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    SWG pros and cons for AGP

    I am going to buy a pools soon and cant decide to go with a SWG or not looking for some advice from people that have them or have had them.
    30' round AG pool 21,200 Gallons, 52" high, 1 1/2 HP Pump;
    25" 300lb. Cooper Ranger sand filter .

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    Re: SWG pros and cons for AGP

    SWG. and I don't have one.
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    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
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    Re: SWG pros and cons for AGP

    SWG and I do have one
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    Pool: 28,000 gallons IG; IC 40 SWG; Pentair 120 gpm cartridge filter; Marble finish; Pentair Wisperflow 1.5 hp; Polaris 360
    Spa: 350 gallon; Bromine
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    SWG, and I knew a guy, that saw a guy, that had one once!
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    SWG...have one, use one and love one
    24'x52" AGP (13,500 Gallons), Intex SWG, (2)Solar Bear 4x20 panels, Hayward S220T Filter, 1/2hp Pentair Superflo

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    SWG and I don't have one either.

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    1981, 25K, IG, Blue Plaster 1996, somewhat oval, widens a bit at shallow end, 1.5" pipes, 2" at Pad, 1 separate main drain, 1 skimmer, 4 returns + dedicated cleaner return, 10 ft deep end with very fast decline from shallow, Pentair Quad 80 DE, Pentair Intelliflo VF, 3/4 HP Booster Pump (equipment pad about 8 ft below top of pool), Challanger 3/4 Trash/Emergency Pump 120v, Polaris 280 (pressure), iRobot Verro cleaner (robotic), Aquabot Turbo (robotic), Jacuzzi Tracker 4X (vacuum) Pool Blaster (Buster), Two (2) PoolSkims, Solar Breeze (solar powered top skimmer) (beta to ver. 2, release date 2010), ColorSplash LED replacement bulb. Aries 550 gal separate spa, 2002 (our 3rd and BEST spa) , BBB-Bromine

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    Had three; never again I am obviously in the minority here though!

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    Have one, had one, will always have one.....wait is this advice on a SWG or an English lesson????
    33' x 52" Swim and Play Inc. PARAGON AGP. Hayward H200 Heater. Hayward Power-Flo LX 1.5hp pump. Sta-Rite Cristal Flo T-210WF Sand Filter. Stenner 45M5 chlorine pump

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    Re: SWG pros and cons for AGP

    Pros:
    1. Saves time and trouble.
    2. Not having to go get bleach.
    3. Not having to store bleach.
    4. Not having to handle bleach.
    5. Not running out of bleach.
    6. Salt makes the water feel better (of course, you can add salt anyway).

    Cons:
    1. Higher up front cost.
    2. Can cause pH to rise.

    In the long run, the cost will likely be about the same.
    18'x48" Intex metal frame pool, 1600 Intex sand filer/pump combo, Intex SWCG.

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    Re: SWG pros and cons for AGP

    Quote Originally Posted by simicrintz
    Had three; never again I am obviously in the minority here though!
    When you have time can you elaborate?

    Thanks, gg=alice
    1981, 25K, IG, Blue Plaster 1996, somewhat oval, widens a bit at shallow end, 1.5" pipes, 2" at Pad, 1 separate main drain, 1 skimmer, 4 returns + dedicated cleaner return, 10 ft deep end with very fast decline from shallow, Pentair Quad 80 DE, Pentair Intelliflo VF, 3/4 HP Booster Pump (equipment pad about 8 ft below top of pool), Challanger 3/4 Trash/Emergency Pump 120v, Polaris 280 (pressure), iRobot Verro cleaner (robotic), Aquabot Turbo (robotic), Jacuzzi Tracker 4X (vacuum) Pool Blaster (Buster), Two (2) PoolSkims, Solar Breeze (solar powered top skimmer) (beta to ver. 2, release date 2010), ColorSplash LED replacement bulb. Aries 550 gal separate spa, 2002 (our 3rd and BEST spa) , BBB-Bromine

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    Re: SWG pros and cons for AGP

    Quote Originally Posted by rghilliard
    Pros:
    1. Saves time and trouble.
    2. Not having to go get bleach.
    3. Not having to store bleach.
    4. Not having to handle bleach.
    5. Not running out of bleach.
    6. Salt makes the water feel better (of course, you can add salt anyway).

    Cons:
    1. Higher up front cost.
    2. Can cause pH to rise.

    In the long run, the cost will likely be about the same.
    7. Not having to deal with recycling so many bottles.
    8. Not having to suffer the guilt of using so many containers even though you recycle. It takes energy to collect and transport the stuff and to repurpose it; although it does provide jobs for people.

    gg=alice
    1981, 25K, IG, Blue Plaster 1996, somewhat oval, widens a bit at shallow end, 1.5" pipes, 2" at Pad, 1 separate main drain, 1 skimmer, 4 returns + dedicated cleaner return, 10 ft deep end with very fast decline from shallow, Pentair Quad 80 DE, Pentair Intelliflo VF, 3/4 HP Booster Pump (equipment pad about 8 ft below top of pool), Challanger 3/4 Trash/Emergency Pump 120v, Polaris 280 (pressure), iRobot Verro cleaner (robotic), Aquabot Turbo (robotic), Jacuzzi Tracker 4X (vacuum) Pool Blaster (Buster), Two (2) PoolSkims, Solar Breeze (solar powered top skimmer) (beta to ver. 2, release date 2010), ColorSplash LED replacement bulb. Aries 550 gal separate spa, 2002 (our 3rd and BEST spa) , BBB-Bromine

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    Re: SWG pros and cons for AGP

    Quote Originally Posted by geekgranny
    Quote Originally Posted by simicrintz
    Had three; never again I am obviously in the minority here though!
    When you have time can you elaborate?

    Thanks, gg=alice
    Around here, we have high CH, and they "foul" often, which makes for a lot of work to clean. Additionally, the added run time to keep levels up during the season costs more for power.

    Honest answer is that if I had to pay for these units (which I don't; they give them to me) I would be unhappy with the down time. I hear a lot of "set it and forget it" stories on these, which is not true (in this area anyway). I also have the erosion issue on my flagstone, which I believe is accelerated from the SWCG. I would expect an easier, less maintenance product personally if I was paying for a unit. Heck, I don't even accept the maintenance work when I get them for free

    I'm looking for simpler, not more time cleaning a salt cell, higher energy bills and faster deterioration of my coping! In my area, I just don't think they are a viable solution. Your mileage may vary

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    Re: SWG pros and cons for AGP

    Quote Originally Posted by simicrintz
    <snip>Around here, we have high CH</snip>
    Bruce, I can think of a way to lower CH :P
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    Re: SWG pros and cons for AGP

    Quote Originally Posted by svenpup
    Quote Originally Posted by simicrintz
    <snip>Around here, we have high CH</snip>
    Bruce, I can think of a way to lower CH :P
    You're learning

    Made me laugh; thank you!

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    Re: SWG pros and cons for AGP

    I just got done posting in another thread how my SWG has made me adore my pool again
    18x33x52 Buttressfree Seaspray (Wilbar) AGP - 1.5hp Pentair Maxim w/22" Pentair Meteor Sand Filter, Aqua Rite SWG System, Biltmore Walk In Steps - 2/4x20 Solar Panel Setup - Doheny Jet Drive (RIP -Pool Rover Jr) - finally hard plumbed the whole darned thing -
    Beats Driving to the Lake!

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