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astonhilbilly


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08/05/2009 22:19

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Does anybody run their pool with a Watermaid System? We have had one running since 2005 and are finding that the electricity costs are now very high. 58 per month over the winter months with only the pool pump running.

As we can't retire until next year we are considering changing to an Aligator System as this only has to run for half the time of the Watermaid.

Is anybody using the Aligator System? If so, what's your opinion of it?



Sideways



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Message Posted:
08/05/2009 22:37

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astonhilbilly.

In the winter, spring & autumn I run my pump+watermaid for 3 hours per day and the chlorine is correct.

Obviously in the summer with more use and sun I run it longer.

How long do you run yours for?



TRNCVaughan


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09/05/2009 12:12

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We have been testing an Aligator system in an 8x4m skimmer pool for over a year now. I have asked the owner of the pool in which it is fitted to answer your query. I can tell you that the running cost of an Aligator is about half that of any chlorinator, Watermaid or otherwise.

I do think you are possibly running your pump/chlorinator for too many hours in the winter, by the look of your electricity spend, but in Jun, July, August a chlorinator may need 12 to 14 hours per day run time and this involves running the pool pump at the same time. Typically, an Aligator needs 6 hours per day in the summer and 3 in the winter, unless you have a large pool when you may need an hour or so more..



astonhilbilly


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09/05/2009 14:48

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Hubby at work but will ask him to confirm - as far as I know the pool only runs for a couple of hours each day in the winter and for 2, 6 hour periods (late evening and during the night) in the summer.

We spent over 200 in September buying various additives (uppers, downers, Chlorine, algaecide & salt) because the pool had black algae - awful stuff to get rid of!!

I don't want to swim in a chemical pool and find the water quality with the Watermaid ideal but hubby says with the electricity and chemical costs going up we must find a cheaper alternative and the Aligator will pay for itself in a few years.

Thanks for the answers - anyone else out there with any useful advice/suggestions?



zerochlor


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09/05/2009 16:15

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anyone else out there with any useful advice/suggestions



if your looking for a chlorine free swimming pool. please look at my website



http://www.zerochloreuropean.com



1ltr of the product is good for around 1 month,i hope you find the website information some use to you.



Bblondie


Joined: 05/02/2009
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11/05/2009 10:09

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Have had the Aligator fitted in my pool for a year now and could not be more pleased with the results, the water is crystal clear and has been all winter.

The pump only needs to run 3 hours in 12 which is about half of what the Watermaid needs, I actually think it only run for a couple of hours a day during the winter.

The computer on the Aligator has a summer and winter setting which automatically changes the way the Aligator runs so its very user friendly it is set up at the beginning with the amount of water that your pool has and it calculates the amount of usage it needs.

I could wax lyrical for ages but I really must get on with some work.



cornish



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11/05/2009 17:10

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I distribute and sell creepy crawlies for pools. These are an automatic pool cleaning device and the USA made 'Floatron' device that means you will virtually never put chemicals in your water again. http://www.agaobard.com Telephone me on 0533 842 6457



yunus



Joined: 14/05/2009
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18/05/2009 01:15

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the aligator will pay for its self in one year. compared to any other system out at the moment i am sure this is your best bet. talk to vaughn at octopus pools about prices, fitting etc.



waddo


Joined: 29/11/2008
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18/05/2009 10:32

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cornish, web URL not working!



Jovial_John


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18/05/2009 16:52

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I had a Watermaid installed early in 2006 and it has kept the pool clean and healthy ever since.



HOWEVER - the cell which generates the chlorine has now failed 3 times in 3 years. The first time was replaced under warranty (by Octopus), the second time I paid 168 (again Octopus). Today I went to Splash Pools (who now have the franchise) and was asked for 430 for a new cell - I didn't wait to ask if that included fitting.



Watermaid turns out to have been a very expensive mistake for me.



himen


Joined: 20/04/2009
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Message Posted:
18/05/2009 20:33

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jovial joh try vine pools i am shure that giza bring some from UK watermaids much cheper ones.....any whay UN bitlis from splash its litle bit mad about prices...



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