I just bought a 1961-built house with a pool that was also built in 1961. The pool is 16 x 36 feet, and 3 to 8 feet deep. It has one skimmer basket, two returns that re-circulate water back into the pool; the pipes are 1.5" in size. The pool still uses the 1960's pump and filter, and unfortunately the circulation is not enough to keep the top surface clean (ie: there is floating debri that makes the pool uninviting). I've had two different pool guys out. One guy says to replace the pump with a variable speed one, put in a bigger filter, replace pipes with 2.5" PVC, and put in eyeball jets to help direct the flow advantageously. The second pool guy said I would only need to replace the filter and pump, but make it a regular, not a variable speed, pump since I'd want to keep the circulation up at a reasonable pace, and that that would be enough.
What do you guys think? I was thinking that, if I went with the 1st guy's advice and replaced the pipes that maybe I should add a second skimmer bucket and outflow pipe to suck water to the pump and filter station from the opposite side as well. Or am I wrong for even considering this? I can't wait for summer, and the pool looks great since about ten years ago, one of the previous owners put in a pebble-tec surface (Tahoe Blue I believe) and new brick coping. However, he did nothing to upgrade the infrastructure. It's hard to believe that, for 50 years, the owners of this pool put up with the trash on the surface, but I can't stand it.
All thoughts are welcome!