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    Last Summer's Project

    Mods - if this is not allowed I will take it down ASAP

    As my signature suggests, I teach in the winter and do pools in the summer. I was the quintessential "Newb" when I found this site. I had bought a house with a pool and had been "pool stored." I vowed that it would never happen again. I learned all I could (STILL learning!!) and set off to do all my own pool maintenance and chemistry.

    After a layoff, I started the company. I needed some money, I had most of the tools and knowlege and a friend that built pools who needed someone to tie up loose ends. I learned a lot from him on the physical side...but that has blossomed into this - a full remodel. I am posting this to show all you DIYers what is possible. I am one guy. I sometimes enlist some help. This is mostly me and my high-school guy that did this...

    So here is the story - a very nice and very pregnant lady called me in late May of last year. It was hot and she had bought a foreclosure with a pool. Said it needed a liner and some concrete replaced. I stopped by thinking I could be in and out fast...this is what I found:

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    So this was a big job - to make matters worse, this was an "Oasis" pool and had one skimmer and one return. In a box. In the ground. That included the filter and pump. Did I mention it was in the ground??
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    Someone had added a chlorinator using flex PVC, and the fitting let go under the deck, washing the fill from under the concrete.

    I started with a little labor and some tools getting the concrete out...
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    Then, I cut out most of the "pump box," and attached a new skimmer, plumbed a low-water pickup, and put in TWO returns. I know, for this large pool, that is not enough, but the budget would not allow more, because of the extensive amount of concrete that would have to be removed to do more. The previous owner was a concrete contractor...

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    well, up to my limit on space - I will support and post more later...
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    Re: Last Summer's Project

    Hats off to you, a teacher! Wow, this is going to be fascinating. My summer reading is coming from this forum! I'll be waiting for the next pictures and posts. Thanks for taking the time to share your renovation project with us. Take care! Suz.
    Suz~Cypress area~ 2015 pool build. 23K gallons. IG swcg system. 35'x18'; 573sf; 104' perim; depth 4'-7'. Bubblers, sheer descents, 7' spa. Jandy: color LEDs; 2HP 2sp pump; 1HP 2sp pump; spa pump; 580 cartridge; 400K BTU; Dolphin M500; PS8; Inline chlorinator not used; Aqua Pure 1400. Blue Granite Sheen. Travertine deck. Lightstreams Peacock Blue TF-100, K-1766, SpeedStir

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    Re: Last Summer's Project

    Great post! Looking forward to more.
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    Re: Last Summer's Project

    Might be tomorrow before I can get to more - gotta change a pump motor this afternoon and FINALLY get my own pool right...been slamming for a couple of days now...
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    Polaris 280 w/ PB4 booster

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    Re: Last Summer's Project

    All right.... We'll try to be patient, but don't wait too long. We're a greedy group for pictures! Suz.
    Suz~Cypress area~ 2015 pool build. 23K gallons. IG swcg system. 35'x18'; 573sf; 104' perim; depth 4'-7'. Bubblers, sheer descents, 7' spa. Jandy: color LEDs; 2HP 2sp pump; 1HP 2sp pump; spa pump; 580 cartridge; 400K BTU; Dolphin M500; PS8; Inline chlorinator not used; Aqua Pure 1400. Blue Granite Sheen. Travertine deck. Lightstreams Peacock Blue TF-100, K-1766, SpeedStir

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    Re: Last Summer's Project

    Quote Originally Posted by msumoose View Post
    Might be tomorrow before I can get to more - gotta change a pump motor this afternoon and FINALLY get my own pool right...been slamming for a couple of days now...
    So typical- how the cobbler's childrens own shoes are worn out!
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