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Old 03-15-2009, 09:34 AM   #41
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Try www.johnsonpoolsinc.com. They has a special for around $27,000 - which includes the salt water system, polaris system and a light (around $3500 savings). You can log onto the web site and check out his pools. Absolutely great people and everything comes with a warranty. Dan Johnson is Pensacola born and bred, took over the business from his father and does any type work to do with a pool. Phone number 436-7665.
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Old 03-15-2009, 12:08 PM   #42
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Don't listen to the guy's saying not to get one. Taking care of pools nowdays is really easy and can be cheap too.

Just take the time to learn how to care for your water on your own, it isn't that hard. I learned everything I needed to know about the water chemistry on a pool forum, and even bought my own professional test kit.

Some things to consider: a 2 speed pump will save a LOT of money on power and doesn't cost much more than a single speed pump. A good automatic cleaner will make life much easier for you. The salt system also makes care much easier(it is still chlorine, just generated with the salt system) Pool stores are(usually) full of shit---don't take any water advice from them.

As far as installers go, Pensacola Pools has been in business locally for a long time. Might be worth an estimate.

The forum you need to go to is http://www.troublefreepool.com/
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Depends how much $$$ you want to invest.... I have an inground, vinyl, saltwater pool which is also screened in....minimal cheap upkeep. Nice ta have especially since my house is a kid hub!!!! If it was me, I'd rather have a pond.... We went w/ Pcola pools and was VERY satisfied w/ service before/after the work! good luck!
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..outside tub I can fill with well water and soak in for 20-30- minutes...
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:28 AM   #45
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Do yourself a favor and get one. You won't live it down from your wife if you don't. BUT...get an above ground pool so you don't spend your retirement, and you can take it down whenever you want. It's the best of both worlds.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:12 AM   #46
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I wouldn't own a house without one, specially if you have kids. Rather have them over here than running the streets!
2-3 buckets of chlorine tablets a year and baking soda.
The biggest problem with pools are trees....
My pool water is 89 this morning.....(no trees or shade)

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i would have to agree with most on here that it can be expensive and a pain at times but it is rather enjoyable. invest in a pool cover for the winter if you have trees around and it is not going to be screened in. IMO salt water pools are horrible but to each his own.
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Ok, I am in 5 years ahead of you. I have had the exact same question. Do I get a pool or don't I? So, I decided to get the absolute cheapest above ground I could find. I went with one of those super cheap Intex pools. First one I bought was the blow up the ring and fill with water, attach hoses kind. It was easy as pie. It was a chlorine system. It had very crappy tools for cleanup.

First year we had a blast and I learned how to keep it clean and chemicals up. No problem. It was easier to clean by just getting in the pool and cleaning it. Which was fine, I mean hell how bad can it be? You are in the pool hahaha. Chemicals were very expensive in this system that was not saltwater.

Second year opening was pretty easy, take water in get tested dump in chemicals they tell you and you're off. Climb in and scrub it down. Done. Keep checmicals. Done. Had a blast the second year. Chemicals were very expensive in this system that was not saltwater.

3rd year. Pool ring was wore out from the sun and had actually popped. :-( So, no pool that year. We decided to see what a summer without the pool was like. It was so so. We found other things to do but found that we really missed the quick dip and night swims.

4th year. Decided to get a pool but still didn't like the idea of dropping 25+K on an in ground pool. Started looking at above grounds and ended up looking at the Intex pools again. Found one that was a round 24 footer for $750. This one came with a pump and filter system that was capable of using their new saltwater system. I bought the saltwater system for another $150. So, here we are with a 24 foot pool and a $900 investment. Set it up on level ground in 1 hour. Seriously. Filled it up in one day. It holds 13k+ a little gallons of water. At the end of the first day it was set up and running. Saltwater system was connected but not running yet. Went to walmart on day 2 and bought salt. Took 8 bags at $6 each. Came home dumped in salt climbed in pool and used brush that came with it to push salt around. Took 10 minutes for it to disolve. Started saltwater system. Set the salt to run for 11 hours and pump for 12. After 2 weeks I had the water tested. Everything was perfect except too much chlorine. Dropped the run time to 6 hours and it was perfection. I had to add about a pound of baking soda near the end of summer. Total cost for year 4. $1000.

