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    Bidding a Pool in Minnesota

    I think I found this forum just in the nick of time, wow what a knowledge base. We are getting bids to put in a pool and I'm looking for some help to make sure we can make a good decision. We have a limited space to put in a pool and it will be in among some very big oak trees and part of the pool will be about 1/4 under the canopy. As I was looking at the 2 bids we have (1 more tomorrow) and putting it in a spreadsheet I realize I don't have enough information from either of them to compare but its a start. So here is what I have, please provide feedback and please what should I be asking that I don't know to ask? what would you change? btw bid 2 has a bunch of ? because it just says "standard install features" and doesn't list them. He told me but I can't remember what they are so I'll have to get them in writing..

    bid 1 bid 2
    Pool 14x28 APC vinyl Vinyl
    filter Pentair sand or cartridge Cartridge (unknown brand)
    Pump Intelliflo intelliflo
    Skimmers 2 wide ?
    Inlets 4 ?
    main drain 2 ?
    heater 266,000 (unknow brand) pentair 250
    ladder in-wall ?
    steps 90" w/bench 90" w/bench
    handrail yes ?
    slide Wildride no
    automatic pool cover apc-undertrack Cover pools undertrack
    pool cleaner polaris 360 pentair racer
    underwater lights 2 led globrite 3 globrite
    purifier intelliclhor salt easy touch salt
    auto control system screenlogic just says iphone add on
    52k 51k

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    Mod Squad kimkats's Avatar
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    Tallahassee, FL

    Re: Bidding a Pool in Minnesota

    Until you get the ? filled in it will be next to impossible to know which one is better. I do see the only real difference that stands out right now is one has a slide and one does not.

    Take a pic of the yard the pool will be going in and we can start with that as far as design.

    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit

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    Mod Squad Jimrahbe's Avatar
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    Bedford, TX

    Re: Bidding a Pool in Minnesota


    Welcome to TFP... A Great resource for all your pool building questions...

    Your last two items are identical... Both are quoting a Pentair EasyTouch automation system with Intellichlor Saltwater Chlorine Generator (what you call a Purifier) and ScreenLogic2, which allows you to control your pool via a computer, tablet or phone...

    Make sure you get the "real" EasyTouch, and not the "lite" version. You do not want one that has an "L" in the model number, such as PL4 or PSL4..

    I know that the electrical rates up in the frozen north can be expensive, so the IntelliFlo pump, that is recommended by both pool builders, is very economical to run and is also very quiet.

    Thanks for posting,

    Jim R.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
    TF100 with SpeedStir and SampleSizer, ColorQ Pro 7, Dolphin Premier Robot Cleaner, added Screen Logic 2, added small 3 person Caldera Spa.

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    Nashville, TN

    Re: Bidding a Pool in Minnesota

    My Inlaws are looking to build a pool and the bid was very vague like yours, I gave them a list of questions and they slowly got them answered but not sure why the PB couldn't just put it on there to start with.
    18x36 Vinyl, sports depth, 8' Roman steps at each end. Hayward 1.5hp 2speed pump, catridge filter, 2 skimmers, no main drain, 3 SR Smith Treo LED lights

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