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Old 03-07-2010, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Florida
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We had a chlorine pool when we used to live in the cape. Now I take care of a saltwater pool over the summers for a neighbor here in Punta Gorda.
The salt water pool is effortless. It couldn't be any easier.
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I have a chlorine pool and it is effortless! I just have to pay my pool guy $ 85.00 a month. He does a grea job for me though - I'm not complaining. He waters my plants too when I'm not there.
Turns out that my neighbors salt water pool wasn't as effortless for me as I thought this year. At the end of the season I wasn't watching the salt level as well as I should have, and it dropped really low without me knowing.

Adding 2 bags of salt over the course of two days raised the salt level beyond the level it was supposed to be at (according to the control box), but the cell still wouldn't generate chlorine. The guy at the pool supply store said I needed a new cell. They're not cheap!

Out of desperation (Adding too much salt could mean having to partially drain the pool to add fresh water) I dumped in another bag. The next day the cell was generating chlorine again and everything was ok.

My neighbor told me yesterday that he discovered a leak in the pool when he came into town. Seems like the auto fill was constantly adding fresh water to the pool and diluting the salt water more than rainwater alone normally does.
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Old 03-07-2010, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Fort Myers FL/ Ottawa ON
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my take on pools is to have one close by in condo setup.

where I am 40 houses share one pool, so cost is negligable, and it is never over crowded. The setup for a Paseo pool quad is the pool is in the middle of a "city" block, so its waddle distance holding a drink from each townhouse back door. Keep bathing suits towels etc in the garage, no need to change over at the clubhouse. Best of all worlds.

and the best part is getting to know neighbours while bobbing in the pool
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral FL.
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For what it's worth, I just connected with a pool service comany for $75/month - weekly visits.
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Old 03-15-2010, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Cape Coral
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One thought about the cost of water.... The bigger your pool is the less grass you have to water, and fertilize and cut.
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