I am an owner/builder undertaking a "major" pool remodel of a 1959 built inground concrete pool and I could use some help from this forum. I have been researching this project for several years now and I have found this forum to be a great resource. As you can see in my signature below, I have quite an ambitious project planned and I am anxious to get it started. I have researched this forum but I haven't seen any "major" remodel projects like I'm planning.
I already have my certified structural plans from PEI (Ron Lacher's company) and have pulled most of my permits; however, I am having problems locating local subcontractors that have experience with pools. I have contacted some local Concrete, Electrical, and Plumbing subs but I have only received one response in over a week. At this pace it will take weeks just to get my subs lined up!
Here are a couple of questions:
1) What is the best way to find pool subs? I could especially use a lead for an experienced rebar sub.
2) I have an old brass main drain with 1.5" copper plumbing and I would like to replace it with a VGB compliant one and replace all the copper with PVC. However, I don't seem too have many options. My structural drawings provide a method for cutting into the floor and walls but I'm concerned that might be opening up a can of worms and jeopardize the structural integrity. I have also read some posts that suggest eliminating the main drain all together and add a dedicated vac line and extra returns instead; but I'm not crazy about that option either. A third option is to eliminate the main drain and install a drain a few feet below the skimmer and tie them together. However, I don't like that option either because I would like to keep my main drain separate from the skimmer. I am really tempted to go with my first option to cut into the concrete, but I would like to get some input here from the TFP experts. Any thoughts?
Here is a drawing showing most of my planned upgrades:
Thanks for your help in advance,