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    New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    I've been researching this site for a while now and we’re getting ready to sign a contract with a pool company and trying to get a good grasp on budgeting. Right now, we have the below list of options we are interested in going with our selected pool company:

    18’x36’ Permacrete Rectangle w/1 Roman End (w/a possible upgrade charge for freeform)
    Concrete Walls & Bottom
    2 Bottom Main Drains
    8’ Wide Concrete Stairs
    Built-In Swim Out
    Mineral Springs Chlorine Generator
    Cantilever Edge
    750 sq. ft. Stamped Concrete Decking
    Electrical Work
    ColorLogic 12v Underwater Light
    Foam Padding
    28 Mil Liner
    3 Returns
    1 Stair Jet
    2 Skimmers
    Stainless Steel Handrail (Ladder also included)
    DE-4800 Filter
    Hayward 1.0 H.P. Super Pump
    Poolside “Indoc”
    Maintanence Equipment
    Pool Water
    Safety Line & Floats
    Permit Work
    Complete Project Management

    We have an existing 4’ vinyl fence that does not meet pool code so we are planning right now to knock down part of it and enclose the pool in it’s own chainlink or aluminium fence that meets code.

    After pricing everything out, we decided to hold of purchasing the dolphin pool vacuum and winter safety cover until we have a better idea of the overall cost of the project.

    Can anyone out there give me any advice on my list of spec’s or tell me any “gotchas” that might arise. I know it’s hard to know what’s going to happen during excavation until it happens. They believe we have very good soil for backfill.

    Thanks for any input.
    18k, plaster, 30 yr old pool replastered 1998, hot central valley of Calif.

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    Re: New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    Welcome to tfp, tobrien359

    Quote Originally Posted by tobrien359
    Mineral Springs Chlorine Generator
    Do you know which Saltwater Chlorine Generator (swg) they are installing? Skip the "Mineral Springs" chemicals...they are over priced and not needed when you understand your pool chemistry (which you will learn here at tfp).

    Quote Originally Posted by tobrien359
    Hayward 1.0 H.P. Super Pump
    I would opt for at least a 2-speed pump, since most of the time you would run on low and save electricity.

    Quote Originally Posted by tobrien359
    Poolside “Indoc”
    I have no idea what this is.

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    DE-4800 Filter
    This small (at 48 sq. ft.) if my volume estimation on your pool is right. I am assuming 5.5 foot average depth and get about 26000 gallons. We would recommend a minimum 72 sq. ft. DE filter for that volume pool.

    Quote Originally Posted by tobrien359
    Filter and pump will be Pentair
    You listed hayward equipment above?
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    Sorry, I had some items that I meant to delete at the bottom of the list. I edited it, sorry for the confusion. Also, Pool "indoc" is basically pool school by the company.

    I am not sure which Saltwater Generator they are installing. Which do you recommend?
    18k, plaster, 30 yr old pool replastered 1998, hot central valley of Calif.

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    Re: New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    Quote Originally Posted by tobrien359
    Also, Pool "indoc" is basically pool school by the company.
    I would learn from them about the equipment, but I would skip/ignore their advice about pool chemistry since they are the ones suggesting the very expensive and unnecessary Bioguard stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by tobrien359
    I am not sure which Saltwater Generator they are installing. Which do you recommend?
    Most of the major manufactures are good. Here is what JasonLion said to the same question: http://www.troublefreepool.com/which...5.html#p339765 If you are getting automation (or thinking about it for the future), then you should consider going with the same brand swg. Hayward makes the aquarite. Make sure the cell is sized at least 1.5 to 3 times the volume of your pool...so for yours get at least a 40K cell, 60k would probably be better yet.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    Pay attention to how the backfill is placed. Especially since they are proposing to use on-site soils. I am using the granular soils I have on site to save money and to avoid having to haul off site But I'm placing it in lifts and compacting it, and I plan to wait a while before completing the deck over the filled areas in case it settles. Pool builders want to get it backfilled, pour the deck and get out of there quickly which often results in settled backfill and voids under the deck. Also, as stated previously, try to get a more efficient pump. Massachusetts utilities offer a $200 rebate for efficient pool pumps and you will save enough money on electricity to pay for the pump in no time.
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    When you say "Permacrete" does that still mean it uses a vinyl liner? I ask since my comment about skipping the pool builders advice on pool chemistry is fine if it is a liner pool, but if it is a plaster type pool, then during the startup you generally want to follow their instructions.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Thanks! I will look into the Mass Rebates. We were thinking it might make sense to have the pool itself installed this fall and wait until Spring to install the decking so the earth can settle. do you think this is a good idea?

    Yes, the permacrete pool will have a liner.
    18k, plaster, 30 yr old pool replastered 1998, hot central valley of Calif.

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    It looks like the Mineral springs swg is a hayward aquarite: http://www.parpool-spa.com/page/Pool...s-MS10-20.html, so it may be fine...but I would price it out and see if it is cheaper to get the Hayward labeled one. You would want the 40K cell. Again, skip all of the Mineral Springs chemicals, all you really need is proper pool chemistry and solar softener salt for a swg.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    Who are you leaning toward for a PB? I'm in mass and just starting to muddle through all the options, recommendations and advice. My pool builders I've been talking to have been impressed/annoyed at the knowledge I've learned from here.
    20 x 44 vinyl IG 44,000 gal, Pentair 3hp vs intelliflo, intellichlor and starite heater.
    8 x 10 viking Royal hot tub
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    Re: New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    I am also in MA and going through this process, I am in Western MA though.

