Been lurking here for a while and want to thank everyone for all the great advice I have seen over the last 6 months. I'm not (yet) a pool owner, but plan to be this spring. I live in New Jersey and currently working on the multiple permits required. Already got town zoning approval. Just submitted county Health Dept Construction Referral Form. Still need to get Contruction Permit and Electrical Permit from the state. Thanks NJ for making this so complicated!
Here's where I'm at:
Looking to purchase a Sharlkine 15x30 above ground pool from an online retailer and install it myself in the spring. Already hired excavator to level an area for the pool. I did the drainage and retaining wall. I am a DIY'er and am comfortable with the project. Quick side note: I've already installed my own solar hot water system, and it works great!
I will want to eventually get pool solar panels to extend my swim season. So I need advice to decide on a pump and filter combo that can handle this later. I've read all the stickies and other articles posted about this, but I'm looking to confirm my choices. The solar panels will be placed slighty above (3 ft) pool level. The pump will not have to overcome lifting the water to a roof.
Pump: Pentair Dynamo 3/4 HP 2 speed model.
Filter: Tagelus TA-60D (Sand - 300lbs, 24", 3.1Sqft, 60gpm)
Pipe: Considering 2" PVC Sched 40.
Is this Pump/Filter combo enough to filter a 14,800 Gal pool on LOW speed with solar panels? I would plan to run it 12 hours per day on low speed. My location gets full sun all day long. No trees or anything else dropping things in the pool. Cost of electricity is a concern because my summer rate is $0.18/kwh which is why I chose the smallest pump I thought would work. Probably a moderate swimmer load. My wife is home with the kids (ages 7 & 5) and I can see people coming over to swim a lot.
Last summer we had one of those inflatable ring pools with a completely undersized filter. This time I want to do it right.