Well, in the short time I have been hanging out on this forum I see there are a lot of very knowledgeable folks here. Since I haven't been around pools too long, I don't really know much about how an equipment pad should be set up. I am throwing this out there to those that have experience, in the hopes that I can get some suggestions on upgrading/replacing the equipment and plumbing on my pad. Here is what it presently looks like:
What I do know about what is here:
The heater on the right is a 350,000 BTU Teledyne Llars Oil-fired furnace heater. That's right, home heating oil. This is going to be replaced by a 300,000 BTU Propane unit in the near future. I'm just burning up the oil I have left.
The Filter is a Nautilis FNS-48. It is old but seems to be solid. The screens and manifold are fine. The backwash valve needs replacing.
There is a Pac-Fab Stainless separation tank to the right of the filter. It has been hacksawed out of the equation. Not dure whats wrong with it. Haven't messed with it.
Dual single speed pumps. One for filter, other for cleaner (Polaris 3900)
Valves and plumbing seem ok, though the hottub will drain to pool level sometimes overnight.
Box on the wall has 100 Amp service from the main in the house. Two wheel timers for filter and cleaner.
What I would like to have in the end is an automated and energy efficient system. New pumps, valves, etc. I like what I have seen from Pentair with Easy-Touch and Intellitouch. Ultimately I would like the wireless remote, computer monitoring, remote control valves, etc. My kitchen window looks out over the pool and spa. I want to control everything from inside. I also think I want to convert to a SWG to handle the sanitation duties.
So there you go. Have at it. I am pretty handy with pvc plumbing so I am not afraid to do the work myself. I just want to start working up a plan and a budget so I can prepare to do this all probably at the beginning of next season.
A number of the things with my plumbing seem different from what I have seen. For example, the valves on the left that are on the pipes coming from the drains and skimmers, these are smaller versions of the other larger diverter valves. Are those really necessary there? I'd rather have normal ball valves with unions. Oh yeah, I like union connections where appropriate. I don't like hacksawing to remove components. I know unions are more expensive and are more prone to leak but that's ok. That's why they have o-rings, right?