Intex Pool Questions
We are considering a large 16x32 Intex ultra frame pool, which appears to be soft-sided. This selection is based on price/feature set, plus the size and shape will allow us to evaluate location for a couple of seasons before going with a full-up in-ground pool. Any opinion on Intex and/or the Doughboy equivalent (oasis) is welcomed and appreciated.
Question 1: Can a soft-sided pool such as the ultra frame by Intex or the oasis by Doughboy be installed in-ground? My concern is that without a structural side, the earth may cave in.
Question 2 -- typically are AGP pumps Gravity fed? in other words, if I install the pool in-ground, do I also have to have the pump below the nozzles?
Question 3 -- This particular pool (and most AGP I think) have one inlet and one outlet nozzle. Is this sufficient for moving all the water through, or does the water essentially flow in a loop from the output to the input, leaving the corners, etc stagnant? I ask because (based on the answers to the above questions) I am thinking about using an in-ground pool pump and trying to install additional inlet/outlet nozzles to try an optimize the flow. Any thoughts there? Am I asking for trouble by puncturing the liner and sealing additional nozzles into it?
Anyway, I really appreciate any info or opinion you would be willing to offer --
Best regards, Brian
These are good questions. A soft side pool should not be installed in the ground. The walls will not hold up against the weight of the dirt.
Above ground pool pumps are gravity fed. They work much better set below water level. The impellers are smaller than pumps made to draw water uphill.
I would not cut an extra hole into a soft side pool. That sounds like trouble to me. With a steel wall pool an extra return is a big help. High powered pumps are to restricted on the return side and need an extra outlet.
Learn more about soft sided pools on these pages.
Metal Frame Pools
Soft Sided Pools