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    first bids in... not sure

    So I got my first two bids, similar pool, similar equipment. however, im not sure what I need and don't need. Also, both of them bundeled this into the total pool, so I wanted to see try and see, what i should change or neogoitate...I really just want what I need for now, I can always upgrade or add on later, since we are doing a large patio, I want to try and keep cost under control...I know don't laugh I want to try and get a auto cover too.

    Here are my first thoughts/questions: What is the Auto btm cleaner Navigator (need or don't need)? Should I go with DE? I was thinking cartridge, Is pump to big? What is a Jbox?

    lastly, since neither have lined out the cost, should I ask them to do that?

    18'x36'x5'6'' Sport bottom pool
    Pool wall,frame, deck supports, 20 m/l liner, ,Auto skimmer,vac pole,vac head,leaf net,brush, hose,starter chemical kit and two standard lights.

    250,000 btu nat gas electronic heater, auto btm cleaner Navigator,90 degree pool base,D.E. filter system, 1 super pump. 90 degree step with vinyl over it.

    3# returns w/directional heads,2# resin pads,
    Grey coping kit, j-box w/nitch
    Pool: 18000 gal w/ spill over spa Pump: 3HP Intelliflo VS 011018 Booster: 1.5HP Sta-Rite Dyna-Max Filter: 300 sqft Sta-Rite System 3 Heater: Rheem RayPak 399 BTUH Chlorinator: ClevaChlor RP30HD Controller: Jandy iAquaLink RS PS8 PDA Cleaner: Pentair Pool Shark Plumbing: 2"

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    Denton, TX

    Re: first bids in... not sure

    An estimate should include everything in the package, broken down as line items. All builders are capable of doing this with little effort.

    DE or cartridge is up to you. I like my cartridge system and so I'm partial to that. I'd suggest looking at the following thread for information on building.


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    Re: first bids in... not sure

    As a builder I try to build 2' or 4' radius corners not square or 6" ones as that is a place I see a lot of liner failures. DE or cartridge is personal choice, most homeowners don't like to fool with cartridges as they are heavy when wet. Do ask your potential builders to break it down to what things cost. Not necessarily each fitting and such but for each option. What size plumbing, skimmer or skimmers, each plumbed individually, main drain? things like that.
    Over 30 years in the pool business
    We build vinyl, fiberglass, stainless steel pools
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    Re: first bids in... not sure

    Jbox is the junction box where your pool lights will run to and join with the supplied power. There are specifications where they need to be so far away from the pool and so many inches above the water line. The PB will try to keep them as close to the pool as possible to keep the cost down due to the copper.
    McKinney, TX
    Pool build in progress, 14.8K gallons, OK flagstone copping (sealed), IG Gunite/Pebblesheen (Blue Granite), Pentair intelliflow 3050 vs - svrs, Pentair IC20 Salt-Gen, 60 sq ft Pentair DE filter, 400k BTU Pentair (NG) heater, Polaris 280 with Booster, Dual Time Clocks with freeze protect feature, Pool (1) 500w (1) 100W Spa (1) 100w lights, (2) Skimmers, 4 Pool Returns, 6 Spa Jets, water features incl (3) 12 scuppers on 12 x 31 raised beam, (2) Gushers on tanning ledge, and double cut spa spillway. controlled by easytouch 8

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