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    New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    I just finished with our pool build in Fort Worth. I thought I'd share the progress with ya'll. They worked mostly 6 days / week and it's been about 4 weeks.

    Pool size = 16'x30' ... 14,000 gallons
    Interior Surface = QuartzBrite

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    I'd like to add this to my own post here. I built with Paul Miller Custom Pools in Keller, TX. I have been very disappointed in this builder. He sure built me a pretty pool and our family loves it but the minute he collected our last check he has been extraordinarily difficult to work with. We've had construction / workmanship problems and he was happy to have those looked at while we still owed money but he's really drug his feet lately.

    ie: the pool didn't hold water when it was first filled, an LED light went out immediately, a fountain was leaky, we had huge trouble with double and triple billing, etc - those were fixed relatively quickly with minimal effort. But other things he tried to completely skip out on like rebuilding our fence with steel posts or repairing the irrigation in our neighbors yard that he broke (sore spot because I paid $1,000 for all irrigation repairs - he knew he had to regrade and reinstall their fence but refused to fix 3 sprinklers and 2 pipes his crew broke).

    After he cashed the last check he took 6 weeks to resolve a problem with our fence. It actually only got resolved after I filed a complain with the BBB. He never replaced a timer that his electricians swapped out. He didn't install the volleyball sleeves at all (gave me a reason why something changed and we didn't qualify for a volleyball net in our 5' deep pool). He hasn't even looked at a drainage issue where water stands around my shed and fence because they accidentally removed a French drain (that he was aware of prior to starting construction). You can see it pulled out in the excavation pics. One of our gutter downspouts never got replaced.

    Where he once was very easy to get ahold of and very quick to reply to any email... he now takes weeks and skirts around my questions or warranty claims. One time he actually replied to my email stating that he was denying all current and future warranty claims because he thought a bill hadn't been paid. He was wrong (double billing) but its been months and I have yet to get anything in writing back stating that he'll reinstate the warranties and acknowledge that everything has been paid for 100%. He still does some repairs but only after extraordinary measures have been taken.

    The pool is nice but hopefully someone else searching for information on this builder will use this and proceed with caution. We do love the pool but we've had to go to some pretty extreme means to get service.
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    Day 1 - Permits arrive, yard sign & review painting on yard (we increased size)



    Day 2 - Excavation





    Day 3 & 4 - Steel (grounding)



    Day 5 & 6 - Plumbing



    Day 7 - Equipment set

    New Pool: 22 x 35 | StoneScape Mini - Midnight Blue | ~17,500 gallons | Jandy Equipment - Built spring 2015 (click for details and pictures)
    Old Pool: 16 x 30 | QuartzBrite | 14,000 gallons | Pentair Equipment - Built summer of 2013 (click for details and pictures)

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth

    Day 8 - Gunnite






    Day 9 - Electric



    Day 10 - Tile



    Day 11-14 - Stonework



    New Pool: 22 x 35 | StoneScape Mini - Midnight Blue | ~17,500 gallons | Jandy Equipment - Built spring 2015 (click for details and pictures)
    Old Pool: 16 x 30 | QuartzBrite | 14,000 gallons | Pentair Equipment - Built summer of 2013 (click for details and pictures)

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    Day 15 - Deck frame & steel



    Day 16 - Deck pour




    Day 17 - Cleanup of plumbing and seal fixtures



    Day 18 - Plaster



    New Pool: 22 x 35 | StoneScape Mini - Midnight Blue | ~17,500 gallons | Jandy Equipment - Built spring 2015 (click for details and pictures)
    Old Pool: 16 x 30 | QuartzBrite | 14,000 gallons | Pentair Equipment - Built summer of 2013 (click for details and pictures)

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    Day 19 - Acid Wash & Fill






    Day 19.5 - Moved the shed back closer to the fence



    Day 20 - Site cleanup & final grade



    New Pool: 22 x 35 | StoneScape Mini - Midnight Blue | ~17,500 gallons | Jandy Equipment - Built spring 2015 (click for details and pictures)
    Old Pool: 16 x 30 | QuartzBrite | 14,000 gallons | Pentair Equipment - Built summer of 2013 (click for details and pictures)

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    Day 21 - Irrigation




    Day 22 - Sod




    Day 23 - New fence




    Day 24 - Clean & Stain old fence


    New Pool: 22 x 35 | StoneScape Mini - Midnight Blue | ~17,500 gallons | Jandy Equipment - Built spring 2015 (click for details and pictures)
    Old Pool: 16 x 30 | QuartzBrite | 14,000 gallons | Pentair Equipment - Built summer of 2013 (click for details and pictures)

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    Day 25 - Pool fence installation.



