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Thread: Just starting: Major pitfalls we should look out for??

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    Just starting: Major pitfalls we should look out for??

    We're digging next week!!
    Exciting and ...well...scary!!
    I would love for you to share stories and experience, so we can be on the look out for major pitfalls in the poolbuilding process. This is our first pool and I feel very nervous, just as much as excited.
    Our specs:
    Northern California
    33' X 19' free form pool
    Sport pool 3.5 X 6 X 4 deep
    18,000 gallon
    Raised bond beam with flagstone face chip & cut (18") on one side
    2 ton Calistoga waterfall ( 4' X 4' X 3')
    750 sq.feet of stamped colored concrete decking
    Tanning shelf
    Wetedge Satin Matrix (don't have a color picked out yet)
    Flagstone coping (Oklahoma?)
    Equipment: Jandy 2 speed
    460 sq.ft. Jandy fibeglass cartridge filter
    Polaris 360 cleaner

    Would happily post a plan and drawings if only I knew how

    Any thoughts or comments would be highly appreciated!!
    I will keep updating this post.

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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Just starting: Major pitfalls we should look out for??

    A new build is always exciting!

    For the first while, everything is the builders responsibility. Once there is water in the pool, you need to communicate with the builder and find out what is their responsibility and what is your responsibility. Some builders take care of everything for the first several weeks after there is water in the pool, others leave everything to you the moment there is water in the pool, and most are somewhere in between.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Just starting: Major pitfalls we should look out for??

    Hi! Welcome!

    The more knowledge you arm yourself with, the better you will be able to avoid any pitfalls.

    Asking lots and lots of questions on this forum will really help you understand and share the experiences of others that have built prior to you. Keep us posted and post some pics as you progress. Best of luck...we all love new builds.
    Dave S. - Forum owner
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
    TFTestkits , PoolMath , Pool School

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    Feb 2008
    Flower Mound, TX

    Re: Just starting: Major pitfalls we should look out for??

    Welcome to TFP!

    Now would be a good time to start doing some reading if you haven't already started. Click the "pool school" link at the top of the page to get started. Additionally, it would be a great idea to pick up a high quality test kit and most would suggest a TF-100 from Trouble Free Test Kits. Follow the link in Dave's (duraleigh) signature line to purchase one. Having a good test kit on hand and understanding the "why's" of water balance will save lots of $$$$ and time.

    We all love to see build pics so post away. And when questions arise (and they will), ask away. Odds are, you will find the answer here.

    Good luck!
    10K gallon IG gunite with waterfall; Pentair CC320P filter; WhisperFlo 2 HP pump
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