Taking the plunge... (pun intended)

tclary47

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Aug 15, 2020
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Austin, TX
Wife and I are set on a new fiberglass builder. We got 5 quotes and this is the 2nd cheapest but most open and trustworthy in our opinion. Father-son team and I am looking to confirm the pricing for what we're getting.

16x30 Fiberglass Pool (freeform)
9,000 gal
3' concrete decking w/cantilever coping
Hayward Equipment: Tristar Pump; Cartridge Filter sized to pool; automatic chlorinator; E-Command Controller
PAL 2000 LED lights
Water Wall w/ 2 sheer descents (includes 163 sq. ft. additional concrete)
Cool Coating on all new pool concrete and existing patio
3 year parts and labor on pump and filter
Lifetime transferable warranty on Pool Shell
15 year finish warranty on pool shell

All-in Cost: $50,000
Location: South of Austin, TX

Appreciate any and all insight on this (We are such rookies with this stuff)

Thank you!
 

mknauss

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Welcome to the forum!
You really want a variable speed pump, a large cartridge filter (at least 200 SF, preferably bigger), and a SaltWater Chlorine Generator. The detail above is a bit light on specifics.
Are you planning on water line tile?
Are you planning to get a robot to clean the pool?
I suggest you read ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry.
 

tclary47

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Aug 15, 2020
6
Austin, TX
Welcome to the forum!
You really want a variable speed pump, a large cartridge filter (at least 200 SF, preferably bigger), and a SaltWater Chlorine Generator. The detail above is a bit light on specifics.
Are you planning on water line tile?
Are you planning to get a robot to clean the pool?
I suggest you read ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry.
My apologies for the lack of specifics - I have asked for the specifications document to be emailed. I seemed to have lost it.

We decided against the water line tile.
Yes to the robot - will be bought 3rd party.
If I remember correctly the pump is a Tristar which is only a single speed. I inquired about the Tristar VS (is this a deal breaker?)
Filter will be over 200SF
 

mknauss

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If you stay with a trichlor erosion chlorinator, then a single speed pump will work, but it will be costly in electricity (they use right at 1 kWh per hp) and are noisy. Is a shame to see a new pool installed with out dated equipment.
 

tclary47

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Aug 15, 2020
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Austin, TX
If you stay with a trichlor erosion chlorinator, then a single speed pump will work, but it will be costly in electricity (they use right at 1 kWh per hp) and are noisy. Is a shame to see a new pool installed with out dated equipment.
Appreciate the insight -- Would a VS be a better option with a trichlor or not needed?
 

mknauss

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I think it would be though you do need to run the pump at higher rpm to erode the tablets. But you do realize that trichlor is not a sustainable method of chlorinating, right? You can use it for a short time but then will need to change to liquid chlorine added daily to the pool. Or start with a SWCG, which is by far the best method of chlorinating, especially in your climate.
 

tclary47

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Aug 15, 2020
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Austin, TX
I think it would be though you do need to run the pump at higher rpm to erode the tablets. But you do realize that trichlor is not a sustainable method of chlorinating, right? You can use it for a short time but then will need to change to liquid chlorine added daily to the pool. Or start with a SWCG, which is by far the best method of chlorinating, especially in your climate.
Yea we decided against the cost of SWCG - one of the decisions still being made is to be liquid or tablet chlorine.

Any thoughts on the total cost for the project? seems fair?
 

mknauss

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Total cost is really dependent on your area. Even where in a city you live. Seems OK, but I have no knowledge of pricing in your area.

Have the plumber leave a span of 24" of straight pipe after the heater so you can install the SWCG later.