I'm not sure what happend to my first post? Maybe moderator deleted it, not sure but this was my first post.
I have been a member for about a year and I finally have pics I would like to post.
I toyed with the idea of this project about 2 years ago when I found the wife in the back yard in a lawn chair with her feet in a bucket. I said "Oh **** no!", that was it and never looked back.
I did all the design work, plumbing, electrical, landscape, fence, light posts with speakers. The only thing I did not do, was the pool installation itself and the concrete. I worked with the local county inspectors who went above and beyond to help me through this project. They were great!
I would like to post a pic of the pump set up, which I found difficult to get ideas online from other people who have done this before. I hope these help others who may be interested in designing their own pump set-up.
I also struggled with perimeter lighting and sound as I did not want to attach to the house. I did not want traditional lighting with a new modern pool. Anything I looked up was either too fancy, costly, or out of the ordinary.
I decided I wanted the lighting and the sound on the same post. Kill two birds with one stone I guess. I made the 4 posts & ran the electrical and speaker wire to all four corners of the pool area. I have a garage style cabinet that I cover with a grill cover (when not in use) set up next to the steps. I keep a JVC 7.1 home audio receiver and powered sub in it. I ran 4 outdoor 100watt Klipsch speakers as well as a powered sub. The system looks good & rocks!
The pool itself is a 16 x 34 3.5' - 8' deep. I decided with the help of Hayward to run a 1-1/2hp Super 2 and glad I did. The turn over is about 6 hours. I bought all the pool equipment myself and as indicated before, installed it myself.
I kept all the equipment Hayward except for the Chlorine feeder. 2 reasons for going with the Rainbow feeder was It comes with 2" inlet & outlet fittings, which is what all the plumbing was set up as. I also liked the see through feeder. No guessing how many tablets are left. Hayward's feeder only goes up to 1-1/2" line in & out.
The Hayward Low NOx pool heater is fantastic and heats about a degree an hour when first starting in the morning. With the clear solar cover, the temp is maintained at 82 degrees and the heater comes on for a very short time if at all depending on the outside temperature. I think the combination of the 1-1/2hp Super 2 helps the temperature rise faster because of the quick turnover.
This is a always improving project that will continually keep me busy. I will say, It was a lot of work and I'm not sure I would do it again.
I smile every time I look out the back slider as I see our little paradise. Very rewarding!