Not sure if this belongs here or in Above Ground Pools, but here goes. I am mid-project having a covered patio and uncovered patio put in. As soon as the concrete dries, I'll be putting up our "for now" pool -- an 18' or 20' Intex. I will also be trying to hook up "real" equipment to the Intex. Equipment will be:
400,000 btu heater (probably RayPak or Hayward)
1 HP 2 SP pump (probably Pentair or Hayward)
200 - 240 sq.ft Cartridge Filter (Pentair or Hayward)
What I am looking for is advice on where to put the equipment. I am a total pool newbie in so far as setting up the equipment goes. Only pool history is out-of-the-box Intex (which I kept crystal clear with BBB for 2 years with standard Intex equip - yay!). So, the water chemistry itself is not scary to me anymore, but absolutely every other component of setting up this tricked out Intex is daunting.
Seems like I have three options for equipment placement --
A. behind the garage, probably going the long way and keeping it as close to the garage as possible.
B. close to the pool, between the pool and the fence.
C. heater in corner between garage and house and the rest between the pool and side fence.
NOTE: the gas for heater comes out by the "X" which is the air conditioner in the corner between garage and house.
I will not be running anything below the new cement, but can trench behind garage in "garden" space.
Aesthetically, my preference is option "C" - to put the heater by the air conditioner and all the other equipment out by the pool by the side fence. Is this even possible to split up the equipment like that? Is it ill-advised? Does it make it harder for a complete newbie to use it easily?
Where would you put it? For those of you in the know, feel free to spell it out such that I can just hand it off to the relevant hired contractor of the day.
Here are pix of the yard if it helps. THANKS for any input.