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    Summer Build- 2016 Rowlett, TX

    OK, so my first pool building mistake was that I stumbled upon TFP AFTER the build. I can only imagine how helpful it would have been to have had access to the forums during the build....

    So, instead of having post after post of the life of the build, I'm going to ramp it up and put it all in this post...hopefully if I figure out the links, etc...

    Here it goes!

    Starting planning our backyard oasis in April 2016. We waited to build until we were very comfortable that our then 10 year old triplet boys were accomplished swimmers as one has autism and knows no fear! We contacted three PB in the area. Each was recommended by different friends who expressed they had good experiences with them. We didn't really know what we wanted the pool to look like so we asked each to develop a design based on what they learned from talking to us. All were similar but one PB nailed it. One we decided we didn't want to consider just because we didn't mesh with each other. We provided the concept we wanted to the other PB and asked them to come up with a plan based on it. Both used Pentair equipment so that made it easier. However, for the BAFO, we made sure we were comparing apples to apples to apples on models, size, materials, etc. The end price of both were just a few thousand dollar apart so we went with the PB we thought would give the project the most attention and who we felt comfortable with. Although, the other would have built us a good pool as well.

    Here's the design we chose:

    pool.jpg

    Final Product: 32' x 20' overall with two 4' x 8' tanning ledges. Depth 3' to 5' to 4'. 16,400 gallons. Equipment: Pentair SVRS variable speed pump. Pentair 60 sq. ft. DE filter. Pentair Kreepy Crawly Platinum cleaner. Pentair MasterTemp 400,000 BTU NG heater. Dual Intermatic time clocks w/freeze guard. Air Supply of the Future 1.5 HP spa air blower. Zodiac Fusion copper/silver water purification.

    We originally priced Oklahoma Flagstone but we really liked the grey look in the design so we began exploring options. We looked at Pennsylvania Flagstone which is grey but since flagstone is used in most pool builds in our area, we wanted to go with a different look. We ended up selecting Lueders Limestone which is comes in several varieties including a Lueders Charcoal and Lueders Blue which both are grey. We used it both for the coping and the 18' retaining wall across the back. We had our existing stamped concrete patio striped to match the new stamped concrete pool deck.

    I time-lapse filmed each of the major steps (dig, gunite and plaster) so let's see if I can get them in here as well:

    The Dig
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/zslrsp4sdz...%20PM.mp4?dl=0

    Gunite
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/mm2sw7rixw...%20PM.mp4?dl=0

    Plaster
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/irsz6w5n3s...%20PM.mp4?dl=0

    And FINALLY, the Walling Family PLUNGE:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/lluoag013d...%20PM.mp4?dl=0

    There were a few issues along the way that were discovered after the start-up process but we are working through them

    Thanks for reading!

    Matt
    Matt- IG gunite pool and spa built Summer 2016: 32' x 20' overall with two 4' x 8' tanning ledges. 6'x6' attached spa with spillover. Depth 3' to 5' to 4'. 16.4K gal. Lueders Limestone retaining wall and coping. Equip: Pentair SVRS vari. speed pump. Pentair 60 sq. ft. DE filter. Pentair Kreepy Crawly Plat. cleaner. Pentair MasterTemp 400,000 BTU NG heater. 1.5 HP spa air blower. Nature2 Sanitizer. Taylor K-206C. My 2016 Build

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    Re: Summer Build- 2016 Rowlett, TX

    That's great Matt. Nice story. Thanks for sharing and welcome to TFP! Congrats on the new pool.
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    Re: Summer Build- 2016 Rowlett, TX

    That's awesome... loved the instant replay!
    Kelly, Tampa FL
    15' by 4' Intex above ground metal frame, about 5300 gallons
    Intex 120V Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump & Saltwater System CG-28679 with E.C.O.
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    Intex Auto Cleaner - works great!

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    Re: Summer Build- 2016 Rowlett, TX

    Thank you both! Sorry Texas Splash...I think I posted in wrong area��
    Matt- IG gunite pool and spa built Summer 2016: 32' x 20' overall with two 4' x 8' tanning ledges. 6'x6' attached spa with spillover. Depth 3' to 5' to 4'. 16.4K gal. Lueders Limestone retaining wall and coping. Equip: Pentair SVRS vari. speed pump. Pentair 60 sq. ft. DE filter. Pentair Kreepy Crawly Plat. cleaner. Pentair MasterTemp 400,000 BTU NG heater. 1.5 HP spa air blower. Nature2 Sanitizer. Taylor K-206C. My 2016 Build

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    Re: Summer Build- 2016 Rowlett, TX

    What a neat video! LOVE IT! Love the boys! They could hardly keep their feet on the wall before the JUMP! CUTE!

    What are you using to test the water with?

    I see you have this "Zodiac Fusion copper/silver water purification" in your signature. I would love for you to read this:

    Alternative sanitizers and pools--The Truth!!

    You will see that the copper will end up being a major problem with your pretty new pool and all of that blond hair. It is the copper that turns hair green NOT chlorine

    Here is the corner stone link for TFP:

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    I have a set of links for new pool owners if you are interested.

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    Re: Summer Build- 2016 Rowlett, TX

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    What a neat video! LOVE IT! Love the boys! They could hardly keep their feet on the wall before the JUMP! CUTE!
    What are you using to test the water with?

    I see you have this "Zodiac Fusion copper/silver water purification" in your signature. I would love for you to read this:

    Alternative sanitizers and pools--The Truth!!

    You will see that the copper will end up being a major problem with your pretty new pool and all of that blond hair. It is the copper that turns hair green NOT chlorine
    Thanks Kimkat! A lot of the jumping around was that it was over 100 degrees that day and the coping was blistering our feet!!

    I just ordered a K-2006C yesterday. I have been relying on my PB supplied test kit and a couple of water analysis trips to the pool store. I've learned quickly that that is not the way to go...add this to fix this and this to fix that and then this to lower this and this to raise that.....

    Thanks for the article on the copper. Why on earth do PB push that stuff when the potential for problems are high??
    Matt- IG gunite pool and spa built Summer 2016: 32' x 20' overall with two 4' x 8' tanning ledges. 6'x6' attached spa with spillover. Depth 3' to 5' to 4'. 16.4K gal. Lueders Limestone retaining wall and coping. Equip: Pentair SVRS vari. speed pump. Pentair 60 sq. ft. DE filter. Pentair Kreepy Crawly Plat. cleaner. Pentair MasterTemp 400,000 BTU NG heater. 1.5 HP spa air blower. Nature2 Sanitizer. Taylor K-206C. My 2016 Build

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    Re: Summer Build- 2016 Rowlett, TX

    $$$$ is the main reason and the fact that MOST of them just do not know really know the science behind it all...........here at TFP we are science based and daily tested on thousands of pools!

    You will LOVE having your own test kits! The boys can do the tests as well. Make sure to get a small note book to keep your test results in. You will find that is VERY helpful to learn your pool's needs and patterns. I even put in big weather events so I can look back on what it does to the levels.

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