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Old 03-18-2012, 05:58 PM
 
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Hello,
We've already made the decision to have a pool put in but I would love to hear from people who have done this already. Is there anything you would have done different ? Did you get a spa ? A heater ? The salt system ? May I ask what company you used ? Has your electric and insurance gone up more then you expected ? Any advice, suggestions you can offer on the process would be greatly appreciated. Thanks !
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Old 03-20-2012, 04:17 AM
 
Location: Jupiter
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Have not done it yet...but I will be looking into salt water pools...I am not sure of the price difference but people that I know that have converted to salt water like it much better...especially the women...for it is softer on the hair and skin...
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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Salt.

It is better to get it done during the pool construction than do the conversion later. Conversion is not cheap.

We never did it, but always wished that we had done it.
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Old 03-20-2012, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Broward County, Florida
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When installing a pool, go with a salt water chlorinator, it is far more easier to maintain a pool with that system, as opposed to the old school method of storing gallons of chlorine and other chemicals that need to be replenished weekly. The salt water systems do require some chemicals... to balance pH or to maintain the chlorine produced by your system. Also, their are other systems to maintain a clean pool besides the salt water system, but I do not have input to provide you on those.
Additionally, the state of Florida requires all new pool systems to have installed a variable speed pool pump - they draw less power, up to a fraction of what a single speed pump draws. Keep that in mind as you get quotes for your new pool... its the law now and any one trying to sell you a pool without a variable speed pool is breaking the laws of the state and dumping old pump systems on you.
Our pool also has a baby gate, hands down, it is a load off my mind to know that gate is up and installed and NO child will gain access to the pool. Our non-screen enclosure pool requires us to have a gated backyard. The baby gate will get you a discount on your insurance - at least it did for us.
If you are going to heat the pool for winter use, then compare prices on an electric heater vs. gas powered heater vs. a solar heater. Also, I found some online resources where some DIYers created their own systems for heating their pools.
My pool came with my home at the time I purchased it, however, my neighbor had a great experience with a company and I can get their name for you!
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Weston, FL
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Some good information on salt water pool maintenance

Salt Water Pool Conversions - LS1GTO.com Forums
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Old 03-20-2012, 10:35 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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The salt water chlorinator is GREAT ... really almost a must. Also, though it is not as good in the dead of winter (like we have one), I love my solar heater.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Broward County, Florida
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It is better to get it done during the pool construction than do the conversion later. Conversion is not cheap.

We never did it, but always wished that we had done it.[/quote]


The conversion we undertook with our pool ran around $1,500 - which is far cheaper than keeping the pool running the old school way. It is not hard to do, an experienced tech can splice the piping into what exists and the hardware for salt water chlorinating included with that new set of plumbing. The "brains" for the system are daisy chained into the existing timer/switch box for your pool and voila, you're done, enjoying better water. Also, when you first start up the system, it takes about 400 pounds of special salt - purchased in 40 pound bags at around $6-7 dollars a bag.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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Great Info everyone, Thanks !! We're convinced - salt system it is.
I'm intrigued with the "solar heater", how well does this work ? How much more (or less) expensive was it ?

Friends who got a spa attached are having lots of problems, keeps leaking. jets stop working, etc. We have a portable spa which I know does not look as good but has alot more jets then we'd have on attached spa and we figure when it breaks, throw it away. Any thoughts on your spa ?
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