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    Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    A little bit of background.

    Purchased the house in 2013 at a Sheriff's sale for a great price. Purchased home with a rehab loan, but just refinanced to a conventional 30 year. Had a lot of stuff to fix around the house so didn't worry about the pool for the first couple years.

    The pool is around 36,000 gallons. Deep end is around 10 feet. Has two skimmers, main drain, and 5 jets.

    I am currently in the process of re-piping all the lines. I decided to run individual lines at 1-1/2" to everything with ball valves. Running a timer to a 2hp pump and a Hayward 30in sand filter and a Hayward CL200 chlorinator. I am having a company come in and put in the liner.

    Looking for pictures of peoples plumbing setups with ideas similar to mine. Also any feedback or help tips you can give to a young pool guy would be appreciated.










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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    Nice project.

    I recommend using 2" pipe for the skimmer(s) (and main drain if you have one). It doesn't cost much more and will improve the efficiency of the system.
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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    I agree with JasonLion...

    I will throw a couple more recommendations at you.

    Dont use ball valves. They have a habit of going bad, getting stuck, handles breaking. If you can swing a few extra dollars, upgrade to Jandy Neverlube Valves. You will love them and they last forever.

    Also, consider scratching the inline chlorinator. The pucks you use in them will eventually lead to big problems with your pool water if you use them as your primary source of chlorine.
    Consider either an automated liquid chlorine dosing system, a saltwater chlorine generator, or manually adding liquid chlorine.
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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    Cool project. Welcome to TFP.

    Once you get finished here are some links to help with adding signature and maintaining your pool.
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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    Well, the last 3 posts hit everything I was going to say ... so ...

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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    Nice project! Post lots of pics!

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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    Thanks for all the help guys.

    My wife was taking the pictures while my buddy and I were hard at work so I was trying to give her grief in the photo.

    The bottom of the shallow end is vermiculite? ? Gunite??? Not sure what its called, but either way it will need re-done. Its a 32x16 foot area. How much in materials would this cost to do?

    Also, I am unable to run the main drain in 2" and I am trying to re-use as much skimmer pipe as possible so going up there probably is out of the question as well....I am hoping that running individual lines will aid in efficiency. I am going to wire up a new timer for the pump also, so not sure if running the system only for 8 hours will be enough to keep it clean.

    I live in Ohio so not sure on the cost/payback from going to a salt water system. Our pool season is 3 months if we are lucky.

    Once again, thanks for all the help.

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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    Quote Originally Posted by lukeyn View Post
    I live in Ohio so not sure on the cost/payback from going to a salt water system. Our pool season is 3 months if we are lucky.
    The discussion of a SWCG is not really about payback but about a more automated way to add chlorine besides pouring bleach daily. The cost in the end, over the life of the salt cell is about on par with the bleach itself...in the big picture.
    Many people choose not to go with saltwater because of the softer stone they use around the pool being more susceptible to erosion from the salt deposits that accumulate as splash out dries on the stone.
    Those who do not have that concern are generally quite happy. With them.
    And the bleach pumps are the third preferred option of this site as mentioned above.
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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    A little progress. Digging gravel is a pita. Also a picture of the shallow ends floor bottom. They are setting the liner in two to three weeks.

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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    We live in NH and our pool season is probably only 2.5 months long but the 1800 ( I think ) or so I spent on the SWG might be the best thing I bought for our pool. Just my .02
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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.




    having problems figuring out this website with tapatalk and adding pictures.

    I purchased a small shed to keep the pump/filter/pool stuff in. About finished running pool lines.

    Still no pictures of peoples pump plumbing setups!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HELP ME OUT!!!!!! Please
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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    A little update.
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    36k gallon in ground, Hayward 30in sand filter, 2hp Hayward pump, in-line chlorinator. Vinyl from Ohio.

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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    Pool liner was cut or measured wrong so I have to wait another week to get it installed. I finished plumbing up the pump house. I used unions where the equipment is at so I can blow the lines out during the winter. I think it turned out ok, I would change some things in the future, but it will work for now. I used 2" for all the equipment runs. 1-1/2" to the jets/skimmer/drain. Figured it would be a little more efficient. Only thing left is wiring up the pump to the timer and buying a auto cleaner. Looking into the generic kreepy krauly.
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    About finished with the pump house.


    My wife and I decided on purchasing the Taylor kit and using the BBB method to manage our water. Liner should be installed Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lukeyn View Post
    My wife and I decided on purchasing the Taylor kit and using the BBB method to manage our water. Liner should be installed Monday.
    if that is the case, buy the TF100 test kit from tftestkits.net and do not put pucks in that inline chlorinator. You can use that for vacations, but not as your primary source of chlorine.
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    Roger that time. Kind of regret buying it now, but it's too late.
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    Re: Couple questions for the first time pool owner.

    Tim **** new phone and autocorrect.
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    What makes the tf100 different than the Taylor k2006?
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