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Thread: Done!! in Corpus Christi, TX.

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    Done!! in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Been planning on this one for quite awhile. Drawing pics, perusing sites and accumulating ideas. After witnessing the neighbors kids swimming and enjoying, my wife and I decided to pull the trigger. Choosing a pool builder was the easy part - asked around. Went with Pools by Brad here in Corpus - have not been disappointed. From what I've gathered, the builder can make a totally enjoyable process painful - they have been outstanding. At any rate, enjoy.

    19' x 37' freeform, 632 sq feet, 15,400 gal, 3'-5'-3.5'
    4 returns, 2 bubblers, 2 skimmers, dual main drain
    2 Pentair laminar jets
    Baja ledge 7'
    Smaller ledge with bench and step
    3 small steps in deep end of pool
    Step underneath hot tub overflow
    Sunstone finish, stone coping, 6" waterline tile, tile edged steps, tile covered bench
    Otherwise mostly Hayward stuff: Salt System, Pro Logic PS8, 2 120V LED lights, 1.5hp pump, sand or cartridge filter, booster pump for cleaner

    6' x 8' freeform hot tub, 43 sq feet, 600 gal
    Raised with water overflow into small rock river fall
    Stone sides and spillway, glass waterline tile wrap over inner edge, tile trimmed seats
    5 spa jets
    2 HP blower
    120V LED light
    400,000 btu gas heater w/ electric ignition
    Kool Deck with Chicago brick surround and expansion joints

    I will also be landscaping as well - see below, to include a 17.5 sq foot cedar pergola.
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    15 K gal/gunnite, 600 gal attached SPA, Hayward: ProLogic, ColorLogic LED, Super II pumps, 400k BTU heater, StarClear cartridge filter for, SwimClear cartridge filter . Pentaire: booster

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Looks nice.
    Approx 11K Gal. 10'X30' Semi free-form IG - 6 ' raised spa w/6 jets - 10' circle sun shelf with 1 bubbler - Waterfall - 3 / 1.5 HP pumps - Polaris 280 Cleaner - 3 Pentair Color LED Intellibrite Lights - Pentair 400K Master Temp - 2 Valve Actuators - 5 Fiberstar Mini Laminars - 1 Fiberstars 2004 Illuminator - 2 Skimmers - 6 Returns - Caribbean Blue Pebble Tech - 600+ sq ft kool decK - Auto Fill - 2 Boston Acoustics VOYA RK5 Outdoor Rock Speakers - 2 TIC Corporation TFS5CN 6.5-Inch 150-Watt Terra-Forms Rock Speakers - Apple Airport Express - 1 Awesome View.

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    The process between dig and gunite was only 2 weeks (gunite scheduled for 10/11) - this included a one week rain delay!
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    15 K gal/gunnite, 600 gal attached SPA, Hayward: ProLogic, ColorLogic LED, Super II pumps, 400k BTU heater, StarClear cartridge filter for, SwimClear cartridge filter . Pentaire: booster

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Moving along quite fast. Amazing how efficient this team was - the dig guys are subcontractors and do all of this work in our city. The majority of the other guys are employed by Pools By Brad. They have their own team and in addition to the diggers, the only other subcontractors are the gunite guys....I think. Nice to have someone on site who sees the 'big picture' IMHO.
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    15 K gal/gunnite, 600 gal attached SPA, Hayward: ProLogic, ColorLogic LED, Super II pumps, 400k BTU heater, StarClear cartridge filter for, SwimClear cartridge filter . Pentaire: booster

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Ready for gunite!!! I've read quite a bit regarding not enough steel, drain/return/skimmer placement etc and from what I can tell, looks like they did a great job. If anyone of you guys see something out of the ordinary or room for improvement, I would love to hear from you. It appears there are 2 main drains and another set of 'drains' that will actually serve to collect (?) water for the 2 Pentair Laminar jets. The 2 returns above the baja bench will be on the same circuit (?) as the jets so the flow can be diverted to control the stream of water coming out of the laminars - seems logical to me as the motor will be either on or off. I've studied all of this stuff and am pleased although I am far from experienced....first and likely last pool.
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    15 K gal/gunnite, 600 gal attached SPA, Hayward: ProLogic, ColorLogic LED, Super II pumps, 400k BTU heater, StarClear cartridge filter for, SwimClear cartridge filter . Pentaire: booster

