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Old 09-17-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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Which would you choose?


This thread is for those who have built, paid to build, and/or own a pool - particularly those with inground pools with vinyl liner.

Which would you choose: to convert your pool to a salt pool or upgrade your pool pump to an ultra high efficiency unit?

Thanks in advance.

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What are you trying to accomplish? It seems like you are asking about two different things?

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I would fill it with dirt and plant a garden Sorry but IMO pools are an expensive PIA
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:47 AM   #4
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I would fill it with dirt and plant a garden Sorry but IMO pools are an expensive PIA
I generally agree but have put clients in touch with some of the natural pool designers whose work is catching on. Their pools are gorgeous and require near zilch in maintenance and chemicals. I liked them because they actually fit into the landscape. You did not have to try and design around them. Kids like the extra wildlife that comes with the deal.

There are some nice European systems that involve pumping shallow water over copper plating and even in public pools that eliminates or reduces chemical needs.
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This thread is for those who have built, paid to build, and/or own a pool - particularly those with inground pools with vinyl liner.

Which would you choose: to convert your pool to a salt pool or upgrade your pool pump to an ultra high efficiency unit?

Thanks in advance.
Thank you for those who have responded.

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:33 AM   #6
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if it is inground, i would recommend the salt system, ive seen one at work and its pretty amazing. If it is above ground, DO NOT use a salt system. The salt will eat the supports and liner, and will break your pool after about 5 years, this just happened to a friend of ours, the salt ate right through the liner and pool support, and since it was up on a deck level with their home, it flooded their brand new home and completely destroyed their car that was parked beside it. Inground pools can use salt just fine though, and its cheaper than those gadgets.We have a pool, but its a 4' above ground pool so we just use a high-efficiency sand pump, it works but i would really prefer salt if there was any way to make it inground

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It is very complicated question, there are a lot of factors which should be taken into consideration before making a final decision. Nevertheless, diy natural pool is the best option, in my personal opinion.
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It is very complicated question, there are a lot of factors which should be taken into consideration before making a final decision. Nevertheless, diy natural pool is the best option, in my personal opinion.
That is pretty interesting . It seems like the maintenance would involve some serious & strange work , though . Pruning/digging out excess plant growth & dredging ???
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That is pretty interesting . It seems like the maintenance would involve some serious & strange work , though . Pruning/digging out excess plant growth & dredging ???
In reality reality you are just creating a small pond and letting the plant life and other living creatures of control the properties of the water. It's certainly not something for everyone but I read many articles about it working quite well if you're into that type of thing. I personally never even like swimming in lakes so it's certainly nothing I would be interested in.
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That is pretty interesting . It seems like the maintenance would involve some serious & strange work , though . Pruning/digging out excess plant growth & dredging ???
Yup, usually it is like that. Depends what you want.
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Salt systems have less maintenance, but I wouldn't go with a liner. Seen more than one tear from a patio chair getting blown into the pool during a storm.

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