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    Opinion on time clock vs automation

    This has been a topic on my mind for a while. I personally have a Jandy Aqualink system. I was wondering what everyone's opinion on this topic is, and feel free to post pictures of your pool control setup.
    14.5K gallon IG plaster pool, 1K gallon spa, dual 2hp Jandy pumps, 60 sqft DE filter, 400K BTU NG heater. Dual waterfalls, Jandy Aquapure SWG, Polaris cleaner with 3/4 HP pump, Aqualink RS. See my pool here.

    Thanks!, Austin

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    Re: Opinion on time clock vs automation

    Simple pools are more than fine with a timer. But if you have a spa an automation system is totally worth it.
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    Re: Opinion on time clock vs automation

    I agree with Jason. I have a simple pool and a time lock is sufficient for my needs. Now, my wife migt say I also have a simple mind......
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    Re: Opinion on time clock vs automation

    I'm a Luddite. I like manual controls on things.

    It's probably from having to deal with all the computer modules in modern cars.
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    Re: Opinion on time clock vs automation

    I am of the keep it simple school of thought, my pool has a timer and a stand alone solar controller for the solar heat, what else do I need.
    Indoor 20x40 35,000 gallon vinyl pool with 1.5 HP 2 speed Jandy FloPro pump, Hayward EC75 Perflex DE filter, 11 4x12 Techno-Solis solar panels w/ Aquasolar controller, Aquabot Turbo T Robot Cleaner. Also LMI metering chlorine dispenser pump and HotSpring Jetsetter
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    Re: Opinion on time clock vs automation

    Generally I love simplicity but I have to say I absolutely love my Jandy Aqaulink. I like being able to control everything from the remote. If we have guests I can turn on the waterfalls remotely. If it is raining I like being able to turn on my pump and generate some extra chlorine. If we are having a swim party I like to be able to control extra runtime on my SWCG. All from my handy dandy remote control. When it breaks down, and it will eventually, I will fix it or replace it.
    Gunite/Plaster pool at 13k gallons. All Jandy with CL340 series cartridge filter, 1.5 HP Jandy Stealth pump. Jandy 1400 SWCG and PDA4 controller. Dual waterfalls. Polaris 280. Pool installed August 2012. Southern Louisiana. And lets not forget my trusty TF100 test kit!

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    Re: Opinion on time clock vs automation

    Heres my Aqualink, I absolutely love it!

    14.5K gallon IG plaster pool, 1K gallon spa, dual 2hp Jandy pumps, 60 sqft DE filter, 400K BTU NG heater. Dual waterfalls, Jandy Aquapure SWG, Polaris cleaner with 3/4 HP pump, Aqualink RS. See my pool here.

    Thanks!, Austin

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