This seems like as good a place as any to put this post. So let's dive in:
What I've got: I have a 22,000gal (roughly) inground swamp which came as part of a foreclosure home I bought in Oct. The swamp came with no equipment, just an empty pad, which is good news to me, now I can install whatever I want! There are 2 skimmer pockets. The pad has 3 pipes present, 1.5 inch each. I am guessing that's 1 return, 1 from a bottom drain, and 1 to the skimmers, which must be piped together someplace underground. Just guessing at the bottom drain because, well, I can't see the bottom. The electrical panel is still there. Contains an old mechanical timer, which is probably not worth anything. The box has 230vac, though the breaker configuration implies it was only ever used for a 115vac pump in the past.
The pool was probably built in 2002-2003. It is vinyl lined, but I don't know what lies under the vinyl.
What I think I want: Salt water (Pentair Intellichlor), variable speed pump (Pentair Superflo VS), cartridge filter (?), provisions for solar heating (later), sweet robot to clean for me.
I plan to install everything myself, unless someone has an amazing compelling reason otherwise.
Does this sound like the right kind of setup? What would you change? Any installation pointers?
I've been reading all that I can on this site, but as the ground is finally free from the white stuff, I need to get equipment in place soon.
Thanks in advance for your responses!