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    The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    As a prospective new pool owner, it would be interesting to hear from everyone......if there is one thing (equipment, design, whatever...) about your pool that you would not want to do without, what would that one thing be, and why? Thanks for your input!
    Pool Completed Spring 2017: 650 sq ft (26,000 gallon) IG free form (depth 3'-8'). AquaBright Finish (Blue Lagoon). Jandy DE Filter (DEV60). Jandy VS Pump. AquaCal SQ120R Heat Pump (110,000 BTU). AquaCal Autopilot SWCG. 1600 sq ft concrete.

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    Re: The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    I think it would be my SWG. I never want to be without one.

    One thing I'm particularly thankful for (and learned after the fact that they can differ greatly) is about my equipment pad. I mentally thank my PB every time I look at it, they made it so neat and not jumbled up like I see pics of here at times (pic in photo gallery). When I see pipes that look like spaghetti or an equipment pad that is so jamb tight I cringe.

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    Re: The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    A TF-100 kit of course. Also, my pool had a Frog installed when I bought the house and I removed it shortly after finding this forum. Even if you don't go SWG, skip the frog. I don't "hate" it since it is silver based instead of copper, but you don't need any metals in your water and it certainly isn't worth paying extra for the privilege. Those trichlor pacs are way overpriced anyway.
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    Re: The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by psualum View Post
    As a prospective new pool owner, it would be interesting to hear from everyone......if there is one thing (equipment, design, whatever...) about your pool that you would not want to do without, what would that one thing be, and why? Thanks for your input!
    I would choose a swg instead of having to manually add Chlorine. I've now learned the evils of CYA from Trichlor and Dichlor product and use liquid chlorine. Daily addition of liquid chlorine I wouldn't have to do if I had a swg.

    Good luck with the process and enjoy the pool!


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    My Wall Whale pool brush and my Oreq Pro Gorilla Leaf net...love them! It doesn't matter what fancy equipment you have at the pad or whatever Dolphin XXX Supremo PowerMonster 12000 Robot with laser guided heat seeking dirt suction capability and optional 1 nanometer particulate size filter screen you have in your pool. Every pool eventually needs a good leaf net, a telescoping pole and a wall brush.
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    Re: The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    +1 ^
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    Re: The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    Hair nets. Seriously, a no brainier for those with furry swimmers.
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    Re: The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by bmoreswim View Post
    Hair nets. Seriously, a no brainier for those with furry swimmers.
    +1

    No furry swimmers here unless you count me...


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    Interesting, and a great idea to think about. But no getting around that it's a system, and you need the basic's no matter all the rest: an uncompromised water holding container, water, and a sanitization method. After that, it's all about convenience, style, and luxury. As I think back on my last pool, which was just a basic pool, with one pump, one manual jandy valve to balance skimmer and cleaner, one filter, one manual pool light, and a manual fill, and a suction side cleaner, the one thing I hated to be without was that cleaner. It was the one "luxury" the pool had, and when it was out of commission, it was not at all "fun" to have the pool.

    With our new pool, which has automation, water features, led lights, swg, resting shelves, baja deck, pebble, bling-bling, auto-fill, spa, etc, I think the one thing I wouldn't want to give up is the spa. To be fair, I haven't gotten to really "use" all the extra things, but for years we dreamed of having the spa, but we couldn't afford it when we did the first one. And with age, comes ailments, aches and pains, and stuff that I believe will make this a worthwhile addition. We lived very happily without the other stuff, and as long as I can walk to the equipment, and keep the cleaner going, we will still enjoy the heck out of it. Not to say we won't enjoy the look and convenience of the other things, but in my view, they are not a "must" have.

    Oh, I think there are two other "must haves": people to enjoy it, and TFP to help any pool sparkle..
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    Re: The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by JoyfulNoise View Post
    No furry swimmers here unless you count me...
    Geesh, can't you talk one of those kids of yours in to shaving that back!?!? Like a gorilla, I tell ya...
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    Quote Originally Posted by YippeeSkippy View Post
    Geesh, can't you talk one of those kids of yours in to shaving that back!?!? Like a gorilla, I tell ya...
    That would be considered child abuse in my state....


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    I wouldn't want to do without the knowledge gained in forums like this. That alone is responsible for turning my pool from a thing of aggravation to a thing to enjoy.
    20k IG vinyl liner/Aqua Rite SWCG, T-15 cell/Hayward Pro Grid 6020 DE filter/Polaris 280 w/booster pump/Hayward Superpump 1 hp/city water/Taylor test kits/pool installed March 2004

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    Pretty much everything I have is a 'must have' so I have to say 'solar heating', because it means more swimming, more people using the pool, more laughs, more BBQs, more beer, more tunes, more Crown, more potato wedges, more birthday parties, more more more
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    Re: The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    My Autopilot SWG. Pretty much set and leave alone. It will automatically raise/lower %age based upon water temperature.
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    Re: The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    Hey, that's a pretty cool feature!

    Sorry I can't follow the rules! I cannot pick one thing. I've been trying for a couple of days. But, there are three things that going without would make my pool a whole lot worse for me. In order of importance:

    1 TFP
    2 Heat
    3 SWG

    I couldn't do without any of those. The strain would be more than I could bear!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    Hey, that's a pretty cool feature!

    Sorry I can't follow the rules! I cannot pick one thing. I've been trying for a couple of days. But, there are three things that going without would make my pool a whole lot worse for me. In order of importance:

    1 TFP
    2 Heat
    3 SWG

    I couldn't do without any of those. The strain would be more than I could bear!
    6,000 gal, IG free form,Beach Series Antigua by Marbletite Pebble finish,Sheer Descent, IG Fountain, Dolphin / Mermaid Statues,Dura- Glas 1.5hp pump,Hayward Pro-grid DE4820, Aqua Rite SWG with T-Cell 15,Heat Siphon Heat Pump DX 5.0 109,000 btu, Pool Cage, 1800sq ft Tremron Estate Pavers,Aquatherm Ecosun Solar Panels 192 sq ft with GL-235 Controller,Pentair IntelliBrite, Apollo Magnetic Stirrer Our New Poolbuild, Jacksonville, FL yr 2009 Solar install Outdoor kitchen upgrade

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    Pentair EasyTouch remote and VS pump. Love programming the valves and pump to do my bidding at the speeds and times I choose. Never have to touch it!
    30,000 gal free-form IG w/ spa, PebbleSheen Blue Surf, Pentair cartridge filter, Pentair 3 HP Intelliflo, extra pump that is way over-sized for weeping moss rocks, Dolphin Oasis Z5, municipal water, all built Jan-Feb 2016. TF-100, SpeedStir, Liquidator 3/8", borates. My build thread http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...-in-Cypress-TX

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    SWG is mine as well. Thing is sweet.
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    Re: The One Thing I would not want to do without Thread

    - TFP
    - My sun shelf and the bench on the back wall that goes the length of the pool.
    - The SWG and VSP
    - Automation from my phone.


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