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    New Build in Maryland

    After months of planning and talking with different builders and interviewing all our friends with pools, we bit the bullet and signed up for our own. Kids are 7 and 9 now, so it's now or never we feel.

    Dig starts tomorrow - one week ahead of schedule!

    Builder: Maryland Pools
    22x40 Gunite w/deep end, Pentair systems including SWG, cartridge filter, and PCC-2000 built in cleaner.

    I'll post as many pics as possible during the build.

    Karl
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Before pics... We don't have a lot of nice level spots, so we are moving the playset out and the pool it taking its place. The playset will move up the hill a bit...

    Original:

    [attachment=2:upzwud7a]DSCN3236.JPG[/attachment:upzwud7a]

    Cleared area:

    [attachment=1:upzwud7a]IMG_1642 copy.jpg[/attachment:upzwud7a]

    When I originally built the retaining wall I had extra block, so I decided to use it as edging... Seemed like a good idea at the time, but removing all of them was back breaking! Each of those blocks is 85 pounds... The little Kubota makes it a lot easier though. Saved the 20 tons of pea gravel too for landscape and the new playground...

    [attachment=0:upzwud7a]IMG_1639.jpg[/attachment:upzwud7a]

    Karl
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Coolness!!
    That's quite the project, taking all that out and moving it, setting it back up and getting it nice again.
    Good job, you're a trooper!!

    My brother calls those things "Little Mickey Mouse Backhoes".

    Do you have plans or a drawing/mock-up for your pool that you can post?
    BTW, your kids will just LOVE the pool. Most kids are like fish, they're just so fearless.

    It may be too late, but have you read on here about the troubles and problems associated with in-floor cleaning systems and the preference for more reliable and serviceable automated suction side or electrically/battery powered cleaning robots?

    What sort of pool surface are you doing over the Gunite?

    Looking forward to watching your build. Always so much fun and I hope it goes smoothly for you.
    Thanks for reading... - Tony
    Da' Pool: Intex 15'x42" 3284gal AGP EasySet (Inflatable Ring) - (Summer 2014: 27' round EW /w 6.5' deep end @ 22,500gal)
    Pump & Cart Mod: 1000gph Cart. 5ft² - 2 nylons, 24/7 OP. Traps bugs/bits, lasts longer/cleans easier = Happier Pool Owner!!
    The Bible for a "Trouble Free Pool" life = PoolSchool, the BBB method a TF100 test kit(Recommend Kits Compared). - Cleaning a Sand Filter
    Water looks like GLASS, if yours doesn't...SLAM IT! Feels nice and never been happier!!! :D

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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Hi,

    Yes, I've read a lot of posts both positive and negative regarding the in floor cleaning systems. I have two friends with the same system and they swear by it. One who has it lives next to a forest and has never had to vacuum his pool in 7 years. I'll take that chance with it - with a good guarantee and maintenance.

    Finish will be standard white plaster. I would have loved to do PebbleTek, but it pushed the budget over the limit.

    Here's a rough drawing:

    [attachment=0:1829ik1s]IMG_1636.jpg[/attachment:1829ik1s]

    Should have some landscape drawings early next week.

    Karl
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Couple more pics of the dig... Just in time to get filled in after Frankenstorm

    Nice skid steer! Made quick of this hole!

    [attachment=2:2mkscmcz]IMG_1652.jpg[/attachment:2mkscmcz]

    Geez... I really need to power wash my siding on this side of the house! Disgusting

    [attachment=1:2mkscmcz]IMG_1653.jpg[/attachment:2mkscmcz]

    Taking shape.

    [attachment=0:2mkscmcz]IMG_1657.jpg[/attachment:2mkscmcz]

    Karl
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Hole dug, gravel down. We may be able to swim Tuesday if the forecast is right...

    Cleaned the siding too... Any suggestions on keeping mildew off the north side of a house with vinyl siding?

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    Karl
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Before I saw your post, I was wondering what a new pool dig would look like with 4-8" of rainfall greeting it. I guess I'll find out soon. Hope it doesn't create more than just a short-term headache for you. We are planning to start a similar sized pool in the early spring about an hour east of you.

