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    Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    Looking to install a SWG but I am clueless on which system to get and what advantages they each have. I want to be informed before approaching the sales folks. Can you tell me which system you would choose and why? Please let me know if I have left out any info in my signature below that you need to know about my pool. Thanks!
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    I will conquer the black algae this pool season!!!

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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    If you need lots of automation any of the major mfgs have some pretty good units. If you're looking for a good basic unit that works well, check out the Compupool units.
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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    Hi, In terms of automation, what would that entail?
    I'm looking for a system that will maintain my Chlorine levels because I travel a lot and cannot afford the fluctuation I've had in my levels. They dip below acceptable and I get algae. So I am looking for something to ensure my Chl levels are sufficient. I am fairly ignorant about what automation would entail? Does it read the salt levels and adjust accordingly, does it just supply a constant stream without measuring, what else would it be looking at? Thanks and sorry for my education levels on the subject.
    IG Gunnite Pool Size: 25K gallons (20 x 40, 3'6" to 6" depth) with 2 huge Baker Hydro cartridge filters under the skimmer baskets on the suction side, 2 mech timers
    BRAND NEW PLASTER! Quartzscapes/Diamondbrite, Newer Polaris 280, Brand New Hayward Maxflo VS, Brand New Pentair Intelichlor
    I will conquer the black algae this pool season!!!

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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    Automation is for things like switching valves, turning on and off lights, running a cleaner, etc.

    For just keeping chlorine in your pool a basic unit is all you need.
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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    Great! Thanks so much!
    IG Gunnite Pool Size: 25K gallons (20 x 40, 3'6" to 6" depth) with 2 huge Baker Hydro cartridge filters under the skimmer baskets on the suction side, 2 mech timers
    BRAND NEW PLASTER! Quartzscapes/Diamondbrite, Newer Polaris 280, Brand New Hayward Maxflo VS, Brand New Pentair Intelichlor
    I will conquer the black algae this pool season!!!

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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    I have a circupool and just got back from a week in florida ..
    My pool was perfect when we got back ..
    I just had to get a friend to put water in 1 time .
    Thats a first , Love the SWG ... My pool was always a mess after vacation .
    Not anymore !!!!
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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    @mrswhitsie, I am curious if you did install a SWG, and if so, which one you chose? I have a pool slightly smaller than yours but similar and am looking to stabilize my Chl levels as well as I travel for work. Appreciate your insight...

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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    I'm looking for the same info. I was all for the autopilot nano+, but doing a search on "nano" brought up 5 users here on the forum with problems of them not working after a year. So the research continues.
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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    You can find post of every system having problems . I just picked one !! So far
    So good .after 3 months... I did oversize my system , need 30k gallons bought 60k gallon system.
    You will need a good test kit , and keep everything ballanced . Per pool school .
    And i also got a phosphate test kit .
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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    Quote Originally Posted by barts1971
    @mrswhitsie, I am curious if you did install a SWG, and if so, which one you chose? I have a pool slightly smaller than yours but similar and am looking to stabilize my Chl levels as well as I travel for work. Appreciate your insight...
    This is why I have a SWG. As said above, they all have their issues. I wanted just a very basic unit that was large enough to chlorinate my pool. The Compupool CPSC fit the bill for me. I did it all, including buying the CPSC48, PVC, $$$$ copper fittings (my pool is plumbed with copper pipe), all my salt (1300 lbs) all for less than $1000.
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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    I have been running my circupool rj-g 45 for 3 weeks now and have not had the first problem. it is a wonderful system that has kept my pool sparkling the whole time. i just made the switch to salt this year and can say with confidence that maintaining my pool has never been easier. i have not had to add the first chemical. i have been worried the last two weeks because it has rained everyday and i have just been waiting on the pool to turn but the generator has kept everything in line (so far). i am amazed how little work i have to put in. before the salt system i seemed to be in a constant battle with algae after rains like we have had in atlanta lately.
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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    Thanks for the insights... 2 questions...
    1. My plaster is aged though not yet (I hope) in need of replacement. Will changing to a SWG and the change in water chemistry have any impact on the plaster?
    2. I use a pool maintenance company now, but one of my goals with installing a SWG is to be able to cancel them and maintain the pool myself. Is that a reasonable expectation? Is is easier, harder or the same as maintaining a traditional cholrine floater based pool?

    Thank you very much in advance for your help!!

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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    My Jandy aquapure EI should be here today. Rated for a 35K gallon pool. At $450 I found it time to switch to SWG.
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    Re: Looking to install a SWG...Which would you choose?

    It still requires some maintenance. You may need to add more acid than before. SWGs have a tendancy to cause pH to rise. I add about a gallon of MA each month and I have a small pool.

    You also still need to test your pool for salt, CL, TA, CH, CYA, and pH fairly frequently.
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