I just put up a 30' x54" round steel wall pool at my girlfriends parents house. the old pool wall buckled and basicly fell down over the winter due to a tear andthe old pool being put on unleveled ground and leveling the ground with roughly a 9" sand base for half the pool. so over the past few weeks I dug the ground out (hard clay sucks) and got every thing level and put up. my question is about solar heat and how close they should be.
The pump is a jacuzzi two speed 1 1/2 hp pump with a 200# sand filter. right now its plumped with 1.5" flex pool hose until I figure out the heater placement. the return and skimmer both had 1.5" npt fittings on them so i have plumed in a ball valve on each. I think 1.5" pipe will be fine but could be wrong the skimmer to pump run will be maybe 6' with 2 bends and the return is shorter than that. should i have gone with 2" even with the skimmer, return, pump and filter are all 1.5" and acting as a restrictors.
I figure the pool as about 23,000 gallons of water and a rough surface area of 700sq feet. we went off the word of the rep and the panel makers website that 4 2'x20' panels would be enough but looking back we probably could get away with 2 more. the old pool would see mid 80* water temps in the mid summer on really hot days and we just want to try and keep it around that number
1: how far can the panels be from the pump with out any adverse affects.
2: should i try and put them on the south facing roof of a 3 season porch? the wall is about 25' from the pump and its up a slight grade and then it would be up about 1-1.5 stories to the bottom of the roof line
3: build racks to hold panels and mount the racks on the south side of the pool? the pump and filter are on the north side of the pool due to it being closer to the house to get power to the pump so figure to get to the panels it would be 30' to 40' around the outside edge of the pool to plumb the panels.
ill try and take some pictures of the pool as it sits now to better show the areas to mount the panels. I did not take any pictures of putting the pool up since I wasn't really enjoying the fact i had to dig and level every thing again