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    New Pool in Northern Virginia

    Greetings!!! I am in the process of selecting a PB for my very first pool, and I am leaning toward this PB's design, which is very exciting but like all of you, I need some advice so I get it right!

    Below is the specs on the pool, does anything jump out at you as a concern or something I should consider asking about, changing, upgrading?

    My backyard does slope and my thoughts were also to go with another contractor to do the 715 SF decking, so what is pictured there I would more than likely be expanding the decking area for a bigger dining table and couch set and using pavers. I hardscape contractor has worked with many PB and my initial reaction based on his experience, reputation, etc. was that I would like to work with him on decking and I will have other work in the yard that needs some hardscaping so might as well try to leverage the other work with a better price? Any considerations here about not using the PB hardscaping contractors?

    Also, I am debating the upgrade option of have the plaster upgraded to caribbean blue quartz but is it really worth it or will I have buyers regret on going with that option?

    Thanks in advance for any input!

    Pool Size 645 SF water surface area Custom Gunite Swimming Pool
    Pool Depth 36 60
    Raised Pool Beam Yes, 30 @ 24 high, 6 @ 18, 6 @ 12 and 6 @ 6 with Stone Face and Paver Cap
    Waterfeatures Yes, (3) 2 Sheer Descent Waterfalls with separate booster pump
    Steps Standard 4-step entry (see drawing)
    Deep-End Bench Yes, (1) 4 (see drawing)
    Coping 12 x 6 Bullnosed Paver (TBD)
    Tile 6 Standard Waterline (TBD)
    Interior Finish White Marbelite
    Pool Lights (1) LED Colors
    Skimmers (2)
    Returns (3)
    Main Drains Dual with anti-vortex/anti-entrapment covers
    Equipment Package (Smart Pack 3) Includes Microban SmartFilter 450, SmartSaver Microprocessor Computerized Controller, SmartMax 2-speed pool/spa pump, SmartPure HD Ozone Generator, SmartPure Mineral Cartridge, Polaris
    Heater Yes, 125k BTU Heat Pump
    Maintenance Package Yes, Includes Manual Vacuum head and hose, Telescopic pole and brush, Initial Start-up and Pool Indoctrination
    Excess Dirt will be hauled from the site as needed
    Base Electrical Package Includes permit, ALL material and labor for complete installation of included equipment, trenching, inspections, GFI convenience outlet at equipment and up to 200 of conduit (additional electrical charges may be incurred if conduit exceeds 200, if panel upgrades are needed or additional outlets are needed and/or requested)
    Drawing, Layout, Lifetime Transferrable pool shell warranty
    Engineered Plans, Building Permit, Normal Excavation, Insurance Included, Crushed stone base, Hydrostatic relief plugs, 50 regular silt & barrier fence included
    Plumbing Installation, steel reinforcing, bonding and all inspections are included



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    Re: New Pool in Northern Virginia

    Hello and welcome to TFP! One thing that caught my eye was having only 3 returns. Two skimmers is fine, but it's critical to ensure you have good surface movement to encourage water to get pushed toward the skimmer(s). Your prevailing wind direction comes into play as well, so be aware of those issues. You definitely want that water getting pushed to the skimmer, so be sure to consider if 3 is enough, and be cautious of their placement.

    Oh, you might reconsider the ozone. Most outdoor pools do not see the true benefits of an ozone product since the sun will do just fine with your oxidation requirements.

    Good luck on your build!
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    Re: New Pool in Northern Virginia

    Welcome! I would suggest that the pool's electrical sub panel be wired with a high quality surge protector to help protect all that equipment. It can be a DIY job, but need to have room in panel to insert the 20Amp dual dual breaker. There are many brands out there. I installed the following in mine.
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    38'x16' Fiberglass pool - 3.5' - 8' deep - 19,000 gallons. AutoPilot Total Control SWG (RC-52 cell), Pentair SuperFlo VS, Pentair SD70 Sand Filter, Coverstar Automatic Cover, 10' board, PAL Treo lighting, Polaris 9550 Sport robot, Lamotte ColorQ Pro 7 test kit.

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    Re: New Pool in Northern Virginia

    Thanks GaryT58 and I do have Square D surge protectors, although a little different than what you have pictured on your post. Since I am on electric only at the home, I figured it was a good investment for the home and you're right it is a good DIY job!

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    Re: New Pool in Northern Virginia

    Thanks Pat! I will look into the 3 returns and location. The house does provide some wind blockage. The Ozone was part of the package from the PB but I will do some research on it.

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