And bless yourself that you are not me... what equipment would you get for our pool. Some items I am definite on such as:
18'6x36 ig vinyl grecian lazy-l
solar panels by solar industries 4 (4x16) panels 35feet up from the ground where equipment will be - mounted on roof - our only heat source
8' step-n-spa with 3 jets
Intelliflo VS3050 pump
some Aquabot robotic cleaner (least of my concerns right now)
I continue to spend HOURS on the remaining equipment and really need help. I keep changing my mind..I guess a typical thing for a woman, right?? Trying to be an educated consumer can backfire on you too. I have posted ?'s, but I guess I am still confused by all of it (sorry). I know many of you have already taken the time to respond to my other posts.
1) filter - cannot decide between Quad DE or sand. If I get the Quad DE80, I would most likely use Aquaperl as the alternative to DE. If I get sand, I will probably use zeolite, or I wonder if I can mix the Aquaperl with the sand (like you can mix DE with sand)
2)SWG - it is either between the Autopilot SC48 or the GL Aqualogic P4. Is the P4 enough? I really do not see me adding anything other than your typical pool equipment, except possibly speakers for music? Can I add speakers to a keypad? It has been explained to me that Autopilot does not interface with anything Pentair if I want a keypad. If I get the GL, I will still need to get the Pentair Intellicom center from to interface with the variable pump. This might be a nice option and I guess better to do it now. The Aqualogic pkgs that are sold complete are very reasonable too.
Would the P-4 system replace the need for the GL-235 solar controller the installer is giving me? He will issue me a credit for $330 that I could put towards the Intellicom center.
My pb has not been involved in solar heating, so I cannot ask him for much info and the solar installer only knows his side.
My pb also is not up-to-date on certain things I have learned here, like the 2" piping, which I will need due to the height of the solar panels. Although he is a great pb in our area, kind of stuck in certain elements, so he is going to be learning alot from me thanks to all of you!!
Lat week I was concerned about balancing the pool water when the time came. I think that is going to be more simple than making sure I have all of the right equipment and what needs to interface with each other..does.
If I can get these final items decided on, my husband would LOVE me (and you for helping)