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Thread: Starting process in NJ -- Timing Q: Shoot now, finish in Spring?

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    Starting process in NJ -- Timing Q: Shoot now, finish in Spring?

    Hi there. So we are starting the process of building a new gunite pool in NJ. We have selected a pool builder and we are having the water table checked to see if we have any depth issues. The plan is for a rectangular pool about 20x40 (maybe a little shorter if necessary to meet setback requirements) with an in-pool flush spa (to accommodate auto cover).

    One of the many questions on the table right now is whether we should push to get the whole job done before frost comes, but then we will have our brand spanking new pool that we will never have used sit through a northeast winter. The other option, which is where we are leaning, is do do permits, excavation, and shoot the shell in the fall, and then pick up in the spring to do plastering and everything else. PB says that once the shell is shot and cured, he doesn't care if it sits there all winter.

    Does that make sense? Any thoughts, or questions we should be asking? Many thanks.

    Al

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    Re: Starting process in NJ -- Timing Q: Shoot now, finish in Spring?

    Yes, it makes perfect sense. New plaster needs frequent maintenance, especially during the first few months, which you can't do when it's closed. We've had some reports of plaster installed in the fall that scales up very badly over the winter. Plus, it just seems like a shame to finish a pool and immediately close it!
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    Re: Starting process in NJ -- Timing Q: Shoot now, finish in Spring?

    First thought that comes to mind is what if, and i stress a big what if, the quality of construction is less than perfect and there are structural issues. Next spring after frost you can inspect closely the shell for damage before the final finish is put on. Growing up in extreme northern Minn. i have seen frost heaving highways 1-3 inches in the spring at breakup.
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    Re: Starting process in NJ -- Timing Q: Shoot now, finish in Spring?

    Thanks for the replies. They help ease my mind. Getting excited.

    Cheers.

    Al

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