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    New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipment

    Hi,

    I really want to protect my filter and pump equipment from the blazing sun here in Arizona. Do you guys have some pics of some type of shade you made for your stuff? Thanks.

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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    I saw a video on YouTube where a guy in Arizona used two solar panels to cover the equipment, the panels were providing shade as well as powering the pump!
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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    Hmmm now that sounds pretty cool. I'll search for that video.

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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    Well, perhaps he was powering something but it would be very unlikely he was having any success powering the pump.

    A solar array to provide enough electricity to power a pool pump might be bigger than your house, I think!
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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    I found the video, he was powering the pump at a lower RPM level. http://youtu.be/REJSPQDJibc

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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Well, perhaps he was powering something but it would be very unlikely he was having any success powering the pump.

    A solar array to provide enough electricity to power a pool pump might be bigger than your house, I think!
    What you talkin bout Willis- watch the video
    Not saying its true or not just passin on a video that astonished me when I saw it. He had them run to an inverter with a kill-a-watt meter attached. In the video he talks about adding another fan due to heat and possibly more panels.

    Would be pretty cool if you could truely use only solar to power the pump. talk about saving energy.
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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    He has 480 watts of panels hooked up. With that he can run the pump as long as the sun is fully saturating the panels. He's running the pump at 1650 rpm. He's kludged together a system that looks like it's working ok. That system probably would cost about $3500 off the shelf. If I were going to do it I'd go ahead and add batteries and a charge controller.
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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    Can we go back to my original question?

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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    Sorry for the sidetrack!

    I made a lean-to out of metal siding that matches the house and shop. I insulated it with 1" styrofoam sheets.
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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    Quote Originally Posted by aznights
    Can we go back to my original question?
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/my-ne...t49960-40.html Here is a good reference pic from DoingOK's thread/pool. It looks very simple, but nice and effective.
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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    I saw a thread on here where a guy used a grill shelter for his pool equipment. He put the taller side against his house and it made what looks like a great shelter. I read some reviews on the product and I think the fabric on top might need some reinforcement underneath to keep the cloth from sagging when it rains. I am going to get one since it is a lot cheaper than building one.

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    Re: New Pool - looking to provide some shade for pump equipm

    You could also use one of the premade shade sails to provide cover.
    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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