When I joined this forum several months ago I immediately saw its value and became a lifetime supporter. The TFTestkit, Speedstir and Taylor Salt Test are on the way. Hopefully everything will arrive on Monday.
Now I need your help! Let me give you a little background. We sold our old house and living in one of our rental properties with a pool (see my sig) while our new house is being completed. BTW, it will have a BBB pool.
Here is the dilemma. Our old house was 1.5 miles away from the rental. It was easy for me to come over at least once per week to test, add chemicals and water. For the last 6 years I have been using the BBB method but (donít shoot me) with hockey pucks for convenience. Our new house will be 30 miles away! It's not going to be convenient to stop in every few days! Two weeks would be the desired interval. We are also prone to traveling to far off places for several weeks at a time.
Assuming I can get the new tenants to add water, as I see it, these are my options:
1. Hire a PS - Not to slight any members here that earn their living that way, but I've been underwhelmed in the past with local folks.
2. Get the new tenants to do it - BTDT - needed to add 20 lbs of Borax to get the PH up! BTW, Borax does a great job in controlling fleas. I understand DE does as well.
3. Add a chlorinator - inexpensive but back to using pucks.
4. Go to Salt Water - looks interesting, the new house pool will be SW, good learning experience.
Assuming 4 is the most viable, since I already have an Easytouch with a wired indoor control panel, it would seem adding an Intellichlor would be a no brainer. The new house wonít be ready until late August, this would give me ample time to work out any bugs and test it out during the desert summer. Many folks here recommend one size bigger which would be IC20. But based on my research, the IC40 is only $75 more. Wouldn't I be better off spending the extra money and get more capacity? The IC40 would be loafing.
One other advantage to 4 is, I can add ScreenLogic to use with our iPhones and iPads. I was contemplating this for the new house. If it works well I can take it with me!
I was going to solve the PH problem with a siphon system as in some other threads.
Do you think this will work?
Thanks in advance for comments, questions, criticism, etc?