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Yes, we make a category of pools called Rigid Walls that do not require inflation. Rigid Wall pools are smaller, value priced pools, principally suitable for younger children. Simply unfold and fill with water. When the pool is emptied, it can be dried and refolded for storage.
Due to the large volume of air required to any inflatable pool, the use of a pump is highly recommended. Effective types of pumps for aiding inflation include: bellows, double-quick action, battery operated, or low volume electric types. IMPORTANT: While the use of an electric pump is permissible, always use a low pressure setting to avoid blowouts. NEVER use a high pressure pump or air compressor to blow up an inflatable pool.
We do not recommend the use of chemicals for our inflatable pools because they can damage the material on the interior of the pool. The only way to keep your pool clean is to drain it frequently, and periodically scrub down the walls and floor with a mild detergent and water. Allow liner to dry thoroughly before refilling with fresh water.
The Boston valve is a two part inflation system, which provides the user with multiple inflation options. The valve can be used with a standard electrical pump by unscrewing the top cover and using an adapter. Alternately, the entire valve mechanism can be unscrewed for express inflation with a vacuum cleaner that works in reverse. Deflation is also quick and simple; just unscrew the entire valve to allow all air to escape.
You can use a low-pressure electrical pump that you may find in a hardware store or a pool supply store. In order to use your pump with a Boston valve, you need an adaptor that you can find in Wal-Mart, for instance. Helpful hints: If you do not wish to purchase an adapter you can create one by using a soda cap with a small hole in it. Place the pump with soda cap ?adapter? over the opening to the Boston valve. Also, some vacuum cleaners work in reverse and will inflate a pool with a Boston valve. To do so, unscrew the entire valve unit from the item, exposing the threaded nozzle. Then, place your vacuum hose over the nozzle to inflate.
Your pool height is function of the size of the vinyl or material when your pool is deflated and varies according to the volume of air you use to inflate your pool as well as the amount of water you decide to put in your pool. (The recommended amounts of air and water are usually 80% of full capacity.) *NOTE ? Generally speaking each "ring" on a pool provides 6 to 7 inches of water depth when the pool is filled - e.g. a "2-ring" inflatable pool would be approximately 12 to 14 inches deep. Please understand that this is only a very rough approximation!
Various types of patch kits are widely available at most pool supply stores. If you are unable to locate a pool supply store nearby, we will be happy to sell you an appropriate patch kit. Please call our Consumer Assistance Department toll-free for help.