKIIL._SL1500_.jpg

Great light for my 18x9x52 Intex pool. But, it crapped out just shy of two months.
It would come on when plugged in, then it would quit after about 2-minutes.
The problem turned out to be with the 12V switching power supply. Opening up the power supply reveals nothing but two cords going into potted black epoxy.
Since the actual light-head is powered by 12Vdc, I cut the twin-lead off at the power supply. Then, substituted another 12vdc power-supply I had laying around the shop (the actual light-head only draws 0.5A @ 12Vdc and the ribbed lead is the positive).
Presto! ...light salvaged, just as I was about to push the button on the purchase of a replacement.
 

kimkats

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2012
41,275
Tallahassee, FL
How dose that hold onto the wall and where is the power cord??? I don't see it in that pic.

GREAT job on fixing the light. Please tell me you are using a GFCI on the outlet you have that plugged into.
 

Cletus

Active member
Sep 12, 2018
33
Trinidad
How dose that hold onto the wall and where is the power cord??? I don't see it in that pic.

GREAT job on fixing the light. Please tell me you are using a GFCI on the outlet you h itself.
ve that plugged into.
There are two parts a sending unit (on outside wall of the vinyl liner) and the LED light unit (inside wall of the vinyl liner and submerged). Three strong magnets keep them married. Power is inductively coupled between the two (no physical electrical connection between the two). A 25' cord carries the 12Vdc to the power supply. Yes, of course, I use GFCIs.
 

Cletus

Active member
Sep 12, 2018
33
Trinidad
This is amazing and got me super excited to purchase my Intex pool to use this summer! Jealous you're in the Caribbean where you can use it now. ;)
Yup, it's "summer" here year round!:)
What really freaks out visitors is the fact we've got "voice control" over the entire house, including the pool systems, I really get a kick seeing their faces when I say "Alexa, turn on filter-pump", "Alexa, turn on waterfall" or "Alexa, play some Carlos Santana", etc. and the pool and speaker systems come alive!:cool::):giggle::giggle:
 
Last edited:

YippeeSkippy

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 17, 2012
11,494
Evans, Georgia
Where did you find this light? A lot of Intex folks seek lights for their pools and this would be ideal....assuming they worked for longer than 2 months??

Maddie :flower: