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    Getting ready to be a new pool owner

    Hi,


    My name is Eric, from Manitoba, Canada.
    Just introducing myself as a soon to be new pool owner. I enjoy researching things endlessly so that I am ready. I understand I should read pool school. I am about to have a pool installed in June of next year. Does the equiptment I am about to purchace look OK?

    18 by 34 doughboy autumn breeze above ground pool with deep end option
    Sand shark automatic pool cleaner
    UV water treatment with minerals
    Starite 22" sand filter
    1 hp starite pool pump
    125000 btu pentair heat pump
    Underwater aquailluminator light

    Plus misc other accessories: stairs,covers,etc

    Anthing else I should upgrade, consider?

    The pool will be in an area that should be free from debris, such as leaves.

    Thanks
    Eric
    16 by 32 foot IG, 14,500 gallon, vinyl pool, cartridge filter, SWG, heat pump

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    Re: Getting ready to be a new pool owner

    Welcome to TFP!

    This sounds like an outdoor pool exposed to sunlight, correct? If so, you don't need the UV system and shouldn't get the minerals system either. If you want automated dosing of chlorine, you could consider getting a saltwater chlorine generator.
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    Re: Getting ready to be a new pool owner

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    Re: Getting ready to be a new pool owner

    Yes this is an outdoor pool in the sunlight.

    The pool store guy said that the UV system would cut down in the amount of chlorine we need. Should I cancel this UV thing?

    Thanks,
    Eric
    16 by 32 foot IG, 14,500 gallon, vinyl pool, cartridge filter, SWG, heat pump

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    Re: Getting ready to be a new pool owner

    The pool store guy is absolutely, positively wrong. The UV will not lower chlorine demand. Most chlorine loss in an outdoor residential pool is actually CAUSED by UV, though it's from sunlight. The chlorine demand from bather load is negligible except in high bather load pools such as some commercial/public pools and in spas. There is some reasonable argument for having an ozonator in a residential spa if it is used frequently and a reasonable argument for having UV for an indoor pool to help control chloramines (since there is no sunlight exposure for an indoor pool).
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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    Re: Getting ready to be a new pool owner

    OK, your input is very much appreciated. From my reading then, I think a salt water system would be for me.

    Am I correct in assuming that it requires less maintanance. ie. I leave for a weeks holiday and the FC levels stay more consistant? Or would a pool with the BBB method be OK without maintance for a week?

    Thanks
    Eric
    16 by 32 foot IG, 14,500 gallon, vinyl pool, cartridge filter, SWG, heat pump

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    Re: Getting ready to be a new pool owner

    With BBB you'd need to dose every day or two unless you got an automated dosing system such as The Liquidator or a peristaltic pump. Though you might be able to do a higher dose (say, a shock dose) that could last a week, you couldn't go two. In practice, people usually use Trichlor in a floating dispenser if they are gone for a week (but not longer). With a saltwater chlorine generator, you could be gone for a week or possibly longer and usually be OK, assuming you've got everything in balance so that the rate of pH rise is slower (that's a usual occurrence in SWG pools).
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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