Intex Pools And Deep Ends
by gto John
Hi, lots of great info here! I have a new, in the box, Intex 15'x42" round pool. This is our starter pool.
Is it possible to dig out a deeper center on this type of pool? I read some previous posts for doing so with an expandable liner, and a few other posts about concerns about the side walls being prone to buckling. I'd like to add 6 to 12" of depth 10-11' in diameter.
To the best of my knowledge Intex does not make an above ground pool that can be expanded into a deep area. They sell their steel frame soft sided pools and their inflatable ring soft sides, neither of which can go any deeper than what they were designed for. They are meant to be installed on flat level ground.
The pool, however, would make a great starter pool. Use it for a season or two. See if there is enough interest to go bigger in the future. If so, upgrade to a steel wall vinyl lined above ground pool. That's where you will have the option to go with a 52" or a 54" sidewall and even an expandable liner beyond that.
As for increasing the size of an above ground pool, never. The diameter it says on the box is what you get. There is really no safe way to enlarge a pool, you are better off using Craigslist to sell the one you have, and to buy one the size you would rather have.
Used above ground pools can sometimes be found for just the labor of removing them from a backyard. I have acquired many that way. I would order a new liner and resell the pools, but that was my business back then. There are really good deals to be found if you look around. But until then, install your Intex pool and enjoy, it's going to be hot soon.