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    Not a great start...

    It seems like not a good sign that the Before U Dig person came out today (while we were at work), the day before install of our pool, and marked four flags inside the 27' perimeter. This can't be a good thing, right?
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    Re: Not a great start...

    You may want to move the pool over a bit if you have room. Usually they don't have to dig too deep to level the ground, but if you have enough space to move it over it may make things easier in the long run.
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    Re: Not a great start...

    I would suggest moving the site several feet outside where they marked with the flags, PLUS, use EXTREME caution when digging along that side of the site, they have been known to miss the mark when locating stuff unground.

    At least if you don't move those flags, and now that you have pics of it, if you do damage something it is on them, but if you do damage something buried it could be very dangerous, thus my warning to use extreme caution in that area.

    Digging or not I would totally avoid setting up a pool over where they have marked, if your luck is anything like mine, as soon as you get the pool full there will be someone knocking on your door telling you they need to dig up something and you will have to drain the pool and move it out of their way!
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    Re: Not a great start...

    Oh, just to keep the fun going, our pool store told it was OK to use an extension cord for the pump. I'm guessing that's a no, right?

    (I wish I was making this up!)
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    Re: Not a great start...

    Ha, ya those lines are definitely a problem...and your correct, an extension cord is not the way to go, you should have a dedicated circuit for the pump.
    Hey, at least your doing it all properly and found out ahead of time, had you just brought in an excavator and started digging you'd have one major headache.

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    Re: Not a great start...

    This is actually Mary Ann's husband and I came home and found the utility flags and markings and I tried something novel --- i read what the markings said. NO LWC (water), NO CTV (cable), NO LGE (gas), NO LGE (electricity). We're good to go. I apologize for my wife getting you all in a tizzy. I swear, she's really bright -- smarter than me -- but she does jump to conclusions.
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    Re: Not a great start...

    This is Mary Ann's husband again. We've got a dedicated line that goes to the patio and it's got a GFI plug on it. If I get a 12-gauge extension cord that is certified for 20 amps, is there a problem with me running the pump on a temporary basis until we get the deck built and electricity installed?
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    Re: Not a great start...

    Make sure you get very clear pictures of those flags, good enough to be able to read them without pulling them out of the ground, this covers your backside, just in case.
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    Re: Not a great start...

    How long would the cord need to be?
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    Re: Not a great start...

    The cord would be 15 feet, give or take.
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    Re: Not a great start...

    Then a really heavy duty "Outdoor" type cord should be fine for the short term, I wouldn't suggest buying a 25-50 foot cord and use it though, get as short as possible.
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    Re: Not a great start...

    The wife here. I humbly post the B.U.D. photo, taken by my husband. It's says "No" to the utilities being underneath. Explains why they left no note at the door. They were trying to communicate via spray paint, and I missed it!
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    Re: Not a great start...

    If you get a 12 awg cord and it's on a GFCI it'll be fine. My 1½ hp pump draws less than 12 amps, and if your's is about the same you should be fine.
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    Re: Not a great start...

    That's just crazy they would mark were they are not located....did they mark where they are located? I mean how do we know they are not on the other side of the pool's circle? did they check the pool's circle everywhere? What if you decide to move the pool 5 ', are their any lines there? WHERE ARE THE LINES!?!
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