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    New Pool in Virginia

    After several years of going back and forth, we are finally getting a pool! The dig starts on 7/29/15. I can not tell you how appreciative I am for all the information I learned on TFP. I have "stalked" so many new builds and have enjoyed all the pictures. I became a supporter today and will be ordering my TF100. As I have learned from reading so many post, testing is so important and so is having the right test kit.

    We don't have the yard to "go big" so we are going with a 12X24 radiant pool that will be fully inground. Would love to hear any feedback from anyone with a radiant pool. Will be sure to post plenty of pics. Thanks again to everyone at TFP!!!
    12x24 radiant metric vinyl pool (fully in-ground) - Pentair Superflow 3/4 HP pump - Pentair SD40 sand filter - Hayward aquatrol SWG - 8,600 gallons - 4ft throughout

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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    I think the common lesson learned I have seen so far is to make sure any changes you have made from the original design are on the copy the people in the field have.
    25,000 gallon in ground white plaster- 1 1/2 HP Pentair SuperFlo pump - 60 sqft FNS DE filter (with FiberClear), 1999 Sundance Optima 850 hot tub.
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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    Be there for EVERY big happening-dig, putting in, etc. BE THERE!

    Get everything writing-down to model numbers. Not just XY brand of pump but what model.

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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    Agreed on getting specifics in writing....fortunately our PB has been great to work with but in hindsight I would have insisted on specific models of equipment being listed on contract. All it said was SWG or variable speed pump or sand filter with no specifics to brand, model or size. Some of the equipment is marginally sized IMO but so far so good. Had I to do it over again I may have insisted on a larger SWG.
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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    Thanks for the feedback. My wife is a teacher and has the summer off, so she is planning on being there during the build.
    12x24 radiant metric vinyl pool (fully in-ground) - Pentair Superflow 3/4 HP pump - Pentair SD40 sand filter - Hayward aquatrol SWG - 8,600 gallons - 4ft throughout

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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    I am a teacher also. Kindergarten for 30 years. I have 5 more years left.

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    And take lots of pictures!! for you and for us!
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    Kim,
    Mad respect for 30 years of teaching!! My wife is starting her 18th year. I don't think she will make it 35 years like you.
    12x24 radiant metric vinyl pool (fully in-ground) - Pentair Superflow 3/4 HP pump - Pentair SD40 sand filter - Hayward aquatrol SWG - 8,600 gallons - 4ft throughout

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    My "secret" is that it is a very rural area. I interned there and they hired me for the next school year. I have always been in Kindergarten at this same school the whole 30 years. I have taught MANY of my first kid's kids! I tend to teach whole families! I have had Moms bring their newborns by the school on the way home to intro them to their Kindergarten teacher! LOL I am almost on one of a family where I taught all of the "parents" and am now working my way through their kids! The last little one should start next school year. They say I am "allowed" to retire after her! LOL

    I do have to say I sleep REAL good most nights! LOL

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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    Quote Originally Posted by hokiemo View Post
    After several years of going back and forth, we are finally getting a pool! The dig starts on 7/29/15. I can not tell you how appreciative I am for all the information I learned on TFP. I have "stalked" so many new builds and have enjoyed all the pictures. I became a supporter today and will be ordering my TF100. As I have learned from reading so many post, testing is so important and so is having the right test kit.

    We don't have the yard to "go big" so we are going with a 12X24 radiant pool that will be fully inground. Would love to hear any feedback from anyone with a radiant pool. Will be sure to post plenty of pics. Thanks again to everyone at TFP!!!
    I would recommend that you post a full list of equipment/specs on the pool and ask for input. PBs tend to add on a few things you don't need, and removing them will save you money, while other things are more important things, especially for the TFP method are left off. I would try and get input from other people's lessons learned.

    for example, you said you are getting a Hayward SWCG - which size are you getting? if they are spec'ing a T-3 cell, its too small. T-9 minimum and T-15 even better for the limited cost increase.

    the pump you are getting, is it a two speed or variable speed pump?

    size of piping, number of returns/skimmer/etc?
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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocco View Post
    I think the common lesson learned I have seen so far is to make sure any changes you have made from the original design are on the copy the people in the field have.
    that's a very important comment. seems to happen a lot with pools, and in general in construction. you should also try and be onsite as much as you can, reviewing the plans and work progress and asking lots of questions. Also, providing some drinks and snacks to the workers can go a long way as well. its amazing what some appreciation can do. if you get to talking with them, you will be amazed at how many jerks they do work for, so when someone is nice the odds of getting a better product go up, its only human nature
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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    I really appreciate all the advice. You guys are awesome
    12x24 radiant metric vinyl pool (fully in-ground) - Pentair Superflow 3/4 HP pump - Pentair SD40 sand filter - Hayward aquatrol SWG - 8,600 gallons - 4ft throughout

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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    Subscribed. Take lots of pics!!
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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    Had a 90 foot Oak Tree removed this week. Still have a lot of trees in the backyard, but now we will have full sun from 8am-4pm.
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    12x24 radiant metric vinyl pool (fully in-ground) - Pentair Superflow 3/4 HP pump - Pentair SD40 sand filter - Hayward aquatrol SWG - 8,600 gallons - 4ft throughout

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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    That set you back some coin! Your yard is very open now!

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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

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    That set you back some coin! Your yard is very open now!

    Kim
    Getting that Oak removed was a process. Would you believe that I called 5 tree companies and only 2 called me back? I have had trees removed at a previous house, so I had a good idea what it would cost. Believe it or not, we found a company to remove for $1,100, which I thought was very reasonable.
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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    2 out of 5 is about par for around here! I call 7 hoping 4 will call and 2 will show LOL

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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

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    2 out of 5 is about par for around here! I call 7 hoping 4 will call and 2 will show LOL

    Kim
    I had to get rid of a smaller oak tree, just one. called about 10-12 places. got one call back and he was annoyed since it was just one. said $600 and I ended up just doing it myself.
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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    I found a guy who said he was a "HandyMan" with insurance and licensed in xyz. He is no longer taking new customers he is so busy! He will come out with his bobcat and truck. He is CHEAP and loves to climb trees! LOL He has even put me in the truck when his kid could not be there on the day we had set up "I can come if you can drive the truck" LOL He puts the "OH Adult word" rope on the truck to make sure it falls AWAY from the buildings. Of course the tree fell RIGHT where he said ti would but it was neat that he let me help!

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    Re: New Pool in Virginia

    Super excited..got my TF-100 yesterday!!
    12x24 radiant metric vinyl pool (fully in-ground) - Pentair Superflow 3/4 HP pump - Pentair SD40 sand filter - Hayward aquatrol SWG - 8,600 gallons - 4ft throughout

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