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    Well, here we go

    Looks like we're about to start with our build! Just in time for 'no swimming' weather, HA!

    We have a big pecan tree coming down as I type (breaks my heart to take it, but I'll plant 2 more somewhere else), and barring rain the dig should start on Wednesday or Thursday. Here is the design...will post up progress pictures as we go. Fun to look at and all.


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    Re: Well, here we go

    Awesome! I know the feeling. We're scheduled to dig tomorrow, pending rain I assume. Excited to see it come together!

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    Quick pic from phone on the tree removal. Will get a few 'before' pics up later.

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    Looks like we're about to start with our build! Just in time for 'no swimming' weather, HA!
    You could go down to the zoo and get a couple of polar bears to test/break in your new pool while waiting for warmer weather. LOL... Good luck and your design looks very good...
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    Thank God for the rain...but it is putting us behind on the dig. Funny thing, I was uncharacteristically aggravated by this until my wife said: "Who cares, it's not like we're going to be losing swimming time" or something like that.

    Bring on the rain!

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    Eweberdc, I really like the design and the water features, wish I would have done that. And, good call on the pecan tree. I have one I didn't take down - I love the canopy of shade it provides, but I could do without the ill-mannered squirrels who drop LOTS of their 1/2 eaten pecans in the pool!

    Congratulations, can't wait to see pics of your build!

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    No construction to date, but it almost looks like we have a 'natural' pool with all this rain...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerlisal View Post
    Eweberdc, I really like the design and the water features, wish I would have done that. And, good call on the pecan tree. I have one I didn't take down - I love the canopy of shade it provides, but I could do without the ill-mannered squirrels who drop LOTS of their 1/2 eaten pecans in the pool!

    Congratulations, can't wait to see pics of your build!
    Oh yeah, pecan trees are a huge mess! We had to rake and bag 35+ bags of leaves last year. I could only imagine that tree dumping into the pool...

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    Oh gosh look at that rain. My yard looked the same, sadly it was after they had already dug a hole. My PB joked they had decided they were just going to build me a wall.
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    OMG, look at that rain! Well should be easier for them to dig when it drains.
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    Re: Well, here we go

    This is probably obvious (but I know better than that by now) but the elevation of your pool is going to be critical. I'd want it up well above the water level you have in that picture. A foot up wouldn't be too much in my mind. And surely you'll want hydrostatic valves to keep your pool from floating during construction and later when empty.
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    Good point and of real concern based on the photo above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmoreswim View Post
    This is probably obvious (but I know better than that by now) but the elevation of your pool is going to be critical. I'd want it up well above the water level you have in that picture. A foot up wouldn't be too much in my mind. And surely you'll want hydrostatic valves to keep your pool from floating during construction and later when empty.
    Oh yeah, the pool will be built 12" + above the current yard level...at the level of our porch. The PB is well aware of our drainage situation and is helping us put in better drainage lanes and systems, as well as bringing in some dirt to contour the area immediately around the pool. I think we'll be okay.

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    Re: Well, here we go

    Reguarding the picture in post #7,
    I would advise a SLAM due to the green growing in the forground, and i would check the filter on that pump, the water seems a little brown like it isnt filtering well enough.. LOL..
    Keep us updated on the construction....
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    Re: Well, here we go

    Well, the dig has started. Here are a few pics of the yard before the pool and the dig progress. Should have all the dirt out of there by the end of the day today!

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    Wow the soil sure is different lower down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cwescapexlt4x4 View Post
    Wow the soil sure is different lower down.
    I was very, very, very happy to see that caliche come out at about 5 1/2 feet. The black gumbo around here is terrible for structural integrity.

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    Re: Well, here we go

    Steel is done, plumbing starting today. Will add a few pictures this afternoon.
    Last edited by eweberdc; 10-01-2014 at 01:56 PM. Reason: pics

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    Looking good! Bagging leaves are a pain but I bet you'll miss the pecans...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melt In The Sun View Post
    Looking good! Bagging leaves are a pain but I bet you'll miss the pecans...
    My wife and I don't actually love pecans...but we will definitely miss that tree!

    Here are a few pic updates...








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    Looking good! Can't wait to see it with gunite!
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