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    Replacing everything - your ideal equipment

    We recently renovated our pool. Its like new.

    Now it is time to replace the pump, filter, and SWG.

    This is an in-ground pool, ~35,000 gallons, it is covered and UV protected year round.

    What would you choose if you had to do it over?

    Considering the following:
    VS pump
    Cartridge filter
    Pentair Ichlor (the new one)
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    Re: Replacing everything - your ideal equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Tredge View Post
    We recently renovated our pool. Its like new.

    Now it is time to replace the pump, filter, and SWG.

    This is an in-ground pool, ~35,000 gallons, it is covered and UV protected year round.

    What would you choose if you had to do it over?

    Considering the following:
    VS pump
    Cartridge filter
    Pentair Ichlor (the new one)
    The iChlor is kind of a toy...doesn't put out enough chlorine for a pool your size. For a 35,000 gallon pool, you'd be much better off with an IntelliChlor IC-60. Anything smaller and you'll be running your pump 24/7 to keep chlorine in the pool. The cover will help but your pool is very big, so it needs a bigger unit. As far as SWGs go, bigger is always better.

    Also, get the largest Clean &Clear possible (540 sq. ft) to reduce cleaning frequency.

    What about a pool heater? DO you have any natural gas where you are? A heat pump with the cover would work quite well to extend the swim season.
    Matt
    16k IG PebbleTec pool, 650gal spa, spillway and waterfall, 3HP IntelliFlo VS / 1.5HP WhisperFlo, Pentair QuadDE-100 filter, IC40 SWCG, MasterTemp 400k BTU/hr NG heater, KreepyKrauly suction-side cleaner Dolphin S300i robot, EasyTouch controls, city water, K-1001, K-2006 and K-1766 test kits, Mannitol test for borates

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    Re: Replacing everything - your ideal equipment

    I love the Pentair Easytouch panel and screen logic for Automation. Very simple, clean and works well. So if you have already decided on one piece of Pentair equipment and are considering automation (I wouldn't do it without these days - but I'm also a geek and like those things) then you should go all Pentair. I've got their VS pump and love the different things I can do with different speeds - low just to circulate and filter, more for the cleaner, even more for the water features and full high if having a big party or to run the waterfall or mix chemicals in faster.
    Greg -
    11K gal, IG Pebble Sheen (Aqua Blue) with sun ledge and attached spa, Pentair Intelliflow 3050 VS/SVRS (3HP), Pentair ET 8 with Screen Logic, Pentair Racer with 3/4 HP booster pump, 400KBTU Pentair Mastertemp, Pentair 60 sq ft DE filter, J&J Intellibrite LED in spa, Zodiac Nature 2 (not used), Stenner pump/liquid Chlorine, build completed in August 2015

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    Re: Replacing everything - your ideal equipment

    After 12 years and 3 saltwater chlorine generators, I'd probably go with a liquid chlorine injection system to keep it simple and reliable. The stenner systems look to be a good system.
    18,000 gunite pool/spa combo. Pebble tec, iaqualink rs8, cl580 filter, aquapure 1400, 400k btu lx heater, 10 solar panels, jandy 1hp, 1 1/2hp, and 2hp stealth pumps for circ, spa, waterfall

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    Re: Replacing everything - your ideal equipment

    No heater - I do have natural gas but the extended season isnt really that necessary for the added expense.

    This will be my third SWG system - they just dont last. Disappointing really but maybe just my luck?
    Previous system was an autopilot - the mainboard fried.

    Chlorine injection is an option - just sounds like it would be more hands on (weekly fill?)
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    Re: Replacing everything - your ideal equipment

    I think fill times would be based on how big (or small) you size the container holding the chlorine. I would think a 15 gal tank would last a good amount of time. A few posts indicate this should last ~ 30 days. Folks with these systems might be able to chime in and provide more info.
    18,000 gunite pool/spa combo. Pebble tec, iaqualink rs8, cl580 filter, aquapure 1400, 400k btu lx heater, 10 solar panels, jandy 1hp, 1 1/2hp, and 2hp stealth pumps for circ, spa, waterfall

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    Re: Replacing everything - your ideal equipment

    As a side note - I didn't go SW, but I am adding a stenner pump for chlorine this weekend.
    Greg -
    11K gal, IG Pebble Sheen (Aqua Blue) with sun ledge and attached spa, Pentair Intelliflow 3050 VS/SVRS (3HP), Pentair ET 8 with Screen Logic, Pentair Racer with 3/4 HP booster pump, 400KBTU Pentair Mastertemp, Pentair 60 sq ft DE filter, J&J Intellibrite LED in spa, Zodiac Nature 2 (not used), Stenner pump/liquid Chlorine, build completed in August 2015

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    Re: Replacing everything - your ideal equipment

    the other issue with chlorine injection is that the chlorine degrades with heat/UV. UV I can block but the heat will be a concern.
    Will be interesting to see how your stenner pump installation goes this weekend.
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