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    Soon to be new pool owner

    Hello

    I have much to learn about pools. We are having our first one built. 24x32 feet, heated, saltwater, Gunite pool.

    I would like to get suggestions on automatic vacuums, maintenance and other wisdom from the people here.

    It should be completed some time this month.

    Thanks for having me.

    Ti
    24x32 feet, In-ground, Saltwater, Gunite pool (under construction)

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    Re: Soon to be new pool owner

    Welcome to tfp, titaniummd

    A couple of things that come to mind that you can, and should avoid:
    1. Pump too big
    2. Pump only single speed
    3. Filter too small
    4. Ozone
    5. UV
    6. Mineral systems


    I see your build thread...post some details of the expected equipment and we can help check to see if it is suitable.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Soon to be new pool owner

    Thanks, Linen.

    Is this size a small or medium sized pool? I'm looking into a robot, unless you have another suggestion. Dimensions: 24x32 feet, 4'8" deep, with a shelf.
    24x32 feet, In-ground, Saltwater, Gunite pool (under construction)

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    Re: Soon to be new pool owner

    Hard to tell from your dimensions since you pool is irregular but I guess it is about 15000 gallons (I assumed 4 foot average depth). That is a medium sized pool in my view.

    Assuming I am close on the volume then for filters we would recommend as minimums:
    • Cartridge filter: 122 sq. ft.
      Sand filter: 2.8 sq. ft.
      DE filter 42 sq. ft.


    Assuming no high volume water features, for a pump, we would recommend something like the pentair superflo 2-speed 1 hp uprated or the hayward superpump 2-speed 1hp uprated. We might need more details on you system to confirm these choices.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Soon to be new pool owner

    Ok. Thanks. I don't have all of the details, right now. I have a contractor coordinating everything from the summer kitchen, fire pit, pool, deck and fencing....
    24x32 feet, In-ground, Saltwater, Gunite pool (under construction)

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    Re: Soon to be new pool owner

    Welcome to TFP

    So was I.... 4 months ago Be advised.....

    Get a detailed plans, get lien waivers, find out if the pool supervisor is present for the build, or shows up after the work is screwed-up. Does the builder subcontracted out the job or does the builder do the work with-in house employees . Mine was all subcontracted w/ little to no supervision, my pool was an 17 week nightmare...

    It's finish now, but it still has issues (Quartzscape, Tahoe Blue) blotches and streaks

    Be advised your pool steps will be 12" rise to run... (not like stairs in your house) it's a pool industry standard. I learned the hard way after the gunite was shot, my better half was not a happy-camper about this issue (one in a long line of issues) nor will be short people/the elderly/little kids.

    The Better business Bureau is useless don't so count on them, their bought and paid for. Better Business Bureau 20/20 Investigation
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yo8kfV9kONw

    Call all the builders satisfied customers/references PLUS research the company Name and its owners by name. Get your contract written "that all draws on work to be paid AFTER the work is performed" NOT BEFORE. Be advised you pay to much money upfront you have No power of the purse. Last draw check will to be paid until after pool start-up and plaster work is to your satisfaction.
    Research links:

    http://www.ripoffreport.com/

    Read all my posts
    http://www.trweeloublefreepool.com/new- ... 59748.html


    Best of luck TI

    Kirk in Texas
    Pool IG, 20'x30'x5', 15,000 gals, QuartzScapes NPT Tahoe Blue, Sundek Classic Texture, DE Hayward Pro-grid DE7220 , Pentair erosion auto CH, Main PMP Century 1.5hp , Polaris 280, booster PMP Century 3/4hp, Electronics PNL timer/light Pro Logic Model AQL2-SS-RF w/Remote CNTL

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    Re: Soon to be new pool owner

    You can post your bid items here so that we can take a look. Linen summed it up really good though.

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