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    If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    I have come to the reality that I cannot keep up with my pool. I now understand why folks opt for tablets and shocking because it looks easier.

    I can't go that route but am seriously considering dropping the money on a SWG.

    If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG choices? What do you have and why is it the right choice for you? Would you have done something differently if you could?

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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    I'll answer your question this way: My last house had a salt water pool. Once initial startup was complete, it was extremely easy to maintain. Once a week I would check the chemistry, add acid, and adjust SWG settings if necessary. Most weeks, this took less than 10 minutes. I am so happy with the great results and simple maintenance that I chose to put in a SWG for the pool I'm building now. In fact, we chose SWG over the natural stone that we originally wanted to go with.

    As long as you are prepared to add acid one or twice a week, SWG is definitely the way to go.
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    After a couple weeks of dosing with chlorine, I got a SWCG (see signature). Have been pretty happy overall. I had some issues with my original unit. The company has since re-designed the unit, and haven't had any issues since I installed it (about 7 months.) You could go with a injection (peristaltic) pump and liquid chlorine or a siphon system/liquid chlorine.
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...made+injection
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...ristaltic-pump

    Installing a SWCG isn't too difficult. I did my own. You can get a good deal on the Compupool CPX series. I'm happy with that unit.
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    Quote Originally Posted by bobodaclown View Post
    After a couple weeks of dosing with chlorine, I got a SWCG (see signature). Have been pretty happy overall. I had some issues with my original unit. The company has since re-designed the unit, and haven't had any issues since I installed it (about 7 months.) You could go with a injection (peristaltic) pump and liquid chlorine or a siphon system/liquid chlorine.
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...made+injection
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...ristaltic-pump

    Installing a SWCG isn't too difficult. I did my own. You can get a good deal on the Compupool CPX series. I'm happy with that unit.
    I will look into that diy project.

    Also i have not heard of the CPX. I will add that to my research list.

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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    Quote Originally Posted by JayBauman View Post
    I'll answer your question this way: My last house had a salt water pool. Once initial startup was complete, it was extremely easy to maintain.
    That's what i am looking for. The initial cost is my only major issue right now.

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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    I went with SWCG right from the beginning and I'm now just finishing my second season using one. Since I live in CA, my pool stays open 365 days a year and I've used it probably the whole time (temp never went under the minimum). I chose Pentair, because I was doing a complete system with Automation and wanted the extra warranty that comes along with using all the same branded components. Like said above, maintenance is pretty easy, because I only check the water 3-4 days out of the week and only add acid 1-2 times per week. I know that a couple more years and I'll probably have to buy a new cell, but in the end it will be worth it. Right now I typically only spend about $10.00 a month to take care of the pool.
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    I have a SWG, and I couldn't be more pleased. I check pH and chlorine once or twice a week in the heat of summer and adjust SWG as necessary with a twist of a dial. Add muriatic acid once every couple of weeks. Couldn't be easier.

    I have a Circupool Si40. I have had no problems with it, but it is less than a year old. I do not have any automation other than an Intermatic timer, so the Pentair was not for me. The Autopilots are nice, but too expensive for my taste. I could have easily gone with Hayward or Compupool, but at the time I bought, Circupool seemed like the best value. I am happy, but I probably would be happy had I chosen another brand.
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    i have lincoln SWG (Australian)
    it is too easy, check levels once per week and adjust as required
    only thing i am not rapt about is the salt taste as 3700 ppm
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    Yes, emphatically YES.

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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    I see the cost of replacing the SWG every 5 to whatever years is akin to a new set of tires. We moan and groan and our hand shakes when we sign the credit card slip, but are happy to have them!
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckiechan View Post
    I see the cost of replacing the SWG every 5 to whatever years is akin to a new set of tires. We moan and groan and our hand shakes when we sign the credit card slip, but are happy to have them!
    I'm happy with the choice I made, except for the fact that my cells have only lasted 2 seasons each. My latest IC40 has worked for 2 seasons now, and I'm crossing my fingers that it will last a few more years this time.
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    Quote Originally Posted by JayBauman View Post
    I'll answer your question this way: My last house had a salt water pool. Once initial startup was complete, it was extremely easy to maintain. Once a week I would check the chemistry, add acid, and adjust SWG settings if necessary. Most weeks, this took less than 10 minutes. I am so happy with the great results and simple maintenance that I chose to put in a SWG for the pool I'm building now. In fact, we chose SWG over the natural stone that we originally wanted to go with.

    As long as you are prepared to add acid one or twice a week, SWG is definitely the way to go.
    +1

    I have only had my Pentair IC40 for seven months but it has worked fine so far. Cell on time can only be adjusted in 20% increments, so you have to adjust pump run time to make smaller adjustments. That's a bit of a PIA but an extra minute is not that much trouble.
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    I built my pool as a salt pool. Planned it with a vinyl over concrete deck, no coping at all (cantilevered deck edge). No natural stone anywhere. All so I could have a SWG. Without SWG I'm not sure I would even have a pool. If my unit completely failed, I would have a new SWG system on order within hours.
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterl1365
    ...except for the fact that my cells have only lasted 2 seasons each.
    I think you definitely have something wrong.

    I think you should start a tread.
    SWG: CircuPool (May 2014) SI30+Plus; 3000ppm seems ideal;
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    Yes.

    Our pool was new to us last summer. I had two algae outbreaks from forgetting to add bleach for a day or two. I DIY installed the SWG in a day. Best move ever with the pool. No algae since, havn't had to slam, and I've gone 2 weeks without testing the water to find all levels good to go.

    Get a cell twice the size of your pool. The ratings on the cell are if you run the pump 24/7...
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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    Which SWG did you go with?

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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    Quote Originally Posted by zimm View Post
    Yes.

    Our pool was new to us last summer. I had two algae outbreaks from forgetting to add bleach for a day or two. I DIY installed the SWG in a day. Best move ever with the pool. No algae since, havn't had to slam, and I've gone 2 weeks without testing the water to find all levels good to go.

    Get a cell twice the size of your pool. The ratings on the cell are if you run the pump 24/7...
    Which SWG did you go with?

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    Re: If you had to do it over again would you make the same SWG Choices?

    It's in my signature. Pool Pilot Nano+ (27,000 gal cell). Bought it from Josh at saltpoolguys.com, he's here on the forum.
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