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Thread: What Equipment to Request in Bid

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    Aug 2018
    So Orange County, CA

    What Equipment to Request in Bid

    I'm putting together my layout and equipment plan to begin the bidding processas this will be my first saltwater, I still get confused on what I do and don't want for this pool. I want to know before sitting down with the PB what pump, heater etc to request in the bid.

    Any help is appreciated.

    11,400 gallon, IG, SW, Pebble

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    Mod Squad Jimrahbe's Avatar
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    Jul 2014
    Bedford, TX

    Re: What Equipment to Request in Bid


    Welcome to TFP... A great place to find all the answers to your new pool build questions... No matter what color your county is...

    Well, normally that is now how it works.. It is always a good idea to know what type of equipment you want, but most pool builders want to use their preferred brand of equipment.

    It is never a good idea to mix brands of equipment in most cases.. there are a few exceptions, but as a general rule it makes the most sense to stay with the same brand.

    I doubt you could go wrong using any of the big three brands of equipment. Pentair, Hayward and Jandy. If, for example, you really want Pentair, then it would make sense to eliminate any builders that will not provide Pentair equipment. It does not even make sense for them to bid the project.

    It makes sense to supply your pool builder with a general description of what you want the pool to look like, and what features you want, but at the same time, I would want to be open-minded about what the pool builder recommends...

    In my case, we had some ideas that changed based upon the designers experience and I believe made our pool look a lot better than my original plan.

    I guess my point is.. You don't need to be too structured during your hunt for a pool builder.. It is kind of like a job interview.. you are just looking to see if they are a good fit.. Do they seem responsive, is the price anywhere near what you can afford, etc.

    "Assuming" they even come back with a bid, you can then start narrowing down the exact details of the pool construction and equipment.

    As a general recommendation, you want a saltwater pool, with no UV or Ozone, and a variable speed pump.

    Once you start getting feedback from your bidders, post the info here and we can help you get things fine tuned.


    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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    Nov 2017
    Central California

    Re: What Equipment to Request in Bid

    Hi meischa, welcome to TFP!

    +1 for saltwater pool and a variable speed pump.


    I like my automation system (schedules the equipment and allows me to monitor and control my pool from my phone or computer, even while away).

    I wouldn't want a pool in our neck of the woods without an auto fill system and an over flow system.

    If you have hard water in your area, as I do, I'd recommend connecting the auto fill system to a water softener (mine is connected to the one for my house).

    And if you go with a plaster or pebble pool, and are lazy like me, I can give you some thoughts on acid injection systems.

    Between my automation, saltwater pool, my acid system, and following TFPC religiously, I don't do much at all to maintain my pool...
    12300 gallon IG pebble, freeform 19x28, 1 skimmer, 3 returns, no floor drains, auto fill. Pentair: EasyTouch PSL4, ScreenLogic2, Indoor Control Panel, Intelliflo 2 VST, IntelliChlor IC40, IntellipH, CCP320 Cartridge Filter, MasterTemp 250 Heater, Rebel Suction-Side Cleaner, IntelliBrite. Solar and cleaner actuators. Heliocol HC-50 8-panel solar heating. FlowVis Flow Meter. Taylor: K-2006 and K-1766 Test Kits, SpeedStir. City/softened water.

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