We have had a small Intex 12' w/ upgraded sand/salt system for the past couple years, but now it is time to move onto a full-size pool. We have been shopping for pools locally for over a year and believe we have finally settled on the specifics. The largest pool our yard can comfortably accomodate would be a 24' round. I would like feedback on our selection of pool, equipment, and general construction setup.
Doughboy Desert Spring - Round 24'x54"
Doughboy 20 Mil Misty Falls
Doughboy 2094 Deluxe Skimmer
Pentair OptiFlow 2-speed 1HP Pump
Pentair SD70 300lbs
Polaris 65 Automatic Cleaner
Two - Fafco Solar Bear 4'x20' Swimming Pool Heater Panels (had one last year for Intex and purchased another)
TF-100 Test Kit
- Will be hiring a local installer to get the general pool setup (I plan on doing the heater connections myself; very comfortable with plumbing and electrical)
- Pool will be installed on the ground, not buried
- Not currently planning deep end (not sure if we need with 54")
- Pool is away from house (run from pool to house would be 50ft and would have to bury pipes to go to house roof), so installing Fafco Solar Panels at ground height on plywood rack, rack height will be approximately 2-6' high.
- Plan to use sand for bottom (no "happy feet/bottom" setup)
Thoughts on selected equipment & construction?
Most of my local dealers recommended standard Doughboy equipment except for one that specked out better equipment. I was happy with this one recommending better equipment right at the start without asking. I did push on options for a larger sand filter (they originally specified a SD40 - 150lbs filter) and mentioned going to 250 or 300lbs filter.
SE Michigan - Metro Detroit