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    New Pool Build - have pics and need advice

    We have started a new pool build. We are going for a backyard oasis. We live on a 1 acre lot, so the pool is rather large, almost to big. Looking for feedback on equipment and setup. The pool is calculated to have 44,000 gallons. I have decided to go with mostly pentair equipment, I am really into automation and want to hook it up to my HAI system and use their iPhone app. I have a pool builder that I have used before, very quality conscious. But a little old school on equipment. Does not like salt systems or variable speed pumps. He will do what ever I want, so here is what I have so far. He is a big Sta-Rite fan btw. We have already started the build process and I will post some pics.

    Equipment so far:
    Pentair VF Pump
    2hp pump for waterfall and slide
    Gunite slide and moss-rock waterfall
    2 1.5hp pump for spa jets, there are 11
    Pentair master temp 400k heater
    Salt system, up for debate still
    3 led lights pool 1 in spa
    DE filter, I think about 75 square feet
    Pentair Intellitouch system
    SunDeck stamped deck, probably


    Here are my questions.

    1. Looking at the Auotpilot or Pentair salt systems, leaning towards the Pentair IC-60 for the communications?
    2. Builder wants to use stainless steel filter, ok with salt?
    3. 2 pumps on spa a good idea?
    4. Considering a solar system as well, brand choice?
    5. Sundeck a good choice?
    6. Sta-rite pumps for all the accessories?

    Thanks for looking and appreciate the feedback.
    Chris
    http://www.circledspecialties.com

    44,000 IG Salt Pool - Pentair VF, Quad 100, Polaris 280, IC60, 400 Mater Temp

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    http://www.circledspecialties.com

    44,000 IG Salt Pool - Pentair VF, Quad 100, Polaris 280, IC60, 400 Mater Temp

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    Re: New Pool Build - have pics and need advice

    Still hoping to get a few answers on this. Would love some more opinions. We have already made a few decisions.

    Chris
    http://www.circledspecialties.com

    44,000 IG Salt Pool - Pentair VF, Quad 100, Polaris 280, IC60, 400 Mater Temp

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    Re: New Pool Build - have pics and need advice

    If you're going with a Pentair VF pump and an Intellitouch system, why not go to their quad DE filter, SWG (although there are many excellent reports for autopilot) and stay with the brand for extended warranty purposes.

    Have no idea about sundeck.

    Solar - in simple terms there seems to be two schools: Fafco (the majority follow their panel to panel connection scheme and panel construction - monolithic panels), and Heliocol (with fewer using their panel connection scheme and panel construction - individual tubes). Fafco seems to have the edge in raw performance figures, but Helicol requires fewer roof penetrations for high wind areas (not like there are ever any storms that visit Houston or anything). The Florida solar energy center has panel to panel comparisons for hard solar performance data: http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/consumer/sol ... /index.htm
    Geometric 16X36', 16K gal, shotcrete, exposed aggregate plaster, acrylic coated concrete deck/cantilever coping;
    Pentair equipment suite (EasyTouch w/wireless, 2 Intellibrites, Intelliflo VS-3050, C&C 200 Filter, IC-40 SWG);
    Heliocol solar panels, Rocky's Roller, Blue Diamond robot

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    Re: New Pool Build - have pics and need advice

    Quote Originally Posted by lbridges
    If you're going with a Pentair VF pump and an Intellitouch system, why not go to their quad DE filter, SWG (although there are many excellent reports for autopilot) and stay with the brand for extended warranty purposes.

    Have no idea about sundeck.

    Solar - in simple terms there seems to be two schools: Fafco (the majority follow their panel to panel connection scheme and panel construction - monolithic panels), and Heliocol (with fewer using their panel connection scheme and panel construction - individual tubes). Fafco seems to have the edge in raw performance figures, but Helicol requires fewer roof penetrations for high wind areas (not like there are ever any storms that visit Houston or anything). The Florida solar energy center has panel to panel comparisons for hard solar performance data: http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/consumer/sol ... /index.htm
    Thanks you very much for the solar links. I glanced over it and seems like very good info. I will read it over and see if I have any more questions. We went with all Pentair, I think it will work very well together.

    Chris
    http://www.circledspecialties.com

    44,000 IG Salt Pool - Pentair VF, Quad 100, Polaris 280, IC60, 400 Mater Temp

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    Re: New Pool Build - have pics and need advice

    We had a similar situation with our pool build, ie and older school thought process. I wanted to really minimize our energy usage wherever possible. Pool Builder just wanted to use the equipment he knew. We ended up with mostly pentair equipment. We chose the Intelliflo VS-3050 and an Easy Touch System. I would have rather gotten the VF pump, but at the time, I could only use the Intellitouch automation system and not the Easy touch. Since we didn't need that much automation, we ended up with the VS and Easytouch. Its worked fine, but I kind of wish we would have gone with the VF and Intellitouch. Our builder wanted to use Starite pumps also. I finally just had to tell them no and we went with Whisperflo's for the in-floor cleaning system and a waterfall. They are both fixed speed pumps.

    As for Sundek, we almost went with it and then decided to go with Pavers instead. I think Sundek would be fine. However, make sure you are getting Sundek. I think there is just 1 installer in Houston who is in Katy. I had a couple of builders quote Sundek and even give me brochures. When we got into the details, I found out that they were going to do something similar with their own contractors. Needless to say, I dropped those bids.
    20,000 gallon gunite pool, attached spa, Pebblesheen finish, Paramount PCC-2000 infloor cleaning system, Paramount ClearO3 ozone system, Intelliflo VS main pump, Whisperflo 1HP cleaner pump, StaRite cartridge filter, StaRite heater

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