Intex is a company that makes extremely durable aboveground pools constructed of a three-ply PVC material. Of all the sizes that Intex produces, they offer only two options that are 8 feet long. For metric-minded Brits: 8 feet is about 2.4 m. When taking care of the pool, it is vital to know how much water it contains. Instructions for adding chemicals depend on how many litres or gallons of water are in the pool for proper balance and application.
The 8-foot-by-27-inch was released by Intex many years ago, and is no longer available for purchase from their site or from any authorised retailers. In metric those dimensions are 2.4 m x 68.6 cm.
The 2.4 m x 76 cm (8 foot x 30 inch) Easy Set pool is the smallest Easy Set pool that Intex produces. It is a step up from a paddling pool, and will require chemicals and a filter to stay clean. Often, the filters come with the pools as a package. This Intex pool will run from £37.46 to £62.44 on Amazon as of June 2011, with different patterns available -- such as the clear-view or the ocean reef. The pool comes with a 530 GPH pump that is more than sufficient for this size. This pool is very easy to set up. Just close the drain plug, inflate the ring and fill.
When filling these Easy Set pools, Intex recommends only filling to 80 per cent capacity. This is to just below where the inflatable ring meets the walls of the pool. Filling the pool further could place undue stress on the walls and seams, causing them eventually to leak. It is crucial that these pools are on a flat, level surface while filled with water. If, when filling, water runs more to one side than the other,drain the pool and find a more level place to install it. Lopsided pools are unsafe due to the increased pressure on one side of the pool. The extra weight of the water could cause the wall to bow outward, causing damage to the pool, the property, or you or your family.
The older 2.4 m x 68.6 cm (8 foot x 27 inch) pools at 80 per cent capacity would be 50 cm (20 inches) deep and hold 1,980 litres (523 gallons) of water. The older 2.4 m x 76 cm (8 foot x 30 inch) pool filled to 80 per cent capacity would be 58 cm (23 inches) deep and hold 2,150 litres (568 gallons) of water. The only 8 foot pool currently available from Intex, model number 56971EG, is the newer 2.4 m x 76 cm (8 foot x 30 inch) version. When filled correctly, this pool is 58 cm (23 inches) deep and will hold 2,420 litres (639 gallons) of water. The best thing about Easy Set pools, however, is they do not have to be filled to capacity. As long as the outlet value is underwater, the pump will function properly. This is excellent for smaller children who may be playing in the pool.