Building 12x16x4 rectangular concrete for canine therapy purposes.
What height is optimum for returning water to pool? (I'm planning 1 skimmer and 1 simple return -- 2" pvc.
This pool is not for aesthetics, but for working with injured canines.
I've worked out drainage so the pool can stand empty if I don't need it for a long time, but I don't really know optimums for water filtration circuit.
A low-point outlet, a skimmer, a vacuum port at the pump, all manifolded at the pump?
Return at mid-level?
Are there advantages to locating pump above or below pool water level? I am on a 1-in-4 slope, so I have quite a few choices with 'elevation', including flattening it.
I want to use the pool in the winter. What is the best way to make it easy to run the pump in winter? Is a heated shed the best way to go, or drain down each equipment each time it is used? What do people use? Heat tapes?
Also, do I really have to pay 2 grand for uv sterilization? I used to use this technique with salt water aquaria, worked great and was thrifty. At 100 GPM, the devices seem exorbitant. (My thought was to use conventional chlorine for sanitation, and then, since I am such a novice, to back it up with a good UV in the return line. I don't even know that the two approaches are compatible; so far as I know, the UV won't do anything to the chemistry?
I would invite anyone who is willing to lend me a comment, please chime in. I know nothing about pools. I can handle the construction end, but I don't know the plumbing design end of things. The site is a wooded hillside rural; right now I have a dirt pit with form boards for a slab. 2 inch styrofoam over carefully drained gravel.
Thanks in advance for anyone willing to help me along.
Piedmont North Carolina -- will hit 22 degrees F tonite!