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Old 06-23-2008, 05:19 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA!!!!
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i am looking for a house with a pool, just wondering how much it is on an average per month to have one, chemicals,(how long they last) electricity, and whatever else i need to know..
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Old 06-23-2008, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Central Fl
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It all depends on many factors.
Will you have a salt chlorine generator? If so, you will not need to buy chlorine.
I subscribe to the BBB method.......bleach, borax and baking soda.
I do not spend big bucks on pool chemicals....... almost everything you need can be bought at any grocery store cheap. My pool looks awesome and I spend less then $200 a year on supplies.

Frank D.
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:46 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA!!!!
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thats good to know. its just a thing i will have to add to the budget that i dont have here in CT and i am trying to compare my expenses. thanx frank!
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Old 06-23-2008, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Fla
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It all depends on many factors.
Will you have a salt chlorine generator? If so, you will not need to buy chlorine.
I subscribe to the BBB method.......bleach, borax and baking soda.
I do not spend big bucks on pool chemicals....... almost everything you need can be bought at any grocery store cheap. My pool looks awesome and I spend less then $200 a year on supplies.

Frank D.
Poolforum DOT com?
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Miami
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i am looking for a house with a pool, just wondering how much it is on an average per month to have one, chemicals,(how long they last) electricity, and whatever else i need to know..
The answer to this is if you have to ask, you probably shouldn't have one. Sorry to say it that way.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:18 PM
 
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The answer to this is if you have to ask, you probably shouldn't have one. Sorry to say it that way.
That's not true. Not knowing what something costs to maintain doesn't mean you shouldn't own that thing. All it means is that the person doesn't know how much to budget.

We do our own pool. Our pool is screened and we own an automatic vacuum (Barracuda). We buy chemicals at the pool store and it is not that expensive. I would say we spend an average of $50-$100 per month on chemicals. The automatic vacuum is a large initial expense, but it saves alot of work and allows us to not have to engage a pool service. We have had our Barracuda for 5 years. Hubby has had to fix it twice (easy if you're handy). Both repairs were cheap.
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Old 06-23-2008, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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Oh yeah.....from way back. Got both the PS 232 and PS 234 taylor type kits.
I've been weened from the pool stores for years.

I love 20 mule Borax......cheaper then ph UP !!

Also been on Sean's new website, troublefreepools.com.

Frank D.
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Old 06-23-2008, 10:24 PM
 
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We spend about $35 per month on chemicals during the warmer months (May-October) and less the rest of the year because when the water is cold it doesn't need nearly as much as when its warm and people are swimming everyday. We have an automatic vacuum too which cost about $300 but it saves a ton of time, keeps the pool really clean and lasts about 10 years. I am not sure about the electricity as we moved into a house with an inground pool and the house was almost double the size of the first one, so electric went up for that reason too. We run our pump about 10 hours per day in the summer and 6 hours per day in the winter.

Nancy
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:46 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA!!!!
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That's not true. Not knowing what something costs to maintain doesn't mean you shouldn't own that thing. All it means is that the person doesn't know how much to budget.

We do our own pool. Our pool is screened and we own an automatic vacuum (Barracuda). We buy chemicals at the pool store and it is not that expensive. I would say we spend an average of $50-$100 per month on chemicals. The automatic vacuum is a large initial expense, but it saves alot of work and allows us to not have to engage a pool service. We have had our Barracuda for 5 years. Hubby has had to fix it twice (easy if you're handy). Both repairs were cheap.
thankyou,
thats exactly what im trying to determine. if it was to much then i might reconsider, but for now im trying to figure out a budget to compare to my living expenses here in CT, i like to know things in advance so i have something to plan on... typical libra quality. lol
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Old 06-24-2008, 04:49 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA!!!!
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thankyou all for the answers.
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