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    NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    This all began 1-17-14. The dig took 2 days.


    Rebar work started on 1/20/14

    more rebar work

    more pics Photobucket:http://s300.photobucket.com/user/mrc...an%2017%202014






    It's been bitterly cold so nothing has been done over the past 4 days.


    The basic specs on the pool are
    Size: 12'x21'x36' free form
    Depth: 4'-7'
    Decking: kool deck
    Pump: 2 pumps. One will run water features (more info later)
    Heater: natural gas 400k BTU(more info later)

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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Good to see another Westex native aboard!

    We'll look forward to seeing more on your build so keep us updated. Most of all, Good Luck!
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Oh, Here's a little backstory on our backyard project.

    First, massive Elm had to be removed. We were also getting the exterior of the house fixed up at the same time...that's why the patio looks 1/2 finished.

    1/3 of it decided it wanted to get a closer look at the ground

    so I cut it off and killed a chainsaw in the process

    Paid people to cut the rest down, as the risk of death was fairly high if I'd have tried


    Electricity and cable were both rerouted -in this pic it's only the electricity...but you get the idea (it took us nearly 3 months to get Oncor to move the line).


    Oh, and the dogs area was moved back as well...you can see that in the progression of pics.
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    Size: 12'-21'x39' free form, depth ranging from 4' to 7, attached 6 person spa with spillover.
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Hey, good to see the photos showing up. I'll be checking back to see how it's goin. Looking good so far!
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Well the guys came to the house for a couple of hours yesterday. They got the second skimmer in, and the line between them connected.


    And I guess these are the inlets


    I'm guessing they haven't installed the spa's rebar yet b/c of the complexity of plumbing that will need to go inside it. just a guess.


    I take pics after each day that the workers are at my house. I usually use my real camera, but I've found it's easier to share pics w/ my iphone, so I'll have daily updates :P

    Every so often I'll update the photobucket album with pics from real camera as well.
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Looks like one of each. The one with the "mouth" is a skimmer. It looks like the other may be a return to the pool.

    Interesting though, I've never seen pics where they ran the skimmer line inside the pool/gunite. Usually, these are trenched outside the pool. Perhaps they did that because of limited space. You would have to ask.

    As for spa construction, it is complicated, but it normally comes along with everything else. One thing I've learned is that PB's have some different ways of doing things. Coming along though, and thanks for updating. I'm sick of seeing mine like it is, so it's good to see someone else's moving. It's weather for us though, the tile just came last week, and as you know we are back to nastiness again.

    VERY tired of Winter!!!
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Brushpup View Post
    Looks like one of each. The one with the "mouth" is a skimmer. It looks like the other may be a return to the pool.

    Interesting though, I've never seen pics where they ran the skimmer line inside the pool/gunite. Usually, these are trenched outside the pool. Perhaps they did that because of limited space. You would have to ask.

    As for spa construction, it is complicated, but it normally comes along with everything else. One thing I've learned is that PB's have some different ways of doing things. Coming along though, and thanks for updating. I'm sick of seeing mine like it is, so it's good to see someone else's moving. It's weather for us though, the tile just came last week, and as you know we are back to nastiness again.

    VERY tired of Winter!!!
    Yeah Xavier told me the Flexline was due to limited space...We already have the water feed for the house running between the pool and house, sewer runs other way around pool....lots of pipe in a limited space.

    They were at the house today some, I believe they may return as one left his truck....They worked on the spa (digging some, and putting up the MDF) Pics of todays progress will come tonight or tomorrow.

    EDIT: yup, they came back. woohoo. I love it when they are there! = progress.
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    Equipment: Whisperflo 2hp pump, Pentair 30" sand filter, Pentair Mastertemp 400k BTU heater, 1hp Whisperflo for waterfalls, and a blower for spa floor

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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    I see...figured there had to be some reason. We'll move on ours late this week or early next acoording to PB. Waiting on in to warm up.
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Brushpup View Post
    I see...figured there had to be some reason. We'll move on ours late this week or early next acoording to PB. Waiting on in to warm up.
    Don't look @ the weather for Thurs. I did...and I'm sad.
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    Size: 12'-21'x39' free form, depth ranging from 4' to 7, attached 6 person spa with spillover.
    Equipment: Whisperflo 2hp pump, Pentair 30" sand filter, Pentair Mastertemp 400k BTU heater, 1hp Whisperflo for waterfalls, and a blower for spa floor

