I dug out the swimming pool installation instructions and the footprint for our model (15' x 30' x 54). The instructions don't include the semi-buried option, so we should probably add some space around the footprint (2 or 3 feet in every direction?) to be able to assemble it and then backfill it when we're done?
You can download the full instructions here. I pulled out the pages that refer to site preparation and footprint (attached). And here's an assembly video: http://www.thepoolfactory.com/signature-rtl-15x30x54-oval.html
Our specific pool model is this one (buttress-free): http://www.thepoolfactory.com/heritage-rtl-15x30x54-oval.html
How about we ask one of the puppies (local or remote), preferably an architect, to look over the instructions and video and make a recommendation for pad and hole dimensions? I gleaned over the instructions, but I'm afraid that gleaning may not be enough...
Files - File:Poolinstall1.zip
Here's another important part (see attached): we need to build an 8 inch sand cove around the entire pool. I also called them again and they recommend an extra 1.5' foot workspace around the pool.
So this leaves us with:
Length: 32' footprint + [8 sand cove x 2 (in both directions) = 1.3'] + 3' work space = 36.3 ft Width: 20.4' footprint + [8 sand cove x 2 (in both directions) = 1.3'] + 3' work space = 24.7 ft Hole depth: 54/2 = 27 inch
If we leave the soil they dig up near by, we should be able to backflll with the tractor or shovels once the pool is installed
They told me they don't have instructions for semi-buried - the instructions and video I sent you are all they have. But I imagine that if we do have specific questions they may be able to answer them: 855-280-7665
- 1 water turnover per 8 hours
- Pump sizing - 
Above-ground pools that can be buried: 
Oval 33': 
Oval 30': 
Oval 30': 
Call for review: Could you give us some advice about what to get and what to avoid?
This supplier is having a sale this week with 35% off all swimming pools and free shipping. Here are the 30 ft by 15 ft we were considering. Does any of these look good? Which one should we get?
Comparison between the ones in the $2k range: http://www.thepoolfactory.com/swimming-pools/above-ground-pools/oval-1/15-x-30-oval-pools
- DS Suggestions - 
Thanks for volunteering to talk to the supplier about this!
1. Can we have inground pool in Missouri? What happens when it freezes? Can we drain it?
2. If so, which of these pools should we choose? Quest Pool: http://www.thepoolfactory.com/quest-15x30x54-oval.html Heritage: http://www.thepoolfactory.com/heritage-rtl-15x30x54-oval.html Signature: http://www.thepoolfactory.com/signature-rtl-15x30x54-oval.html
3. What size filter/pump do we need for 15 ft x 30 ft? Do their filters come with a pump? What do we need to buy?
4. Will this ladder work for an inground pool?
5. Do the pool kits come with coping for overlap liners?
Conversation with Pool Factory on Feb 12, 2014
- Can we have in-ground pool in Missouri?
Yes, absolutely. The semi-inground pools are only recommended to be buried up to halfway. Beyond that voids warranty is not recommended.
- What happens when it freezes? Can we drain it?
Pool should never be drained. Doing so is much worse for the liner. Draining the pool leads to liner shrinkage which is catastrophic and requires replacing the liner. Pool frame is made to handle expansion. Winterizing the pool consists of three important steps that prevent damage, installing an air pillow, covering the skimmer with a plate, and plugging the return.
- If so, which of these pools should we choose?
Quest Pool: http://www.thepoolfactory.com/quest-15x30x54-oval.html Heritage: http://www.thepoolfactory.com/heritage-rtl-15x30x54-oval.html Signature: http://www.thepoolfactory.com/signature-rtl-15x30x54-oval.html There is no difference between the Heritage and the Signature except for the pattern of the liner. The Quest has a nicer, heavier, injection molded, curved top-ledge.
- What size filter/pump do we need for 15 ft x 30 ft? Do their filters come with a pump? What do we need to buy?
Recommended 1.5HP pump. Filters do come with a pump. The larger pump and filter combo means easier maintenance. A sand filter is the simplest and least expensive option. Requires occasional back-flushing to cleanse filter. Recommended filter/pump combos are Hayward S180T or the Pentair SD40.
- Will this ladder work for an inground pool?
Yes, but Tom recommends something more robust. Click on "customize your pool" to see other ladder options. All options listed in customize your pool are pre-selected to work with the pool chosen. With ladders, though, we will obviously be looking at just ladders made wo work with a deck.
- Do the pool kits come with coping for overlap liners?
Pool kits come with everything necessary.
- Item Sku Qty Subtotal
- 15'x30'x54" Heritage RTL Oval Pool HER-O-15X30X54-D 1 $2,970.97
- 15'x30'x54" Heritage RTL Oval Pool
- 15'x30' Oval Overlap Blue Liner - 25 Gauge
- Pentair SD40 Sand Filter System with 1.5HP Opti-Flo Pump 145383
- Confer In-Pool Deck Ladder 6100X
- Pool Opening & Maintenance Kit
- 15'x30' Oval Heavy Duty Blue Solar Cover
- Hayward CL200 In-Line Above-Ground Chlorinator
- Threaded Winterizing Plug for Standard Return 237 1 $3.99
- Skimmer Winterizing Plate - Widemouth 51 1 $26.99
- Air Pillow - 4' x 8' 80043-4x8 1 $14.99
- 3" Chlorine Tablets 20lbs 02577-20 1 $74.99
- Subtotal $3,091.93
- Shipping & Handling $0.00
- Discount (JUS10OFF) -$10.00
- Tax $0.00
- Grand Total $3,081.93