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Thread: New Pool Owner

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    Mar 2011
    Port St. Lucie, Florida

    New Pool Owner

    Hi all I'm new to owning a pool but I just purchased a foreclosure home with a nasty looking pool. My dad and I cleaned it up allot and he found a temporary pump and filter for it, the pump leaks a little bit but it does the job. My pool is small about 3,500 gallons and the pool pump I got is 1HP and the pool only has 1 return jet and the water comes out like a tsunami, I'm in the market for a new pump, filter, and saltwater generator....also thinking about adding on a solar heater in the future. Any recommendations on what type of pump I should buy?
    In-Ground Fiberglass 3,500 gallon pool
    Jacuzzi CFR Cartridge Filter
    1.0 HP A.O. Smith Pump

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    Mod Squad JohnT's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana

    Re: New Pool Owner

    Welcome to TFP!

    A 3500 gallon pool can probably be filtered with a 1/2HP pump.
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    20K Gallon 20X36 Vinyl Inground
    Hayward S244T Sand Filter with 1HP Whisperflo Pump. Liquidator C-201 and Solar Heat

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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: New Pool Owner

    Could you tell us a bit more about the pool? Is it in ground or above ground? Does it have rigid plumbing or flexible hoses? It would also help to get some idea of what your rough budget is and what part of the country you live in.

    As a general rule, you want a smaller pump and larger filter than a typical pool store will try to sell you. Larger pumps waste electricity. Meanwhile larger filters are more efficient and can go longer between cleanings.
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