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Old 07.06.2020, 10:04
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Bestway / Intex pools -- seeking tips and advice

We're considering getting a pool for our garden... Something like the ones in the photos below (but we're still not quite sure as to the exact type, brand or model).

Does anyone have experience with pools like this? I'm curious how difficult they really are to keep up. For example, are they very time-consuming to clean? How often will I probably need to change the filter cartridge? Also, how / where exactly do you drain the water? And does anyone recommend one type over the other (metal frame versus the fast set type that has the inflatable top ring)? I think I prefer the fast-set type with the inflatable ring, in part because it would be easier to store during the winter, but one of my worries is that the ring could develop a leak.

We've been considering getting a pool like this for a while, and I thought that with the virus situation and public pools only allowing a certain # of people inside, this might be the perfect time to finally get one.

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I did do a search here for related threads, but the one I found had been closed, so I wasn't able to comment on it. And it didn't really address my specific questions.
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Old 07.06.2020, 10:40
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Re: Bestway / Intex pools -- seeking tips and advice

We've had good luck with Intex, lasted far longer that expected.

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Re: Bestway / Intex pools -- seeking tips and advice

Check if neighbours have young kids. Potential safety issue, and source of irritation...
Intex pools are better than expected for the price.
Pumps, heater, etc. can be used for several years. Pool itself gets mucky at the end of the season so if you're not too bothered about the environment, you can throw it away and buy a new one every year... (a new medium sized one costs about Fr.100... not a huge issue).

Check the water once a week and a starter set pool chemical should last one season.

Drain water into the drain, not your garden. The chemicals are apparently not good for your plants. The standard garden hose connection works.

I struggled mostly with the cover. Got a cheap tarp (search for "blache"), but when it rains, it collects water on top, so I had to be creative in trying to raise part of the cover so that water will flow away.
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Check if neighbours have young kids. Potential safety issue, and source of irritation...
Intex pools are better than expected for the price.
Pumps, heater, etc. can be used for several years. Pool itself gets mucky at the end of the season so if you're not too bothered about the environment, you can throw it away and buy a new one every year... (a new medium sized one costs about Fr.100... not a huge issue).

Check the water once a week and a starter set pool chemical should last one season.

Drain water into the drain, not your garden. The chemicals are apparently not good for your plants. The standard garden hose connection works.

I struggled mostly with the cover. Got a cheap tarp (search for "blache"), but when it rains, it collects water on top, so I had to be creative in trying to raise part of the cover so that water will flow away.
Okay, thanks.
We have a private garden with a locked gate, so neighborhood kids can't get into the garden unless we allow them inside.
That makes sense that the chemicals in the water wouldn't be good for the plants. I wonder if even just the splashing alone would be enough to harm the surrounding evergreen trees (which make our garden private).
I'm hoping that the pumps that come with these pools are decent enough, because I really don't want to invest in a much more expensive pump / filter for a pool that itself only cost 150 CHF.
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Re: Bestway / Intex pools -- seeking tips and advice

my Intex 2000L/h pump is about Fr.45 from Galaxus.

A bit of splashing will be fine.
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Re: Bestway / Intex pools -- seeking tips and advice

Haven't had a pump fail yet.

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Re: Bestway / Intex pools -- seeking tips and advice

Not sure about being bad for plants or trees.. But our grass grows best around the swimming pool where it is splashed constantly.. That's connected to the actual drain though, it's a built in pool. Our little index hot-tub we just run a hose to a drain to empty that.

Worth keeping it covered, they are a magnet for insects and leaves etc and the more dirt in there, the more chlorine it eats and left uncovered even more chlorine evaporates.
Our big pool is heated by black panels which the water circulates through and reaches 26-28 degrees after few sunny days... We also bought a floating bubble wrap cover which helps heat it.

You also need to keep the pump running 24/7 or you will quickly have a green pool.
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Old 08.06.2020, 15:07
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Not sure about being bad for plants or trees.. But our grass grows best around the swimming pool where it is splashed constantly.. That's connected to the actual drain though, it's a built in pool. Our little index hot-tub we just run a hose to a drain to empty that.

Worth keeping it covered, they are a magnet for insects and leaves etc and the more dirt in there, the more chlorine it eats and left uncovered even more chlorine evaporates.
Our big pool is heated by black panels which the water circulates through and reaches 26-28 degrees after few sunny days... We also bought a floating bubble wrap cover which helps heat it.

You also need to keep the pump running 24/7 or you will quickly have a green pool.
Okay, thanks for the tips. I feel like I just really need to have a good understanding of what exactly I'm getting myself into it, before buying one of these things.

I would definitely get a solar cover for it (found some on amazon.de in various sizes) as well as a regular cover. The water that comes out of our hose is extremely cold.
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Old 08.06.2020, 16:58
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Re: Bestway / Intex pools -- seeking tips and advice

Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is this the kind of drain that I could use to drain the pool into at the end of the summer?

