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Thread: Fiberglass Pool with Swim Machine Install in Austin, TX

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    Fiberglass Pool with Swim Machine Install in Austin, TX

    We (my wife and I) are just starting an install of a small fiberglass pool that will have a swim current machine installed. I've been on the site for a while asking various pool related questions, and it has been a great help with my pool equipment selections.

    I'm adding a few pictures of the progress so far. I'm also adding a drawing of the fiberglass pool shell with a swim current machine installed so you can see what the end results "should" look like.

    It will be a partially in ground install with a knee wall built around the shell that is above ground. The knee wall will be tiled with dark tiles and will be capped with 12"x24" coping stones. The deck you see in the picture will be rebuilt to extend right up to and be flush with the edge of the pool. So from the deck it will be like getting in and out of a fully in ground pool.

    Digging started last week but we had a set back on Saturday. The pool shell arrived at the house and the factory had pre-cut the skimmer hole (which they were not supposed to). They had cut the skimmer hole in the exact location where the mounting bracket for the swim machine needs to go. So the shell was useless to us, which is unfortunate because other than the skimmer hole it was beautiful. Initially the fiberglass pool dealer tried to convince us they could patch the hole, but I was having none of that. Luckily the fiberglass pool dealer is not giving us a hard time and is ordering us a new shell. It will take 1 to 2 weeks for a new shell to arrive. Not too bummed, as I would rather things go slower and get done right than go fast and shoddy.

    In the meantime the pool builder will continue with setting most of the equipment on the pads so I might get a few more progress pictures added before the shell arrives.

    On a side note, I read a few posts that mention how much dirt comes out of these holes. Even so, I never thought a hole this small (in comparison to a full size pool) would produce so much dirt. I never expected 3 and a half dump trunk loads.

    What we are getting:


    Dig Site:


    Green monster for digging.


    Digging in Progress


    Digging Complete
    3900 Gallon (18 x 8.5 x 5) Partially In Ground Fiberglass Pool -- 2" Schedule 40 PVC -- Hayward P4 Controller -- Goldline Aqua Rite Turbo Cell Salt Chlorinator -- Hayward 2 Speed Max Flo II 1 HP Pump -- Hayward SwimClear 225 sqft Cartridge Filter -- Hayward 250K BTU Natural Gas Heater -- Endless Pool Fastlane Swim Machine -- Cover Pools Manual Track & Reel Security Cover -- TF-100 Testkit

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    Re: Fiberglass Pool with Swim Machine Install in Austin, TX

    While waiting on the new shell I've started looking at how we want the deck. Here is my latest design.

    3900 Gallon (18 x 8.5 x 5) Partially In Ground Fiberglass Pool -- 2" Schedule 40 PVC -- Hayward P4 Controller -- Goldline Aqua Rite Turbo Cell Salt Chlorinator -- Hayward 2 Speed Max Flo II 1 HP Pump -- Hayward SwimClear 225 sqft Cartridge Filter -- Hayward 250K BTU Natural Gas Heater -- Endless Pool Fastlane Swim Machine -- Cover Pools Manual Track & Reel Security Cover -- TF-100 Testkit

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    Re: Fiberglass Pool with Swim Machine Install in Austin, TX

    New shell has arrived and been set in the pool. In my excitement I did not take any still pictures of the pool being set. Instead I took a 3 minutes video. I'll see about posting that later. For now here are some progress pictures.

    More yard destruction with the gravel delivery.


    Screed-ed gravel base.


    Equipment location.


    It was dark by the time the workers left so these are the best pictures I could get.

    Equipment plumbed.


    Pool set in hole and plumbed.


    Another pool shot.
    3900 Gallon (18 x 8.5 x 5) Partially In Ground Fiberglass Pool -- 2" Schedule 40 PVC -- Hayward P4 Controller -- Goldline Aqua Rite Turbo Cell Salt Chlorinator -- Hayward 2 Speed Max Flo II 1 HP Pump -- Hayward SwimClear 225 sqft Cartridge Filter -- Hayward 250K BTU Natural Gas Heater -- Endless Pool Fastlane Swim Machine -- Cover Pools Manual Track & Reel Security Cover -- TF-100 Testkit

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    Re: Fiberglass Pool with Swim Machine Install in Austin, TX

    Finally some real progress to post. We've actually been able to swim in the pool 3 times before having to lower the water for inside tile install.

    The swim machine motor has been placed and all the electrical and gas line work is done:


    Here the knee wall is almost completed with cement backer board in place:


    Knee wall in progress on this side:


    Top stone placement in progress:




    Top stone completed and outside wall tile started:


    Inside and outside tile completed:




    We can raise the water tomorrow and get the pool vacuumed and cleaned up. Then we can use it again! Just waiting on the pool cover to be installed and the yard to be graded.
    3900 Gallon (18 x 8.5 x 5) Partially In Ground Fiberglass Pool -- 2" Schedule 40 PVC -- Hayward P4 Controller -- Goldline Aqua Rite Turbo Cell Salt Chlorinator -- Hayward 2 Speed Max Flo II 1 HP Pump -- Hayward SwimClear 225 sqft Cartridge Filter -- Hayward 250K BTU Natural Gas Heater -- Endless Pool Fastlane Swim Machine -- Cover Pools Manual Track & Reel Security Cover -- TF-100 Testkit

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    Re: Fiberglass Pool with Swim Machine Install in Austin, TX

    Hi skijunkie,

    I'm seriously considering the endless pool fastlane for a new pool build. Can you give me your impressions/opinions of the fastlane.
    I'm mainly concerned with the reliability and power consumption but any information you can provide would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Justin

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