Easy-Setup-Pool Tip of the Day I
If you're like me, you love being in the water! So when you find out that owning a pool is both inexpensive and "easy," of course you should get one, right?
First, pick up your pool at Walmart; yes, Walmart. Then discover that an 18' pool won't fit in your back yard. Return pool.
Exchange the pool for the 12' model, which will fit nicely in the backyard.
Look around for 30 minutes to try to figure out what type of chlorine to put in your pool, and how much. Leave without chlorine. "I'll come back later."
Get back home, unpack the box and observe "must setup pool on completely level surface." Ignore warning, but try to "grade off" your heinously sloped backyard a wee bit with a garden shovel.
Unpack the pool liner, and spread it out on the "level" ground. Stop reading the instructions and try to figure things out on your own.
Realize you need to inflate the upper ring, but don't have a pump.
Run to Walmart, park in the garden section (bonus tip) and pick up pump for $9.96 (made by pool company). Inflate upper ring.
Try to finagle pool into right place without any luck. Break out those instructions, and realize you were supposed to put the ring OUTSIDE the pool, not inside.
Deflate upper ring, put ring OUTSIDE the pool.
Reinflate upper ring; cursing is permitted.
Smooth out wrinkles in pool floor. This is not optional, even if you thought it was.
Begin putting water in your pool! The fun part!
Go outside after half and hour and realize when they said "must be on completely level surface," they meant it. Observe water spilling out one side of the pool, and not even a drop of water in the other side. F.
Deflate upper ring along with your ego.