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    Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    I have been browsing the site for a few weeks now. It's great to read the advice of professional and enthusiastic owners. I only wish I had found this site before I signed my contract. I truly look forward to reading the unlimited knowledge available here. I have learned so much in the past few weeks. Thanks to the site owners for bringing this community together.

    Here are my specs

    Pool specifications:
    Size: 21 x 28
    Depth: 3.5 x 5 x 4
    Perimeter: 100
    Area: 534
    Gallons: 17,021
    Skimmers: 2
    Returns: 5
    Coping: Standard classic Travertine
    Plaster: Aquabright

    Raised beams:
    12", 18" & 24" Leuders saw-cut veneer

    Water features:
    2 - Deck Jets
    2 - 18" sheer descents
    1 - 24" sheer descent
    1 - Jandy 80GPM booster pump

    Deck:
    560 sq. ft. of 2-color rock texture

    Equipment:
    2.0 HP Jandy E-Pump
    460 sq. ft. Jandy cartridge filter
    Aqualink with PDA P4
    Polaris 3900 w/ pump
    Chlorine feeder
    UV Sterilizer
    2 - Jandy LED lights

    Since I have never owned a pool before, I may have been sold some equipment that I may have not needed (UV sterilizer). Realizing it after reading some of the posts on this site.

    We are now at decking stage and I will be posting more pictures soon. I look forward to any advice I can get.
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    InGround; gunite; 21x38 17,021 gallons; Jandy E-Pump 2.0HP; Jandy 80GPM booster pump; Jandy 460 sq. ft. cartridge filter; Aqualink w/ PDA; Chlorine feeder; UV sanitizer; Polaris 3900 w/ pump; 2-Jandy LED lights; 2-deck jets; 2-18" sheer descents; 1-24" sheer descent
    deck=560 sq. ft. 2-color rock texture.

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    Nice looking pool and finding this site is icing on the pool
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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    HI! I can't wait to help you with your build! You already have a good start with the pool by finding TFP!

    You are at the point you need to go ahead and buy your test kit. Of course see what the PB will be giving you. If it is halfway decent we can help you fill in the holes.

    Have they put in the equipment yet? If not tell them (not ask) to not put in the UV system. It really won't hurt to have it but it will be a waste of money and effort.

    Hey I know!!! Have him trade the UV system for the Taylor 2006 (NOT 2005) test kit!

    Tell us about your finishes! We love to see that!

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    Ditch not only the the UV, but also the chlorine feeder if it is a puck based system.

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    I have to say keep the feeder so you will have it for weekend getaways and vacations. I don't like my floater as it gets stuck and does not do a very good job of getting the FC out into the water while I am gone.

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    Thanks everyone, unfortunately the equipment had already been installed before I found this site . We are going with Travertine coping and Leuders veneer for the water features. I will be ordering my TF-100 test kit today with my TFP discount.

    It has been raining quite a bit and now the PB said they are behind. Hoping to get the decking done this week. Some of the sand has washed away so they will have to add more before the concrete. Still some rain in the forecast but I was hoping to have the pool ready by 2nd of September. I'll keep my fingers crossed. I did not find much information on the aqua bright finish we are going with but I was really sold on it. We have several friends and family with pools and they have pebble-tech. That stuff is rough on our feet. For what it's worth, I know the aqua bright is a new material but the PB supplied me with a lifetime warranty. I already have it in writing and signed by the owner.

    I'll be testing my tap water as soon as the kit is here and posting my results.

    Here's a few more pics:

    Travertine coping
    IMG_0089.jpg

    Leuters veneer on waterfall wall
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    Pool equipment
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    IMG_0067.jpg
    InGround; gunite; 21x38 17,021 gallons; Jandy E-Pump 2.0HP; Jandy 80GPM booster pump; Jandy 460 sq. ft. cartridge filter; Aqualink w/ PDA; Chlorine feeder; UV sanitizer; Polaris 3900 w/ pump; 2-Jandy LED lights; 2-deck jets; 2-18" sheer descents; 1-24" sheer descent
    deck=560 sq. ft. 2-color rock texture.

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    I'm thinking I should have started my post in the "Under construction" area. Admins/mods please move if you feel appropriate.
    InGround; gunite; 21x38 17,021 gallons; Jandy E-Pump 2.0HP; Jandy 80GPM booster pump; Jandy 460 sq. ft. cartridge filter; Aqualink w/ PDA; Chlorine feeder; UV sanitizer; Polaris 3900 w/ pump; 2-Jandy LED lights; 2-deck jets; 2-18" sheer descents; 1-24" sheer descent
    deck=560 sq. ft. 2-color rock texture.

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    The decking was pored today. Not quite the color I was expecting. The workers said there is a coating on it right now and they would be back to power wash it tomorrow. It would look closer to the color after the power wash. The final color won't come through until 2-3 weeks after it's fully cured. We went with a sand color. Looking forward to getting my grills and patio furniture out of my garage and back where they belong. PB said to wait at least 2 weeks before putting anything on the deck. Grading will be done on Saturday.

