Above Ground Pools

qwerty

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So I got the hole patched up but a couple more started up and I think the liner is just done.

Anyone have experience with the Intex XTR series pools? We have the regular Intex Prism pool right now.

The current one is sitting on a concrete pad but we’re looking at going bigger and cutting out a spot in the yard, thus freeing up the pad for other stuff. The plan is to dig out the sod, level it, lay some sand and the put the pool directly on the sand base.
I had above ground for 16 years for daughters and wife. Four pools in that time (each one lasted about 4 years). I built a 12x12 block patio and started with a 10' pool on it. When that wore out, we replaced with a 12' pool (twice) and when those wore out (and kids were older/bigger) we expanded the patio to 16x16 and went with 16' pool. Best decision was getting throwaway carpet from people who are replacing carpet in their house and put it under the pool. It creates a softer bottom and helps protect the vinyl from excess wear. The carpet gets pretty gnarly after 2-3 years and you need to find someone who is replacing their carpet at that time to get their throwaway. Usually, they are happy to just give it to you to be rid of it.
Protip: if you do put carpet under the pool, cut it into smaller sections for easier storage, moving, install. Once you put pool and water on it, the seams are indistinguishable and it is much easier hauling/storing 3' or 4' pieces instead of 16' roll.
edit: I put up and took down the pool every year. Took about 5-6 hours for each, but then we used the patio for fire pit, etc. in early spring and fall.
 
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AgronAlum

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You should have joined a country club. I warned you…. jk.. have fun.

I got a little sentimental tearing down the old one because it’s one of the only things the kids all do together (ages 3, 5 and 12). It’s nice being able to send them out for an hour or whatever and they’re done. Especially now that Ankeny doesn’t have a family pool pass.

I think it’s 1000 bucks or whatever well spent.
 

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Got er done. <1 inch from side to side. Happy with that. Need to add some retaining something or other to the bottom side to keep the sand from washing out.

If anyone in ankeny needs some sand, I’ve got about 2000 lbs sitting in the driveway. Come and get it.


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Find a place to keep the sand. You’ll need to replace/refill some spots next year.
 

Frak

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So I got the hole patched up but a couple more started up and I think the liner is just done.

Anyone have experience with the Intex XTR series pools? We have the regular Intex Prism pool right now.

The current one is sitting on a concrete pad but we’re looking at going bigger and cutting out a spot in the yard, thus freeing up the pad for other stuff. The plan is to dig out the sod, level it, lay some sand and the put the pool directly on the sand base.
We put sand down under ours and it settled some. Kind of wish I would have just leveled the dirt and bought some sheet insulation.
 

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We took ours down every September, so I would re level the ground every fall. The weight of the water helps pack everything down.
 

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Don’t let anybody else mow the grass within 20’ or so. That way when an object penetrates the sidewall it will be your fault.
 

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