Hey guys, just piecing together everything for a new above ground pool installation.
The place we bought a few years ago used to have an in-ground pool that was filled in just days before looking at the home. Sucks for us, but with 5 kids, and all of them akin to sea-monkeys, we need a pool. I setup a 15ft x 42" deep easy-set pool last summer on the old pools "deep end" to check on settling and it was not an issue, so we are moving ahead with a big paver patio and a 27ft permanently installed above ground pool. The build thread is here: Build Thread.
So, I want to reuse the equipment pad and associated electrical on the back of the garage. I plan on running two 2" PVC lines and one 3/4" PVC line in-ground from the equipment pad out to about where the skimmer and return would be located. distance on-ground is about 73ft. I plan on using the 3/4" line for a dedicated booster pump for an automated pool cleaner. I already have electrical run for 240v feeds via timers for both a pool pump and a pool vac, so I should be good there.
To start with I have a Sta-Rite sand filter, a T-210WF model that holds 200lbs of sand. I checked the specs and it seems to be sized properly for a 27ft x 54" deep pool that holds almost 20k gallons.
My question is, what size pump do I need?
Best I can figure out the head I am looking at might be around 85-92ft?
Based on this info, what is the best kind of pump to look at, an in-ground pool pump, or still an above-ground pool pump?
Also, should I stay with this filter, or use it to start with, and eventually replace it with something better, or does the pump I go with dictate a different (size/larger, cartridge or DE) filter to begin with?
I am in SE Wisconsin, so the pool would be useable only 3-4 months a year and I do plan on going with solar panels and possibly a natural gas heater to extend the usable pool time. We also have a 10-person hot tub, so the kids can still get wet when it gets colder out, but realistically we get some hot weeks out into late September and can even get hot weeks in May some years, so maximizing the usability is a big concern. I think getting the pool up to temp after opening and keeping it at a good temp longer before closing are the big concerns given the locale.