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    Thoughts on deck jets and possible problems

    So we are trying to decide if the deck jets will be worth it. The pool builder said they are bad for the concrete but he also said he just doesn't like installing them. So I am looking for people who have them as well as people who winterize them. What do you like about them? Don't like about them? What you would change? What would you keep? Any input is great as we will probably try to make our decision tonight!!! Thank you so much in advance!!!! !!!!
    Purposed new pool at home being built- 20x40 vinyl pool, 20ft vinyl covered steps, Automatic cover, 6 ft sheer decent, 4 lighted deck jets, lime stone coping, easy touch, heat pump, SPA- 8x8 fiberglass shell, limestone steps surrounding
    previous home- 16 x 32 IG Vinyl- Install- Mid June 2011. 3ft Shallow 8ft Deep/ Totally Hayward 1HP pump/ 250 pound Sand/ AquaPro800 Heat pump/ Blue Hampton Liner/ 2 Intellibrite LED Lights/ Polaris 360/ 4 Deckjet II's/ 3ft concrete Apron/ 800 sq ft Paver Patio

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    Re: Thoughts on deck jets and possible problems

    Deck jets look nice and they also help cool the water in the peak of the summer heat. How nice the cooling effect is depends on where you are located. Winterizing them isn't a big deal.
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    Re: Thoughts on deck jets and possible problems

    But have there been any issues with them cracking the concrete or popping up?
    Purposed new pool at home being built- 20x40 vinyl pool, 20ft vinyl covered steps, Automatic cover, 6 ft sheer decent, 4 lighted deck jets, lime stone coping, easy touch, heat pump, SPA- 8x8 fiberglass shell, limestone steps surrounding
    previous home- 16 x 32 IG Vinyl- Install- Mid June 2011. 3ft Shallow 8ft Deep/ Totally Hayward 1HP pump/ 250 pound Sand/ AquaPro800 Heat pump/ Blue Hampton Liner/ 2 Intellibrite LED Lights/ Polaris 360/ 4 Deckjet II's/ 3ft concrete Apron/ 800 sq ft Paver Patio

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    Re: Thoughts on deck jets and possible problems

    Hi Tatertot!

    It seems to me that general facts don't matter much here. Your pool builder has said he doesn't like doing them. That means to me that he is limited somehow--not enough experience or his crew can't be trusted to do the job correctly in a concrete apron, or he's had problems in the past and doesn't know where in the process he failed. It doesn't matter whether I or the next TFP member here has had fabulous experiences with their deck jets. YOUR builder is steering you away from them for a/his reason. Do you know what I mean? I would be leery of asking a contractor of any kind to do something that isn't his forte.

    Now, I could have totally misunderstood what you wrote.

    Will you be having any other water features installed? As Dave said, deck jets or a waterfall can cool the water. Should you ever choose to have a salt water chlorine generator, the deck jets would be helpful to raise pH after lowering total alkalinity--a part of life with SWCGs.

    Deck jets are fun for the kids to play in or around. For the adults, they can provide that nice running water sound--they can also be quite loud if you push a lot of water through them and live in a quiet neighborhood with your neighbors nearby. They are soothing to look at. FWIW, our surround is pavers. Our builder drilled holes in the paver stones to accommodate the spitters.

    Maybe you can dig a little deeper with your builder and find out more about his concerns.

    Good luck~~

    Lana
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    Re: Thoughts on deck jets and possible problems

    I have them, not sure how they could cause a problem with concrete anymore than a sprinkler head, and that is all it is really. I like mine. It is simple to install, just make sure it is going to be level with the deck.
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