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    About to take the plunge

    Hi All,

    About to sign with a pool builder in Austin, TX (man are pools $$$ here!).

    IG Gunite with spa. Will try and posts some pics along the way.

    I think I'm being realistic with the timeframe. I don't expect it to be completed before the middle of Sept, but have decided to go with a heater, so should get some use out of it this year.

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    Re: About to take the plunge

    Hi, welcome to TFP! Has hot as its been lately, you might not need to crank up a heater until October!
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    Re: About to take the plunge

    Welcome!

    Now is an ideal time to plan things. It's swim season! Go sit in the proposed location and have a cigar. See which way the summer wind blows, if you don't already know. Put your skimmer at the extreme downwind end. It's a huge pet peeve of mine that mine isn't. The slightest breeze will push all the floating debris right on past it where it gets waterlogged and sinks so I can vacuum it out. No amount of circulation will overcome a breeze. If I got to design my pool from scratch, I wouldn't care if it meant a fifty foot pipe run to get that that skimmer in the right spot.

    And while they'd trenching and wiring and plumbing everything... be sure to include a number of 110V outlets, to plug in a stereo, vacuum cleaner, sump pump, whatever. It's easy to add while it's being built. You also want a hose bib nearby, to wash the deck or clean the filter or whatever.
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    Re: About to take the plunge

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Welcome!

    Now is an ideal time to plan things. It's swim season! Go sit in the proposed location and have a cigar. See which way the summer wind blows, if you don't already know. Put your skimmer at the extreme downwind end. It's a huge pet peeve of mine that mine isn't. The slightest breeze will push all the floating debris right on past it where it gets waterlogged and sinks so I can vacuum it out. No amount of circulation will overcome a breeze. If I got to design my pool from scratch, I wouldn't care if it meant a fifty foot pipe run to get that that skimmer in the right spot.

    And while they'd trenching and wiring and plumbing everything... be sure to include a number of 110V outlets, to plug in a stereo, vacuum cleaner, sump pump, whatever. It's easy to add while it's being built. You also want a hose bib nearby, to wash the deck or clean the filter or whatever.
    Thanks for the information, I didn't think about those things and have added a couple of outlets. I'll check the wind direction, but the way the yard is situated, there isn't too much wind. I'm in a valley that is pretty well blocked, but will check it out anyway.

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