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Old 03-25-2020, 01:57 PM   #1
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Help me out here on above ground pools...
Thinking about getting one for my family. I have a 2 yr old and a 5 yr old.

No telling how long the media is going to drag on this virus deal so it could be a long summer with no travel.

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Old 03-25-2020, 02:08 PM   #2
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I bought a cheap 16' pool from Academy every year for about 6 years, set it up, enjoyed it for the summer, then threw it in the trash at the end of the season. Wash, rinse, repeat. Only $350.00
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:09 PM   #3
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What's the question?
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:17 PM   #4
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I have 2. One here and one in Corpus. The newer pools are really nice. We got all resin frames and aluminum walls. Saltwater cholorine systems require almost zero upkeep besides vacuming.
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Old 03-25-2020, 02:42 PM   #5
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I did the same for my son when he was small. Go saltwater if you can, even on a disposable. The pumps the small pools come with are too small to turn the pool over, even running them 24/7. Either upgrade to a bigger pump or go saltwater.

Ours were fine until mid August, then you couldn't keep chlorine in them to save your life. Water would green up overnight, then you had to shock, get the chemicals back on track and repeat as soon as you got it right. You dump a lot of money in those pools in chemicals during the late summer if you go traditional chlorine.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:02 PM   #6
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My wife is hounding me for one now.. and I'm trying to put it off as long as possible. We had one at our old house and glad it stayed there when we sold.. I HATED that thing.. nothing but a money pit. Buy a boat instead.

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Old 03-25-2020, 03:04 PM   #7
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Whatever pool you go with, go with a sand filter.
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Old 03-25-2020, 03:23 PM   #8
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I just have a 24 X 12 Intex that has held up for years. The only problem I see is there is now shallow end for the smaller kids.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:05 PM   #9
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We had one for twenty years and it is still going! Sold the house in July. We will be building an in ground pool if they ever get our house built. There is work to them but it’s worth it if your family will utilize it. Great family time! If you do it I would recommend an oversized filter for it instead of the small units that come with them. Ours was a 27’ round with 60 inch DE filtration system. Good Luck and enjoy!
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:21 PM   #10
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Salt or fresh, brands, size....


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Old 03-25-2020, 04:35 PM   #11
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Salt or fresh, brands, size....


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Old 03-25-2020, 04:41 PM   #12
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My dad bought some type of high end (for an above ground) pool, used, at least 10 years ago. It was around $5k. Not great to look at but built to last.

Buddy buys a Walmart unit every year. Sometimes the plastic doesn't make it the whole summer but his investment is low.
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Old 03-25-2020, 04:49 PM   #13
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Buy them a go cart, dirt bike, 4wheeler instead. I dumped more money into a pool that was fun the 1st 2 months, that it'll make you sick. Just last month that same pool is now filled with dirt! Lol or take them to a hotel 3x's a month from June-Aug. they'll have a pool. You'll have more money. They will appreciate it more. You'll have lots of free soap, TP, and crank the air down to 50 at night without worry.
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:04 PM   #14
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I got a 24x15 above ground a few years ago and really like it. It isn’t real pretty but I put a nice deck on one end and enjoy the heck out of it. I went with saltwater, sand filter. The chlorine generator just went out after 3 years but that’s about the only issue I have had. Initial investment was about $3500 for the pool and another $1k to have someone set it up. The deck was another $1200. The estimate I got for a pretty simple in ground pool was $52k!
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Old 03-25-2020, 08:28 PM   #15
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Yea, they have four wheelers, bikes, everything a kid could as for itís just nice to have down here with the hot summer....


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Old 03-25-2020, 08:36 PM   #16
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Yea, they have four wheelers, bikes, everything a kid could as for itís just nice to have down here with the hot summer....