Year 5(this year). I had a pool cover on but in my hurry to get the pool ready I ended up dumping 90% of what it caught into the pool anyway. ROFL So, I knew some vacuming was coming. I had disconnected all hoses and pumps and put them up for the winter. I pulled them out and hooked them up. 30 minutes later it was all running. I had not run the pool since last october and expected a seriously green pool....Nope. Clear as could be. Started up Saltwater system. It threw an error saying too little salt. (lots of rain in the winter.) I looked at the paper and it told me low salt add 80 pounds. Went to wal mart and bout 2 bags of salt. $12. Went home, dumped it in. System checked OK. Ran the boost cycle which essentially ran the system for 2 straight days. Had water checked. Perfect? Seriously? Yep. Total cost so far in year 2 of this pool? $50. $12 salt and $40 in filters(you can clean them). They may last all year. If this year goes as well as last my total costs for this year should be less than $100.

Saltwater system is a must. This is of course my opinion and experience. I do not work for anyone or anything related to pools. :-)

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Ok, I am in 5 years ahead of you. I have had the exact same question. Do I get a pool or don't I? So, I decided to get the absolute cheapest above ground I could find. I went with one of those super cheap Intex pools. First one I bought was the blow up the ring and fill with water, attach hoses kind. It was easy as pie. It was a chlorine system. It had very crappy tools for cleanup.

First year we had a blast and I learned how to keep it clean and chemicals up. No problem. It was easier to clean by just getting in the pool and cleaning it. Which was fine, I mean hell how bad can it be? You are in the pool hahaha. Chemicals were very expensive in this system that was not saltwater.

Second year opening was pretty easy, take water in get tested dump in chemicals they tell you and you're off. Climb in and scrub it down. Done. Keep checmicals. Done. Had a blast the second year. Chemicals were very expensive in this system that was not saltwater.

3rd year. Pool ring was wore out from the sun and had actually popped. :-( So, no pool that year. We decided to see what a summer without the pool was like. It was so so. We found other things to do but found that we really missed the quick dip and night swims.

4th year. Decided to get a pool but still didn't like the idea of dropping 25+K on an in ground pool. Started looking at above grounds and ended up looking at the Intex pools again. Found one that was a round 24 footer for $750. This one came with a pump and filter system that was capable of using their new saltwater system. I bought the saltwater system for another $150. So, here we are with a 24 foot pool and a $900 investment. Set it up on level ground in 1 hour. Seriously. Filled it up in one day. It holds 13k+ a little gallons of water. At the end of the first day it was set up and running. Saltwater system was connected but not running yet. Went to walmart on day 2 and bought salt. Took 8 bags at $6 each. Came home dumped in salt climbed in pool and used brush that came with it to push salt around. Took 10 minutes for it to disolve. Started saltwater system. Set the salt to run for 11 hours and pump for 12. After 2 weeks I had the water tested. Everything was perfect except too much chlorine. Dropped the run time to 6 hours and it was perfection. I had to add about a pound of baking soda near the end of summer. Total cost for year 4. $1000.

Year 5(this year). I had a pool cover on but in my hurry to get the pool ready I ended up dumping 90% of what it caught into the pool anyway. ROFL So, I knew some vacuming was coming. I had disconnected all hoses and pumps and put them up for the winter. I pulled them out and hooked them up. 30 minutes later it was all running. I had not run the pool since last october and expected a seriously green pool....Nope. Clear as could be. Started up Saltwater system. It threw an error saying too little salt. (lots of rain in the winter.) I looked at the paper and it told me low salt add 80 pounds. Went to wal mart and bout 2 bags of salt. $12. Went home, dumped it in. System checked OK. Ran the boost cycle which essentially ran the system for 2 straight days. Had water checked. Perfect? Seriously? Yep. Total cost so far in year 2 of this pool? $50. $12 salt and $40 in filters(you can clean them). They may last all year. If this year goes as well as last my total costs for this year should be less than $100.

Saltwater system is a must. This is of course my opinion and experience. I do not work for anyone or anything related to pools. :-)

You nailed it!!!! I only cringe when I clean the chlorine generator.....but that's only every 2-3 months. Plus I have a screened enclosure over mine so cleaning is not hard
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