Hello pool people.
I've been reading (and reading and reading) here, trying to learn as much as I can to get the most out of our 18' Intex Easy set this summer.
(Yes, I ordered the good test kit. It should be here in a couple of days...)
Since we've got a lot of trees, and because we've had two (much) smaller Intex pools (more like debris-algae soups) in past years, I read a bunch of threads about keeping them debris-free. I'm now convinced that we need to upgrade the pump/filter to have any chance of winning the battle.
So then I read a whole bunch of other stuff about what kind of setup I could upgrade to and what size (3/4hp and sand is what I figure...). Then I looked at the prices and then I started checking out what I could find used on Craigslist locally. I think I have found a good candidate. It's a 1 hp Hayward pro series s180t and it's less than a year old.
(I know 1hp is more than we need for our 6500 gallons, but it's set up directly under several mature trees. I literally had no other choice. We live on a steep wooded hill and that was the sunniest spot we could afford to level with a retaining wall.)
Finally - here's the question. Is this pump okay for us? And how do I "check out" a used pump? I can't exactly test drive it, or take it to my mechanic...
Here's a link to the ad with a pic of the thing...
The guy wants $250. I was thinking about offering him $200 for starters. I appreciate any help/advice/etc you all can offer.