Recent content by dotbombjoe

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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    ...and nearly two years after gunite, the pool finally looks like a pool! Plaster is on...aquabrite Mon/Tues.
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    Plaster going on tomorrow!!!! Aquabrite going on Monday+Tuesday. Should have water in the pool on Wed/Thurs...can't wait!
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    Great question. I expect we will need to regularly drain and clean the feature. The burner is stainless steel so that will limit what we can keep in the water re: chemicals. I may be able to use ferric oxide to control the phosphates and limit algae growth but my base assumption is that the...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    ...the rest of the stone is on the courtyard water+fire feature. Here is the pic from the same angle as above: ...and here is from the front: I love soapstone and wanted to incorporate it into the side yard somehow so I designed this water+fire feature. I think it came out pretty cool...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    I'll DM you re: the pool builder -- not sure what the policies are about naming names. re: the grill, it is an Alfresco ALXE-36. It is a pretty ridiculously priced brand but I hunted around over the past few years for great deals on scratch & dent models so it wasn't nearly so bad. So far so...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    More progress...we almost had water in the pool last week but due to misdelivered spa fittings we had to reschedule the plaster...hopefully for sometime next week. In the meantime, a lot more things are coming together although still a lot of things left to do and lots of details. But here are...
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    Trying to find the right robot

    Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated...I'll focus in on track-based models.
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    Trying to find the right robot

    So, I have a relatively small pool but it has a lot of bench...basically, bench or stairs on 3 of the 4 sides of the rectangular pool. Does anyone have a pool with lots of bench or stairs and a great experience with their robot? I'm wondering if this could be a reason for one of the robots...
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    Plumbing question...how bad is it?

    We're going with Pacific Blue it seems like. He thought ice ice bay bay could work but I think he felt the darker color might work best given our pool depth, benches and whatnot. I'm decision'ed out at this point...as we used to say when I got married, it's just a freakin' cake... I'll let...
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    Pentair IntelliCenter Review and Information

    I wish they would open-source this stuff; it would be nice to be able to pitch in.
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    Plumbing question...how bad is it?

    Awesome, that makes me feel a lot better! Yeah, it's about 12" before the elbow/tees. I know any fitting or valve contributes to loss calculations so I was thinking that may factor in some way; the manual says "valve, elbow or tee" but it makes sense to me that elbow/tee would be the bigger...
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    Plumbing question...how bad is it?

    So, my plumbing was done the yesterday and from what I see, the plumber didn't comply with some of the basic instructions in the manual. I have two Intelliflow VSF and a Whisperflow 2HP and from what I can see, there should be at least 10" of straight pipe leading into the pumps before a...
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    Spa Vs Stand Alone Hot Tub? Help! Save my marriage.

    I'm still waiting for my build to finish, but I've seen some builds where people built a standalone beside the pool in a way that makes it almost look completely integrated. You need permanent/convenient access to at least one of the spa for maintenance but depending on your design, that could...
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    Plaster, Pebble, Aquabrite, oh my!

    We're approaching plaster day. Our original quote included a plaster finish with a ~$5k upgrade to ntp stonescapes mini-pebble finish. We are also considering aquabrite, which is a lot more than the pebble. My wife and son have never loved the pebble pools they've been in -- too...
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    Equipment on a pad or is loose stone ok?

    They used a sort of foam material everywhere the concrete met with another surface (ie, the house or the fence); hard to see in the pics.