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    bdrums - new to pools

    Hey all. We're north of Houston in Spring and are in the process of talking to builders. I've lurked for a couple of weeks and decided to join. Looks like a great place.

    This will be our first pool so we are starting essentially at ground zero. Eh. We did have a vinyl liner pool growing up. I vaguely remember vacuuming, brushing, shocking and tangling with spiders in the skimmer. Oh what a pain. Swore I would not own a pool. Heh, heh.

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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    Welcome to TFP! Spend some time in Pool School. You will gain a much better idea of what you want, and more importantly, what it will take to maintain the pool you build.
    19204 Gallon L Shape with a 10X10 2nd Step Baja Ledge. Intellichlor IC-40, IntellipH, Cartridge Filter, Pentair Heater/Chiller (Heat Pump). Tons of Deck with Deck Jets. Construction Complete 6/5/17.

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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    Thanks elwood58. I have spent some time there. At least enough to ask the PBs some intelligent sounding questions. Certainly need to spend more time there.

    Our current leaning is Pebble Sheen, PCC2000, and traditional chlorine. This last piece is because all 4 builders we've talked to either do not install SWCGs or highly recommend against it. I was leaning away from SWCG anyway. This just made the decision that much easier.

    We're waiting on designs and quotes from 3 and have one more initial meeting tomorrow.

    Looks like if we decide to proceed this year, the earliest we'll have a functioning pool will be Oct/Nov. At least we'll be ready next Spring. And that's OK.

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    IG Gunite w/ spa, PebbleSheen Blue Surf, 18K gallons 500sqft
    Jandy: 60 DE filter, 2.0 VS (main pump), 2.0 Flo Pro (features)
    Paramount PV3 w/ 1.5 Stealth, PDA PS6, JXi 400K NG
    Flagstone coping & wall. Stamped Concrete from BrickForm. TF-100 w/Speed Stir.

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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    OH FUN! We get to help spend your money! LOVE IT!

    Please feel free to post the bids. We will pick them apart and help you out. Making sure you get what you need and don't buy anything you do not need.

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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    Welcome, and enjoy the forum!
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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    Hi Kim.

    Haha! I'm sure. Fortunately for my wallet we have limited space and we don't want the pool to look out of place next to our house so that does keep things in check.

    We've decided to keep the design very simple but buy top quality surfacing and cleaning.

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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    Good idea! Let us look over you equipment though as there are several goods and bads...............

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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    Welcome! We're also located in Spring and we just finished building our pool.
    Good luck in selecting your PB!
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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    Quote Originally Posted by bdrums View Post
    but buy top quality surfacing and cleaning.
    Along with the "top quality" finish and hardware, make sure you don't cheap-out when it comes to a testing kit. Spend the $$ and get a top-of-the-line kit like the K-2006 from Taylor or the TF-100 from tftestkits.com (which contains Taylor reagents). I like the K-2006 only because I like the color-coordinating bottles for each test. I had that kit before I knew about the tf100, and now I'm spoiled.

    It is very empowering to be able to do your own water tests, and know that anything you put in your pool, is something that is needed-- instead of relying on the testing at a pool store whose best interest isn't your pool, but instead is their profits. You can't totally blame them, they are a business after all. But that doesn't mean you have to line their pockets, instead of your own. And have a safe, sanitized, algae-free, sparkling pool in the process.

    Good luck!


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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    Welcome to TFP!
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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    Thanks for the warm welcome, all. I plan to manage my own so one of those testing kits will be on the list. (back to reading...)

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    Re: bdrums - new to pools

    hehe I bought my test kit before I got the pool! I wanted to make sure I could do it! It is easy and fun!

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