    New Pool: 22 x 35 | StoneScape Mini - Midnight Blue | ~17,500 gallons | Jandy Equipment - Built spring 2015 (click for details and pictures)
    Old Pool: 16 x 30 | QuartzBrite | 14,000 gallons | Pentair Equipment - Built summer of 2013 (click for details and pictures)

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    Wow! Looks great and talk about fast! Beautiful pool!
    34x17 Freeform Gunite IGP and spa (approx 17k gal)
    Hayward 2HP/2SP TriStar Filter Pump & Tristar Booster
    ProLogic PS-8 and AquaPod
    400k Heater
    CLI Sunstone Quartz Plaster

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    *mostly* completed project:





    New Pool: 22 x 35 | StoneScape Mini - Midnight Blue | ~17,500 gallons | Jandy Equipment - Built spring 2015 (click for details and pictures)
    Old Pool: 16 x 30 | QuartzBrite | 14,000 gallons | Pentair Equipment - Built summer of 2013 (click for details and pictures)

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    Very nice!

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    Nice pool, I like the design and the blue. Great choice

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    Looks great !
    Jeff
    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    That looks awesome! Enjoy!

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    Liquidator Installation

    No drilling needed which is my kind of install. I hooked up the "IN" side to the existing chlorinator. There was an extra plug already on the top of the chlorinator so I was able to use one of the 3/8" adapters they gave me on it. That means that if I need to bump my CYA or want to use the chlorinator then all I have to do is add a puck or two. No loss of function.


    The "OUT" is attached to the plug on the bottom of the pump. Again, I just replaced the old plug with the new adapter they gave me.


    Provided the seals are all good its just as easy as running the tube through the correct side of the LQ and turning on the pump. Wait for water to fill the LQ and add bleach.


    Sorry for less-than-perfect pics.
    New Pool: 22 x 35 | StoneScape Mini - Midnight Blue | ~17,500 gallons | Jandy Equipment - Built spring 2015 (click for details and pictures)
    Old Pool: 16 x 30 | QuartzBrite | 14,000 gallons | Pentair Equipment - Built summer of 2013 (click for details and pictures)

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    Wow! Jealous!!! Looks great!
    - Vanessa
    Almost done! 15x30 IG 3ft-8ft deep | SWG | Spa w/ 400K Natural Gas heater | Blue Granite Pebble sheen | JEP 1.5 VS pump | DE Filter | White/Tan/Charcoal Brick Pavers | Bronze Screen | Solar Panels

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    I didn't feel it fair to report that we had this terrific experience when we did have growing pains. Our builder has been less-than-eager to help us when problems arrived during the build process.

    A nice dual, digital timer was delivered but the electrians swapped it out for this dial-type timer. Works fine but I'm pretty sure we paid for a much nicer model.


    They broke a french drain and water stands behind the pool by our shed. It killed this tree and stands by our fence too.



    We were losing just over 2 inches of water in the pool each NIGHT at first. I was thankful this was fixed within a couple weeks.


    This fountain leaked. Its been repaired twice.


    This fence / gate broke almost immediately after they installed it. The gate actually swung to the wrong side of the fence and jammed. It took 5 1/2 weeks for him to call the fence company. They came out and fixed it two days later.


    I don't have pictures of the problems we've had with the lights or gutters. There's nothing to show on the missing volleyball sleeves or irrigation problems.
    New Pool: 22 x 35 | StoneScape Mini - Midnight Blue | ~17,500 gallons | Jandy Equipment - Built spring 2015 (click for details and pictures)
    Old Pool: 16 x 30 | QuartzBrite | 14,000 gallons | Pentair Equipment - Built summer of 2013 (click for details and pictures)

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    Beautiful pool - sorry to hear about all the issues!
    Finally Done! - 21x34 IG, SWCG, depth - 3.6 - 4.6 - 6.6, Pentair IntelliFlow 3050 vs+svrs, 60 sq ft Pentair DE Filter, 400k BTU Heater, Polaris 280 w/.75 hp booster pump, Pentair EasyTouch wireless, 38 sq ft raised spa, wet edge Barbados quartz finish - ODK w/36 in Napoleon grill

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    Hi. We are looking at same builder but your experience is giving me second thoughts. How's the pool doing since your last update? Have you had any problems with SWG? Thanks for any info/advice you can give me, this is our first pool. Eric

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

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    Geometric pool with all Pentair equipment. Raised spa - 18" with Artic Lagoon 1" glass tiles. 3HP VS Pump, 2 skimmers, 6 returns, IC40 Salt system, Easy Touch 8 with LED color light in pool and spa. 1200 sqft of Marble White Pavers decking in Versailles pattern. Tiling and coping almost completed, Indigo Blue Prism Matrix plaster. Pool Build Thread: Houston (Katy) Pool Build - Started April 2016

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    Re: New build in Fort Worth (timeline with pics of build)

    That's too bad about the problems that came up. I absolutely love the color of your pool, that deep deep blue is so beautiful. I assume only a colored plaster can get such a color.

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