The air ring became stiffer annually, until it became rigid after the fourth summer, and actually broke(!) It cracked and then did not hold air at all. The pump went out in the first summer, and was never sufficient for regular use by the kids. I bought a larger pump, which worked fine. The floor suction attachment never worked at all, and could not pick up gravel or sand. We had to deflate, empty and scrub the bottom with towels every spring. I dug a parabolic pit and elevated ring, and got over 5 feet of depth in the center. We had to elevate the ladder on the inside with two flat paving stones 18 inches square. Overall for $300 it was well worth it. The second pump was about $140, but it was a good value. We will buy another before summer starts again. The replacement pump has a timed operation for one to 8 hours. Use the floating chlorine tablets and filters available at Lowe's. If you drop powdered chlorine into the pool it bleaches the bottom white. I like the blue checked pattern. The sides held up fine. They are thick material, and even the dogs claws didn't damage it. The sides never leaked.
For some reason the top of the tube became brown and discolored, but we did not know if it was a substance sprayed by the neighbor. (He was spraying stain on his wooden tree house, and some of the solution came over the fence.) Yet the solution did not appear in the water.
We keep buying these, because they are cheap, and at #300, costs less than 4 months of power for a built in pool.
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