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    Under Construction on the Gulf Coast

    Well, after reading 100's of posts I finally pulled the trigger and bought an IG Vinyl pool kit. It has been sitting in the basement since July while we have waited for a break from the relentless rain this summer. We have a window of opportunity to get this thing in over the coming week(s) and will start laying out the pool tomorrow. Heavy equipment arrives tomorrow evening and digging begins on Saturday. This will be a self-install so lots of questions to come as we power through the next couple of weeks. Here's a list of what I purchased and will be installing:

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    18' x 36' Deer Creek Swimming Pool
    Pool Type: Polymer Panels
    Brace System: Polymer-X-Braces
    Coping: Cantilever-forms-steps
    Shallow End Steps: R-8-Sandstone_Sit-n-Steps
    Handrail & Escutcheons: Standard Grab Rail
    Handrail & Ladder Anchors: Bronze
    Deep-end Entry: 3-Tread-Ladder
    Swimout: 3-Tread-Ladder
    Pool Pump: 2hp Hayward 2 Spd 2"
    Pool Filter: 30" Hayward Sand 2"
    Skimmer-System: R-2skm-3ret
    Chlorinator: Aqua-Plus 4 & 40K Salt Cell
    Maintenance Kit: TF-100
    Pool Light: Niche & Color-Logic LED 100'
    Hand-Curve: Right
    Pool-Depth: Play_5ft-4in
    Non Stock Liner: Savannah 28M
    7-1/2' Spill-over Spa
    color: Sandstone_88
    Jets: 8
    light: SAL
    spa-cover: Brown


    More posts and pics to come
    3736 gal, AG-Intex 15'x48", SWS pump Krystal Clear-CS8110, KC-637R Filter Pump, TF 100 Test Kit, Shreveport LA., Jul 2012

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    Re: Under Construction on the Gulf Coast

    Welcome to the forum. We all love new builds and DIY is especially interesting to many of us.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: Under Construction on the Gulf Coast

    Here's my take on placing the returns, skimmers, and drains. This is a play pool with a 5'-4" center and approx 19,000 gals. I will be using 2" plumbing all around and can add or subtract skimmers or returns as needed. Any advice is welcome, TIA.
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    Re: Under Construction on the Gulf Coast

    Sure would like to get some feedback on this.

    Since posting I've decided to do away with the main drains and add a fourth return. My original plan was to not have any main drains, then some friends with a pool recommended I put them in because if the water level ever fell below the skimmers the pump would run dry. This sounded like good reasoning so I added them even though I really didn't want them. I local PB friend has since recommended adding an auto fill device instead of the main drains as backup to keep the water level above the skimmer. I found a great suggestion on TFP to hook the auto leveler to my irrigation timer to limit the amount of time it can be on.

    I haven't decided where to place the forth return so would appreciate any suggestions.
    3736 gal, AG-Intex 15'x48", SWS pump Krystal Clear-CS8110, KC-637R Filter Pump, TF 100 Test Kit, Shreveport LA., Jul 2012

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    Re: Under Construction on the Gulf Coast

    Quote Originally Posted by oneman546
    Sure would like to get some feedback on this.

    Since posting I've decided to do away with the main drains and add a fourth return. My original plan was to not have any main drains, then some friends with a pool recommended I put them in because if the water level ever fell below the skimmers the pump would run dry. This sounded like good reasoning so I added them even though I really didn't want them. I local PB friend has since recommended adding an auto fill device instead of the main drains as backup to keep the water level above the skimmer. I found a great suggestion on TFP to hook the auto leveler to my irrigation timer to limit the amount of time it can be on.

    I haven't decided where to place the forth return so would appreciate any suggestions.
    Wouldn't having the amount of time that the autofill could be on limited by your irrigation timer then defeat the goal of having it available at all times to ensure that the pump never runs dry? So the water will only be allowed to go below the level of the skimmer while the irrigation timer is in the "on" position? Ok, sorry about the snarky comment...just couldn't resist!

    I'm not sure it really is necessary to have the main drains for that purpose because lots don't, but I was just not following the logic in your comments.
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