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    New to pools!

    Hi all, very VERY new here!

    Just in the process of buying a house with a pool, the first pool I have ever potentially owned? Having had as quick look over the equipment, (and forgetting to take pictures of most of it!) I have a couple of questions. Apparantly I can get a remote control for this, can anyone give me an idea whether, where and/or how much one would cost?

    It appears that there's a waterfall that works with one of the "Aux" buttons (not sure what the other "aux" button does), and there is a kind of spray at pool side level, with a manual valve labeled "aerator" that seems to have to be truned manually to make the spray work. Can that function be made automatic as I plan to either run the pump at night, or dailing via solar.

    Regarding solar, is it possible/feasable/expensive to power the pool pump via solar panels, and thus save some $ on electricity.

    Please excuse me if these are simply or obvious questions, as I know literally nothing! I will start the chlorination/PH level/chemical questions if/when we move in lol.

    many thanks in advance,

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    Re: New to pools!

    Just wanted to say welcome to TFP!

    No dumb questions here, just the ones you don't ask. I don't know the pricing you asked about, but guessing not cheap. I don't really think solar is a viable pool pump power option at all.
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    Re: New to pools!

    I'm with Brush on the solar option. Even if there were solar options, it would be horrible on a motor. The constant changes in voltage would not be good. Also read pool school you will not regret it.
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    Re: New to pools!

    Agree. Do start checking out Pool School. The primary thing you need to manage the pool is knowledge. The AbCs is a good place to start.
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    Re: New to pools!

    You can do all those things, including solar.

    Are you planning on doing them yourself or paying someone.
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    Re: New to pools!

    I also got a pool very recently, so I'm thinking about things.. I really like your solar panel idea. It would be awesome if it would work out, maybe I could do that too.

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    Re: New to pools!

    Thanks for the welcomes getting to grips with this now I think, the pool school is great, learning a HUGE amount, and wish I had taken more pics, so I could ask more meaningful questions

    As far as solar is concerned, I was looking to run solar panels, charging deep cycle batteries, and running an invereter from there for the pool pump.

    I know that this won;t be an accurate answer, as the question is how long is a piece of string, but taking an average pool pump, would someone like to take a ball p[ark guess at the current draw (and voltage) I can expect to see? That would give me an idea of whether I would need a football field of panels, or whether what I can actually fit in will suffice.

    Many thanks

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