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    Pool Renovation in Southern California

    Hey Guys, I'm about to do a few updates to my pool and figured I'd keep a log of the work here.

    Its an in ground gunite pool with that is a amoeba shape with an attached spa. Its ~32x16 and about 10' deep on the deep end. I have had a couple pool guys estimate it around ~18k-20k gallons. The deck is in rough shape and the plaster/tile is even worse. We're guessing the pool is 30ish years old...

    So far I have replaced the heater (an ancient monster that apparently caught on fire once) with a Pentair 400k BTU heater
    Replaced the pump motor (its a WhisperFlo WFE-3) that was in pretty rough shape
    The filter was an ancient stainless DE filter that I couldn't find any discernible label as towards the manufacturer. Its been replaced with a Pentair SMBW 4060
    We also completely re-did the plumbing in the pump house and replaced the equipment pads. Before it was a hodgepodge of 1.5" copper and PVC.

    We're about to tear up the whole pool deck and have it re-poured as it has settled and cracked badly over the last 30 years.
    We're going to Raise the Spa walls 12" with a bench top, add two jets and add a spa light with a spillover waterfall into the pool.
    Finally we're going to retile and replaster the pool with quartz. We're still a bit undecided on the color of the quartz but we're leaning towards darker colors.

    Here are a couple before pics:







    15,500 gallon outdoor in-ground 17'x35' quartz pool w/ attached spa; Pentair WhisperFlo WFE-3 pump (3/4hp); Pentair SMBW4060 DE Filter (58sf, 160Gpm), Pentair MasterTemp Heater (400k BTU/hr) Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: Pool Renovation in Southern California

    Welcome to TFP!

    Looks like you have something really nice to work with. I enjoy the "reno" threads, and will be back to check on this as it goes.
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    Re: Pool Renovation in Southern California

    Welcome to TFP !!
    Keep us posted with pic's and good luck on the renovations !!
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    Re: Pool Renovation in Southern California

    If you had copper pipes I would guess the age at something closer to 40 years, cooper pipe became real rare real fast once cooper prices sky rocketed in the late 70's
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    Re: Pool Renovation in Southern California

    not much of an update but the pool is ~ 1/2 drained at this point. Demo starts tomorrow!!!

    15,500 gallon outdoor in-ground 17'x35' quartz pool w/ attached spa; Pentair WhisperFlo WFE-3 pump (3/4hp); Pentair SMBW4060 DE Filter (58sf, 160Gpm), Pentair MasterTemp Heater (400k BTU/hr) Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: Pool Renovation in Southern California

    Quote Originally Posted by Isaac-1
    If you had copper pipes I would guess the age at something closer to 40 years, cooper pipe became real rare real fast once cooper prices sky rocketed in the late 70's
    It was PVC below the ground and copper above...

    This is before (the only pic I have of the old plumbing right after I replaced the motor):



    And now:
    15,500 gallon outdoor in-ground 17'x35' quartz pool w/ attached spa; Pentair WhisperFlo WFE-3 pump (3/4hp); Pentair SMBW4060 DE Filter (58sf, 160Gpm), Pentair MasterTemp Heater (400k BTU/hr) Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: Pool Renovation in Southern California

    Day 2:

    The plaster is history!





    Concrete Demo is Scheduled tomorrow followed by raising the spa on Thursday
    15,500 gallon outdoor in-ground 17'x35' quartz pool w/ attached spa; Pentair WhisperFlo WFE-3 pump (3/4hp); Pentair SMBW4060 DE Filter (58sf, 160Gpm), Pentair MasterTemp Heater (400k BTU/hr) Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: Pool Renovation in Southern California

    My wife snapped this picture during lunch today:

    15,500 gallon outdoor in-ground 17'x35' quartz pool w/ attached spa; Pentair WhisperFlo WFE-3 pump (3/4hp); Pentair SMBW4060 DE Filter (58sf, 160Gpm), Pentair MasterTemp Heater (400k BTU/hr) Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: Pool Renovation in Southern California

    Wow! That's a lot of work! You mentioned a darker quartz finish - we are having wet edge barbados installed - here's a photo from the builders website of one of their pools with it installed. I can't wait to see how it looks in mine!

    URL=http://s1006.photobucket.com/user/Readyforapool/media/image_zps2324b580.jpg.html][/URL]
    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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