Starting Over To Do It Right

hobberton

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May 19, 2019
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So we bought our pool 2 seasons ago (Intex 14'x42" Ultraframe) and I wish I had found this forum before I put it up. I went ahead and drained it a couple of months ago, due to major algae (cover ripped and blew off during a storm and within 2 days had a nasty pool) and one side being about 2 - 2 1/2 squares lower than the other (overflowed during a lot of rain and washed away part of my dirt).

Here's my list of stuff I need to do:
-Use pressure washer to clean out leftover leaves/algae stuck to bottom
-Level pool legs (did not use pavers to begin with so may need to explore that option)
-Install new Hayward SP1091LX Dyna-Skim Skimmer
-Get new ladder (legs rusted on Intex one)
-Get new cover (Intex cover ripped)

Any tips are welcome! I'll take pics of the pool and area to give a better idea of what I'm working with. I feel like it's a lot but I want this thing to be as trouble free as possible.
 

zea3

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Hi, welcome to TFP! When you re-set your pool, be sure to dig down to firm ground to level the pool and use the pavers under the legs. Are you planning to plumb the pool with pvc pipes? If so adding unions and valves will make working on the equipment much easier.
 

hobberton

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May 19, 2019
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Northeast Texas
Hi, welcome to TFP! When you re-set your pool, be sure to dig down to firm ground to level the pool and use the pavers under the legs. Are you planning to plumb the pool with pvc pipes? If so adding unions and valves will make working on the equipment much easier.
So when I dig down to re-level/add pavers, do I need to add dirt around the pavers to make flush or do I sink them into the ground to make flush?

I've thought about hard plumbing. It sounds good, I just need to figure out what exactly I need to get it all put together. What I have is an Intex pool with 3 holes (1 input 2 output), a 2500gph Intex cartridge filter pump, and then the Hayward SP1091LX skimmer. When I installed the bigger pump last season, I kept the 2 small outputs and upgraded the input to the large one. Now that I'm installing a real skimmer, I have the option to kind of do what I'd like with the 2 outputs. So much to do and decide.
 

zea3

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Sink them into the ground to make them flush. Some folks use the extra outlets for a fountain or a dedicated vacuum line,
 
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hobberton

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May 19, 2019
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Northeast Texas
Sink them into the ground to make them flush. Some folks use the extra outlets for a fountain or a dedicated vacuum line,
Thanks for the help! I ordered from Lowes the pavers I needed for the legs and some black plastic landscape edging to keep it all neat and tidy around the perimeter. I went with 8x4 instead of 12x12 because I didn't really see the need for the larger ones. Plus, the smaller ones are on sale for Memorial Day 4/$1. I already have some landscape timbers, fabric, and mulch that I am going to put around the pool as well as pavers to walk on.

Good idea with the sprinkler for the extra outlet hole. That may be the route I go.
 

hobberton

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May 19, 2019
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Northeast Texas
Hayward skimmer arrived today along with the skimmer basket socks I ordered. Now I just need to pick up the Lowes order and get it all put together. Also need to order a new ladder and cover. The ladder could potentially last for another season (only one side is rusted) but if I find a deal, it's going to happen now rather than later.
 
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hobberton

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May 19, 2019
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Northeast Texas
Hobberton, I have a new, never been opened Best way ladder I'll happily sell for $30 plus $10 shipping, total $40. How's that sound?

It's meant for a 14x48" pool, so should fit yours fine.
That's a good deal! I think we are going to build a little set of stairs and get a ladder that mounts to a deck. Thank you though for offering to sell me your ladder 😁
 

Wobblerlorri

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One day I'll bravely install a Hayward skimmer in my little Bestway pool. I just have to get up the courage to cut my liner!

Oh, and we're probably going to do the same as you for steps into the pool -- wooden steps in, plastic steps screwed to the wooden ones out. The Confer ladder is too tall and extremely wobbly, and the little ladder that came with the pool is too lightweight for us. (We're beefy people LOL!)
 

hobberton

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May 19, 2019
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One day I'll bravely install a Hayward skimmer in my little Bestway pool. I just have to get up the courage to cut my liner!

Oh, and we're probably going to do the same as you for steps into the pool -- wooden steps in, plastic steps screwed to the wooden ones out. The Confer ladder is too tall and extremely wobbly, and the little ladder that came with the pool is too lightweight for us. (We're beefy people LOL!)
Ok so what made me nervous about putting a Hayward in, was that nearly every video or guide I saw you had to cut the butterfly gasket in half and trim the excess rubber from where you split it. I decided to keep it all intact. I held the faceplate up exactly where I wanted it and used an awl to punch the holes. I then went ahead and pushed the 9 faceplate screws through the faceplate. I then hung the gasket on the screws and punched the 6 holes needed to mount the skimmer body. Take the gasket off, the faceplate off, and then mount the whole thing sans gasket. Once mounted, cut out the hole in liner (used a razor knife). Make sure and get it cut right to the edge of the face plate frame. Take it all back off, then pop the gasket on. Then attach the skimmer body and then the faceplate. Use a #3 Phillips head bit. Also, before you cut the hole in liner, I used a screw gun to get the screws through the liner and into the skimmer body. Get it all snug, not loose but not too tight.
 
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