Intex Metal Frame Swimming Pools
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I love the pool. Took us about a week to get the ground ready but putting the pool up itself was super easy. We have had intex pools before and love them!
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July 7, 2011
Great for the summer fun
We bought the 24 ft. Great pool. Huge!!. Easy to set up, only took 2 people. Needed a bigger filter (sand). Needed a better cover and stairs were woobly. We live in lots of "winter" months, so every year we would have to drain a certain amount of water out. This last year we didn't drain enough, went through an ice storm, so the pool ripped half around the middle part due to too much ice. It is ruined, it can't be fixed..a waste of money. Remember to drain if you live up north!! Going with a metal pool next.
April 2, 2011
Great pool for the money
I bought the 24' round pool two years ago on sale for $650. So far it's provided two summers of trouble free fun for our five kids. This is the first pool I've ever owned so I have nothing to compare it to but I must say that our five kids have gave this pool a workout and it's held up well.
Set up is pretty easy. Just follow the directions. Make sure the ground is level!!! My yard wasn't and this was a labor intensive step for me. Once I had the dirt level, I rented a compactor and compacted the soil to help minimize settling. I added about 3" of sand over the dirt and compacted that smooth as well. Once I had the pool assembled and ready to fill I placed 12" patio pavers under the legs so they wouldn't sink into the ground. I can't remember exactly how much water the 24' pool holds but I seem to think it's around 14,000 gals. I live in the country so filling the pool is not an easy task. Some fire departments will fill pools if you agree to let them use the water if they ever need it. Unfortunatley, my fire dept. doesn't so I paid about $300 for a trucking outfit to fill my pool. With that being said, I've never drained it since. The directions say to drain and stow the pool during the winter months. Mine's been full for two winters and I've not encountered any problems. I figure I'm just as likely to create a leak by taking pool down and putting it back up each year as I am taking my chances and just leaving it up. I'm also faced with a $300 fill up charge each spring so a few years of saving this expense would offset the cost of replacing the pool if it receives irrepairable winter damage. I understand I'm rolling the dice a little but I just wanted to say that I've left my pool full for two winters and I have yet to see a problem. I live in central Illinois and we see plenty of cold weather.
The cartridge filter that comes with it has worked fine on my pool but a sand filter would definitely be an improvement. I figure if the pool is still going strong when the cartridge filter pump wears out I'll upgrade to a sand filter. I keep a cartridge in the filter and another one on the shelf ready to go. I can hose the dirty filters out and re-use them for quite a while.
The steps that come with it are ok but there are much better pool steps out there. I used my steps for the first summer I owned the pool. Five kids climbing in and out is a pretty tall order for the steps. The kids would try to jump off the platform at the top and keeping them from doing that was impossible. Plus they would drag grass and dirt into pool. With the money I saved buying the pool on sale, I built a small deck next to mine and bought a step system that attaches to it. It's a much better way to get in and out of the pool.
You could probably save yourself some time and frustration by placing the cover that it comes with directly in the trash. I used it for the first winter and the wind took no time shredding it. I ended up buying a nicer cover off this website and it's lasted two seasons. I also bought a solar cover and I have to say it's been worth the money. Not only does it keep the water warmer by absorbing the suns heat but also by providing a layer of insulation against the cooler air at night. Another plus is that it helps to keep bugs and other debris out. If anything should happen to collect on top of the solar cover, a broom and dust pan are a lot easier than vacuuming. Also, the solar cover keeps the sunlight out of the pool so the chlorine lasts longer. I made a pole out of three 10' sections of 2" PVC pipe that I use for rolling up the solar cover but there are much better systems for getting a solar cover on and off the pool.
I figure I've got a little over $2000 invested in the pool, fill water, deck, steps, cover, and solar cover. The deck was entirely optional and I built mine myself for about $800. Without the deck my cost so far would be around $1200. The cheapest quote I got on a hard sided pool of the same size was $3500 plus installation costs. And that's without a deck. I figured on about $5000 total investment by the time I built a deck! I figure I'll buy another soft sided pool when this one wears out and STILL be money ahead! If you're wanting a pool in your backyard and you don't want to spend a bunch of money this pool is the way to go. A hard sided pool looks nicer and will probably last longer but it comes with a price tag as well. Mine has held up well to the rigors of five children and two midwestern winters. If you decide to go this route, I'd say buy a decent cover and I strongly recommend a solar cover.
February 22, 2011
We love our pool!
We got our pool within a few days. It took 2 of us 2 days to get it all set up but it is well worth it! Maintenance is about nothing other than cleaning..it's a breeze with a robot!
April 6, 2010