Recent content by phonedave

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    It’s happening...Gunite!

    Again, I don\t (and never did) build pools for a living. But, in a vertically loaded beam, rebar is not even needed in the top - it does not provide any additional strength. If there are horizontal loadings, or torsional loads, then it does help. It should not be left exposed when all is said...
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    Is it just me or are pool wands the biggest racket in all of pool ownership?

    I have an aluminum one. It does not have that sort of locking mechanism. There is an eccentric cam on the end of the inside pole. When you screw down the collar it locks. It came with the house 8 years ago and is still going strong.
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    It’s happening...Gunite!

    Most of the time we brought our own lunch - you never knew what was around, your vehicles were not readily available, and frankly it is a lot cheaper. Normally I ate lunch while working. The drillers would actually sit down, stop working, and eat. I would go to my truck, work on paperwork...
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    It’s happening...Gunite!

    Steel in concrete is there to provide tensile strength. Concrete has plenty of compressive strength all by itself (that is what they test when they take samples). The top of a typical beam is in compression, while the bottom is in tension. Think of bending something to look like a smile. The...
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    It’s happening...Gunite!

    I used to work as a soils engineer, and we would contract drillers for soil sampling - think well drilling rigs, but not for water, Auger down a stick, drive a rod with a split spoon sampler, retrieve the sample, wash rinse and repeat. Lots of heavy, turning equipment, with lots of mud...
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    HELP needed in closing Cabana for the winter

    Harbor Freight has cheap tarps and eyelet kits - especially if you only plan on using them for a few seasons. You get what you pay for. They don't last as long as some of the higher quality stuff, but they are dirt cheap. I have a 27' solar cover on a reel that i keep outside all winter...
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    Glass Tile Spa

    If you want to see some amazing glass tile work, look up Jimmy Reed at Rock Solid Tile. That is all he does. Glass mosaic tile installs in pools, spas, and water features. He does a LOT of high end stuff and is a stickler for details. I forget exactly what product he uses, but I know it is...
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    Who can taste the salt?

    3000 is about the threshold for me to notice it easily.
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    Constant adjustments or let it ride through?

    The FC is going to vary based sun, volume of water in the pool (evaporation and rain), organic load, and a bunch of other factors Unless there is some sort of major change (like you normally have your family of 4 swimming for 2 hours a day, and now you are planning a 20 person pool party on a...
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    HELP needed in closing Cabana for the winter

    Slats are not going to keep much of a PA winter out.
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    HELP needed in closing Cabana for the winter

    I would reach out to a boat top maker, a sail maker, or perhaps a convertible car top maker. They have the tools and skill to work with large, heavy, waterproof fabric. I would have them make custom sized panels, hemmed, with grommets, and would install them on hook on the inside of the...
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    Vacuuming technique question

    Yes, Cal hypo is essentially the exception, because I don't even think you can get lithium hypo anywhere anymore (or at least in packaging designed for pools). As you said, Cal Hypo brings its own set of issues. I just find it easier to tell people who are unfamiliar with any form of pool care...
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    Vacuuming technique question

    You get a slime bag from ... Slime Bag Home - The Slime Bag It is a filter fabric bag that attaches to the return on your pool. As far as learning about TFP techniques, I think the biggest take away lesson is understanding CYA and Chlorine. Chlorine in your pool water is "eaten up" by two...
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    Vacuuming technique question

    Once you kill all that algae, if you still have problems with the filter removing the fines, try a slime bag. I get pollen in my pool every summer, I vacuum it up, and it's gone for a day or so, and then its back on the bottom. I started using a slime bag when I vacuum, and leave it on for an...
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    Thank you. THANK YOU.

    Great news to hear. Earthwork by hand is hard. I think a lot of people don't realize just how heavy and how much volume a small project takes, let alone a pool. Just removing grass and topsoil is a pain by hand. .