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    Apr 2007
    Murfreesboro, TN

    Back to basic?

    Wifey and I downsized this summer and moved to a smaller house/less land/ no pool.
    It was a great move and we love it……..but miss the pool.

    Last pool was over the top. freeform, aqua logic ps-8 automation, north star pump, salt, heat pump, pavers, pavilion, outdoor kitchen, fireplace and way way too much landscaping. (36 yds of mulch)
    Thinking of going back to basic. 18x36, vl, concrete deck, 2 speed pump, inter medic timers, polaris and rainbow chlorine feeder.

    Had this with very first house and it was great and way cheaper.

    The Automation was nice, but replaced the board and salt cell in less then 4 yrs.I think salt is just fancy way to make chlorine and tired of replacing all the fancy boards, controls etc.
    Kinda like washing machines. they never broke, right?

    I appreciate the input.

    Cal C.

    20k ig vl, hayward 2sp Tristar, hayward pro series sand filter, ecommand 4 with aqua connect, hayward heat pump, polaris 280 cleaner, TF-100.

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    Patrick_B's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    Midland TX

    Re: Back to basic?

    Sounds like a plan minus the Rainbow puck feeder. Go with bleach and use it for long term Chlorinating.
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    Jul 2011
    SW MO

    Re: Back to basic?

    I agree with Brushpup, you can automate the chlorine addition with a Stenner pump setup. Pretty reliable.
    Dan D
    Used 2003 Aqua Leader 27'x52", 17,800 w/10" hopper, SwimPro SW256T 250# sand filter, Hayward PowerFlo LX pump 1hp impellor, Emerson 1 1/2 hp motor, setup Aug 2012 Summer 2011 used Summer Escapes Ring pool 14' x 42", Intex 1600gph sand filter, HTH 6 way test kitTF-100 w/stirrer, Well water @ FC=0, PH=7.2, TA=290, CH=320

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Back to basic?

    Hey, induce,

    I like your message of simplicity.

    Of course, we only hear from the folks with problems but it seems to me automation comes with it's own set of headaches and each time I am tempted to add some form of automation, posts like yours tell me to stay where I am. There is no right or wrong answer but, for me, the electronic gadgets tend to get me a bit befuddled.

    I would suggest that if you decide to chlorinate by manually adding liquid chlorine, then the puck feeder would be a pretty inexpensive standby for vacations, etc. If you manage your pool chemistry carefully, you may even be able to use your puck feeder for a part of the season and then switch to manual when your CYA starts to get too high....can happen quickly in many pools, though.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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