Recent content by blbncsu

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    Equipment Location

    I vote for B by the A/C units. Like noted in the summer your AC will be running and louder than any pumps. I like the idea of having all my mechanicals in one spot. It may also save some money on having to run power out to pumps/heaters since its near the house. Do some nice...
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    Brand new pump running dry for hours

    I would at least expect them to come and replace any seals that could have gotten ruined by running dry. The only time I ever use a pool company is to close my pool at the end of the year. One year they closed it all down but never tripped the breaker on the pump - so it turned itself on per...
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    Furniture the good, the bad, and....

    We have the basic coated/painted aluminum pool side furniture. Its held up well for us. Do spend a bit more on getting Sunbrella type of cushions - I think they make a big difference and worth it. We also have a deck-side box we store the cushions in when not in use which I'm sure helps. And we...
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    New Vinyl Pool Build - Pittsboro NC

    We too went with Rising Sun and no issues as we head into our 6th pool season. One piece of advice is to have them perhaps install the threaded unions on the pipes that go into the sand filter. They didn't do that on mine and I'm going to have to go in and add them in a few weeks so I can get...
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    AquaCal heat pump

    My pool isn't much larger (at least based on the size you have in your sig) and I have an AquaComfort 75k BTU heat-pump. A heat pump is meant to provide an on-going slow amount of heat and run for a longer time. Versus a gas heater which I would say delivers more heat in a shorter period of...
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    Pool excavation/removal

    Not a direct help but the house behind ours that recently was sold had their vinyl pool just filled in. Granted I never saw the former owner in it nor the new one's so to each their own - made me cry on the inside a bit though! But being able to look over the fence I think they just had 2...
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    Walk-In Pool Steps

    For what its worth after all the other comments: - We have 6' wide vinyl lines steps. As noted they are steel steps, then covered with a foam padding before the liner goes atop them. Not fully backfilled so the top 2 steps does have a bit of a 'springy' feel to it. - I would say they did...
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    Floating Liner Help ?

    Hey all, did some searching already but could use some more advice. We've had about 8" of rain over 2 days here! Now we've had major tropical storms and rains before but this is the first time the liner has floated and pulled away from the coping and walls. 1. I noticed this morning my...
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    backwash hose?

    I haven't heard of the used fire-hose option! I may look into that. I've always had to use the flimsy 50' blue "hose" - and at best I usually get 1 year out of it before it just bursts at the seams and makes a crazy mess all over. It would have been ideal to hard plumb it underground to the...
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    To heat or not to heat?

    I can speak for the area I guess. When we got our pool installed we paid a bit extra to get it "pre-wired" for a pool heater. At the time its not much cost since they are build it anyways and running electrical. From there we used the pool for the first season just to get a feel for what it was...
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    New Build - Vinyl Lagoon in North Carolina

    Looks good! I remember this time 4 years ago getting ours installed! It may be too late now..but when we did ours we had an option for the skimmer lid to be "poured" with the same concrete as the decking so it becomes hidden. With the warm weather we've had recently makes me really want to...
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    Considering Vinyl

    I wouldn't say it "feels" cheap to swim in. Its obviously not going to look like a concrete pool and one can tell the difference. However given the cost differences (at least in our area) it made sense with vinyl. Not to mention the neighborhood and house prices can't justify the added expense...
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    Lounge Chairs vs Deep Seating vs Dinning Set

    I agree with the above. When I was designing my pool and patio area I laid out what seating I wanted and where to ensure the concrete patio would accommodate it all. Went online to find general dimensions of each item. 2 lounge chairs with a table (used the most and sun facing), a 4 person...
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    Cover pump for the winter?

    If I recall my Hayward pump manual says to NOT cover the pump since condensation can get trapped under the cover and lead to rust or other issues. Not sure if its a big deal one way or another.
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    Do you have pool regrets?

    Like many others here we definitely don't regret getting a pool. We installed it right after our first boy turned 1. We now have a 4.5, 2.5, and 2 month old. Swim lessons year round have been a must. - I wanted a pool more than the wife. It took about a year to get around to it. One of the...