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    Need advice on automation

    I've done some searching on the forum and haven't found just what I'm looking for. I'm hoping someone can help me figure out which automation product will work best for me.

    Here's what I have currently:
    A 24,000 gal gunite pool build in the mid 1960's
    Sand filter
    Hayward 140,000 btu heat pump
    Polaris pool sweep on it's own separate pump
    Main 1 speed pool pump which services the heat pump and general circulation
    Crappy old incandescent pool light that leaks.

    What I'm hoping to do is add a non leaking led light and find a product that will allow me to run all these as one easy to use system.

    Currently, the polaris and the main pump are on separate dial timers that don't work. The pumps themselves work fine but the dial timers are not tripping on and off like they should. They are older than me.

    I have no way to heat the pool, turn light off/on or run the pumps on an automated schedule, it is all manual at this point.

    I'm looking for something that will allow me to heat the pool to the desired temps then shut off the heater and pumps, control the pool light and possibly adding a salt water system to reduce the need of monitoring chlorine levels every day/adding bleach. Remote control would be a great plus but not necessarily needed.

    Can you please point me in the right direction for a product I can DIY install and essentially, set it and forget it?
    24,000 gal in ground, Gunite, Sand filter, Hayward 140,000 btu heat pump, Pentair Superflow VS, Polaris pool sweep, TF-100 test kit w/speed stir

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    Re: Need advice on automation

    TC,

    I believe that all of the major automation systems will do what you want. As a Pentair owner, I'm biased towards the EasyTouch.

    What I like about it is that there is one box which houses the circuit breakers, the controller/computer, the relays to control external items, SWG Power Supply, and valve and heater controllers.

    I would recommend the EasyTouch 8 with IC60 SWG. Last time I looked this set up was about $1,800 at Sunplay.

    I have the EasyTouch 4, but keep finding things that I want to add but am limited by only having 3 external control relays. Sigh!!

    Jim R.

    I also highly recommend the ScreenLogic 2, which allows you to control everything from your PC or phone.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
    TF100 with SpeedStir and SampleSizer, ColorQ Pro 7, Dolphin Premier Robot Cleaner, added Screen Logic 2, added small 3 person Calder Spa.

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    Re: Need advice on automation

    Excellent, the current electrical panel was already on my list to replace as it is an old zinsco model which is known to have issues. I see this model solves that problem as well.
    Thanks for the info!
    24,000 gal in ground, Gunite, Sand filter, Hayward 140,000 btu heat pump, Pentair Superflow VS, Polaris pool sweep, TF-100 test kit w/speed stir

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