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Old 06.07.2009, 16:30
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Does anyone have a swimming pool?

and if so how do they heat it? is solar power any good?
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Old 06.07.2009, 17:25
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Re: Does anyone has a swimming pool?

Friends of mine have an in-door swimming pool and during the summer they heat it by pumping the water around in small tubes on the roof. The tubes go around and around, several hundreds of metres. If it is just slightly sunny, this way works really good. During the winter they have some other heating system.
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Old 06.07.2009, 18:08
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Re: Does anyone has a swimming pool?

We don't have a swimming pool, but did look at buying a house which had one. From the little we learnt, there seems to be a fair few rules governing how a pool can be heated. If we understood it correctly we would not have been allowed to heat an outdoor pool, although being used to the North Sea this would be no real problem. We also looked at a house recently with an indoor pool and were told it would cost around CHF 50,000 per year to maintain it (including heating). Don't know if that's any help.
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Old 06.07.2009, 18:21
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We don't have a swimming pool, but did look at buying a house which had one. From the little we learnt, there seems to be a fair few rules governing how a pool can be heated. If we understood it correctly we would not have been allowed to heat an outdoor pool, although being used to the North Sea this would be no real problem. We also looked at a house recently with an indoor pool and were told it would cost around CHF 50,000 per year to maintain it (including heating). Don't know if that's any help.
thats doesnt help no!!!!!!!!!!!!! - that cant be right surely? thats the price of a new one!!
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Re: Does anyone have a swimming pool?

We always had a pool back in Australia when I was a kid, and so did many family members. They become so much hassle to maintain that they were all taken out. You need to monitor the ph regulary or they go green and need to be emptied and anything with a plastic liner is more sensitive to changing ph levels.

IMHO the best swimming pool is someone else's or the local pool that they pay for the maintenance of.
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Old 07.07.2009, 20:40
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Re: Does anyone have a swimming pool?

I think the figures quoted a little ridiculous, and way over the top, we have a pool in France and the heating & maint' costs are nothing like that.

If it's possible I would go for a geo-thermal pump, if you are having the excavations done for the pool and soak-a-way dug, then another hole for the pump to one side would be a minor additional cost. Sure it cost more than solar to install, but is way more efficient, can provide pretty much total and constant heating (which solar dosen't despite what people say), no need for the siting of panels, and has better longevity.... now do I get an invite to the party
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Re: Does anyone have a swimming pool?

Hi there,
Don't dismay, we have just moved from Perth, Australia where we rented a house with a pool. It was solar heated and we had a cover (which does a lot to keep the heat in too).
Included in the rent, we had a local company come once a month to check the pump, clean the pool and add any chemicals it needed. I guess knowing how much that type of service is in this part of the world would help - sorry!
We didn't have to do anything on top of that to maintain the pool apart from take off the cover, remove any stray leaves or insects, swim, then replace the cover).

If you really want a pool, solar heating has to be the way forward, right!?

Good luck and enjoy your pool.
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Old 07.07.2009, 21:23
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thats doesnt help no!!!!!!!!!!!!! - that cant be right surely? thats the price of a new one!!

I apologise if my information is inaccurate and/or disappointing. This is the information given to us by the estate agent who presumably wanted to sell the property. It was an older house and the pool was in the cellar next to the luftschutzraum There may have been some type of maintenance or control included in this price that was peculiar to the house.

I certainly think it costs considerably more than CHF 50k to put a new pool in. For some time there were two new houses advertised in Ebmatingen built on a plot of land that included a pool, unused for some time. We asked the builder about the cost of renovating the pool and they wanted more than 100k and also told us that the costs of running it would be extortionate. The whole thing put my husband off and we've given up on the idea.

However, all the properties with pools that we've looked at have been on the "gold coast" and might be subject to inflated charges. For example, we are forced to pay CHF 300 per month for a gardener who comes round once a year and cuts a few bushes back and a bit of ivy so the pool charges we have been quoted may be as disproportionate as this level of service for the money.

Anyway, I think it would be a great thing to have and wish you fun with it.
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Re: Does anyone have a swimming pool?

We have a pool.

It has a solar cover that increases the temperature by about 6 degrees.

It also has a heat exchanger that we rarely use. Just at the start and end of the season.

We only use it from May through September.

It is currently 30 degrees.

It costs very little to run. Maybe 1200 euros a year.
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We have a pool.

It has a solar cover that increases the temperature by about 6 degrees.

It also has a heat exchanger that we rarely use. Just at the start and end of the season.

We only use it from May through September.

It is currently 30 degrees.

It costs very little to run. Maybe 1200 euros a year.
this solar cover - how does that work?

also is anyone in the know about robotic cleaning things? i.e the little things that run around collect dirt and where i could buy them from?
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and if so how do they heat it? is solar power any good?
Small tubes on the roof. Worls well if it's really sunny and is cheap.
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Old 05.08.2009, 12:55
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You want 'The Gadget Thread', sir. AbFab has a good one, apparently. (It's called a Roomba. A few pages into the thread, and you'll find a discussion on it. Sounds nifty but a bit noisy.)

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this solar cover - how does that work?

also is anyone in the know about robotic cleaning things? i.e the little things that run around collect dirt and where i could buy them from?
Some solar covers are little better than bubble wrap and you just lay it over your pool surface this helps to retain the heat and keeps leaves and creepy crawlies out... doesn't half cause some consternation when someone goes to take a running jump with taking it out though. I believe that if you use a robot to clean your pool you have to take this off or it will foul the 'bot, as typically you run the 'bot at night, which is when you'd put on the cover.


The type of pool you have governs on what type of robot should be used. So if you have a liner, pre-cast or concrete/tile pool, get the right one. I use these guys www.piscenekitdirect.com they have always been very helpful and they are cheaper than here. A good robot can be quite expensive, and a cheapo one can be a complete waste of money. I had a Hayward and it was great, and ran for years, until it gave up the ghost, I tried to ecomomise and buy a universal thing but it was crap. Right now I'm back by to doing it by hand... I find it quite theraputic and it only takes about half an hour.
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Oh, sorry. Thought the OP meant the room cleaning robotic vacuum cleaner.

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this solar cover - how does that work?

also is anyone in the know about robotic cleaning things? i.e the little things that run around collect dirt and where i could buy them from?
The solar cover that we have is a hard cover that floats on the water. Somewhat like the roller shutters that you may have on your window. It is hard plastic that has a black thermal coating on the bottom that transfers heat into the pool.

We have a Polaris pool cleaner www.polaris.com It works really well and I would definately buy another. It works with the cover open or closed.
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