    Can anyone give me an estimation on how much time I have left before I can jump in if the weather holds out? PB said they would take care of the water for the first 30 days as part of the contract. I'm still going to check my chems just to get familiar with the process.

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    InGround; gunite; 21x38 17,021 gallons; Jandy E-Pump 2.0HP; Jandy 80GPM booster pump; Jandy 460 sq. ft. cartridge filter; Aqualink w/ PDA; Chlorine feeder; UV sanitizer; Polaris 3900 w/ pump; 2-Jandy LED lights; 2-deck jets; 2-18" sheer descents; 1-24" sheer descent
    deck=560 sq. ft. 2-color rock texture.

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    Love all of the neat cuts they did on your patio.

    There is no way for us to know when you will be IN your pool instead of waiting for it It is all up to your PB and works. What do they have left to do?

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    Check out this thread for info on Aquabright...pretty impressive product

    Plaster and Aquabright Comparison

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by bdavis466 View Post
    Check out this thread for info on Aquabright...pretty impressive product

    Plaster and Aquabright Comparison
    Thanks Brian, Glad to see more information about aqua bright now. It was difficult to find anything when I was looking. But I found enough to convince me to give it a try. Hopefully others are willing to. I really feel good about my decision. Having friends and family with plaster and pebble-tech that have had to resurface their pools after 10-15 years, I'm willing to take a chance. Finding out that the aqua bright is applied on top of standard plaster gives me confidence.

    Having said that, today they applied the plaster. Filling the bottom of the pool today. aqua bright is scheduled for Monday. Looks like we're just days away from enjoying our pool. Just my luck, I will be traveling next week. My wife will have to watch the pool fill on Monday. I was really looking forward to that.

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    InGround; gunite; 21x38 17,021 gallons; Jandy E-Pump 2.0HP; Jandy 80GPM booster pump; Jandy 460 sq. ft. cartridge filter; Aqualink w/ PDA; Chlorine feeder; UV sanitizer; Polaris 3900 w/ pump; 2-Jandy LED lights; 2-deck jets; 2-18" sheer descents; 1-24" sheer descent
    deck=560 sq. ft. 2-color rock texture.

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    Looks like a nice pool sorry about you getting conned on the UV system
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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    Well my pool is finally complete. Admittedly, I took the week off to enjoy my pool before he season ended and it began to get cold. I hadn't posed because I have been putting my finishing touches like sod, tropical plants and furniture while I have been off. But now my backyard oasis looks just like I dreamed it would.

    I am very happy with the way it all turned out and was very pleased with the attention and service the PB provided. I only have a few minor issues that they are taking care of. We had 3 sheer descents on the back wall installed but one of them turned out to be a rainfall descent instead of a sheer descent. they will now need to break off the travertine coping in order to replace it. Oddly enough the service guy that came out put a jigsaw to the descent to convert it from rainfall to sheer and completely destroyed it. What the heck was he thinking! Apparently there are some defective LED lights from jandy that are causing the lights not to work properly. My lights will not sync correctly and I get random settings instead of the chosen settings I enter into the Zodiac PDA. They will be replacing the defective lights but they are on back order and probably won't be replaced until November.

    Pool school was interesting. The service guy was very informative and for the most part was aligned with what I had already learned from TFP. In fact, he also recommended that I do not get my water tested at the local pool store. He said they will try and sell you chemicals that you will not need. Of course, he did push their own monthly services.

    Pics of the final product!!
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    InGround; gunite; 21x38 17,021 gallons; Jandy E-Pump 2.0HP; Jandy 80GPM booster pump; Jandy 460 sq. ft. cartridge filter; Aqualink w/ PDA; Chlorine feeder; UV sanitizer; Polaris 3900 w/ pump; 2-Jandy LED lights; 2-deck jets; 2-18" sheer descents; 1-24" sheer descent
    deck=560 sq. ft. 2-color rock texture.

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    Oh so pretty!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW! LOVE the water color!


    on the fixing of the water sheer! WHAT???????

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    Very nice; congrats! Does your pup like to swim?

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    Re: Excited future 1st time pool owner in Texas

    Bella (our pup) will hang out on the tanning ledge. She will only go in the deep end if someone is holding her. She will jump the floaters on her own though.


    InGround; gunite; 21x38 17,021 gallons; Jandy E-Pump 2.0HP; Jandy 80GPM booster pump; Jandy 460 sq. ft. cartridge filter; Aqualink w/ PDA; Chlorine feeder; UV sanitizer; Polaris 3900 w/ pump; 2-Jandy LED lights; 2-deck jets; 2-18" sheer descents; 1-24" sheer descent
    deck=560 sq. ft. 2-color rock texture.

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