Inground Pool Kit - questions

geomarq

Active member
Aug 4, 2010
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I'm installing an in ground pool kit, have some questions, can't decide on some items and I get conflicting answers.

Pool dimensions are 16'x38', the pump will be another 30' away.

Specific questions are:
- 1.5HP two speed, 1HP single speed or variable speed pump: which is best? which get's me the best value over time? generally how much more are variable speed pumps?
- 1.5" or 2" plumbing: which is best?
- Hayward or Sta-Rite equipment? any real difference in quality?
- steel panel pool kit or polymer panel? I'm in CT where I know I have some clay soil (not sure if clay is neutral or acidic?)

any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.
 

JohnT

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Mod Squad
TFP Expert
Apr 4, 2007
9,509
SW Indiana
Welcome to TFP.

Electric rates, season length and your filter size will determine the best pump value.

2" is better.
 

PoolGuyNJ

TFP Expert
May 20, 2007
3,192
South Central NJ
Personal Preference is Sta-Rite over Hayward. Better overall quality,

2" for everything except the return stubs at the pool wall.

Depending on power costs, I suggest either a 2 Speed 1 HP SuperMax or Intellipro VF or VS+SVRS. Souther Cal power is very expensive and if you are in an elevated tier, the Intellipro can pay off. A lot depends on the rest of the equipment. Salt cells, in-line and off line chlorinators, and heaters have minimum flow requirements. We need to know it all first.

Scott
 

PoolGuyNJ

TFP Expert
May 20, 2007
3,192
South Central NJ
I prefer a 48 sq. ft. DE. Better flow with 2" pipe.

The two speed should serve you more cost effectively initially. If electric rates stay stable, and I think they will locally, you'll be fine.

Scott
 

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