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    Cool Need Help with New Pool Construction

    Iím a swimming pool novice who is building a home in Punta Gorda, FL and weíre having an in-ground pool built with a pool cage. Iím in need of some advice before I approve the pool design/contract. The pool will be 26ft x 14ft with a 6ft deep end and a 3ft deep end. Iíve figured that the pool will hold approximately 12.300 gallons of water. The pool is a rectangular shape and the surface area is approximately 329 sq feet. An octagonal 6í spa is attached to the pool and is approximately 40 sq feet and Iím assuming a standard depth? There is a main drain in both the pool and spa. The pool has 3 returns, 1 skimmer, 2 two foot sheer waterfalls and 1 multicolored LED light. The spa has 4 jets, 3 spillways into the pool, a blower and 1 multicolored LED light. The following is a list of the products the pool contractor is supplying.
    Pentair Products:
    1. Intelliflo VF Pump
    2. Clean & Clear Plus cartridge filter CCP-420
    3. Intellichlor Salt Chlorine generator IC20
    4. Easytouch control System
    5. Intellibrite 5G LED light
    6. Gulfstream HI 110-RA heat pump pool heater
    7. Spa Blower (unknown make, size,etc)
    Just looking at the equipment, is this adequate to operate the pool, spa and waterfalls? Is there anything I should ask or be aware of before we proceed? Iíve never owned a swimming pool so Iím at a loss for intelligent questioning of the pool contractor.
    Thanks Much in Advance,
    tkneib

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    Re: Need Help with New Pool Construction

    Hey, welcome to TFP!

    Have you checked out this article yet?

    How To Pick A Pool Builder

    Make sure you get everything in writing. All equipment part #'s, size of plumbing.. anything the PB stated he/she was going to give you for free or include in your build should be in writing.

    Not sure if it matters to you but a freeform shaped pool is usually less expensive.

    If you are completely new to the whole pool building scene, I recommend you read a bunch of threads in the "under construction" forum. Some of them are quite long and those are usually the ones with the best info.
    14K Freeform Gunite w/60% Blue Quartz plaster, Quad DE filter, Intelliflo VS Pump + Booster for Cleaner, Aquacal Heat Pump

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    Re: Need Help with New Pool Construction

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Be aware that with a single pump you will not be able to run the spa jets and the waterfalls at the same time. That pump is certainly large enough to handle your flow rate needs. Although, I would suggest the VS and not the VF.
    Also note that the VS and VF pumps are sensitive to lightning strikes and you have a lot of that. So be sure there is some surge protection added to help protect the pump.

    -The filter and SWG look to be adequately sized.
    -A spa blower is not needed if the spa plumbing is done correctly ... seems that many builders do not know how to plumb them correctly. Previous house had a spa and the equipment was pretty far away from the spa and it did not need a blower.
    -Make sure the floor drains in the pool and skimmer are plumbed to the equipment pad separately. You get better control that way instead of the floor connected to the skimmer.
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    Re: Need Help with New Pool Construction

    Thanks for the info, I'll check out under construction. Unfortunately, the pool is included in the price of the home and the contractor chooses the sub. I have checked him out and he does build quite a number of pools in Charlotte county and has a decent reputation with the BBB so I'm not against using this company. I just want to be sure that I'm getting quality equipment that'll last a long time and perform as expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Be aware that with a single pump you will not be able to run the spa jets and the waterfalls at the same time. That pump is certainly large enough to handle your flow rate needs. Although, I would suggest the VS and not the VF.
    Also note that the VS and VF pumps are sensitive to lightning strikes and you have a lot of that. So be sure there is some surge protection added to help protect the pump.

    -The filter and SWG look to be adequately sized.
    -A spa blower is not needed if the spa plumbing is done correctly ... seems that many builders do not know how to plumb them correctly. Previous house had a spa and the equipment was pretty far away from the spa and it did not need a blower.
    -Make sure the floor drains in the pool and skimmer are plumbed to the equipment pad separately. You get better control that way instead of the floor connected to the skimmer.
    Thanks Jason,
    My main concern was that the pump (VS or VF) was adequately sized to handle the pool, spa and water features.

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