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    A little complicated here. Looks like dual drain, one water inflow and one air inflow??? Using Pentair housing but Hayward LED's. Gunite tomorrow!!!
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    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Is that an outdoor kitchen off the side of your house? You have a really nice setup and it will be over the top when the pool is done. Good thing is that you are in Texas and we can almost swim year around.
    Approx 11K Gal. 10'X30' Semi free-form IG - 6 ' raised spa w/6 jets - 10' circle sun shelf with 1 bubbler - Waterfall - 3 / 1.5 HP pumps - Polaris 280 Cleaner - 3 Pentair Color LED Intellibrite Lights - Pentair 400K Master Temp - 2 Valve Actuators - 5 Fiberstar Mini Laminars - 1 Fiberstars 2004 Illuminator - 2 Skimmers - 6 Returns - Caribbean Blue Pebble Tech - 600+ sq ft kool decK - Auto Fill - 2 Boston Acoustics VOYA RK5 Outdoor Rock Speakers - 2 TIC Corporation TFS5CN 6.5-Inch 150-Watt Terra-Forms Rock Speakers - Apple Airport Express - 1 Awesome View.

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Good eye! That was our last project (4 years ago). We spend a lot of time out there so we're really looking forward to the pool area. You're right - we're are only occasionally below freezing and should be able to swim most of the year. Thanks for the nice comment.
    15 K gal/gunnite, 600 gal attached SPA, Hayward: ProLogic, ColorLogic LED, Super II pumps, 400k BTU heater, StarClear cartridge filter for, SwimClear cartridge filter . Pentaire: booster

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    From my experience, it really doesn't matter if the workers are employed directly by the builder. Even the largest pool builders rarely have full time subs. They just don't build enough pools to keep them busy. I'd rather have a steel crew that works several pools a week (working for different pool builders) than a crew that does one a week.

    My only criticism is the use of flex hose on the suction side. Historically, flex hose reliablilty isn't very good. If it incased in the gunite on the pressure side it cannot swell or do anything too terrible. However, the suction side can become restrictive if it was to collapse. There are some other pro's and con's to flex pvc but mostly to the advantage of the installer.
    Pool is DONE!
    Pentair Intelliflo VS3050
    Pentair Easy Touch 8 + actuators + swg
    Pentair IntelliPH
    Pentair 400btu HD heater
    3- Jandy WaterColor LED's
    Hayward C5030 525sqft cartridge filter
    Waterway spa blower

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Oh. I'll have to ask about that. I'll assume it works for them a they've been on the business for many years. No issue with regard to contractors vs subcontractors, agree skill is more important but I do like having them on site everyday.

    With regard to the flex tubing...is it prone to kinking with the suction? Is it better in areas with more expansion or contraction due to clay heavy soil??

    Cheers.
    15 K gal/gunnite, 600 gal attached SPA, Hayward: ProLogic, ColorLogic LED, Super II pumps, 400k BTU heater, StarClear cartridge filter for, SwimClear cartridge filter . Pentaire: booster

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    There are threads, from time to time, about the use of flex PVC. On the positive side is it is easier and quicker to install. While trickier to glue, there are less connection points to leak. AFAIK, the soil doesn't make a difference. Some builder won't use it. Some limit it's use to pressure side of the spa. Some use it all over. It's not likely to fail quickly.

    The main concern is deterioration. There was a thread a few week ago about returns not working and a pool leak. Long story short, a line repair, under the decking, had been made with flex. The connection was leaking but the suprising part to me was the line had swelled up like a cantelope. Some would blame pour water chemistry attacking the flex but rigid pvc doesn't seem to have the same weakness to chemicals or improper ph.
    Pool is DONE!
    Pentair Intelliflo VS3050
    Pentair Easy Touch 8 + actuators + swg
    Pentair IntelliPH
    Pentair 400btu HD heater
    3- Jandy WaterColor LED's
    Hayward C5030 525sqft cartridge filter
    Waterway spa blower

