Hoping to be a 1st time pool owner this summer. I've been lurking for the past month and have enjoyed reading everyone's experiences. I'm starting to feel the same way I do when going to the dentist, not sure if what they recommend is really what you need.
Specifically have a question about an SR Smith Turbo Twister water slide. Original quote was $3600 for pool and installation. Design guy then came back a few days later and said he'd made a mistake and that was just the cost of the slide New quote was $7400 for slide and installation. Looked online and finding retail prices of about $3100 delivered on Amazon, could go cheaper buying direct from other sellers but Amazon makes it so easy, I'm guessing the PB wholesale price is less than this. Asked the design guy about this and he said the extra $4k is for installation(footings, bonding to the swimming pool steel shell, plumbing and connection to valve and controller) and profit. I read the reviews on amazon and there are reviews of people installing the slide in 4 hours or less on their own after the pool is already built. Now I'm starting to feel like I'm at the dentist. I want a quality build and minimized troubles down the road but I haven't yet resigned myself to putting $100 bills in my wheelbarrow and dumping them in the hole as someone suggested on another thread. .
So the question is...Anyone had experience installing or having this slide installed? Does that sound reasonable for installation of pool equipment? Thanks in advance.