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Thread: Hi from Clover SC

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    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Clover, SC

    Hi from Clover SC

    Hi all,

    I am in the pool purchasing process and want to make sure I do things right from the start. Right now I have secured financing and I know who will install. We will be buying an Alaglas pool from the dealer in Charlotte NC. The dealer will be here to look at our yard tomorrow evening and discuss what we want. Can you guys give me some advice on these topics as well as any other input you may have?

    1. Opinion of Alaglas?
    2. opinion of Alaglas dealer in Charlotte (if known)
    3. Can I negotiate?
    4. If I can negotiate how would you advise me to get the conversation started?
    5. Recommendation on pumps? (we will be going with saltwater)
    6. What to beware of?
    7. What to be aware of?
    8. What else do I need to consider?
    9. Add ons such as rock falls, motorized skimmers, heaters?


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    BoDarville's Avatar
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    Jun 2012
    DFW, Texas

    Re: Hi from Clover SC

    While I cannot answer most of your questions (not being from the Charlotte area), I can extend a hearty Welcome To TFP!

    When it comes to pumps, I would consider only 2-speeds and variable-speed models. For most people - those with electric rates less than $0.20 per kWh - the 2-speed is the simpler and more cost-effective option. When I replace my current single-speed pump, I'm going with a 2-speed.

    As for heaters, if you plan on a spa or are serious about extending the swimming season for as long as possible and don't mind water down to at least 70F, than I would consider a heater. OTOH, if there will not be a spa and you are the type who wouldn't consider entering the pool unless the water is at least 80F, then I probably wouldn't get the heater simply based on cost-justification grounds.
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    Divin Dave's Avatar
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    Oct 2013
    Longview, Texas

    Re: Hi from Clover SC

    Hi Wade,

    I agree with Bo on the pump. Either 2 speed or VS.
    Consider a slatwater pool. It sure makes keeping the chlorine levels easy as pie. The cost of the SW system is higher up front, but over a few years of adding chlorine manually *whichever way*, the cost evens out.
    If you decide to get one, you will prolly be better off getting a timer for it, seperate from the pump timer.

    Another option is a pool light *if applicable*. LEDs cost a little but last forever and dont cost much electricity. They also dont attract as many bugs at night. Regular incandescent bulbs will cost quite a bit in electricity each month.
    If you get a light, put it on a timer.

    I would recommend to put at least a return if not a step jet right over the steps. That makes keeping them clean a breeze. OTherwise, you will be constantly sweeping them off with a broom.

    Filter options. Here is some good descriptions of the differences between different types.
    Divin Dave,
    IG Vinyl, 15' x 30', 3 1/2' - 6' deep, Oval, ~15K gal, Intelliclor IC40, Intelliflo VS pump, Clean and Clear 420 Filter, auto-fill-disabled, Retrofit LED Color Light, Dolphin Nautilus Robot, TF100 Test Kit, Taylor K1766 Salt Test Kit, Tftestkit Pressure Gauge. Experience- it's what's learned just after you needed it most !!

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    Casey's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: Hi from Clover SC

    Welcome to TFP!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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