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  1. BowserWowser

    Winterizing - to cover or not

    I read the Pool School AGP winterizing article, and it has a bullet in the process for "if" you're using a winter cover. As a first-timer, how do I decide? We typically get a week or two of below-freezing temps in January/February. Sometimes, we get no snow at all (at least never more than a...
  2. BowserWowser

    Pool finally up and running - and tropical storm coming

    New pool is up and running with the exception of the SWCG (electrician is coming Monday afternoon to wire that up and bond everything). So, some super pool noob questions: When testing, the yellow test on the thingy with the yellow and red sides is the result I log in Pool Math as FC, correct...
  3. BowserWowser

    Brand new AGP - liquid chlorine and salt?

    I don't have any water test results because my pool is not yet built! It's in process...but I already have a Taylor test kit for when the time comes. I'm trying to be sure I'm prepared for when the pool is built. I've ordered salt and stabilizer; I was able to get an idea of how much of each to...
  4. BowserWowser

    Build thread? 27' round salt water AGP

    The time has come! Here's our back yard "before" shots. No chance we're doing this ourselves; everything is being done by paid professionals (you know, with liability insurance and stuff!). This is from our main back door to the patio. That pile of stuff covered with a tarp is the pool :p...
  5. BowserWowser

    Pre-Build Panic

    Welp, just found out today, after not hearing from my installer for a month, that they may be able to come begin our install NEXT WEEK. I have the big things - pool, liner, pump, filter, SWCG, skimmer, and, you know, a cute little purple puffer fish pool thermometer. But I feel like I'm still...
  6. BowserWowser

    AGP Installation Contract

    I've gotten some quotes from local installers and need to finalize with one. I work in contracts for a living, so when these companies send me a "contract" that consists of nothing more than a price with vague description and ask me to sign, I get anxious. I want to be sure I'm covering...
  7. BowserWowser

    Hayward AquaVac 250Li

    Anyone have any experience with the Hayward AquaVac 250Li? I had a hard time even finding reviews for it online. A local pool store near me has them in stock and on sale ($399.99).
  8. BowserWowser

    AGP SWCG?

    I'm a complete first-timer. Can anyone tell me if this is a good choice for my ~17k gallon AGP? https://www.discountsaltpool.com/circupool-sj35a-salt-chlorine-generator
  9. BowserWowser

    Ladders and steps

    I'm looking around at AGP steps online, and most of them seem quite shallow from front to back (like each step would still only be deep enough to accommodate half your foot). I was thinking of steps that could also serve as a place to sit in the water (I originally wanted a whole bump-out...
  10. BowserWowser

    First Timer Pool Owner...

    My installer quoted me on the Hayward AquaTrol salt system for my 17,000 gallon AGP. I know TFP recommends a system rated for double the actual pool size (though I would love if someone could explain exactly why - I've read through the SWG articles on TFP and haven't read yet about why), and the...
  11. BowserWowser

    Pool Ordered - Now for equipment...

    I just spoke with another installer, and I think they're the one. They recommend Hayward products. I want a cartridge filter, and our pool will be about 17k gallons, and we want to do a SWCG (I have no idea if that affects our filter options, honestly). Installer recommended a sand filter, but I...
  12. BowserWowser

    First Timer with a bit of decision paralysis...

    We have decided on a 54" deep 27' round above ground pool. We have quotes and info from 2 reputable, local pool companies. I've done quite a bit of reading and asking questions about metal vs resin, liners, pumps...but I'm struggling with fully understanding and deciding on filter system, which...
  13. BowserWowser

    Zero pool experience and getting ready to jump in!

    We have 3 adults in our house (my mother lives with us), and none of us has ever owned a pool of any kind beyond the inflatable we used last summer! We have two boys ages 7 and almost 9 plus some family that lives very close by, so add nieces ages 14 and almost 3. Pandemic summer #2 is coming...