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    New pool

    I'm looking to get a new vinyl lined pool. Target price around 25,000

    So far I've got pricing and component breakdown. What should I look for for energy efficiency. I know certain pumps, plumbing size etc... All of this really matters to keep cost down. What does everyone recommend.

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    Re: New pool

    Welcome to tfp, Cterrell16

    If you have a cost breakdown (is it a quote?), maybe you could post that.

    Giving us more details would help.

    How big, what water features, where do you live, etc.
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    Re: New pool

    Here is what i have received from one contractor.

    18x36 inground pool kit/liner/installation (2' Radius)
    5' concrete pool deck(3 sides,8' in deep end for diving board)
    Diving Board
    Tanning Ledge
    4 return lines/fittings
    whide mouth skimmer
    Rope float kit with anchors
    LED pool light
    1hp Hayward Super Pump
    Hayward DE3620 Filter System
    3 tread ladder
    center mount handrail
    8' step-twin seat
    36''x48'' equipment pad
    Smartpool NC52 Robotic Pool Cleaner
    Hayward Aqua-rite Salt System
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    Total pool package installed $22,200 + tax

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    Re: New pool

    It the pool kit composite, steel, wood? Where are you located?
    Does the price include:
    Building permits, Digging hole, removing/haul off dirt, regrade yard, electric run to equipment pad, water, cantaliever coping, bonding all metal, salt, fencing as required ?
    I'm sure there are other things I'm forgetting.
    Ron- Kansas. IG fiberglass, Riviera 30 Freeform 13600 gallons,
    EasyTouch 4 w/IC20 SWCG, Pentair Whisperflo 1hp, 2 speed 220 pump, Hayward ProGrid 4820 DE filter using Eco Klean instead of DE, 2 Savi Melody 12v 5 color LEDs, Raypack 266k btu millivolt heater, Arctic Armour Mesh custom safety cover (Total self Install) TF-100 test kit w/Magic stir.

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    Re: New pool

    Located in stephens county.

    Those are some of the questions I need to know to ask.

    Also the energy efficiency.

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    Re: New pool

    A state and nearby city would be more helpful than Stevens County.

    By far, the energy efficiency will be affected more by your knowledgeable operation of the equipment than anything else. It's not like one brand of pump uses triple the amount of energy as another equivalent. Running your pump too often is the real killer on efficiency.

    I would suggest a 1hp 2-speed pump for that size pool.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: New pool

    Sorry. Its georgia.

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    Re: New pool

    In Georgia, you'll be in pool season soon so you have a lot of homework to do fairly soon.

    Have you thought about what you want? Not all that many pools have deep diving ends these days. Do you want that? What about shape and size?

    Your budget seems realistic but you probably need to tell us a bit more about how you intend to use it. 20 kids at a time? Then a larger shallow area is a good idea to give them room to spread out. Etc, etc.

    Again, the energy efficiency will come from your knowledge of managing the pool. 2" pipe sizing is helpful on that size pool but 1.5" would not be a deal breaker.

    Lots of choices for filters. Most importantly select a filter who's gpm rating exceeds the pumps gpm by a bit (say 25%). Good filtration is important and having a filter too small causes some headaches.

    YOu have to decide how you want to sanitize your pool. Virtually everyone here is encouraged to use chlorine only pools but you can manually chlorinate them or get and SWG that is noticeably more convenient but will cost you more up front. Avoid any alternative sanitizers.
    Dave S.
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    Re: New pool

    Just one kid, wife and myself. Rectangle pool with salt water system. 8 foot deep end and 4 ' shallow.

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    Re: New pool

    You think it's just the wife, child and yourself. Amazing how many friends you end up having with a pool. Just like and RV or Jetskis- soon you will have many folks wanting to enjoy the fun.
    Read pool school (top of the page) there are some good articles about how to choose what you need/want. Look at some of the YouTube videos of pools being built as well as the finished products for your inspiration.
    I know money is always a concern but get the most you can afford as you build. It get expensive fast after the pool is built to try and add things like jets, lighting, features.. The time to install extra plumbing and electric as well as speaker wire runs is when it's being built.
    I spent a year researching and about 6 months planning and still wish I would have added a extra plumbing run and another electric outlet for landscaping.
    Ron- Kansas. IG fiberglass, Riviera 30 Freeform 13600 gallons,
    EasyTouch 4 w/IC20 SWCG, Pentair Whisperflo 1hp, 2 speed 220 pump, Hayward ProGrid 4820 DE filter using Eco Klean instead of DE, 2 Savi Melody 12v 5 color LEDs, Raypack 266k btu millivolt heater, Arctic Armour Mesh custom safety cover (Total self Install) TF-100 test kit w/Magic stir.

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    Re: New pool

    One more thing, if you plan to install a diving board, make sure your home owners insurance will cover it, many / most will not these days. Even though I have one I don't think diving boards are generally a good idea in typical residential size pools, the pools are almost always too shallow and also too short to allow for safe diving, particularly by those that don't know the limitations of the particular pool, it is not just depth by the diving board when someone makes a running dive and hits the water 10 feet out from the board.

    I can tell you from many years experience that if you do have a diving board you will almost certainly have diving board related injuries, ranging from kids running into and tripping on it, people hitting the board while diving resulting in bruises or even broken bones, then comes all the potential for injury after hitting the water..
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