Recent content by JManteca

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    Heating: Natural Gas vs. Electric Heat Pump - Central Valley, CA

    needsajet, Thanks for the tips. I did not know that a heat pump was as loud as an AC condenser, so thanks for that info. I am just about 100% I will do some sort of solar. I don't have it totally figure out yet. But that will be the primary heating. So I am looking for supplemental heat when...
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    Heating: Natural Gas vs. Electric Heat Pump - Central Valley, CA

    My wife and I are starting to review the proposed pool equipment from my PB. When it comes to heating, this is what I have come up with. What do you all think of this comparison: Assumptions: No pool cover so the pool will be cool in the morning. 78 degrees +/-? We are on PG&E's E-6 Rate...
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    Hotspot FPH AC heat reclamation pool heater - a review!

    Captain, Back in post #48, your numbers say, 5-ton unit produces 60k btu/hr. Due to inefficiencies in heat transfer and equipment, assume a 50% capture rate. So that gives 30k btu / hr for pool heat. My understanding is that 1 btu = heat required to raise 1 gallon of water by 1 degree F. If the...
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    Why are Pool Builders Steering Me Away from SWCG's?

    I have been on TFP for a couple months now and have read tons of posts on SWG vs. non-SWG. Most (if not all) of the posts and responses I have read heavily favor SWG for a number of reasons. However, I have talked with 3 pools builders now and all three have said passionately that SWG are not...
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    Attention Builders: What makes a good client?

    I know there are quite a few builders out there. My wife and I want to be the best clients we can be for our potential PB. We are talking to a couple of them now, but have not yet selected one. This is our first time through this process and I want to avoid making any rookie mistakes (as much...
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    In-Deck Heating.... How About Using Artificial Turf to Heat?

    I just got samples. Hmmm... not exactly sure how to test it. I have about 6 samples. I guess I better leave them out in the sun and see how warm they get. Then maybe build a test section and check temperatures at various depths...
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    In-Deck Heating.... How About Using Artificial Turf to Heat?

    I have tried to look through this forum and other places online to see if anyone has tried to use their artificial grass (or synthetic turf) to heat their pool. Its the same concept of in-deck heating, but used on grass. There are some obvious hurdles to overcome like avoiding stakes and nails...
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    New Build in Manteca, CA (CA Central Valley) - Our first pool

    SWCG: One of the PB I was talking to said that SWCG does not work well in central CA due to hot weather. Is this correct? Robot: Yes, looking into that in lieu of the inpool cleaning system. Hoop: YES, we are planning on that exact hoop! Glad to hear you like it. And it's on sale right now. I...
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    New Build in Manteca, CA (CA Central Valley) - Our first pool

    Thanks for the comments: 3. Sport Pool: We talked about a sport pool. The reason that we decided to have a deep end was because the kids really wanted one. Maybe we should rethink this. I would love hear you expand more on this. 4. Tanning shelf depth: Maybe a 6" and 12"? Or abandon the split...
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    New Build in Manteca, CA (CA Central Valley) - Our first pool

    Good evening. I have been on this forum for quite a while now. I have spent many hours reading and learning about all the various issues related to pool building and ownership. The information here has provided tremendous value to me and my wife. I am thankful that I found this place. Thank you...
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    Newbie in Central CA

    Hey everyone. Thanks for all of the great information. We are going to build soon. I am working on my post. I love this forum!!! JManteca