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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    All I can tell you is don't be too sad, as someone who is a bit further along - watering gunite and brushing plaster when it's freezing cold is not fun... Here's hoping things warm up soon for y'all! I'm still trying to thaw out, maybe June before it happens!
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Readyforapool View Post
    All I can tell you is don't be too sad, as someone who is a bit further along - watering gunite and brushing plaster when it's freezing cold is not fun... Here's hoping things warm up soon for y'all! I'm still trying to thaw out, maybe June before it happens!

    LOL. That I believe. I was rather uncomfortable just taking these pics yesterday. I believe it topped out around 36deg. I hate winter.

    Anywho, as promised. this is 2/3/14's progress...
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    Size: 12'-21'x39' free form, depth ranging from 4' to 7, attached 6 person spa with spillover.
    Equipment: Whisperflo 2hp pump, Pentair 30" sand filter, Pentair Mastertemp 400k BTU heater, 1hp Whisperflo for waterfalls, and a blower for spa floor

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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Well, at least it's a little progress. Doesn't look like the weather will favor us this week though.
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Yeah, They are working on the plumbing in the spa today since it's finally moderately warm. I'm betting they work as much this week as possible to get to that #2 draw.
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    Size: 12'-21'x39' free form, depth ranging from 4' to 7, attached 6 person spa with spillover.
    Equipment: Whisperflo 2hp pump, Pentair 30" sand filter, Pentair Mastertemp 400k BTU heater, 1hp Whisperflo for waterfalls, and a blower for spa floor

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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Yes sir, that's coming along nicely! I see that dreaded Caliche again. I complain about our Texas Gumbo (Mud), but it has it's benefits. Keep updating
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    The caliche isn't such a bad thing, except in cases where the PB charges you for digging in it! It should provide a nice, stable base for the pool to sit on, and not cause structural issues due to expansion/contraction. We lucked out in that they ran into caliche, but were able to get through it with the excavator, and the dump site was willing to take it (back-fill for a house that was removed). Dodged an expensive bullet!
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Yeah. I compromised on the depth of my pool. I wanted 8ft+. But. The owner/operator of the backhoe already broke the backhoe once in my backyard. They weren't willing to go any more without a jackhammer. That was going to run another 1000.00+ For about 30 mins of hammer time. (Hehehe. Hammer time).

    I came home early today. Here's a pic of today's work. A little plumbing in the spa. And some rebar work.

    Question for u guys...does that seat angle look pretty extreme? I believe u don't want it perfectly flat. To keep dirt and such from settling on the seat. But this looks a bit extreme to my untrained eye. I trust em. But I don't want to assume they are always right.


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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    So that is the spa seat? If so, it does look a little steep to me.

    I'm not sure why you would want or need it to be....

    Did you plan on e slope in the design? There are lots of Spas shown here, and I don't recall seeing sloped seats like that. There is another build running right now where they "scalloped" some seats out, but I don't understand this one. Do update us on it.
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Brushpup View Post
    So that is the spa seat? If so, it does look a little steep to me.

    I'm not sure why you would want or need it to be....

    Did you plan on e slope in the design? There are lots of Spas shown here, and I don't recall seeing sloped seats like that. There is another build running right now where they "scalloped" some seats out, but I don't understand this one. Do update us on it.
    I'll have a chat w/ him. Looks off to me as well. The pools I've seen of his don't have sloped seats like this...and I certainly don't want it.

    I don't know what "e slope" is...
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    That should have been a slope, not e slope. Sorry, typo.

    I hear ya. I wouldn't either. Maybe there is more to the story. I'm sure you can resolve this easily.
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    Re: NEW Gunite IG pool - West Texas

    Are these the 2 returns?? Post# 16 (Picture of PVC flex pipe against rebar). Shouldn't they be in a "looped" system???
    Last edited by Donny; 02-05-2014 at 01:15 PM. Reason: added post#16
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