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    Another DIY Block Pool - 2017

    I've been planning this pool for 3 years now.

    It has evolved in design from a smaller freeform
    to a larger block-wall vinyl pool.

    The aim is to open the pool late spring 2017.

    I've made a lot of my design, size and equipment
    decisions from reading build threads on this forum.

    So far I've removed every tree in the back yard.

    I've spent the last month cutting/stacking/mulching
    the mess that created.

    Also constructed a 80' privacy fence and got
    building permits sorted for the build.

    Next step is the "pool location inspection"
    before I can break ground.

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    What fun you have already had!! All of those trees and mess! I just hope one of the big ones do not land on your new fence!

    It is neat to have someone that has read so much already that you KNOW what we are going to say/ask before we have to! LOVE IT! Oh knew to share lots of pics! THANKS!

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Welcome to the forum. It'll be fun to watch the build!
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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Welcome to TFP, it looks like you've got a great start on your pool.

    We had to take a mess of trees down also when we got our pool. Sad to see them go yet we'd never really enjoyed our backyard up to then.
    My Amazon Smile for November12K Fiberglass IG, Infinity 4000 automatic cover, SWCG, Hayward Sand Filter, Hayward 1.5 Pump, Doheny Discovery Robot, Savi Melody LED pool lights, outdoor speakers and other assorted doo-dads. Sundance Altamar Hot Tub.
    Our pool build--> Our Pool Solved Our Sloping Yard Skippy's Cheap Pool Cooler -->Skippy's New Fountain

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Same here, we loved our wooded backyard but never enjoyed it.

    It was sad to see the trees go but the future layout will get a lot
    more use than before.

    Inspector just left. He quickly checked my measurements then
    drove off without saying more than 2 words.

    So I've rented a mid size skid-steer (with tooth bucket) for a
    week and a concrete breaker for a day.

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Hey so long as the words were "You passed" that is all that matters!

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    When we were having trees felled for the pool build they cut them down leaving about 3 feet of stump. The guy said its easier to remove the rest using that stump as leverage. That might be useful info for you, I dunno?
    My Amazon Smile for November12K Fiberglass IG, Infinity 4000 automatic cover, SWCG, Hayward Sand Filter, Hayward 1.5 Pump, Doheny Discovery Robot, Savi Melody LED pool lights, outdoor speakers and other assorted doo-dads. Sundance Altamar Hot Tub.
    Our pool build--> Our Pool Solved Our Sloping Yard Skippy's Cheap Pool Cooler -->Skippy's New Fountain

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Here is the updated equipment list:

    1x Pentair SuperFlo VS
    1x Hayward 700 sqft Cartridge filter (biggest i can find)
    1x Pentair IntelliChlor IC 60 SWG
    2x Waterway Venturi Skimmer Grey
    4x brass deck jets
    2x bubblers for the shelves

    Fully enclosed equipment pad
    No main drain.
    Last edited by allinspector; 07-28-2016 at 09:28 PM. Reason: New list

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Just curious... I see Pentair equipment and then a Hayward SWG. Any particular reason to mix? I understood that the Pentair SWG is the best on the market and that if you use at least 3 major components by the same maker you get an extended warranty. So if you get a Pentair SWG instead of Hayward you could be getting the extended warranty they offer. Something to check into!

    Excited to watch your build!


    Started 5/31/16. 38'x23', 618 sqft., <14,000 gallons, 8' spa.Travertine coping. Raised beam w/3 sheers. Large sunshelf w/3 bubblers. SWG IC40, Pentair VSP, 520 cartridge, color LED lights, Easy-touch, screen logic, Maytronics S300i robot, and Wet Edge Prism Matrix finish (Deep Sea Blue with Indigo plaster). Build Thread: Another in Texas - Cypress Texas | MUD District | HOA Approval | Great Escapes Pools

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    My thinking was Pentair cuts their warranty really short
    for homeowner-installs.

    I've updated that list to include
    Pentair SWG but a larger
    hayward filter.

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    I think it's a 3 year warranty if you have at least 3 components. I hope it works outs!


    Started 5/31/16. 38'x23', 618 sqft., <14,000 gallons, 8' spa.Travertine coping. Raised beam w/3 sheers. Large sunshelf w/3 bubblers. SWG IC40, Pentair VSP, 520 cartridge, color LED lights, Easy-touch, screen logic, Maytronics S300i robot, and Wet Edge Prism Matrix finish (Deep Sea Blue with Indigo plaster). Build Thread: Another in Texas - Cypress Texas | MUD District | HOA Approval | Great Escapes Pools

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Day 1 with skid-steer


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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Yea!!


    Started 5/31/16. 38'x23', 618 sqft., <14,000 gallons, 8' spa.Travertine coping. Raised beam w/3 sheers. Large sunshelf w/3 bubblers. SWG IC40, Pentair VSP, 520 cartridge, color LED lights, Easy-touch, screen logic, Maytronics S300i robot, and Wet Edge Prism Matrix finish (Deep Sea Blue with Indigo plaster). Build Thread: Another in Texas - Cypress Texas | MUD District | HOA Approval | Great Escapes Pools

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Let the MUD begin! LOL

    Kim
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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    These stumps were tough to get out! I probably should have rented a stronger loader.

    So far only have used ~20 gallons of diesel and two days to dig the pool




    Rain expected tomorrow so probably no progress then.

    Next up is breaking out the driveway and parking pad.

    I buried my good topsoil with this nasty hard georgia clay.

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    I'm ready to follow an owner build. Really interesting.
    In ground, 14,000 gallon, white plaster, unheated, stone waterfall, DE Filter, Rainbow 320 Cl, Polaris 3900, FloVis flow meter, F100 test kit, Circupool RJ30+ SWG, Circupool VJ1/Speck Badu EcoM3V variable speed pump.

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    You will be warm for a good, long while by the looks of the cut wood!

    Those stumps are the WORSE! With roots going everywhere and not want to give up!

    You say 20 gals of diesel BUT how much beer??? THAT is the true measure of a job at my house! LOL

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Wow,
    DIY inground pool... An inconceivable proposition for most people.
    I admire your vision & determination sir.
    Will be watching from the cheering section...
    I'm Dave, the dog is Charlotte... 18k gal, IG pebble, Pentair clean & clear 150 sq.ft. cartridge filter, Pentair Intelliflo variable speed pump, 400,000 BTU propane heater, Blue Essence salt cell, Hayward Blu concrete suction cleaner, Pentair Intellibrite pool & spa lights, Pentair PSL4 easytouch automation.

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Nice! Love watching an owner build! You have cheerleaders sir!


    Started 5/31/16. 38'x23', 618 sqft., <14,000 gallons, 8' spa.Travertine coping. Raised beam w/3 sheers. Large sunshelf w/3 bubblers. SWG IC40, Pentair VSP, 520 cartridge, color LED lights, Easy-touch, screen logic, Maytronics S300i robot, and Wet Edge Prism Matrix finish (Deep Sea Blue with Indigo plaster). Build Thread: Another in Texas - Cypress Texas | MUD District | HOA Approval | Great Escapes Pools

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    Re: North Atlanta, Georgia Pool Build DIY

    Here is some pics after using the hammer attachment.

    Once I got the hang of it, only took a few hours to pull
    all of the concrete up.




    So nice to reclaim the backyard! The past owners practically paved it over.

    I can't wait until it's level and full of grass. It already feels so much bigger.

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