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    Options - do it yourself solar heaters

    I have a 15,000-18,000 gal pool. Looking for a little temp increase in Florida (its actually pretty cold for its sun exposure).

    Some options are:
    Sungrabber - http://www.poolsupplies.com/heating/faf ... system.asp
    PeterPalms - http://www.poolsupplies.com/heating/pet ... eating.asp
    SunHeater - http://www.poolsupplies.com/heating/sun ... ystems.asp
    Aquasol - http://www.bestbuypoolsupply.com/solar-heating.htm

    Trying to keep everything below $400-$500. Any experiences with these or any advice on other ones?

    Thanks so much.
    - 9,100 Gallon Above-ground Vinyl.
    - 22" Sand Filter.
    - 1.5 HP Pump.
    - 1.5" Plumbing.
    - Four 2' x 20' On-ground Solar Panels. (5 hours/day in full sun.)
    - 12 mil Solar Cover, Aluminized bottom. (Always on except during use and shocking.)

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    Re: Options - do it yourself solar heaters

    Hi, welcome to TFP! We have several members who have installed their own solar heaters. If you would like to read some of their past experiences, just go to the bottom left of this page and type "solar pannels" into the google search box to bring up a list of threads.
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    Re: Options - do it yourself solar heaters

    Thanks, didn't see the google search at the bottom.

    So pretty much looking for Fafco SunSaver. All of them I see are for AGP, I have a IGP. I know SunGrabbers are different, but look like the only option.
    - 9,100 Gallon Above-ground Vinyl.
    - 22" Sand Filter.
    - 1.5 HP Pump.
    - 1.5" Plumbing.
    - Four 2' x 20' On-ground Solar Panels. (5 hours/day in full sun.)
    - 12 mil Solar Cover, Aluminized bottom. (Always on except during use and shocking.)

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    Re: Options - do it yourself solar heaters

    I have Fafco Solar Bear panels - good quality, have worked well for years. The Sunheater panels were flimsy and got brittle.
    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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    Re: Options - do it yourself solar heaters

    Ditto on the Fafco Solar Bear. I have two of them just sitting on the ground and have held up well.
    24'x52" AGP (13,500 Gallons), Intex SWG, (2)Solar Bear 4x20 panels, Hayward S220T Filter, 1/2hp Pentair Superflo

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