We are just finishing our new house and are schedule to begin pool construction in April. This is our second pool build so I know a little but have some questions. Thanks for any input. This site is an awesome resource!
1) SWG vs BBB? I didn't discover this site until we had already built our pool last time. I found it after trying to figure out why I was having so much trouble keeping my pool clear. I quit using the pucks and went to BBB method. This worked but we really didn't like messing with bleach. Is the SWG worth the money and will the results be good?
2) Heater - We already had an outdoor wood stove at our old house so we just piped into it and used a heat exchanger to heat the last pool. We had an autocover so this helped with heating. I really don't want to spend the money on a cover. It was nice but also problematic. We had to replace the ropes ($700) within 3 years. I've heard horror stories on what it cost to use propane. A friend put in a heat pump last year and they seem to like it. My options are: a)electric heat pump b)another wood stove just to heat the pool c) we did put a ground source heater in but i'm not sure about using it. It may be too late since the house is done and we didn't plan for it??
3) Our last pool was just 8.5 ' deep so we had a diving board but it sucked. The kids really want a springy board. We are planning on going deeper with a springy board? Any recommendations?
Thanks for any feedback. If you have any other things that you think are a must for a new pool please share.