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    Do it yourself pool heating

    Is there any ideas floating around for do it yourself pool heating? I've heard of people running lines of black PVC to heat the water but just how effective is it? Alternatives? Trying to save 2k on a solar pool heating system...
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    You could move to Texas, mine's plenty warm.
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    Generally commercial panels are more efficient and cheaper.
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    Quote Originally Posted by Sulteric
    Trying to save 2k on a solar pool heating system...
    What were you buying?

    I have about $600 into mine, 6X 2'X20" system. Manual valves.
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    That idea has been tossed around for a number of years on the forum. As JohnT says, the commercially made panels end up costing close to the same without nearly the headaches and labor of doing black poly pipes.
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    Do it yourself pool heating

    That's alot of copper! $$$
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    We've built a DIY solar heater this year. This week temp went from 78 up to 84. Cost us about $150 for a 300' roll.

    Of coarse it's in the 90's outside and the water may have warmed up on its own.

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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    My neighbors teenager built a solar heater, piece of plywood, 2x4 side and plexiglass on top. He's got about 60' of black pipe in it......so sad. LOL
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    http://www.redneckpoolheater.com/

    Problem solved.
    Oh boy, this photo brought back baaaaad memories for me. When we had an AG pool, my husband did something very similar to this. He put a radiator on the grill and heated the pool. I almost had to move out of our home. very embarrassing. Luckily, he didn't think it did a good enough job. Now we have a pool with a 'real' heater. Guess we didn't call our thread build 'Indiana Hill Billy Pool build' for nothing!
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    Now there's a man who just needs a bigger grill.
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    That is actually the funniest DIY pool heater I've ever seen. Almost worse than the wheelbarrow on fire in the middle of the pool.
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    Did you read about the "cajun conversion", phase two of the redneck heater? Aside from being extremely dangerous, it actually heated the pool fairly well.

    The most heat you can get for your money is to purchase commercial solar panels and do the install yourself.
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    I did a lot of research and I finally built my own. In conjunction with a good solar cover, it heated my pool into the 80's last March. It worked VERY well but I'm in Arizona so I get LOTS of sunny days. Unfortunately, not matter what solar heater you get, it won't keep the pool warm in the middle of winter, even here in the Phoenix area but it sure extends my swim season. I've been swimming in warm waters since March and I'm hoping it will keep the pool warm enough well into November and possibly December.
    Anyway, I built my own but I did some research on how many heaters I needed to do the job. I figured 4 of them but I'm thinking of installing at least 2 more.
    Each heater cost me about 40 bucks and a couple hours to make.
    So far, I'm very happy with them. The plumbing was more of a problem than the heaters but none of it was tough.
    It's pretty hot here lately so now I'm running them at night to keep the water temps DOWN. lol.
    It's been well into the 100's and even up to 113 lately so heat is NOT a problem until October or so.
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    Not to be difficult, but I'm in northern Ontario Canada so we are definitely heat challenged, but on a warm sunny day even I can get 4 degree increase no problem using only a good solar blanket, so a 4-6 degree increase with DIY isn't spectacular.
    I installed 2 4'X20' Fafco Sunsavers last week, yesterday was the first clear/hot day, my pool went up 10 degrees in one day, now that is awesome.

    I contemplated a DIY system but in the end decided that the people who claim commercial systems are more efficient were probably right.

    ALso, be aware that it's not just about how hot the water coming out is, it's about how much water you flow thru it. I've dialed mine in so instead of a little bit of hot water it has a lot of warm water coming out.

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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    Quote Originally Posted by RobbieH
    You could move to Texas, mine's plenty warm.
    I really like this idea. I have a wife and kid, make room.
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    Re: Do it yourself pool heating

    I got my panels off Craigslist - some for free and some for small amounts of money. I spent $75 total on 5 large panels. The piping and control valves cost a lot more than that but if you watch Craigslist you will find people who are getting rid of panels cheap - but they go fast so you need to check often and call fast when you see them.
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