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Old 04-12-2005, 10:06 PM
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I've always grown up with my parents having a pool and now our little family is thinking of having one installed. Do any of you have pools....like them...hate them?

I think it would be a great addition to the house and fun for the family but was curious what pool owners have to say about them.

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Old 04-12-2005, 10:31 PM
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In-ground definately! NO finished concrete! My cousin had one, always leaked, grew algae on the sides, always a pain to keep the Ph correct.

We have a inground, with a vinyl liner. The sides are plastic panels that locked together, the bottom is sand clay.
We dug it ourselves with a rental backhoe, hauled in the sand clay for the bottom, and used a rented 'jumping-jack' tamp to pack it. Ran the piping, then poured the concrete around the sides. In 15 years, we've had three liners, at about a grand apiece. The first one, we didnt let it warm up in the sun enough, and it ripped at the corners after a few years.
The second one, a BIG tree limb blew into the pool during a rough summer thunderstorm, and ripped the bottom too badly to patch. The current liner is doing fine after 5 or 6 or 7 years its been in there.

Chemicals are a couple hundred per season, and we have a 'robot' cleaner that hooks into the piping/skimmer system.
We cover it late September, and open it in May. Its the center of all the summer activity for our little neighborhood.
Old 04-13-2005, 12:21 AM
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With you being in PA and me being in Ont. I'd say our seasons are pretty close to the same. My father-in-law usually spends about $500 a season......that doesn't include any shock treatments, repairs or upgrades.

Some additional expenses to seriously look at before hand:
- permits,
- solar covers & roll up,
- concrete around the pool so grass in pool is reduced,
- would you consider solar heating the water so you can extend the season?
- would you consider putting a building over your pool?
- how are you going to finish off the yard - landscaping could be very costly,
- fenses - what does code say you need as a mim. and will you be happy with that min.?,
- pump house,
- pool house - you need a potty for the little ones,
- octopus / skimmers / hoses / discharge hoses,
- safe storage for your stock pile of chemicals,
- plan on not being able to correct the water balance and having the pros in once a season,
- with kids using the pool plan on rips in the linning if you use a linning,
- water toys,
- pool side furniture and lots and lots of chairs,
- winter cover w/ water or sand bags,
- storage covers and space for all of your summer furniture and water toys come winter,
- do you have the man-power to help with opening and closing the pool?
- do you live in an area where leaves will fall or be blown into the pool?
- do you live in an area where you get seasonal bug migrations? This you will find out as soon as you put a pool in.
- do you live in an area where you can leave your pool unattended and not have to worry about the neigborhood kids using it freely?
- insurance cost increases.

Now lets look at last years summer............. ...........and yet your expenses would have still been approx. $500. Now I know my father-in-laws pools got used a total of about 6 times last year........now was that worth it? Well I guess it depends on how deep your pockets are doesn't it.

I almost forgot,,,,,,who's cleaaaaaaaning the poooooooool everyday? Sometimes several times adayyyyyyyyy
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I'm in Florida so I don't know if that is better or worse for pools.
screened in enclosure so I don't mess with leaves.
its finished concrete no leaks as of yet
I have a robot (named Sam) that cleans it.
I throw clorine shock stuff in it every couple weeks (cost about 2 bucks)
backwash the "sand filter" every couple of weeks also (free)
I've never had to replace anything, and nothing has ever broke.
So far its been pretty cheap for me.


If I had my way, I would have a pool that was 6 inches deep with cool
lights, cause I never swim in it,
All it does is look cool during cookouts
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The last one I owned is the LAST ONE I'll ever own
Old 04-13-2005, 05:38 PM
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Will the Bertram fit in it??
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Yea, nothing like negotiating with the wife. I get the tricked out 31 Bert and she gets....a place in OC (wayyyy to expensive) or a pool so we can have a blast teaching little Jack how to swim and play in the pool all summer long, every summer. Figure we need something to do when I'm not fishing.