This will all be over by summer....Schlitterbahn is cheaper and less of a headache.
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Old 03-25-2020, 09:13 PM   #17
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We have a 27' round with 6' deep end. Knock on wood, we don't have much trouble with the chlorine system! I did go one step up on motor and sand filter when we bought it. We had to have it moved this time last year when we sold our other house the people didn't want it. We have had it for 3 summers. Our son is 8 now. We couldn't keep him out of it the last two years! We just uncovered it 2 weeks ago and he has been begging to get in it until mom gave in today. Buy the best cover you can afford! Pool was Crystal clear when we uncovered it. If I bought another one, it would be a Doughboy!
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Old 03-25-2020, 10:49 PM   #18
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This will all be over by summer....Schlitterbahn is cheaper and less of a headache.
Agreed. See my post above.
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Old 03-26-2020, 12:28 AM   #19
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I would buy a shallow cheap pool for now. Walmart kind. We went through a couple when the kids were that age. Plan on running the pump 24/7 and stay on top of clean filters or upgrade to a sand filter. A solar cover helps with evaporation and dilution of the chemical from sunlight, helps it warm also.
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Old 03-26-2020, 12:42 AM   #20
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This will all be over by summer....Schlitterbahn is cheaper and less of a headache.
This 1000000%
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:14 AM   #21
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:34 AM   #22
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This!!! Then move it near the feeder in September.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:33 AM   #23
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I got a sand filter you can have.....bring trailer and help to load it. Salt water generator too.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:46 AM   #24
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Research them real good. We bought one from Sunshine Pools in Mesquite back in '99. It was a pretty nice 24' round. After about 5 years it needed a new liner. When I took the old one out, the inside of the walls were rusted all to crap. Well the paper work said there was a 20 year guarantee against rust. When I talked to them they told me our model was discontinued and they couldn't cover the warranty. Come to find out, all the pools they sail are discontinued models.
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Old 03-26-2020, 08:45 AM   #25
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Saltwater is the way to go.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:02 AM   #26
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my .02 - with your kids age - i would get an appropriate size from walmart or academy. they are less than $500 or even $300. The less expensive above ground pools come with low flow pumps with cartridge filters that have trouble keeping up. you can get a bigger pump and sand filter from Amazon for less than $200 dollars and it will help keep it clear. Basic Chlorine chemistry is easy but you have to keep and eye on it when it gets warmer and longer sunny days. that is why most people like the salt generators. salt generators are ok but will rust out the steel components of the frame.

with the comparable low initial spend - the fun to dollar ratio is worth it.
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:20 AM   #27
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https://www.intexcorp.com/products/a...rame-pool-set/

We've been doing one of these for the last 3 years. Tried to re-use the first one, but it had developed a couple good leaks during storage. So we just got a new one each year about mid may. Great for that age range, and you dont have to tend with it during the winter.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:24 AM   #28
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I did a lot of research on the stock tank pools. Lots of good videos on YouTube on how to do it. I already have the pump, filter, and other hardware needed. just waiting to clear an area and buy the stock tank. You can get as plain or fancy as you want. https://www.thespruce.com/stock-tank...hareurlbuttons
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:32 AM   #29
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I bought a 10 foot metal water trough. This will be my 3rd summer with it. My kids 4&7 love it. The first summer I put one of the floating chlorine deals in it and it worked just fine. I cut holes in it last year and installed a pump. I kinda wish I never cut holes in it. It’s deep enough to sit in with water up to your chest and big enough to put a lay out float in it. If the water gets too warm just drain some out the bottom and add fresh water. I bought a skimmer and vacuum from Walmart to clean it. You can roll it out of the yard in the cooler months if you want. It has served us very well.
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Old 03-26-2020, 01:25 PM   #30
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This stock tank idea is looking nice....


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Old 03-26-2020, 01:32 PM   #31
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bought one of these every year and set it up on the driveway, then when it got too hot I set it up in the garage for them to have shade. Duct tape worked to patch any holes and would drain and refill every couple of days.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-8-x...-Pool/46264268
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