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    Inground Pool Kit - questions

    I'm installing an in ground pool kit, have some questions, can't decide on some items and I get conflicting answers.

    Pool dimensions are 16'x38', the pump will be another 30' away.

    Specific questions are:
    - 1.5HP two speed, 1HP single speed or variable speed pump: which is best? which get's me the best value over time? generally how much more are variable speed pumps?
    - 1.5" or 2" plumbing: which is best?
    - Hayward or Sta-Rite equipment? any real difference in quality?
    - steel panel pool kit or polymer panel? I'm in CT where I know I have some clay soil (not sure if clay is neutral or acidic?)

    any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.
    20k gal pool/spa, marc, Intellichlor SWG, 2 hp pentair whisperflo, Pentair clean & clear filter, Raypack Reheem 266 heater. Taylor K2005 test kit.

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    Re: Inground Pool Kit - questions

    Welcome to TFP.

    Electric rates, season length and your filter size will determine the best pump value.

    2" is better.
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    Re: Inground Pool Kit - questions

    Personal Preference is Sta-Rite over Hayward. Better overall quality,

    2" for everything except the return stubs at the pool wall.

    Depending on power costs, I suggest either a 2 Speed 1 HP SuperMax or Intellipro VF or VS+SVRS. Souther Cal power is very expensive and if you are in an elevated tier, the Intellipro can pay off. A lot depends on the rest of the equipment. Salt cells, in-line and off line chlorinators, and heaters have minimum flow requirements. We need to know it all first.

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    Re: Inground Pool Kit - questions

    The pool season is only 3-4 months here, electric just cost me $.18 per k/hr and filter size.. was thinking of the Hayward DE3620.

    Anyone know about the Chorline Genie (http://www.poolwatersecret.com)? found that last night
    20k gal pool/spa, marc, Intellichlor SWG, 2 hp pentair whisperflo, Pentair clean & clear filter, Raypack Reheem 266 heater. Taylor K2005 test kit.

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    Re: Inground Pool Kit - questions

    I prefer a 48 sq. ft. DE. Better flow with 2" pipe.

    The two speed should serve you more cost effectively initially. If electric rates stay stable, and I think they will locally, you'll be fine.

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