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56421EG Above Ground Pool Product Type: Above Ground Pool Physical Characteristics Height: 30.0 Width: 12.0 ft Weight (Approximate): 34.30 lb
1) The sides of the pool rise up as you fill the pool, therefore if you start the pool on an area with a slant you will have problems when the pool fills to the top–one side will have extra material because of the water level. The flatter the surface the better. You can make this work on ground that is somewhat uneven, but it take a lot of work.
2) You MUST make sure that bottom of the pool is pulled out to make a true circle. It is easy to be lazy with this because when there is no water in the pool it can look “good enough,” but if you have an oval there is a chance that the water will push out and start to flow out once it is filled.
3) If you plan to put this away year after year get a ground cloth. If the pool is on grass the bottom is IMPOSSIBLE to clean. At the price, I would recommend throwing it out at the end of the season.
4) The pump is very basic. You will need to add chemicals to keep it clean. Get a net to clean the big stuff out.
For the $60-100 price tag you can’t really go wrong if what you are looking for is some simple fun and a chance to cool off.
Yes the ground must be level. My installation is on a patio that slopes toward the yard for drainage, with a difference in height of about 2 inches from one side to the other. It still works for me, with the water level being slightly up on the inflatable ring on the low side, and at the bottom of the ring on the high side.
Unless you want to regularly refill the 1,500 gallons in this pool (which takes about 3 hours with a garden hose at reasonable pressure) you will need chemicals. I have never dealt with treating a pool before, but so far it has been easy. If you take a sample to your local pool store within an hour after collecting it, they can analyze and tell you what you need. Two things they may recommend that you don’t necessarily need: water hardener (why is soft water bad? open to comments…) and cyanuric acid (slows down the loss of chlorine due to UV/sun, if you cover your pool this loss is already greatly minimized). The only two chemical items I have found that are needed are chlorine and PH adjusters.
Some have recommended salt water kits to get away from the chemical cost and maintenance burden. I believe the salt water kits can be purchased on Amazon for about $150, so you can weigh if this is a suitable option for you.
The filter in the filter pump does get dirty and probably should be changed every couple of weeks. The filter can be taken out and rinsed to prolong life. The instructions state to remove the circulation inlet and outlet housings inside the pool and replace with the included rubber plugs, although this is a pain due to tight fits. It is not ideal, but if you work quickly you can remove the filter top, pull the filter and replace the top without losing too much water. It is a bit tricky to get the o-ring seal back in place but it can be done. The Type A filters that my included model 603 pump uses vary widely in price online, but I found a 12-pack on Amazon for $36 ($3/filter). Most in-store sales seem to be about twice that. Some folks comment online that they “rotate” their filters, reusing them after they have been cleaned and then dried while using another filter in the mean time.
Some others have mentioned that the pump is undersized/fails soon. So far this has not happened to me. My pump is rated for 503 gph, so in theory it could filter the entire pool in 3 hours.
Initially do not blow up the inflatable ring all the way. This allows more flexibility in repositioning the ring as the pool is filling. You MUST keep the ring inside of the base while filling. It may not be required but I monitored and adjusted during the entire filling process. I did not do this the first time and had to abort after an hour of filling.
Use the blue checkered grid on the inside pool bottom. This is a great visual aid to check alignment. As the instructions state, fill about an inch in the bottom of the pool and then use this weight for stability as you move around the perimeter pulling the bottom outwards and tight. It takes time but you can virtually eliminate all wrinkles.
If you install on top of stamped concrete, you will probably want a tarp underneath. Otherwise the stamp ridges will definitely be felt as you walk in the pool, and at the worst if they have sharp edges might damage the pool floor.
If you do only have a couple of inches change in elevation across the pool, it should still work fine. You will however notice once filled that the pool still “leans” downhill. This has not been a problem for us.
A cover. This keeps out debris and lengthens the life of your chlorine. Despite negative reviews, the Intex cover made for this size pool (12′ x 30″) worked great for me. Just realize that in actual application, it will not look like any of the product pictures. They show the cover taut across the top, while it actually will be concave and touching the water surface. It has holes to keep rain water from pooling. Here is Texas, it acts as quite a heater too so remove it and allow the pool to cool prior to getting in.
The above tips may sound like a lot, but in reality they all make much more sense when you are installing and using the pool and will save a lot of time rather than adding.
We love it! No leaks. The water height is above 25″ and is perfect for our young ones. These pool kits can typically be found at local Academy stores for the same price as online. We just purchased in July 2012 for approximately $85 and feel it is well worth the money. It does seem like a pain that the product must be returned to the manufacturer and not the point of sale if problems are experienced.
UPDATE 05/2014: It’s dead. The upper inflatable ring has an air leak. I’ve done the soapy water test, and shoved every inch of it under water with the pool 3/4 full, but find no bubbles. I can only guess the ring is not fully enclosed on its own, it must be joined down inside the pool walls. My leak must be escaping there where I cannot get to it or see it, because it is fast and if it had been accessible I would have seen it during my checks.
Its been a good run, I don’t regret a thing. I still feel this was a great value for the money for the two seasons I got out of it. I originally looked for a direct replacement. For some reason Academy doesn’t carry this unit any more. The kids are getting bigger, so I’ve gone for a larger metal frame pool this time around.
My husband and I toyed around with the idea of having an in-ground pool installed, but since we are newlyweds and still working on finances, we decided to get a cheapie above-ground pool to tide us over (no pun intended!) It was a pain to set up at first, when we tried to install it on what seemed to be the level part of our yard. Trust me, no matter how level an area seems to be, it isn’t. We took it down and moved it to our concrete patio. The instructions say not to install on concrete, but the Intex website said it was fine as long as a ground cover was used. We set up the pool again to find that our seemingly level patio was far from being level at all. Since it was such a cheap pool, we decided to level it by stuffing some old cushions underneath the lower sides after it was emptied, then we filled it back up. It took a few people and a little effort but now the pool is at near-capacity and swims great!
This pool DEFINITELY needs chemicals. The filter is basically useless, except to circulate water around. About 2 weeks after we set the pool up, my husband and I both got TERRIBLE ear infections from the water. Seriously, I had never been in so much pain. My ears bled from the inside and I had an eardrum rupture. I refused to get in the water for 3 weeks after that. Finally we got test strips that tested the Ph, chlorine, alkalinity, etc and got the appropriate chemicals to keep the water clean and healthy.
My husband and I love it. It’s perfect for relaxing in the evenings or for getting a tan. We can both fit full-sized floats inside and relax together. It’s also fun to walk around the inside perimeter in a circular path (say, counter-clockwise) and create a sort of whirlpool-like current. When you stop and sit down in the water it pushes you around like a lazy river. It’s so much fun! I giggle like a little girl when we do that! Or you can create the whirlpool and try to swim against the current and go nowhere! That’s great for exercise and it’s fun, too.
Despite being moved several times, drained, refilled, and abused by our concrete flooring, this pool has been quite durable. Even my 2 poodles with long toenails jump up on the inflated ring side and watch us swim, and they’ve yet to puncture the side or the ring. This is our first year of use, so I am not sure how it will be next year if we keep this one though.
I highly recommend this pool for it’s size, price, and fun factor. It’s just enough to bring summer smiles!