Been stalking TFP for a couple months, and really appreciate the wealth of information here. I started a pool build in Dallas in April, and we are pretty much to the point of plastering - hopefully week after next. The electrician finished up on Friday, and this week is the fence installation. Some random questions:
1. We have blue tile, and are thinking to go with a blue plaster, with a little bit of "granularity" in it. The plaster guy mixes it himself, vs. buying it from a commercial plaster company. Is this acceptable?
2. There is a multicolor LED light in the bid. But if we go with blue plaster, will the colors in the LED light seem odd, when reflected on blue plaster?
3. I have an electric rate plan that provides "free" usage from 9pm until 6am. I think pool pumps typically run 4-6 hours a day - can this all be at night, or at least between those hours? Would be great not to have to pay any additional electric.
4. Does a heat pump in Dallas/north Texas provide any additional weeks to the swim season here? I didn't add one to the bid, because it can be installed at any time - so can add in the fall if needed.
Pool particulars: 25k gallon (I think) rectangular pool - about 3.5' on the shallow end, and 8 feet on the deep end - 16x36. No spa - very simple design.