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    Decided to go for it!

    Hello all,

    For those that remember me, I sign a pool contract tomorrow! I've decided to go with anthony sylvan for a gunite pool.

    I have a few questions:

    Sheer descents - I will have two of these coming from an 18" high wall they are building. At first, he quoted me the falls being powered by a separate pump. When I told him the price was too high overall for the entire pool, he came back a view days later and took the separate pump away and upgraded me from a one and half horsepower to a two horsepower filter pump and he said that would power the falls. I am not sure I like this idea.....I think I like the idea of a separate pump so I don't have to have the filter pump running to have the falls work. However, is the separate pump just something else that will break or cause issues down the road?

    Concrete - Should I do stamped concrete or broom finish concrete?...Or cool deck? Which is longer lasting?

    500 watt vs LED - Which light is better?

    White plaster or quartz?

    P.S. - I may make a pest of myself today and early tomorrow before I sign and agree to the terms.

    Thanks as always!
    Doug
    13,500 Gallon Gunite Aggregate Finish, DE, SWG, 2.0 HP pump, 1.0 HP pump for 3 Sheer Descents

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    Re: Decided to go for it!

    poke poke poke
    13,500 Gallon Gunite Aggregate Finish, DE, SWG, 2.0 HP pump, 1.0 HP pump for 3 Sheer Descents

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    Re: Decided to go for it!

    I am not really much help ~ just wanted to say congrats on going for it. It's exciting.

    I personally am a fan of LED lighting. I don't have it in the pool, but around the property. Several on the road have asked what I am using because it's totally awesome. Poolwise though I have no knowledge to offer on that. Same with the pump, but if I had falls ~ I would want to operate them solo, not having to run the filter. I would also like the idea if the pool pump broke/malfunctioned, I could connect the falls' one to use, while I diagnosed and fixed or was awaiting replacement.

    Grew up with an IG. It had cement & it was beautiful~ I can honestly say I prefer decking, for me aesthetically a beautiful decking area trumps all. I also live in an area that winters heavily and decks always seem to have the longevity around here for our climate.

    Again Congrats ~ take plenty of pictures and share.

    AGP: 27' x 52" : 17,500 gallon
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    Re: Decided to go for it!

    Thanks DKT113....anyone else?? Very quiet
    13,500 Gallon Gunite Aggregate Finish, DE, SWG, 2.0 HP pump, 1.0 HP pump for 3 Sheer Descents

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    Re: Decided to go for it!

    Sorry you haven't gotten much feedback. A lot of our members tend to find TFP after they have issues with chemistry/cloudy water/equipment. Most people aren't fortunate enough to find this forum before the build, so there are relatively few of us with build experience, there are a few out there.
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