Bidding a Pool in Minnesota

chaswelf

New member
Apr 23, 2017
1
Victoria
#1
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..

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

Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2012
36,764
Tallahassee, FL
#2
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.

Kim:kim:
 

Jimrahbe

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 7, 2014
10,924
Bedford, TX
#3
Chas,

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

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.
 

Sseaman

LifeTime Supporter
Sep 6, 2013
412
Nashville, TN
#4
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.