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Posted by Mho on June 28, 2012, 10:00 pm
Sounds like a recipe for making Yoghourt in your pool.

Might cure some woman's yeast infection.

We've been running it at what appears to be the optimum flow rate ( coils
just cool to the touch in full sun) for a week now, and with the bubble
cover on at night and sunshine during the day, it has been maintaining an
83-85 degree pool temp without the NG heater.
I think it was $70 well spent....

Posted by Mho on June 19, 2012, 2:36 am
Another thought for cute designs. You could weave the pipes into the lower
part of the fence design. Could cut some wind, give a bit more privacy and
may absorb more heat from the black metal bars. May be a bitch to install
and may get cooled more by wind. Perhaps woven in groups of three or four
bars in a grouping.


Since its a smaller, fiberglass pool we find that setting the timer on the
pump to only run  9am-5pm daily works just fine to keep it clean and
sparkling, even with the chlorinator at a 0.5 setting.  So it only runs
daylight hours, and I have a manual shut-off valve at the supply ( red valve
in picture showing the plumbing) for times when I need to.  Surprisingly, it
still seems to put out a decent amount of heat even on overcast days -
yesterday it was cooler and rained a portion of the day, but in the
afternoon I went out and felt the output water and it was warmer than the

Much like the passive solar house we built, the solar gain is not intended
to completely eliminate energy consumption, but to offset it in a very
cost-effective way.

Posted by amdx on June 25, 2012, 11:39 am
 On 6/18/2012 12:26 PM, v8z wrote:

  "cost-effective way."
    That's what it's all about.

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