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Thread: New pool build... eliminating leaks.

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    Oct 2013
    Managua, Nicaragua

    New pool build... eliminating leaks.

    We are building a pool here on the outskirts of Managua, Nicaragua. The sprayed on concrete process is not available here, so we are doing it the old fashioned way; Pouring the floor first and then forming up the walls and pouring that. I will have a cold joint where the vertical walls meet the slab. I've been looking at a product made from PVC, made in the states, and is 6" wide. This ribbon of PVC is inserted half way into the fresh concrete of the slab, leaving 3" sticking into the air. The concrete for the walls is poured over it, leaving this PVC ribbon imbedded in the middle of the cold joint seam. You builders out there - is this necessary or is this overkill for this application? A 100' roll of this stuff is nearly 100 lbs. and to get it down here in some ones luggage won't work as it will exceed the weight limit. Should I go with the cold joint, seal it up the best I can with some sort of epoxy sealant painted on 24" above the joint and 24" away from the joint on the floor? We'll be putting on a pile of concrete all around the bottom corners of the pool, where the wall meets the floor. Maybe that is enough....?

    Thank you.
    Outskirts of Managua, Nicaragua. 50,000 gallon in ground 60' x 20' poured concrete pool with an attached jacuzzi, deep end of 9' 4", shallow end of 4'. Two Pentair salt water generators, two Pentair Intelliflow XF variable speed 3 HP pumps, two Pentair Clean and Clear Plus 520 sq. ft. cartridge filters, two Pentair Intellibrite LED pool lights, one Pentair Intellibrite LED spa light.

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    Aug 2012
    Elverson Pa.

    Re: New pool build... eliminating leaks.

    Sorry I don't have an answer for you but somebody should be along to point you in the right direction. 😎
    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 pool build... eliminating leaks.

    I would recommend the ribbon. Here in the states thirty plus years ago we built manure pits without that ribbon and we had leaks atbthe cold joints. The epoxy would be an added safety against a leak in the cold joints.
    Over 30 years in the pool business
    We build vinyl, fiberglass, stainless steel pools
    Certified in Hydraulics

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