DIY (mostly) inground vinyl 16x36

jimmythegreek

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looks great your almost there. mine jumped in when they got home too they didnt care how cold the water was lol. Thats why its worth the aggrevation of building a pool, the kids will have years of fun with it
 

SBall

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This is what Im talking about...8am on a Saturday morning after a family 3 mile jog. Youngest two in the jogging stroller, my oldest and our dog ran all three miles...then into the pool we went, oh, and had some coffee to go with it!!!!!





 

SBall

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Thanks everyone, I appreciate it. I went swimming at 7am this morning after the gym, and just got back from an evening dip. I realize the novelty will wear off some, but it sure is nice!
 

SBall

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Been swimming for 10 days. Friday, Apr 5, water temp was 54. I turned on heater, and slowly heated it up over the week, and with a couple beautiful 80 degree days, was up to 90 by Apr 12 (my oldest son's birthday). Just saying...but I love my pool, and my heater, and my robot, and my easytouch, and will probably love my salt cell as soon as I can drag my happy rear end out of the pool long enough to install it.
 
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SBall

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Jun 27, 2017
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Nashville, TN
April 5th, pool water was 53 degrees. I turned on the heater, roughly 4-5 hours a day, had a couple nice 80 sunny degree days, and it was 90 by April 12th. I maintained 90 degrees the entire month, and kept the solar cover on overnight, with the exception of a couple of nights. Pool is ballpark 16k gallons, heater is a Raypak 330k BTU natural gas heater. Gas bill for April 2019 was $250 more than April 2018...so $250 to heat the pool. I used a total of 338 therms (previous monthly averages are low 30s)...so assume about 300 therms for the heater. A "therm" is 100k BTU.

From what I can tell so far in May, the heater isn't really running much. I find numbers helpful, and hope this might help someone trying to decide about a heater. Last summer, when I told people I was putting in a heater I heard everything from "that is going to cost you a fortune" to "you will never use it...". Wrong and wrong for us. $250 for 90 degree water...we have been in the pool daily for 4 weeks, and I anticipate us getting until the end of October without any issues. Warm water is the difference between a chilly dip and hanging out in the pool for a couple hours playing games with my sons.
 

jimmythegreek

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I agree totally. people who say its gonna cost you a fortune have propane and leave it uncovered running full time to keep temp. if your smart about how you use it and cover the pool its not that bad for what you get. My wife and kids want it 90 too, even in the summer when its hot out. I just picked up solar panels and am going to start the install this week. I figure my pump is already running thru the day so the heat is kinda free after the cost of materials.

glad to see you really using the pool and you did a nice job, I can appreciate the effort, Im in the same boat
 

SBall

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Jun 27, 2017
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Nashville, TN
Thanks, our whole family is thrilled. Im glad we didn't wait any longer...kinda one of those "well, we may as well go on and do it otherwise ten years will go by and we will wish we would have"...

Oh, please document the solar panels! I want to see the install and results. I stubbed up my plumbing so that I could add solar panels someday. We have a covered patio, and the roof slope is about 25 degrees (so almost flat), and would be perfect for panels in the event I ever wanted to add them.