We bought our home in Michigan last fall and it came with a Lazy L inground cement pool that's at least 20 years old. Old owners really did nothing for the past 15 years except throw a stack of chlorine tabs in the skimmer once a week as they spent summers at their cottage. There's no cover as they said they drained it and power washed it each spring.
Lucky for us, they paid for a home warranty with the pool addon. I called last year as the pressure gauge was broken (more like cross threaded and broken) and once the pool company the warranty place assigned arrived he said it was an old filter he could no longer source parts for, threw a fit that there was a stack of chlorine tabs in the skimmer (I owned the house a week, still left from Previous owner) and noticed the 15 year old heater was not working and valve stuck partially shut (he blamed on wrong use of chlorine).
After two weeks of back and forth with the warranty company, they replaced the filter and filter head, new sand, re-routed the internal piping (filter and pump are in my garage) because they claimed too many bends in it, and basically rebuilt the heater guts completely. For $75 deductible I was happy.
I did have him add an auto chlorinator at the time for another $90, and that's mounted outside, on the return line leaving the heater.
I still have to fix the two dozen tiles that are / have fallen off, but given the age and condition of the surface, I was hoping to wait one more season and just schedule a complete replastering / tile job.
With the snow gone now (yes I know its Michigan), I want to get the electrical sorted out for the pool as it seems to be a mess. The previous owners had a breaker box mounted near the pump / filter area (inside the garage). They simply used the breakers as switches to tun on the light / heater / pump (not exactly code), but even worse, the pump is a 1HP 240V motor and they had it controlled via 2 110v 30 amp breakers......
I'm looking for a decent timer, don't need anything fancy, that would work with my 240v motor so I can get an electrician out to replace the breaker and wire in the timer while he's there as well as wire up some switches for the light.
Can anyone recommend a decent timer model?
Do I need something to control the heater and timer as well, or can I just put the heater on a switch? (Heater has a switch and temp control on the unit itself outside).
Last Two Questions, the pool is a ~38 x 19 Lazy L, and idea on a good resurfacing company in the Grand Rapids, MI area and what that would cost? What's the best place to buy a safety cover at?
Thanks for any help!