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    Cool Backyard Retreat - Nashville, TN

    We had this pool installed in May 2010. It was a package deal from a local pool store and came with what they called their "Saltwater Treatment System" which was actually a Copper treatment with a shock treatment done every two weeks. Pool maintenance by their guidelines (using their test strips) was fairly easy and I had sparkling clear water but I noticed toward the end of the summer I actually had bugs living in the water. I spoke with my pool store about it and they said "Oh, they will die off...don't worry about it". When it came time for winterizing the pool, I had to use "their" special winter chemicals and in the spring use "their" special startup chemicals plus by a new Copper Cell. Again during the summer I noticed I had bugs living in my pool and they appeared quite healthy.
    On a lark, I bought some standard test strips and found I didn't have any measurable amount of chlorine in my pool. The test strips "they" provided just tested for Copper, ph and alkalinity.
    It was in the winter of 2012 that I found Trouble Free Pool and it was through the "pool school" I discovered that "their" system didn't really sanitize the pool water, all it did was prevent algae.
    Thanks to trouble free pool, I weened my pool off the Copper treatment system and installed a saltwater generator. I went with the SWG because visited a friend of mine with a SWG and learned from him how easy it was to install and maintain his pool. I also purchased a good test kit so I could monitor and tweak my pool water as needed.
    Attached are pictures of our backyard retreat that gets lots of use by the whole family.
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    24' x 54" Vinyl AGP,
    Hayward Aquatrol SWG, Xstream 150 Sq Ft - 1Hp Pump/Filter combo with dual returns,
    GLI 28' Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel System,
    Taylor K-2006-SALT Test Kit

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    Re: Backyard Retreat - Nashville, TN

    It looks great!
    Congrats on taking control of your pool and your wallet!
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    Re: Backyard Retreat - Nashville, TN

    Very nice, Do those heaters do anything noticeable?
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    Re: Backyard Retreat - Nashville, TN

    Glad you found the forum and will get off of "their" program and on "your" program. Where you will know exactly what is going on and why. Looks like a nice setup.


    30x20 vinyl IG, Hayward SD60 with Pentair Dynamo 340219 2HP pump, Compupool CPSC24 SWG, Hayward H200FDN heater. APC automatic pool cover.
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    Re: Backyard Retreat - Nashville, TN

    Actually the heaters work pretty well...on a bright sunny day they would recover the 3-5 degree loss that occurred overnight. I just got the solar cover on yesterday and with it I'll gain 2-3 degrees net per day. Last year I would gain 3-5 degrees per day but one of the heaters developed a leak (of course right after the warranty expired) and I finished the season with just three.
    I was late getting the pool open this year so it looks like I won't need to spend the money for the 4th heater. I do get a bit of a drop in flow with just the three heaters but everything still gets adequate flow. By the way, they are all connected in parallel. The first time I installed the four of them, they were connected as two pair in series/parallel. I had to change it to all four in parallel because whenever I cut in the heaters, my SWG would trip on low flow.
    24' x 54" Vinyl AGP,
    Hayward Aquatrol SWG, Xstream 150 Sq Ft - 1Hp Pump/Filter combo with dual returns,
    GLI 28' Whirlwind Solar Cover Reel System,
    Taylor K-2006-SALT Test Kit

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    Re: Backyard Retreat - Nashville, TN

    That is a heckuva nice set up ya'll have there! Good stuff!
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    Re: Backyard Retreat - Nashville, TN

    Nice yard and setup!
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