Does anyone own an ‘above ground’ inflatable type pool?
If so, where did you get it, how much did you pay? (+/-!)...
Are you pleased with it?
Best make, etc… (spares???), longetivity!
or.. did you consider one, then decide against it? (If yes, why etc).
Since my origianl post we have had two good years out of our Bestway, but after constant use the pump has now died and the inflatable ring around the top has a leak we cannot find.
Thankfully (possibly due to the recession?) Euroski had a great deal on all pools this year and we got ourselves a very nice Intex wtih all the bits for next season! The pump has already been in action due to above^
A bargain at Eu120 for a 5M x 3M above ground inflatable pool. (They were well over Eu300 when we looked last year).
Tip for anyone putting pool up in their garden: A) make sure the area is TOTALLY LEVEL, B) if there is grass (esp the strong african type!) either put down some weed killer, and/or the heavy duty black gardening plastic (available from all ´Campo Gardening Stores´), otherwise you might get grass growing up through the bottom of the pool! The blue ground sheet that comes with the kit is not sufficient! (As we did last year and had to repair all the tiny holes, this year though our solution of above worked a treat!)
We are on our second season. Have repaired various holes in bottom (as described above), using a heavy duty rubber boat kit in the end. All lasted Ok for season, just we couldn’t find the leak in the ring. (Think they perish after a few years in the sun. Ours is now on year 4).
RE capacity of pump Ltrs per hour, couldn’t agree more! We were sad when our Bestway one packed up as it was a great 5,000Ltrs phr. New one is just 1,200! Can’t work that out ...
Still using pool with warm water as bought a solar cover. But soon we will be pumping out the water to use on the garden and put away for another year
But will not now get to try it till next season
(Altho we have already been using some of the ‘extra bits’ like skimmer, net, cleaning head etc… although on the latter we had a bit of a problem keeping the pool dirt free this year, basically the ‘blow’ rather than suck method on these type of pools cleaning kit is a bit ineffective. (I know they do a larger type, but waiting to see if we have the same prob next season before investing in that. BTW I did buya ‘suck type’ submersible pump this year to empty the pool, hoping it would be adaptable to using it as a sucker to clean as well, but not possible as it just is one way, and also the bottom of the pump is round and it would be a feat to seal that up and attach to a brush head - if you know what I mean
Thankfully we don’t get too many leaves in the pool, plus we keep the dust down by using a solar cover start/end of season, but as you know ....
PS - Oddly the filter this year got very clogged up with limescale, whereas last year it was just dust/dark matter! (Goodness knows if we are drinking that stuff!)
I also tried to do use the ‘suck type’ submersible pump to clean the pool but my friend advised me not to to so because it will eventually damage the pump. It’s a good idea that you use solar cover, it does not just cover the pool but also provides heat from the sun, saving you time, money and effort.
You might consider the capabilities of salt water system upon purchasing intext next season.
Once you have salt water system, you don’t need to hover your pool from time to time (unless necessary). The good thing about salt water system is that you don’t need to replace the water from time to time. Swimming pools rust because of salt and need chlorinator to neutralize the salt unlike intex.
Easily accessible. I like the salt water framework. It’s accessible in over the ground pool packages. Progressively costly to purchase, yet clearly easier to maintain. Perhaps somewhat less liner life, however, new liners are not so costly. Use the pool cover, as UV causes enormous damage.
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