    I look forward to watching your build.

    Kurt
    18'x38' Rectangle (3'-8 1/2' deep w/ diving board) - 27K gal. w/ gray plaster
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Quote Originally Posted by kfosburg
    Cleaned the siding too... Any suggestions on keeping mildew off the north side of a house with vinyl siding?
    I come from a land of much rain where they have moss, algae and mold on most everything. But it's very beautiful country.

    Supposedly copper flashing strips can be tacked down on the roof line, on the side that get's the mold and this will reduce or prevent organics from growing. I don't know how well it works, I have just read about it after seeing rolls of it for sale and marketed for that purpose.

    Maybe rigging some on the side up high where rain will hit it.
    Copper is a natural algaecide. In our pools it's not good due to it's reaction with chlorine. But there isn't any of that on a house or roof.
    Thanks for reading... - Tony
    Da' Pool: Intex 15'x42" 3284gal AGP EasySet (Inflatable Ring) - (Summer 2014: 27' round EW /w 6.5' deep end @ 22,500gal)
    Pump & Cart Mod: 1000gph Cart. 5ft² - 2 nylons, 24/7 OP. Traps bugs/bits, lasts longer/cleans easier = Happier Pool Owner!!
    The Bible for a "Trouble Free Pool" life = PoolSchool, the BBB method a TF100 test kit(Recommend Kits Compared). - Cleaning a Sand Filter
    Water looks like GLASS, if yours doesn't...SLAM IT! Feels nice and never been happier!!! :D

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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Survived Sandy without issue. No power loss and pool didn't cave in the slightest bit. About 8 to 10" of rain. They may be out to start plumbing tomorrow even.

    Muddy mess:

    [attachment=0:t5dknqf6]IMG_1666.jpg[/attachment:t5dknqf6]

    Karl
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    That's some good draining soil! Good news about no cave-ins too.
    18'x38' Rectangle (3'-8 1/2' deep w/ diving board) - 27K gal. w/ gray plaster
    Hayward equipment (cartridge filter, 2-speed pump, SWCG, automation) View Our Build
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Plumbing is done. Just going to stub it out until spring and then they'll put in the hardware.

    Infloor cleaning drain:

    [attachment=2:24aomnei]IMG_1676.jpg[/attachment:24aomnei]

    Skimmers:

    [attachment=1:24aomnei]IMG_1677.jpg[/attachment:24aomnei]

    Overall:

    [attachment=0:24aomnei]IMG_1678.jpg[/attachment:24aomnei]

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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Overall view this morning:

    [attachment=0:z764xb86]IMG_1682.jpg[/attachment:z764xb86]

    Rebar guys were on site at 7am this morning and expected to be done by 4...

    Should be ready for gunite soon!

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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Rebar done...

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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    More shots...

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    [attachment=0:3jr3bayo]IMG_1687.jpg[/attachment:3jr3bayo]

    Gunite soon it looks like...

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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Great progress and the week looks good. Is the plan to do gunite, tile and coping then wait for spring?
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Plan is for tile and coping and some basic concrete decking. Then, finish up in the spring. We'll need to put some water in it according to the pool builder, but that will be thrown out in the spring.

    Karl
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Confirmed: Gunite tomorrow.

    Weather looks good - that storm looks like it will only hit further north and east... up where Sandy hit of course

    I'll take some pics during the process - or my wife will...

    Karl
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    SWG, PCC-2000 cleaner.

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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    Guniters have arrived and kicked into gear at 7am sharp! They estimated that they would be done around 2...

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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    That's great you've been able to work around/through two storms and are making good progress. Looks to be warming up a bit too for your watering period. Just out of curiosity, what is the gunite company's name? I'd be curious if we end up with the same crew come spring.
    18'x38' Rectangle (3'-8 1/2' deep w/ diving board) - 27K gal. w/ gray plaster
    Hayward equipment (cartridge filter, 2-speed pump, SWCG, automation) View Our Build
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    Re: New Build in Maryland

    I think they are called "Top Gun" out of Loudon, VA.

    Karl
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