Please do not double post. I deleted the other thread. Thanks, jblizzle
I'm going to be putting in a pool in the East Valley (Chandler) and I'm intrigued by the prospect of DIY with subcontractors. Our old pool was built with Paddock and we want the same design with just a couple minor tweaks. I've seen several of you have done this and I was wondering if it's something that's manageable by 2 people who work full time? Plus I have no idea where to look for a designer or subcontractors other than craigslist or the phone book. How do you make sure that the subs are all on the same page about the work that's being done and coordinate the times? Is it worth it?
We've gotten a bid already from a guy that was recommended by the pool store guy that we trust. His bid is actually slightly cheaper than what we spent on the original build with Paddock. I'm wondering how much I'd really be saving. Our budget is around 35k. I compared that to the guy in vegas that's building a pool of similar size and it looks like his final price is going to be close to the bid I was given.
The pool is 30x11 that goes from 3.5 feet to 6.5 feet with a 10x12 tanning shelf. We are using DE for the filter and adding a water shear and 2 scuppers on a side wall. We're also putting in a gas heater, a chiller, an ozonator, and 2 LED lights. One complaint we had with Paddock is that they used a junky ozonator and they hooked it straight into the pump drain. I'll be changing that with this pool and making sure they hook up a good one correctly.
Our old pool had 1 pump that ran everything, but I'm wondering if I might want to add another pump because of the chiller. With water flowing through the chiller, we can only run the pump at full speed so it's either on or off. Would it be better to run one pump for the filter and have everything else running off another pump? That way I can run the filter pump at low speed all the time and turn on the other pump when I want to run the heater/chiller/water features.
Here's a picture of the pool
Here's the water features