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    For most of us, building a pool fulfills a bit of a personal dream. We have visions of spending the summer in the backyard with friends and family, cooking hamburgers on the grill, enjoying a few drinks and just enjoying ourselves. Unfortunately, that dream can become a nightmare if you don't choose the right pool builder. With a little investigating and diligence on your part, you can minimize the chance of getting ripped off and left holding the bill.
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    Water

    When it comes to pools, water is obviously the key ingredient, but it's something that is usually not considered until late in the construction process. Using the "wrong" water can make maintenance of your water chemistry much harder than it needs to be, and may even result in damage or discoloration to your new pool.
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    Vinyl Liner

    Vinyl liner pools are usually the least expensive to install, and go in fairly quickly. They are also the simplest to maintain. They are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Fully custom shapes are also possible, but cost substantially more. The lifetime of a vinyl liner is typically shorter than the lifetime of any of the other surfaces. When the liner wears out, it can be replaced.
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    Purchasing a pool pump can often be frustrating and expensive process. Pool builders often steer customers towards pumps larger than are required for their pool. Over time, a pump which is too large for the plumbing and equipment could not only cause damage to the filter and other components but will use more energy than a smaller pump and not deliver that much more performance for the extra cost in energy.
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    There are three basic types of pool filters, all in widespread use - Sand, DE (diatomaceous earth) and Cartridge. Each type has its pros and cons, but when used properly, any of the three will do an excellent job of keeping your pool clear and free of all but the smallest particles.
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    Aside from the type and size of the pool itself, perhaps the most important decision we make as pool owners that determines how much we will use and enjoy our backyard retreats, is our selection of deck size and material. Modern consumers have a vast array of choices when it comes to decking. Our decisions are based on several important factors - cost, size of area, typical use, and appearance.
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