    I am pretty sure I am going with Sta-rite equipment, I do not think their is a huge difference between all the companies. I would go with the PB you like the most and just use what they use. Most out my way use Sta-rite or Jandy.
    24X44 IG Vinyl Custom Shaped Pool, Starite S7M400 Cartridge Filter, Starite Sumpermax VS Pump, built July 2015, TF-100 Test Kit, Pentair Intellichlor IC40 SWG, NG Starite SR400 Heater, Easytouch with Screen Logic, Magicstream Laminars, Bullfrog A7 Spa

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    Re: New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    BQ-Send me an email at tobrien359@aol.com and I'll give you the info. We haven't sign a contract yet but are close and still gathering all the info to move forward.
    18k, plaster, 30 yr old pool replastered 1998, hot central valley of Calif.

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    I looked into the permacrete pools when I was in the research phase. A neighbor of mine has one and has had no issues with it at all. But when pricing it out, it was way over the top compared to doing a steel wall pool or a ploymer wall pool. The only company I could find that sold Permacrete was Easton pools which is about 20 minutes from where I live in southeastern MA.

    Based on your specs you have planned, the one main area where cost can get outrageous is on the decking. 750 sqaure feet is not a lot. Unless you are limited in your space for decking, I;d go as big as you can. I originally planned 1000 sqaure feet but ended up at 2100 when all was said and done. Significant added cost!

    Also, I did stamped concrete. I hate it. It's the one thing I regret doing with my pool build. Even with the grit in the sealer, it is super slippery. And it gets HOT. We did a silver base with charcoal. Looks nice but the heat and slippery aspect are tough to deal with. My decking guy offered to do a sealer next spring using 3x the grit for free if I want. I actually might just let the sealer wear off and let nature takes it course with the color fading and such.

    Other than that, I can't really comment on equipment stuff. My PB uses all Pentair stuff and none of it is "state of the art" equipment but it has kepts my pool crystal clear with the proper circulation. I believe mine is a 1hp Whisperflow pump with DE filter (I can't remember all the specific numbers). I have 3 skimmers and 7 returns. Water moves niceley so make sure your PB thinks that the 3 returns and jets on the stairs will be truly sufficient. Last thing you want is an area where water doesn't move.

    Are you doing any kind of heater? I've found that spending money on the heater has paid off very well considering the weather we've had lately. These 50 degree summer nights can really brings the water temps down!
    2012 (late install) 20x40 inground Oasis steel pool with vinyl liner. Pentair DE Filter with Whisper Flow 1HP pump and Pentair 400K BTU heater.
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    Re: New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    Thanks for you info mpkelly, I actually saw your pool build on here and got a lot info from it. We are limited in the space for the pool and decking because we will be fencing it in and it will be fenced in within another fence. But we also already have an existing stamped concrete patio that will be near the fenced in pool area giving us extra room hang out and we plan to connect the existing patio with a walkway that leads to the gate for the pool area. Hopefully we can install 2 gates the will open up wide when the pool is in use. I'm guessing the walkway will probably be no more that 6 feet connecting the 2 areas. Not the most ideal situation but for now it benefits us with having dogs (that don't swim) and an existing one-year old fence that doesn't meet pool code that we don't want to rip down and rebuild. I will reconsider the stamped concrete after your statement, I have heard the same from others and I really don't mind the look of the exposed aggregate.

    We will not be doing a heater right now but the pool builder agreed to have set up so it can be added down the road.

    How did you excavation go and what about your backfill?
    18k, plaster, 30 yr old pool replastered 1998, hot central valley of Calif.

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    Well, excavation went fine. Backfill went fine and I haven't had any major issues with my deck cracking except for one area (which was discussed in my thread). However, one thing I am dealing with is settling under the pool so areas of the vermiculite walls and slant show signs of "sinking". Hasn't impacted the liner....yet and no water issues but my PB wants to fix it at the end of the season. I think that involves draining the pool which I'm not happy about but we will see.

    You mentioned your floors will be cement. Mine are cement too with the walls and slant vermiculite. My fear with the cement is that it is less flexible than vermiculite so I am hoping that any settling doesn't cause cracking which can easily create sharp edges that can cut the liner. So keep that in mind if you have any issues with water tables.
    2012 (late install) 20x40 inground Oasis steel pool with vinyl liner. Pentair DE Filter with Whisper Flow 1HP pump and Pentair 400K BTU heater.
    2016 Marquis Promise Spa (2 pump model)

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    Re: New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    Funny I am actually leaning towards pavers now, I plan to do about 1200 Sq Ft of decking.

    What part of MA do you all live in?
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    I am in Wrentham. I don't believe I will have any issues with water.
    18k, plaster, 30 yr old pool replastered 1998, hot central valley of Calif.

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    Franklin, but at he corner of wrentham by West st. Really interested in hearing your research notes and other info.
    20 x 44 vinyl IG 44,000 gal, Pentair 3hp vs intelliflo, intellichlor and starite heater.
    8 x 10 viking Royal hot tub
    tf100 test kit with k-1000 kit.

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    Re: New Inground Pool - Built in Massachusetts

    Wow you guys are where I used to live, I have since moved to Western MA.

    Good luck with your pools!!!
    24X44 IG Vinyl Custom Shaped Pool, Starite S7M400 Cartridge Filter, Starite Sumpermax VS Pump, built July 2015, TF-100 Test Kit, Pentair Intellichlor IC40 SWG, NG Starite SR400 Heater, Easytouch with Screen Logic, Magicstream Laminars, Bullfrog A7 Spa

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    I'm right in Wampum Corner area, BQ, you are closeby.
    18k, plaster, 30 yr old pool replastered 1998, hot central valley of Calif.

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    Bout 5 miles...love Cafe Assissi.
    20 x 44 vinyl IG 44,000 gal, Pentair 3hp vs intelliflo, intellichlor and starite heater.
    8 x 10 viking Royal hot tub
    tf100 test kit with k-1000 kit.

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