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    Solar - get me started

    I just finished a good bit of work on our pool.
    Replaced the filter w/ a Hayward S244T2,
    I poured a new 2'x3' pad about 10' away from the old location (further out of view from the porch)
    I plumbed the overflow into a T so I could add a line to the side of the pool later for the baracuda vac. (yeah, dig dig dig; I'll get to it, I swear!)
    I extended the flex-conduit wiring and will bury that soon, as well as the extended plumbing.
    I got a new bulb and seal in the Amerilite. It's working and hopefully won't leak.
    I let things go too long so we did a full drain and fill over the weekend along with lots of yuck removal.
    Everything seems to be working great.

    Now, can you link me to your favourite threads on here re: basic design of a solar heater?

    The equipment is about 20' north and 5' over from the corner of the house. I think I'd like to do the following:
    - due to a pre-existing timer (formerly for the booster pump,) I'd want to just add a dedicated pump on that timer
    - plumbing could be run underground, then up to the roof to catch solar between October & April. We're at about 33° 30' latitude

    I'm up in the air on whether I'd go straight through a new hole in the roof or route it around the edge. Sometimes I focus on things too much, such as minimizing plumbing turns in this case.

    Whatever reading links you can supply would be appreciated.
    20,000 US Gallon Oval with diving well but no board :( Hayward s244t2 & Multiport SP71621
    1hp AO Smith WhisperFlo pump / basket Part 7-177450-03 / 3 returns, well drain connected to jacuzzi overflow
    baracuda version 3 run to the overflow; side hookup add in process.

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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Solar - get me started

    The Hot2Sun web site is a great place to start for information on solar pool heaters. They do push their own panels, but they also have a huge amount of high quality background information.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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