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    newbie from VA

    Just thought I'd introduce myself after lurking for a while. Just signed a contract last week on an inground gunite freeform; 38'x18' with 9' deep end and diving board. SWG, heat pump, flagstone coping and broomfinish concrete deck (at least until we SunDek it), either a sheer arc coming out of the coping or a waterfall, depending on whether we hit budget-breaking rock on excavation (not unlikely here in the Piedmont!). 3M cayman green/caribbean blue blend finish with NPT Aztec cobalt tile. Just waiting for the permits then hopefully the dig will start soon! Anyway, have been learning a lot and am sure I'll have lots of ?? in the upcoming months.
    inground gunite, 18x38 freeform, 3'-9' w/ diving; 3M caymen green/blue blend; Pentair 2HP whisperflo; + aux pump for water feature; SWG; Rheem heat pump; Polaris 380; Pentair TR 100 sand filter; silverlake flagstone coping/broom finish concrete deck; NPTG Aztec cobalt tile; 18" bond beam wall with water feature

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    Welcome to TFP!

    be sure to post photos of your build, so we can see things as they progress!

    8200 gallon 20' x 48" round vinyl frame pool, manually chlorinated with 10% liquid, salt added to ~2000, 12" sand filter, 1600gph pump, TF100 test kit
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    Hi and welcome to the group!

    The very most important thing that absolutely must be done for any pool build is to take pics to share with us!
    Buggs

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    Welcome,
    You will want to get a good test kit as you get near completion. Something like the in The Mermaid Queen's signature above.
    IG 18x36 oval vinyl, Spill over spa, Northstar 2hp-2spd, 2.5" piping, S310T 500lb Sand filter, 400k gas heater, AutoPilot SWCG
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    Re: newbie from VA

    Quote Originally Posted by vapool
    . . . depending on whether we hit budget-breaking rock on excavation
    This made me giggle. Not funny, I know. We ran into such a boulder and had to relocate the pool several yards to the North and a few feet to the East. Removing that rock would have completely wrecked the yard. Maybe I could have fixed that but then the PB scratched his head and muttered, "I dunno. If we move it it might could cause that hill to slide down." We left the rock.

    Your pool plan sounds gorgeous, can't wait for photos. Welcome to TFP!

    Anna
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    12,500 gal AGP, Hayward sand filter, Pentair 2-speed pump, timer.
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    Thanks for the welcome...I have the camera ready for when they start digging, and the webpage for ordering the TF test kit bookmarked. Is there an expiration date for the kit, BTW? If not, I'll order now while I still have cash in my wallet!
    inground gunite, 18x38 freeform, 3'-9' w/ diving; 3M caymen green/blue blend; Pentair 2HP whisperflo; + aux pump for water feature; SWG; Rheem heat pump; Polaris 380; Pentair TR 100 sand filter; silverlake flagstone coping/broom finish concrete deck; NPTG Aztec cobalt tile; 18" bond beam wall with water feature

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    Nope, no expiration date. I try to keep very fresh chemistry on hand. I have been using some of the same chemistry for four years in my own kit but that's probably a bit of a stretch. Keeping the kit indoors is the secret to good chemistry life.

    Sometime this winter, I will offer an entire chemistry replacement pak that will replace all chemistry in the kit and save some money. I suspect most folks will probably just order refills on an as needed basis, however.
    Dave S.
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    Well, just got a call from my PB...permit's been approved (quickest approval they can remember...boy, construction market must REALLY be in the dumps) and they're coming out Monday for prebuild meeting, then excavation starts Tuesday! Will be sure to post pix asap...and lots of questions to come, I'm sure!
    inground gunite, 18x38 freeform, 3'-9' w/ diving; 3M caymen green/blue blend; Pentair 2HP whisperflo; + aux pump for water feature; SWG; Rheem heat pump; Polaris 380; Pentair TR 100 sand filter; silverlake flagstone coping/broom finish concrete deck; NPTG Aztec cobalt tile; 18" bond beam wall with water feature

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    Congrats! Can't wait to see your dream come to life!
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