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    they dug the hole, rebarred it, and rough plumbing all today.

    question, i was under the impression that our pb was using all 2" pipes, but the rough plumbing pipes for the skimmers and jets are all 1 1/2". is this standard?

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    correction, my skimmers have 2" rough plumbing, but all the return jets and bubblers are 1 1/2". is this ok?

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    That should be fine, particularly if there are several pipes running in each direction. Many builders simply go all 2" these days, but it doesn't make nearly as much difference on the returns as it does on the suction lines, and running several pipes in each direction is equivalent to running a single larger pipe.
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    Good evening! We find that the best way to plumb a pool is to have volume going to the pump (2") and velocity returning to the pool (1.5"). This lowers the RPMs on the pump and provides great water movement in the pool. I hope you have a great build! Matt Miller, CBP Hilltop Pools- Atlanta, Ga
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    Re: first day of construction....WOW

    thanks for the replies. there are a lot of return jets. my double deep end drain and the 2 skimmers appear to be the only 2" pipes. i assume all the 1 1/2" return pipes will tie into a larger 2" pipe when the plumbing is complete?

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    Ideally you want each skimmer, drain, and return pipe running back to the equipment pad. Not all builders to that, and it can still be fine, especially with many returns, as long as there is still more than one pipe in each direction coming back to the equipment pad. The more the pipes combine into one near the pool, the more important it is to use larger pipes once they have combined.
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    Re: first day of construction....WOW

    they're guniting as i type this. does the process usually go this fast? i'm not complaining.

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    When all the sub-contractors schedules line up, a pool can go together in a week or less start to finish. Of course, it is far more common for things to drag on for weeks with bursts of activity and then quiet periods.
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    Re: first day of construction....WOW

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion
    When all the sub-contractors schedules line up, a pool can go together in a week or less start to finish. Of course, it is far more common for things to drag on for weeks with bursts of activity and then quiet periods.
    Our build is an unfortunate example of this. We had about 6 days between gunite and plumbing, and about 18 between gunite and rock work. Builder was ready to roll, but most of the builders don't do much more than supervise, so they are at the mercy of shared subs.

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    question about the gunite finish.....the guys worked up until 10 pm last night finishing. they had lights but it was still very dark. i noticed the walls and especially parts of the floor were very rough. are the plaster people responsible for smoothing this out before plaster is applied?

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    Rough is good Plaster has something to adhere to and make it buttery smooth
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    Re: first day of construction....WOW

    well, i guess i jinxed myself. it's been almost a week since gunite and......nothing. i've been watering the gunite 5-6 times a day trying to keep it cool in this 100+ degree heat.

    i assume the delay is to let the gunite cure?

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    Re: first day of construction....WOW

    a little more progress....flagstone coping and waterfall. plumbing guys are out today.
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    Things are moving quickly for you.
    Mine took just over five weeks. My PB did a great job.
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    Re: first day of construction....WOW

    got my equipment installed today
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    Re: first day of construction....WOW

    decking framed and ready to pour peagravel deck today or tomorrow.
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    we're putting flagstone on the steps
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    i think they will probably apply the standard white plaster next week. the forecast is for highs around 100-102. should i be worried about applying plaster in this extreme heat? thanks.

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