First of all, I want to thank everybody for all the help I have received here. It has been extremely helpful. I have a few other threads going on topics all over the place since I am a newbie and had a variety of questions concerning lots of things. What I hope to do here is kind of lay my situation out totally with pictures and see what experienced people would recommend I do. Some know a little little bit about my situation but I will explain it here so everybody understands what I'm asking.
I recently bought a home with a pool, I have never owned a pool before. I am going to guess the pool is 16 to 18,000 gallons, it is an inground gunite chlorine pool. The filter has two elements inside it. As soon as the weather cooperates I will have it re-plastered, I think I have that covered after reading about that here. My dilemma is if I should go to a salt water generator or use what I have and stay with chlorine, but in either case is there a better way to set up the system I've got? Currently I have three separate pumps as you can see in the pictures. One pump runs the waterfall and fountain in the wading pool. That pump is turned on and off with switches inside my home along with the pool lights. One pump runs filtration, and one pump runs the booster for the cleaner. These pumps are run from an electronic timer switch on the side of my house. The cleaner is also pictured, when it was running it was always tangled and did not seem to work as it would always be on its side. It may have to do with the hose attachments being old and or cold. I am seriously considering just getting rid of it and getting a good robot. The pump that runs it would then not be use and seems like it has been replaced recently by looking at it. I guess what I am wondering, if I don't go with a salt water generator, with my current set up how could I rig something up to automatically add chlorine, without using tablets which will get my stabilizer to high? After seeing my situation, if it were you, what would you do if you were replastering and basically starting over? Would you keep the same equipment or would you do something different? I just really want to get this right and have a enjoyable pool that is as much self supportive as possible without spending a fortune on total automation. I was all set to buy a salt water generator, but I have had people tell me it can hurt your surrounding pool surfaces and other things, and then I have people tell me they are great, so I am very confused. There is also a little power box out there that I have no idea what it is for. The motor that is on the side of filter by itself runs the booster pump, the two motors on the other side, the outside one runs the water features the other runs the filtration. Please see all the pictures, sorry for such a long thread.
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