We'll meet with the pool people this weekend and see if there is a way to have the pool meet all the zoning requirements and not screw with the drainage of the land (piss off the neighbors).

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You know the number one thing I don't like about pools, is a pool in your backyard removes the need to get down to the water's edge for a splash and swim. Two would have to go to the swimming thing, there is absolutely zero fun in swimming a mile or so in a small backyard pool.
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I'd LOVE to sell you mine.

Hey, are you familiar with Al Emma of Emma Builders? He's from West Chester, also.
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Have an above ground 12x24. Great when I have my friends over for a BBQ. It's not too big so it's easy to take care of.
oh! One other thing. Late night swims with the girlfriend "Priceless"
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Have a great 16x32 inground pool...Have allways had a pool since the kids were small....Great family fun and really makes for the summer partys at your house during the season....Easy to maintain and not that expensive to keep up. Probally spend less than 250 a season.

Good luck with your decision,
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I have to add my 2 cents here I have had two houses with pools and will never did I say never again. While they can be a lot of fun, they are also a lot of work, maintenace, and if you calculate the time used its costs, might rival boat ownership.
With that being said, If I needed a pool, some of my friends have done this, get a above ground pool, then rent a back hoe and dig a 3 or 4 foot deep hole and put the pool in the hole and build a nice deck around it. Put the dirt in a pile and cover with grass or what ever. When you no longer need it take the pool out fill in with dirt from pile and your done. Lots cheaper and looks really good if done right.
Now I have a HOt tub and it is simply the best thing I have ever owned that holds water, you can buy some huge ones, for about $7K that some one can put a raft in if you are not tooo tall.

I like my Hot Tub or Spa what ever you call it easy to maintain, if no one pees in it or gets in dirty and can use in any weather but prefer the winter. Just make shure you get a 220 volt one.
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We have a 24' above ground, wonderful fun. It is not hard to take care of. The chemicals cost maybe 250-500$ a season, electricity for the pump maybe an extra 20$ on your light bill.
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I don't own a pool but we had a huge hot tub that came with the house 10 years ago. We used it a handful of time so my wife came up with a more practical solution ....... I didn't complain. We didn't use it since it was a mosquito magnet at night .......
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Well, let me throw in my $.02 worth into this one. We just had the old 12 x 24 above ground w/12x12 wood deck on one end demo'ed and a new fiberglass 12x26 3.5 on the enter and 6.5 on the deep installed, the cool decking has been (1st coat of knock down put on and painted) just waiting on the screen enclosure to be installed).

We have always had a pool (above and / or inground) for the kids growing up, yes maint. can be tough to deal with, but it just depends on what you want.



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My pool is 50' by 20' ,and we have'nt opened it in years. I hate swimming.
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Got a 24' round above ground pool, partly submerged into the ground. I don't use it - the chemicals bother me. My fiance' takes care of it. I just have to mow and trim around it.

I like my $10 outdoor shower much better when I need to cool down
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We have had 3 estimates so far and it seems that none of the companies can get the property lines and set-back correct. We're still thinking about it....

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I used to live near Lansdale PA and had a nice pool. If you get a good modern pool it won't be a lot of work in the summer. It should have an automatic cleaner to vacuum up the dirt and leaves. Just periodic skimming and weekly monitoring chemicals. I never vacuumed my pool in 15 years thanks to my Polaris. The 2 main problems in PA were the short season (early June to late August) and the fact that the pool is more work in the winter than it is in the summer. Constantly pumping rain water and melted snow off the winter cover. Brushing leaves off in the fall. WInterizing - blowing out the lines and installing the cover - is a big job. Opening in the spring is a big job too if you power wash the cover and all the water bags. Now is a good time to see a pool that has been sitting under cover all winter. It gets pretty ugly by the time the weather turns nice. It doesn't become a nightmare until it gets about 12 years old. That's when the tiles start to fall off, the pump goes bad, the gaskets start to leak,,,,

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