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    New Pool - NJ

    I have been reading this forum for a while, and have my choice narrowed down to Pool Builders. Looking to do an Inground Vinyl Pool.

    Let me know your thoughts, plus and minus or each, things to consider, delete, add:
    PB1
    18" x 35" Cement Wall Pool
    Permit Prep
    Non-Corrosive Jandy Cartridge or DE Filter System (Which is better?)
    Non-Corrosive Jandy 2Hp Pump
    Automatic Chlorination System
    Extended Depth Shallow End
    Two Automatic Surface Skimmers
    Dual Bottom Drains
    2" Rigid Plumbing
    Smart Bottom Pool Floor
    Heavy Duty Custom Fit Liner
    Vinyl Covered Entry Step
    Wall Foam
    (2) 500W Underwater Light
    Automatic Time Clock
    3' Natural Cement Decking
    Cantilever Coping
    Maint. Equipm Package
    Chemical Start Kit Package
    Classic Mesh Cover
    Paramount Cleaning System
    12-15 Returns
    100 Year Warranty on Pool Structure
    3 Year on Filtration and Pump
    25 Year on Liner, 5 Year Full, Lifetime on Paramount Cleaning

    PB 2
    17' x 33'
    Upgrade to IBEX Pool Upgrade
    Hayward 350 lb Sand Filter
    Hayward 2.0 HP Pump
    2 Skimmers
    Permit Prep
    Inline Mineralizer
    2" Plumbing
    4 Circulating Returns
    4 Stream Jetted Returns
    27 Mil Heavy Duty Custom Fit Liner
    Resort Steps
    (1) 500W Underwater Light
    Automatic Pool Timer
    3' Achitectural Stamped Concrete Upgrade
    Extra 10' x 8' Patio
    Cantilever Coping
    Maint. Equipm Package
    Chemical Start Kit Package
    Water Bag Cover
    Octal Circulation System
    6 Ft Waterfall
    8' Sundeck
    Gas Heater
    Pool Robot
    50 Year Warranty on Pool Structure
    20 Year on Liner, 5 Year Full

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    Re: New Pool - NJ

    Welcome to TFP!

    Here's my $0.02...

    Executive Summary: Try to keep things as simple as possible. You always want to have one eye focused on ongoing maintenance and minimizing future repairs. Also, make sure that the only plumbing that is run under the pool is the main drain plumbing - this should be the only plumbing that needs to be under the pool. I would stipulate this in the contract as some builders use the "direct plumbing" method which means they have the option to run any plumbing under the pool if that is the most direct path.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetski700
    Non-Corrosive Jandy Cartridge or DE Filter System (Which is better?)
    Of the two, I would choose the DE. Actually, my preference would be Sand...least amount of maintenance. Maintaining proper FC levels has as much to do with water clarity as the filter. Plus, with sand, you have the option of adding a little DE if extra-fine filtering is needed. I have a sand filter and receive comments that my water is the cleanest they have ever seen.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetski700
    Non-Corrosive Jandy 2Hp Pump
    As long as it is a 2-speed or VS, you're good. With 2-speeds offering significant energy savings and since they cost little more than single-speeds, there's really no reason to go with a single-speed IMHO.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetski700
    Paramount Cleaning System
    If this is an in-floor cleaning system, I would definitely leave this off the options list. Potential maintenance headaches (one example: In-Floor Cleaning System Repair). Plus, it is that much more plumbing under the pool. The only plumbing that needs to be under the pool is the main drain plumbing. I would go with a pressure-side cleaner or robot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetski700
    Chemical Start Kit Package
    Would be curious to know the specifics on this.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetski700
    12-15 Returns
    Seems like a lot...would double-check this with PB

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetski700
    Inline Mineralizer
    Would leave this off the list.
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