These drains are actually located across from our garden, near the front door of a building that we don't live in but that is a part of our apartment complex. They're the only drains I could find near our garden.

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Sorry if this is a stupid question, but is this the kind of drain that I could use to drain the pool into at the end of the summer?

These drains are actually located across from our garden, near the front door of a building that we don't live in but that is a part of our apartment complex. They're the only drains I could find near our garden.

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No, those are for rain water.

Are there sinks/drains in your basement?

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No, those are for rain water.

Are there sinks/drains in your basement?

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Thanks. I had a feeling that those might be something I shouldn't use.

I will have to look for some kind of drain in the basement of our building, then, I guess...
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Okay, thanks for the tips. I feel like I just really need to have a good understanding of what exactly I'm getting myself into it, before buying one of these things.

I would definitely get a solar cover for it (found some on amazon.de in various sizes) as well as a regular cover. The water that comes out of our hose is extremely cold.
It is a bit of upkeep, we have a pool company to maintain ours, they come once per week approx and clean it and chemical it etc and they close it for winter and open it in spring.. But if the kids had friends around and a whole day of pool play it really gets dirty.. I end up vacuuming it myself and topping up the chemicals .. The filter catches debris that's floating but often when stuff settles you gotta vacuum it.. Something else to buy.

Ours is hard connected to the poop drain so it's easy to drain it by just selecting that on the pump.. I guess that could be a problem for a free standing pool, running a hose to a suitable drain.

All that said .. The kids totally love it.. I only use it occasionally to cool off on a super hot day.
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...We have a private garden with a locked gate, so neighborhood kids can't get into the garden unless we allow them inside...
Having been a kid and knowing lots of kids, unless your gate and garden walls are 8 ft tall with razor wire don't bet on no neighborhood kids finding a way.
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Having been a kid and knowing lots of kids, unless your gate and garden walls are 8 ft tall with razor wire don't bet on no neighborhood kids finding a way.
True. There are some articles on the internet about liability. If you have reasonably done what you can to stop uninvited guests (I suppose you have a fence or cover the pool when not in use), then you can't be liable if they break in and slip and break their leg, or worse.

Regardless, I had sleepless nights the first few nights worrying that a small child from the neighbourhood might fall in, but I think I have done all I can, including draining it when I go away on summer vacation, and the neighbours should also watch their kids.
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Re: Bestway / Intex pools -- seeking tips and advice

Little update on our intex spa .. It's toast. .

After me saying how good it was recently..
The pump went first, E90 on the screen, at first it was intermittent, then I noticed I sounded like it was struggling, then I noticed the outside socket was melted internally, totally melted, I had to change the socket yesterday. I'm guessing the socket was old and the extra load from the struggling pump killed it..

Then today I thought I'd give one last look, it was deflated.. Some of the air chambers have delaminated and there are loads of pin holes on the seams.

Don't think it's worth the effort to buy a pump on ebay and try to patch multiple holes.. It's decheterie bound.
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Having been a kid and knowing lots of kids, unless your gate and garden walls are 8 ft tall with razor wire don't bet on no neighborhood kids finding a way.
Well, our garden is lined with a wire fence as well as 10-foot tall evergreen shrubs, so except for that lockable garden gate, there is no way in unless you're a small cat or a mouse.

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Little update on our intex spa .. It's toast. .

After me saying how good it was recently..
The pump went first, E90 on the screen, at first it was intermittent, then I noticed I sounded like it was struggling, then I noticed the outside socket was melted internally, totally melted, I had to change the socket yesterday. I'm guessing the socket was old and the extra load from the struggling pump killed it..

Then today I thought I'd give one last look, it was deflated.. Some of the air chambers have delaminated and there are loads of pin holes on the seams.

Don't think it's worth the effort to buy a pump on ebay and try to patch multiple holes.. It's decheterie bound.
Aww, that's a shame. And after you had laid those tiles for it, too. Maybe there is a better one you could get at some point. I've wondered before if the electrical outlet in our garden (which I think is just normal voltage) would be able to handle a pump well.

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Well, our garden is lined with a wire fence as well as 10-foot tall evergreen shrubs, so except for that lockable garden gate, there is no way in.



Aww, that's a shame. And after you had laid those tiles for it, too. Maybe there is a better one you could get at some point. I've wondered before if the electrical outlet in our garden (which I think is just normal voltage) would be able to handle a pump well.
That's worth looking at, a decent outlet.. Ours worked well for ages in previous house.. It was much newer though.. Any socket *should* handle it.

Reading the info on the pump/heater. It can pull up to 16amps .. That's pretty damn high, throw in an overloaded pump and some old/bad wiring (I found 1.5mm badly done wiring behind my burnt socket) .. Recipe for trouble.
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Re: Bestway / Intex pools -- seeking tips and advice

My experience with Intex products over the years is that you get what you pay for which is effectively a temporal solution
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