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    Oct 2014
    San Diego

    Pentair Equipment Suggestion

    New to this forum and hope I'm posting in the correct place.
    We're in the process of selecting a pool company to build our first pool. Part of their quote includes Pentair equipment but since we're new to this process, I wanted to get an outside opinion if this sounds like what we need, is it more than we need or is there an updated model I should ask about. I have listed it below as it is written in our quote so not clear if there are specific model numbers. Thanks in advance for the input.

    IntelliFlo variable speed pump
    420 Clean & Clear Plus Filter
    MasterTemp 400,000 BTU Heater
    IntelliChlor IC 60 chlorine generator

    20'wide X 40'long pool (130 perimeter ft)
    30,000 Gal
    6'x8' attached spa (6 jets)

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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Pentair Equipment Suggestion

    Welcome to TFP!

    That is a reasonably good selection of equipment, though there are some minor points worth looking into.

    Personally, I would upgrade to the filter to the 520. This is hardly essential, but worth the small additional cost for most people. Larger filters can go longer between cleanings and are just slight more efficient overall.

    I don't recommend the IntelliChlor unless you are also getting a Pentair brand automation system. The IntelliChlor has very limited control without the automation system. Several other brands are just as good and give you much more control over the SWG. The main issue is that you can only adjust the percentage setting in steps of 20% without the automation system.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    Jan 2014
    Odessa, TX

    Re: Pentair Equipment Suggestion

    huge +1 to the larger filter. It's worth the $ to get the larger filter.
    IG gunite/plaster pool/spa Started 1/17/14, Plastered 5/16/14
    Size: 12'-21'x39' free form, depth ranging from 4' to 7, attached 6 person spa with spillover.
    Equipment: Whisperflo 2hp pump, Pentair 30" sand filter, Pentair Mastertemp 400k BTU heater, 1hp Whisperflo for waterfalls, and a blower for spa floor

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    Feb 2013
    Houston Area

    Re: Pentair Equipment Suggestion

    I have the exact same equipment, except I have an IC40 instead of IC60. My pool is smaller (18,000 gallons). Just to give you a frame of reference, I have the 420 cartridge filter and I just wash it out once a year with a pool my size. I would assume you would probably have more frequent cleaning with a 30k gal pool.
    18K gal, Gunite, 17' x 32', Blue Granite PS, MasterTemp 400,000 BTU Heater, Pentair Intelliflo pump, Pentair cartridge filter, Pentair IC40 SWG, Easy Touch 8, Intellibrite LED lights in pool and spa, Pentair Kreepy Krauly Legend Pressure Side Cleaner

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