We bought this pool a little over a month ago and couldn't wait to set it up. We had an Intext 16tft pool for a couple of summers and we were more than ready for the upgrade. After reading some reviews, we'd already figured on buying another pump because everyone said the one that came with this one wasn't strong enough. We had about 4 hours in leveling the ground with a Bobcat, and another half hour or so spreading the sand. The pool took about an hour to assemble (with 2 adults and 3 kids helping). Other reviews said the pool took them 14 hours to fill with water, for some reason ours took more like 20 hours. We don't have bad water pressure but the pool isn't really close to the water spicket so the hose was stretched out pretty far. After filling the pool we checked for leaks and found none. We were so worried after reading the leaky reviews! But we were VERY careful not to drag the liner at all while putting it together. We put the box on a dolly and brought the liner over that way so that the liner only touched the groundcover the whole time. My kids have used this pool a few times now and we LOVE it!! It is so much bigger than the 16ft we had before, and noticably deeper. To our surprise, the pump is definitely enough for this pool. My parents have a "real" pool with a 1.5HP sand pump and there isn't a whole lot of difference in water flow. The only reason I would suggest the sand pump is because we use our pool a LOT and we have to change filters every week instead of 2 weeks, so it would be a lot cheaper to use a sand pump. ' We were also very pleased with the vacum system that comes with the pool. It is MUCH better than the hose setup we had with the smaller pool. My advice about using the vacum though is to hook everything up, turn the pump off, open the valve to the pump (not the filter) and leave it open while you turn the pump on and off a couple of times to bleed the air out, then close the valve. It took us a few times to figure this out so I hope that helps someone else not to be so frustrated =)
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