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    5400 gallon pool. Is there a DIY solar heater option?

    I would love to add a solar heater. Is there a reasonably price option for a small pool in NC? What system should I consider?
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    Re: 5400 gallon pool. Is there a DIY solar heater option?

    Sure, there are many options. Partly it depends on how DIY you want to be. You can get solar panels on eBay very inexpensively and pick up the other parts you need from Internet pool supply places. Or for a little more money you can get a complete kit with everything you need. Or, more expensive, you can have someone install it for you. The first question is where do you want to put the panels. Putting them on the ground is easy and inexpensive, but doesn't look so great. Mounting on a roof adds complexity and expense. Or you can build racks to hold the panels.
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    Re: 5400 gallon pool. Is there a DIY solar heater option?

    This is the system I installed myself and it works well. Even if you don't go with this, the site has good information I think. http://www.h2otsun.com/
    22K gallon pool, newly installed pentair 4X160 pump, Quad D.E. 80, Intellichlor 40, and Easytouch 4(not so easy).

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    Re: 5400 gallon pool. Is there a DIY solar heater option?

    For a 5400 gal pool, a 4x20 solar bear fafco panel would be my recommendation.
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    Re: 5400 gallon pool. Is there a DIY solar heater option?

    Quote Originally Posted by mlt
    This is the system I installed myself and it works well. Even if you don't go with this, the site has good information I think. http://www.h2otsun.com/
    What is the ballpark price?
    Plaster pool inground 22,000 gallons with spa. Pentair Intelliflo, IC40 salt generator, WiFi control/Easy Touch.
    Hayward 1.5 HP pump on 750 gallon spa. Sand filters. Auto chlorinator on spa. Auto water level. Dolphin M500. TF100 XL with Speed Stir

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    Re: 5400 gallon pool. Is there a DIY solar heater option?

    I'm sure you can find something less expensive, but here is a good example of a complete kit of parts for a solar system for an above ground pool.
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