Honestly, for the money spent, I think this is a great pool. You definitely do not need 2.6 tons of sand. 1.5 would have been plenty, but the extra is nice to spread out under the liner. The instructions didn't call for patio pavers. We bought 16" patio pavers for each post (16 for our pool). They are only about $1 each. Our sand was $150 delivered. If you can find someone with a transit (a carpenter) to make sure those patio pavers are level, you've got it made. It doesn't matter if the rest of the ground under foot is bumpy or not. Ours is bumpy as can be, but the pool is setting perfectly level. We bought some plastic and did the wall guard. That's worth it because it holds the sand in place after rains and such. We just cut long lengths and went around with duct tape. It took about 1/2 hr. The porthole tabs broke right away, so we used duct tape to place it in. It's fine. The liner isn't the best gauge, but is reasonable for this pool. Surprisingly, the filter (with no rubber gaskets!) works pretty good. I had to call the pool manf. because it was leaking a lot at first and he said to be certain that we screwed them in really good and go around and re-screw them to be certain they are in good. That fixed the problem. The ladder isn't so good. It will serve the purpose, but another ladder, at some point, would be a great addition.
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