Well, it's been over a year since I was last here. The front yard is finally landscaped and with the daily temperature starting to warm up I'm now in the back yard "play area" looking at updating/upgrading my system.
It seems to be a very basic system - I'm still in "Pool School" - with only the pool to take care of (no water falls, slides, hot tubs, etc.). With this update I'd like to get new, energy efficient equipment, rethink the filtration system (sand, DE, other) and add a heating system (lacking knowledge here) to extend my swimming season.
My current system - Sta-Rite filter, Centurion/MagneTek pump, Intermatic mechanical timer, and a gas line for where there once was a heater before I bought the house. I'm also thinking ot enclosing the area, maybe some more concrete, from the house in the photo to the wall behind me, about an 8' x 14" area.
I'd like to hear your thoughts on brands, mechanical versus electrical timers (is one more efficient than the other), pumps, and heating systems. I'm a bang for your buck type of guy who also wants quality and a good warranty at the same time. ANy recommendations? BTW, my pool is 16'x20' & 5" deep with half circles on either end extending the pool length to 32'. One end has steps, the other a built-in bench.
Thanks for your time! - Mike