Pool Thermometers

Paul & Crystal

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May 25, 2014
539
Oklahoma City, OK
#1
Happy Friday!

I searched pool thermometer threads but everything was really old.

Does anyone have a certain brand or type of thermometer that they really like and have found to be accurate?

Do I need to buy the expensive pool store one or will a Walmart type do?

Thanks!
 

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
9,218
Evans, Georgia
#2
I'm happy with a simple pool thermometer that I hang from a small piece of pool noodle. Cheap and replaced as needed. I don't need anything fancier.

Yippee :flower:
 

Nursenini

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Sep 22, 2015
2,122
Bixby, Ok
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My omnilogic app shows the water temp when the pump is running. Is this not sufficient or not accurate? I never thought I needed anything else. Am I wrong?
 
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Paul & Crystal

Paul & Crystal

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May 25, 2014
539
Oklahoma City, OK
#6
Nini,

I would think your equipment with the app would be super accurate. I just don't have any automation so I'm gonna have to do it old school. I saw a thermometer on amazon for $5 and then today I was in the pool store while looking at robots and saw theirs were $20. I'll probably just get the amazon type and see how that does.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Crystal
 

Patrick_B

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Jun 7, 2011
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Midland TX
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That's perfect, and there are floating varieties if you prefer that as well. Nursenini, yours is perfect, and accurate unless you have a need to know your water temp when the pump is off. Unless you run a heater/solar a lot or use your solar cover every night, the pool temp won't be far away from your daily average temperature.

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I had two of these and nothing but trouble with leaks and signal loss. Unless they have made marked improvements, I would not suggest on of those to anyone.
 

Brentr

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Oct 18, 2009
2,585
Jacksonville, FL
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Patrick_b they have improved over the years, yes back in 2009 there were some issues and even today there may be some issues too but I take care of mine like when not in use over the winter I put it in a safe dry place and remove the batteries. If you keep your receipt HD will exchange it for a new one if it breaks. Just my 2 cents.
 

tim5055

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jmastron

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Jul 21, 2014
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Sacramento, CA
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I went through 3 of the Acurite wireless thermometers from Home Depot; all of them got water in the unit and failed within a few months (the first one I was able to exchange for free). A lot of reviews said similar, and I even took the 3rd one apart and added a lot of sealant as one review suggested.

I replaced it with this set:

Ambient Weather WS-14 Wireless 8-Channel Floating Pool and Spa Thermometer

Which has been in the pool for 9 months so far through all seasons; we'll see how it lasts. As others have said, maybe it's best to just consider a consumable item and plan to replace every season (but I'm not willing to replace 3-4x/year). It seems to have a better gasket design and method to ensure it's tightened properly, and uses a dessicant pack inside.

I actually like the features on this better than the Acurite because it's part of a line with different sensors and display choices (ones that show more outdoor temps together, etc). This particular one shows the ambient air temperature (the "indoor" temp although I have it outside by the pool) and max/min with a nice feature -- you can set it to automatically clear the max/min at midnight. I like to glance at the temps at the end of a day and see how warm/cool the water got without having to remember to reset them like most (was it down to 72 this morning or 4 weeks ago? :)
 
Mar 7, 2016
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Arlington tx
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We bought ours a couple of years ago when we were walking through academy sports. Its a floating theremometer and it wasn't expensive. I've also seen them on the shelf at home depot and lowes. I keep mine in the pool year round since it doesn't freeze here.
 

triptyx

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Apr 12, 2016
1,485
Tucson, AZ
#17
I got an $8 floating one from Leslies. Over the first 6 months the lanyard rotted and finally broke one too many times, so now I let it float in my skimmer. Then the floaty top popped off, and the body and thermometer sank (luckily the thermometer didn't break - it's glass). I superglued it back together and now it resides in my skimmer. :cool:
 
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Paul & Crystal

Paul & Crystal

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May 25, 2014
539
Oklahoma City, OK
#18
Too Cute!

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All great options and ideas! I'm probably just going to keep it simple for now since I will be overwhelmed just taking over the pool in a few days. I will hit up the hardware store or Walmart Wednesday night and get something to start with. I may upgrade to the electronic at some point though.
 

kimkats

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Jul 10, 2012
36,690
Tallahassee, FL
#19
Crystal,

I am going to add to your pool shopping list:

-2 plastic measuring cups-one is for muriatic acid ONLY and the other one is for all other stuff. Get the 2 cup ones.

-white plastic plate to hold up behind some of the tests to help with color matching. Some people use paper plates.

-a condiment bottle to collect your water sample in. The top is great for squirting the water into the test tubes.

-a toothbrush for your pool LOL to help clean around thinks like the skimmer face and returns

-a small note book to log your test results in. There is an online one but I like paper and pen. It is up to you. I make note of big weather events as well.

What time is your closing on Thursday?

Kim:kim: