INTEX 2000 GPH Swimming Pool Pump & Saltwater Chlorinator with GFCI - 54611EG
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This pump uses common table salt to produce chlorine. Fits all 12';`15'; 16'; 18' and 24' Intex Easy Set, Frame Set, Soft Side and Ellipse Pools as well as Aqua Leisure, Simple Set and Sand-n-Sun brand pools with 1.25" and 1.50" inside diameter hose connections. It can process up to 2000 Gallons per hour of saline conversion chlorination. Features with self cleaning Titanium coated electrolytic cell for continuous optimum performance. It is easy to use. It includes the instructional manual and DVD.
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With all the guidance and chemistry I managed to change my water from clear, to milky white, milky brown, brownish brown and greenish brown. My hands, despite the gloves (that leaked) and gas mask, became dry, sore, raw and broke out in some weird red itchy painful bumps. Finally having enough I drained that sucker, figuring Id kill some major plant life. (My plants are now bigger than ever? Go figure? :-/ While draining it...it was lucky I didn't slip n fall as it was that kind slimy, in less than 2 weeks time and despite the chems.
Still wanting a pool and after much reading...in desperation, I ordered this pump/generator and went without groceries for a week. OMG I could hug it and cry, I love it that much!
You fill up your pool.
You go to wallyworld and buy pool salt (and maybe some PH down)
You put 100-150lb in your pool (about [...] per 40lbs at Wallyworld)
You turn on the THE VERY VERY POWERFUL 2000gph FILTER pump for 24 hours (unlike the rinky dink junk that comes with the pools-520gph-mean you need to run it 10 hour a day at least for a 15 by 48 when NOT in USE!)
The next day you turn on the generator.
And you have a CHLORINATED, chemical free (except for the ph down) wonderful feeling, CLEAN, CLEAR pool!
Now I've only had it running 2 weeks, and its still too cool to get in it, but the test strips test fine, tho my ph remains a little high and I'm using VERY HARD straight from the ground deep well water, and I could get in it any time if it was warmer. My hands aren't breaking out or cracking and there is NO chlorine odor. Its hard to explain but the water "feels different" in a good way!
Now before I bought this I read a lot of whining about programming it, that kinda concerned me. I'm NOT techie! Now that I own it...its so easy its laughable. Beep, beep beep, beep beep, Beeeeep, beeeep and you are DONE and I'm serious as long as it took me to type that, thats how fast it programs. Takes me longer to et an alarm clock!! And you can run just the pump if you need to without the generator. I'm serious. So who cares if the power is interrupted or you want to run it at a different time. The first time I ran it (and the second) it started beebing insanely at me (beep beep beep beep beep) and flashing its little red light till it got my attention-its showed a 91 (low salt) off I went to get more salt and its been happy (93) ever since. Its pretty much idiot proof. Also it was VERY easy to hook up and is VERY quiet.
My Only complaints/concerns thus far-
The outside connections are a bit heavy on the side of the pool-make sure you have everything tight.
And unlike just the Intex pump, that tells you to unplug it before you get in the pool, this one says to leave it plugged in. Just common sense and safety says to unplug it even with a GFC plug-its NOT hard to reprogram!
For the 15 by 48 the manual tells you 100lbs of salt and 3 hours run time.
Reality is its 140lbs of salt and 4 hours run time.
I am FINALLY looking forward to being a pool owner and this summer! This generator saved my sanity, and I think it is SOOO much healthier than ALL THOSE CHEMICALS (just read the packages, they should scare the ....outta you-and then you are going to dip your body in them?? After it practically tells you to use gloves to the elbow and a gas mask and to utilize them. NO THANK YOU-BYE BYE pool store, BYE BYE evil chemicals, by bye cool sharky floater thingy. If anything changes, or my water color changes I will update, but for the time being...I LOVE THIS THING, well worth the money!!!
UPDATE...It is now the end of May. I sold my cool sharkey floater LOL. I live in FL and it has BEEN HOT-all days 90-95 degrees! Now my pool is shaded for half of the day but in return I get leaves and oak pollen on the bottom which is next to impossible to get up. Still this pump is doing a FANTASTIC JOB! My water has been sparkly clear since I fired her up! Its now warm enough that Ive been swimming and the water is very gentle to your skin. I have very hard water and Ive had to ad NO OTHER CHEMICALS which for me is a JOY as I HATE chemicals. (I should prob ad some PH down but WHY, that stuff is an evil acid and my pool feels and looks great.
The only thing I can say is that every time it rains I do get a low salt reading and do have to ad about 1/2 a bag of salt...and in FL where it rains every afternoon, well I guess Ill be going thru a lot of salt. ;) We did have one REALLY BAD rain event and I shut down the pump due to the lightening and forgot to re set it and the next day my pool was lightly milky. I almost paniced. Well I just added a bag of salt, chlorinated for 3 hours and then about 7 hours later I ran it for 4 hours and PROBLEM SOLVED. Clear beautiful water returned! The Intext test strips DO NOT WORK in checking your chlorine level...they give you a color that matches NOTHING on the bottle. When I took a pool water sample to the pool store they could register no chlorine????? (I did not tell them it was a salt water pool) and they handed me a list of about $100 worth of chemicals I needed to buy and I laughed and left empty handed. So if there is an issue its that I cannot check the Chlorine ppm on a intex test strip or at a pool store-would love suggestions on this as well as a NATURAL chemical free way to lower the PH. And I know something is working great as I live on a farm and every water trough-even those in the shade, bleached, scrubbed clean and refilled will turn nasty green in 24-48 hours. My Pool...CRYSTAL CLEAR! ANd now that Ive been in it, no slime!!! I STILL love this pump and HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT esp for pool newbies like me! So simple and results are fantastic! And for anyone who HATES chemicals as badly as I do and who has senstivie middle aged skin like I do, for any size pool this is the only way to go-a salt water system. I sound like a commercial but after doing it the old fashioned way the first time, I could not be more thrilled with this generator!
PS I did get a low flow reading one day..another moment of panic...I just pulled out the filter, hosed it, drained the filter compartment (the turny knob on the bottom that looks just like the one on the top), and walah, all good as new again! If you hose your filter and not doing a heavy load in the pool you can get them to last about 3 weeks and I can tell you after shopping around AMAZON is the CHEAPEST place to buy your B filters for this pump-get them in the case of 6 and even with shipping you save BIG $$ compared to local stores.
If your careful, you can pour the correctly measured amount into the pool, away from the intake valve, doing this early morning will correct your acid levels (see your pool shop for the amount you need to ad for the reading they get) this really varies, so don't just assume the print out is correct, ASK them, "for my count how much exactly for how many days?"
With this pump, keeping a decent filter, skimming the pine straw or other things in your region floating on top of water, this pump does a great job. So yes we still shock it, we watch the PH levels, and I do go out and vacume the bottom at least every other day when I am out in the pool anyway. This pump I keep running pretty much all the time. IT IS SO QUIET MY WIFE ALWAYS ASKS ME IF IT IS ON...NO KIDDING! I know it has a timer....I have never taken the time to figure out how it works, because as I said we just keep it on. But a book comes with this and I am sure with some reading if I wanted to use the timer it would perform well. The construct body of the pump,filter, chlorenator is made very well, and it does come with the fittings, filter, hoses etc. that you need. Do by your skimmer so you can clean off the top from the floating debre, but otherwise pretty set to go, (salt, acid, yes guys go ahead by some shock it is worth it, and your skimmer) Extra filters are advised, you'll want to keep them clean and when cleaning is no longer effective, get another one...gotta do it, and worth the nice crystal clear water. One BIG Advantage to this chlorinator is that with salt water, you really DONT have the shriffled up fingers, skin is smoother, and you actually forget this until you think, oh yea, if no salt, skin would not feel so great. I don't go under water with open eyes (ear tube so no go) so can't speak for reducing burning or red eyes, but I believe others when they say it.
I have had it for about a month, and quite frankly if it broke, for this price I would indeed replace. This is a good sturdy constructed pump system, and we are loving it. You could get it and not use the salt I suppose, but then I would go with a different model, and save some money in doing so. But if you want to invest in the salt ( I had to ad 210 pounds) then it is worth it, and for the record a small water hose operated vacume is amazingly perfect for cleaning the floor! Whoever invented that was one lucky person because it is such a no brainer...and we laugh as we use it...such a simple idea and so effect! So find one, (small for my 18ft pool ) you don't want a large vac it will damage your floor. We are grateful for the people (Family operated) pool shop in our town not trying to sell us what we did not need, but would really work for us!
We did buy this system from Amazon, and again great deal from Amazon, poor shipping from UPS, but such is life with UPS LOL