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    New owner, old pool in North Alabama

    Hi ya'll just bought a home in Decatur Al that came with a pool. So happy to find this forum so many questions answered already. I will be converting to salt hopefully by early spring, just soooo many things to redo (ugly plumbing, leaking pump seals...etc) Looking forward to sharing the experience.

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    Re: New owner, old pool in notth Alabama

    Welcome aboard!
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    Thanks
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    Re: New owner, old pool in notth Alabama

    Mikey, Is that a pic of the pool? If so you are already in good shape as it looks very clear!

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    Re: New owner, old pool in notth Alabama

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    Mikey, Is that a pic of the pool? If so you are already in good shape as it looks very clear!

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    Thanks, yep that's it. Being an engineer I just can't stand the plumbing job in the pool house lol. It's still set up on clor tabs, but have bought a Autopilot system and I'm in the middle of re-piping and running the new electrical for it now. We'll see how the weather goes as to how much I finish before spring.
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    Re: New owner, old pool in notth Alabama

    I see you already have a good test kit! THAT is your number one tool for a clear pool.

    Now if you have been reading you KNOW we LOVE pics! I would love to see a before and after pic of the plumbing so we can laugh and shake our heads "what were they thinking" with you! LOL

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    Re: New owner, old pool in notth Alabama

    You got it Kim, I'll shoot some pictures this afternoon when I get home from work. Just warning 'ya, they won't be pretty. For some reason someone moved the filter outside the pool house and just didn't do a nice job. My system has a wet sump so there's plenty of room to make it beautiful.
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    Re: New owner, old pool in notth Alabama

    BUT Mike that is the FUN of it--------TRYING to figure out what they were thinking (or drinking!) LOL

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    Welcome Mikey....fellow Alabamian here in Montg...joining this site was the best thing I ever did along w my test kit and speed stir.
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    Re: New owner, old pool in notth Alabama

    U bet'ya, I have been drinking and thinking how to fix it lol

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    Thanks smforte, I moved here from Chicago and can't wait to be able to use the pool an extra 3 months
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    Re: New owner, old pool in notth Alabama

    Mikey how are you doing with the humidity??????? Wicked stuff BUT a pool helps so much! Get hot and jump in the pool to cool back off. I tend to jump in fully clothed while mowing! LOL Of course I am mowing 6.5 acres sooooooooo it is a little more than the average person! Climb back on the mower and keep going!

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    Re: New owner, old pool in notth Alabama

    Quote Originally Posted by mikey104 View Post
    U bet'ya, I have been drinking and thinking how to fix it lol

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    Thanks smforte, I moved here from Chicago and can't wait to be able to use the pool an extra 3 months
    Been here all my life except for a 3 yr stay in NY...what a shock to this ole suthun gal! I had never even seen a snow plow! OMG. All I can say is I loved the people but I didn't like living there. I love my 100 degree temps and long pool seasonal! Welcome to AL..YA'LL...
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    Re: New owner, old pool in notth Alabama

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    BUT Mike that is the FUN of it--------TRYING to figure out what they were thinking (or drinking!) LOL

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    Ok Kim I don't know about you, but I'm closing my eyes...........................

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    Kim, after the first winter (11" snow 2011 and was the only person in the plant Monday morning) I'm over it lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by smforte View Post
    Been here all my life except for a 3 yr stay in NY...what a shock to this ole suthun gal! I had never even seen a snow plow! OMG. All I can say is I loved the people but I didn't like living there. I love my 100 degree temps and long pool seasonal! Welcome to AL..YA'LL...
    Again, thanks and you folks can't drive in the snow......lol
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    Re: New owner, old pool in North Alabama

    ummmmmmmmm uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu wwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa????????????????????????????? My head hurts just trying to figure that out. WHY?? OH Why did they put the filter outside? What does the pump room look like? as in how big is it overall and where is it located in relation to the house?

    At least they used unions??? LOL Do I see flex hose?

    It will be VERY easy to make it "pretty" compared to what it looks like now!

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    (You would have LOVED the tiny addition the former owner of our place put on the outside of our washroom. We THINK he had it set up as a tiny office or such. You know how a roof will over hand the wall?? Welllllllllll this tiny little added on roof BUTTED up to the wall!!!!!! like this ------------------l

    We could not get financing on the place until that tiny roof and wall was taken down and the wall rebuilt where it used to be. The house was in foreclosure so no owner really so we got written permission to do the work ourselves. We pulled it down with the truck! LOL
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    Re: New owner, old pool in North Alabama

    That's an um... interesting setup. The pump setup I less than optimal. The filter is just plain stupid. Did they just have a handful of extra fittings that they wanted to use? They used 7 instead of 3. Crazy.


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    Well he DID try to warn us!!! I do have to say this is the SECOND worse one I have seen.............there was one posted that was CRAZY! We all thought it was done as a joke as it was SO crazy. We never did find out if it was real of just put together without glue for the pic.

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    Re: New owner, old pool in North Alabama

    Quote Originally Posted by n240sxguy View Post
    That's an um... interesting setup. The pump setup I less than optimal. The filter is just plain stupid. Did they just have a handful of extra fittings that they wanted to use? They used 7 instead of 3. Crazy.


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    Re: New owner, old pool in North Alabama

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    Well he DID try to warn us!!! I do have to say this is the SECOND worse one I have seen.............there was one posted that was CRAZY! We all thought it was done as a joke as it was SO crazy. We never did find out if it was real of just put together without glue for the pic.

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    Kim, I just can't make this stuff up. Back to your earlier question......the building is 30 Ft x 8 Ft with each end walled at 7 FT. The pump room is 8 x 7 with the sump pit at 3' x 4' and 42" deep. There is all kinds of room to get the filter back in. I'll take progress pics along the way.
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    Re: New owner, old pool in North Alabama

    Mike it is easy to see that your crazy set up is real! We can see the glue and the pics are too close up to be faked LOL!

    What else is the building used for? Or what will YOU use it for? Do you have ANY idea why they put the filter outside? Is the dirt always wet by the pipes coming up?

    You can only go up from here! THANKS for the groans and "whats were they thinking" pics and post.

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    Re: New owner, old pool in North Alabama

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    Mike it is easy to see that your crazy set up is real! We can see the glue and the pics are too close up to be faked LOL!

    What else is the building used for? Or what will YOU use it for? Do you have ANY idea why they put the filter outside? Is the dirt always wet by the pipes coming up?

    You can only go up from here! THANKS for the groans and "whats were they thinking" pics and post.

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    Kim we use the building for all of our lawn equipment, pool chemicals and stuff. As far as why they moved the filter, nobody's knows. Asked the pool store that I found receipts for and they didn't know. And about the water coming in, no it normally is dry but it's been raining for the last 2 days here. I finished the electric today, may put the new pump in temporally tomorrow. But I will at least bolt it down. lol
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