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    New Pool Build - Georgia - Help and opinions welcome

    Hello Everyone,
    I’m new to the forum and have just begun this journey to have an in ground saltwater pool installed at my home in Georgia and would greatly appreciate your advice, recommendations, and opinions. I didn’t research any pool equipment manufacturer’s products and/or visit any of the pool forums for help until now because I wanted to see and hear what each PB had to say and recommend.

    I did provide each PB a copy of the pool design to ensure that they each were bidding on the same pool, and I received quotes from $45k to $105k, and each one has recommended different equipment brands, pumps, pump sizes, filter types, etc.

    So, I’m looking for the assistance of professionals on-line as well as anyone that will assist me in my journey so that I can go back to theses PBs with a detailed list of manufacturer brand, models, sizes, features, and quantities for the pump(s), filter(s), piping, lighting, decking, etc. of what I need.

    The pool quoted was 22’ at its widest and 43’ at its longest with a shallow depth of 3-1/2’ to a depth of 8’ with an approximate surface area of 700 to 800 sq ft. Approximately 1125 sq ft of decking and approximately 115 ln ft of retaining wall less than <30” tall.

    So here are all my questions:


    1. Retaining Wall: Concrete with rebar or stacked blocking and why?
    2. Gunite or shotcrete and why?
    3. #3 or #4 rebar and why?
    4. On center spacing for rebar pool shell/basket?
    5. Stone base under rebar pool shell/basket: should there be stone placed and compacted in bottom of pool before gunite or shotcrete is installed, what size and how deep?
    6. Pool vertical wall thickness?
    7. Pool bottom thickness?
    8. Beam size: width & thickness?
    9. Pool decking thickness?
    10. Pool decking expansion joint: type, size, spacing?
    11. Pool decking finish: Kool Deck, Sundek, stamped concrete, etc and why?
    12. Pool interior finish: Pebble Sheen, Pebble Fina, Bread Crete, Hydrazzo (Don’t want feet torn up)?
    13. Main pool drain: Size, Quantity, Brand, Type, Features?
    14. Pool skimmers: Size, Quantity, Brand, Type, Features?
    15. Returns: Size, Quantity, Fitting Type, locations?
    16. Automatic pool fill system with overflow: Brand and size?
    17. All plumbing schedule 40 PVC: size 2” or 3”?
    18. Pool Light: Manufacturer, Manufacturer Model, Size, Quantity, LED, Low Voltage, Locations, and Features?
    19. Pool Pump: Manufacturer, Manufacturer Model, HP, Variable Speed, Features?
    20. Waterslide Pump: Manufacturer, Manufacturer Model, HP, Variable Speed, Features?
    21. Waterfall Pump: Manufacturer, Manufacturer Model, HP, Variable Speed, Features?
    22. Pool Filter: Manufacturer, Manufacturer Model/type, Features (want clean water for children)?
    23. Pool heater: Manufacturer, Manufacturer Model, size, NG, solor, etc?
    24. Pool Automation & SWGS: Manufacturer, Manufacturer Model, Controls, Features?
    25. Valves: Manufacturer, Manufacturer Model?
    26. Slide: Manufacturer, Manufacturer Model?
    27. Last any additional feature and/or functions that we should consider adding to make this pull as fun and enjoyable for our children as well as us?


    I know I have asked a great deal of questions and have asked for a lot of detail, but I want to make the right choice for this pool and my family with this the first time. Thank you to anyone and every that helps me with your post.CCraven 1-Pool.jpgCCraven 2-Pool.jpg

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    Re: New Pool Build - Georgia - Help and opinions welcome

    Hey there and welcome to TFP!

    I can't offerany advice on your build, as my pool came with my house, but just wanted to say your design is great. That's going to be beautiful!
    Wendy
    1980s 20x40 in-ground beast, 36K gallons, 4' - 8', vinyl liner, Sand Dollar sand filter, two skimmers, bottom drain, three returns
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    Re: New Pool Build - Georgia - Help and opinions welcome

    No advice here either other than to get booby Barbie outta that pool !!!

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    Re: New Pool Build - Georgia - Help and opinions welcome

    Hi, Just my opinion but you are going to get all different answers from people here on most of those questions. Some will be more standardized but brands and models of everyones favorites are going to differ greatly. May I suggest instead that you clearly post individual proposals (doesn't have to include pricing) and let the people here look them over and they can tell you things to watch out for or things they don't like in a particular proposal. Otherwise there are hundreds of combinations of all of your options that may be just fine.
    Gunite Phase || 16500 gal FreeForm 33'x18' IG, 89 perim, 491 sq ft. || Blue Surf Pebble Sheen || Pentair Intelliflo VS || Pentail C&C 520 || 2 Pentair Intellibrite 5G
    Previous Pool || 13500 gal. FreeForm 31'x19' IG, 87' perim, 481 sq ft.|| Pebble Sheen || Pentair IntelliFlo VS || Pentair C&C 420 || Pentair Intellibrite 5G

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    Re: New Pool Build - Georgia - Help and opinions welcome

    I agree with Sbpse above. Its a lot easier to pick apart actual proposals.

    Are you set on certain elements, and if so which? Gunnite vs Vinyl vs Fiberglass? Lots of high tech automation ($$) or more low tech? Are you on sloping land and is that the reason for all the retaining walls? How do you want to chlorinate your pool as well as other chemicals? SWG or pumps, or manually?

    Just a few questions for thought-
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    Re: New Pool Build - Georgia - Help and opinions welcome

    My wife would have said no to the design if a hot animated chick was hanging out in it. Just saying
    102 Perimeter Freeform Pool, Rock Waterfall, Jandy Deck Jets, Depth 3'6" - 6', Stonescapes Aqua Blue Mini Pebble, Inpool Table, Rock Salt Decking, Jandy 2.0 Epump, Jandy 580 Cartridge Filter, Polaris 280 with booster pump, Jandy Power Center w/ PDA, Stenner Pump
    A country boy's pool build...Dean, Texas

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    Re: New Pool Build - Georgia - Help and opinions welcome

    Looks like a nice start. What part of Georgia? I am 30 miles west of Atlanta and lining up a few builders for quotes next week.

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    Re: New Pool Build - Georgia - Help and opinions welcome

    Dldave1978, I'm in Dacula, GA (Gwinnett County) which is NE of Atl. off Hwy 316.

    Also, I'll gladly pass on information from my research as well as contractor info and any other info to you.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dldave1978 View Post
    Looks like a nice start. What part of Georgia? I am 30 miles west of Atlanta and lining up a few builders for quotes next week.

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    Re: New Pool Build - Georgia - Help and opinions welcome

    Great, thanks, I'll do the same as well!

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