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Well, gunite done! Showed up bright and early (actually still dark) and were done by noon. Really happy with how it turned out. Wish the shallow end had a bit more flat area...the steps ate up a good portion of it. Anybody know if there is a way to address that after the fact? Can more concrete be added or the existing concrete ground down a bit?? Not a biggie really. Obviously the flex tubing thing is water under the bridge - I'll discuss with pool builder to see what he says but will ask that sand be used instead of crushed stone where it runs underneath the kool deck.
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    15 K gal/gunnite, 600 gal attached SPA, Hayward: ProLogic, ColorLogic LED, Super II pumps, 400k BTU heater, StarClear cartridge filter for, SwimClear cartridge filter . Pentaire: booster

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    More pics! Notice the rounded edges on the spa - hope to 'wrap' the glass tile over it for a comfy feel. Will post a pic of the spa I <ahem> borrowed the idea from.
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    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Spa edge idea. Choosing tile tomorrow!!!
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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    I wouldn't worry yourself about the plumbing. Mostly likely it's like cars. You hear about a few anecdotal failures and never about the thousands of trouble free ones.

    You first pics didn't show the spa being elevated. Obviously it is. What type of surface will the water cascade down?
    Pool is DONE!
    Pentair Intelliflo VS3050
    Pentair Easy Touch 8 + actuators + swg
    Pentair IntelliPH
    Pentair 400btu HD heater
    3- Jandy WaterColor LED's
    Hayward C5030 525sqft cartridge filter
    Waterway spa blower

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Yea. Most of what I read does back up others' assessment here - likely not an issue but why take the chance. I trust these guys. As for the spa, the spillover or whatever will be a rock type deal with 'small' boulders on either side. Not sure that's been finalized but most certainly rock.
    15 K gal/gunnite, 600 gal attached SPA, Hayward: ProLogic, ColorLogic LED, Super II pumps, 400k BTU heater, StarClear cartridge filter for, SwimClear cartridge filter . Pentaire: booster

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Wow. They are going fast on your build. Looks good. Is the pic of the spa with tile you posted how yours is going to be finished out? With the tile wrapping to the top?
    Approx 11K Gal. 10'X30' Semi free-form IG - 6 ' raised spa w/6 jets - 10' circle sun shelf with 1 bubbler - Waterfall - 3 / 1.5 HP pumps - Polaris 280 Cleaner - 3 Pentair Color LED Intellibrite Lights - Pentair 400K Master Temp - 2 Valve Actuators - 5 Fiberstar Mini Laminars - 1 Fiberstars 2004 Illuminator - 2 Skimmers - 6 Returns - Caribbean Blue Pebble Tech - 600+ sq ft kool decK - Auto Fill - 2 Boston Acoustics VOYA RK5 Outdoor Rock Speakers - 2 TIC Corporation TFS5CN 6.5-Inch 150-Watt Terra-Forms Rock Speakers - Apple Airport Express - 1 Awesome View.

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Just a tip on those small glass glow-in-the-dark tiles, the blue ones glow green and the pale green ones glow blue. DAMHIK

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    Pool is DONE!
    Pentair Intelliflo VS3050
    Pentair Easy Touch 8 + actuators + swg
    Pentair IntelliPH
    Pentair 400btu HD heater
    3- Jandy WaterColor LED's
    Hayward C5030 525sqft cartridge filter
    Waterway spa blower

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Flippy - they're moving right along. Chose tile today and they'll start Monday...I'll post pics of my selections shortly. As for the spa, yes, they will be wrapping the waterline tile over the inner edge just like in the pic, meeting up with stone. I think it looks great and should be quite comfortable.

    BigDave - like the glow in the dark tiles. Is this something you can cover a step with or just use on the bottom of the pool? I ask because I'll likely tile my baja ledge as well as 2 benches with glass tile and want to make sure it won't be too slippery. They're 1x1" tiles so plenty of grout....
    15 K gal/gunnite, 600 gal attached SPA, Hayward: ProLogic, ColorLogic LED, Super II pumps, 400k BTU heater, StarClear cartridge filter for, SwimClear cartridge filter . Pentaire: booster

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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    Re: Underway in Corpus Christi, TX.

    Tile selections. Don't have the tile thats going on the spa.
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    15 K gal/gunnite, 600 gal attached SPA, Hayward: ProLogic, ColorLogic LED, Super II pumps, 400k BTU heater, StarClear cartridge filter for, SwimClear cartridge filter . Pentaire: booster

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/detai...l?hilit=corpus

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