Saltwater Aurora above ground build thread

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This happened a few months ago but I figure better late never!

Purchased from: The Pool Factory
Model: Saltwater Aurora
Material: 100% Resin (except for the stainless steel screws/plate)
Size: 21 ft

I’ll start with tearing out the old pool. It was pretty solid and lasted over 15 years but rust was starting to get to it.

We probably could have gotten a few more seasons out of it but we’re building a deck that goes around the entire pool and didn’t want to try to retrofit a new pool into a wrap around deck in a few years.

Chose the Saltwater Aurora because it’s 100% resin and those don’t rust. We also installed a saltwater generator which is working flawlessly.
 

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Salt Water Generator
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Solaxx (Saltron) Reliant / Purechlor R5
Got the sand smoothed out, laid down the new track, and that’s when I realized my first mistake.

It’s so obvious but I simply didn’t see it coming.

I assumed that the uprights for my old pool and new pool, being the same 21ft diameter, would be in the same location.

They werent.

So I had to add many new blocks, dig, level, etc.
 

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Salt Water Generator
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Solaxx (Saltron) Reliant / Purechlor R5
The resin wall is significantly lighter than the steel wall.

I don’t know the exact poundage lighter, but it is noticeably lighter when you lift it.

And this is where I made my 2nd mistake.
 

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Buffalo, NY
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Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Solaxx (Saltron) Reliant / Purechlor R5
That mistake being:

1) It’s difficult to install a pool with less than 3 people (4 would be better), because you’re trying to put the wall into the track, keep it in the track, and keep moving, while also trying to keep what you already put into the track from falling over because there is nothing to support it at this point.

2) Don’t do this on a windy day.

We put the wall up, only to watch it fall, THREE times.
 

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microscopes

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Buffalo, NY
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11700
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Solaxx (Saltron) Reliant / Purechlor R5
Tired, frustrated and ready to quit, I did what any self-respecting man does in this situation….

I called a pool installation company 😂

They installed it in no time.

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microscopes

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Buffalo, NY
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11700
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
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Solaxx (Saltron) Reliant / Purechlor R5
Soon after install. Water filling up with shopvac attached to the return jet hole.
 

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Buffalo, NY
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11700
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Solaxx (Saltron) Reliant / Purechlor R5
And now the wrap-around deck is beginning to be installed.

One major gripe I have with the resin is how wobbly it is.

The steel pool was SOLID.

This resin pool? I shake the entire side with one hand by barely movingly an upright.

I asked the Pool Factory about this and they said that’s common for resin pools.

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microscopes

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Buffalo, NY
Pool Size
11700
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Solaxx (Saltron) Reliant / Purechlor R5
Deck beams are all in.

I probably should have put this thread in the Above Ground Pool section. Under construction is mostly IG.
 

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