First, this is such a great forum. I've been lurking here for about a week and have learned alot. Thx to everyone. Second, I have read a boatload of post on here and not one of them was a sarcastic answer. Nice to find a mature forum. Third, I hope this post is in the right area ?
Anyway, we just signed the contract for a new IG to be installed the first week of August. I figure that if I want to make changes or additions to our new pool, I need to do it now. The PB wants to use 1.5" PVC for the plumbing. I have searched these forums and really can't find a definitive answer. I am leaning for them to use 2" PVC. Less restriction and better flow is my reasoning. Am I wrong ? Is 1.5" PVC sufficient ? I know that the PB is out to save some cash as well by there is not a whole lot of difference (price wise) between the 1.5" and 2" PVC. (I'm not sure about the amount of gallons)
Also, I have read and heard that the "only way to go" is a 2 speed pump. The PB says that they don't recommend them cause they are fairly new. I figure that if I can get the same performance from a 2 speed 1.5 hp that I would from a single speed 1.5 hp, than why not. The price difference is minimal (from what I have seen) for an upgrade but it will save me a chunk of dough on my electric bills. FWIW, I am having them plumb an extra line (?) for a future water slide upgrade.
One last thing, I am leaning to get a SWG installed. They seem to be the less maintenance and the easiest to maintain from what I have read. Will a 2 spd pump damage the SWG ? Is it better to stay with what the PB suggest ? The PB is pushing for the AquaRite but I like the Zodiac, not only for the initial cost, but for the ease of changing of the cells; or so I have read.
I am a newb when it comes to these pool "thingies" as I am doing it for the kids and a wife who is now become disabled. I want to make this thing as easy (maintenance wise for me) and enjoyable for them but I want to do it right and not have to re-do some things in 2 yrs that I can do now.
Thx everyone !
IG Vinyl true "EL" Pool : 18x37x26 3' @ the "el" and 6.5' @ the deep end; 2 skimmers, 3 returns, dual mains; 1.5 hp Hayward Super; 48' DE; Automatic Chloronator; Hayward LED light