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Thread: Early Stages Yet in Tulsa

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    Early Stages Yet in Tulsa

    And by early, I mean early....we haven't even chosen a pool builder yet, much less signed a contract or watched any dirt move.

    We've never had a pool before, so we've learned a lot after meeting with 5 pool builders here. And, naturally, since we've learned from each pool builder, our desired pool continually changed. We've learned, for example:

    ** There's no clear-cut favorite type of pool filter. One builder listed a cartridge filter in his proposal, 3 listed sand filters, and one listed a DE filter.
    ** We went from, at first, wanting a straight rectangular pool, approx. 15' x 32', to a Roman-style pool 15' x 30', and have now decided on a freeform pool, approx. 15' x 30' (12,100 gallons). We don't want a deep end, so the depth will range from 3.5' to 4.5'.
    ** We learned that our neighborhood has a ridiculous 17.5' easement across the back of our property. I guess someday they may want to put a road back there!
    ** Three builders proposed SWG chlorine systems, and two recommended "normal" chlorine systems.
    ** Our lot is sloped in the back, with a 3.5 to 4' drop from the house to the easement line, and about a 5' drop to the rear property line. One pool builder said we didn't need any kind of retaining wall, as enough dirt would be removed to smooth out the grade....the other 4 builders all recommended some sort of retaining wall.
    ** We now know we want a tanning ledge with 2 bubblers, slightly offset from the rest of the pool. We don't want "lit" bubblers, but are asking each builder to give us a price on LED lighting for the pool, along with the optional costs for a SWG and heat pump/chiller unit. (We've had over 20 straight days now of 100+ degree weather here in the Tulsa area!).
    ** We've decided on a sand filter system, along with a "normal" chlorine feed unit. (The SWG adds approx. $1700 to the pool's cost).
    ** 4 builders all included a Polaris 280 automatic cleaner, the other a Dolphin cleaner.
    ** The last builder we met with (and the one whose plan we liked the best) said he'd build a boulder retaining wall, and that the retaining wall could be on the easement as the city doesn't consider them a "permanent structure". (Obviously, we liked knowing that, as it allows a bit more room for decking!).
    ** To be fair to first 4 builders we met with, we are having each of them requote their proposal based on the plans we got from the last builder. (We're not providing the 3D rendered images we got from the last builder, as I'd suspect that wouldn't be fair to him). I emailed each of the other 4 builders with our new specs on Friday, July 22, and as of Monday morning, July 25, I've received replies from 2 of them...one of whom said he'd get to work on a new proposal...the other simply stating he got the email.

    So, as you can see, we're making progress, albeit slowly!
    16 x 31, Approx. 12,000 Gal Freeform IG pool; Flagstone coping; Quartzscapes Super Blue plaster finish; Tanning ledge w/2 bubblers; 1 HP Pentair Whisperflo pump, Pentair sand filter; (2) Pentair Intellibrite LEDs w/controller; Easytouch8 w/IC-40 SWG; Salt finish concrete decking.

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    Re: Early Stages Yet in Tulsa

    Filter is preference. I would go DE or Sand. I like sand because I don't have to do any additions after backflushing. DE gets the water more clean, but there's nothing wrong with the results from a sand filter.

    SWG will save you time and maintenance. If you can swing it, do it. I don't have an SWG, but if it were already here it would be nice!

    I would cut the builder that said a retainer wall isn't needed

    If you have to have an automatic cleaner, I suggest "The Pool Cleaner". If someone is recommending a Dolphin, they must be from Leslie's! (I have a dolphin that works... after three tries!)

    So although you didn't ask for opinions, there are mine! I hope Tulsa is a little cooler than Dallas right now! 20 days is behind us for sure. It is hot this year!
    Built in 1957 44,000 gallon in-ground, Wet Edge Primera Stone in Sky Blue, Intelliflo VF Pump, 600 lb. Pentair Triton II TR-100 Sand Filter, CircuPool RG 60 Plus SWG, TF-100 test kit
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    Re: Early Stages Yet in Tulsa

    Robbie,

    Thanks for the advice....that's what I'm looking for at this point.

    I suspect our weather here hasn't been much different than yours. Definitely the hottest summer we've ever experienced.....and it's not even August yet!
    16 x 31, Approx. 12,000 Gal Freeform IG pool; Flagstone coping; Quartzscapes Super Blue plaster finish; Tanning ledge w/2 bubblers; 1 HP Pentair Whisperflo pump, Pentair sand filter; (2) Pentair Intellibrite LEDs w/controller; Easytouch8 w/IC-40 SWG; Salt finish concrete decking.

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