Recent content by SBall

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    Pre-Cast Plunge Pools for Above Ground Use

    Google "fiberglass pool out of ground"...seem to be plenty of people that have fiberglass shells that are partially or fully out of the ground, and have built some sort of pretty wall to hide the pool walls. Foundation, fiberglass tub, pretty wall(s)...seems like that would be a much more...
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    Unsure of Which Pool Type is Best for Us

    Just going out on a limb here, but I would imagine that most people with a $100k budget will go with some form of gunite or shotcrete. I would have, for sure. And for what it is worth, our community pool has traditional white plaster, and it is not rough at all. Very smooth, feels great. Same...
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    Baja Shelf Depth

    Ours is about 16" and it is perfect for a $20, resin Adirondack chair. The armrests make a great spot to hold a drink, set a book, or whatever. Plus, you can cram two of these into the space of one lounge chair....more seating for more people. I absolutely love pictures of lounge chairs in a...
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    The economics of a pool decision.

    Let's face it, you bought the house three years ago and it had the pool, presumably in poor shape. You should know far better than any of us how that may (or may not) have impacted your decision to buy the house. The pool looks better now than it did, and IMO, looks very nice and clean from that...
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    Railing or no railing?

    Handrails and ladders are easily removable, so there is really no reason not to at least get the mounts installed. I bought a modern, cool looking handrail off Amazon and I love how it looks so much that I never ended up removing it.
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    New Pool Build in NJ

    I started ours in late May and finished early October. I think I would have been better off to start in late January or early February...after the holidays and way before it gets to be hot...95 degrees mid-summer with humidity and mosquitos and bugs in middle TN is pretty uncomfortable.
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    Vinyl-covered step design help

    I really haven't worried about it...they are just the inexpensive resin adirondack chairs sold pretty much anywhere, and the bottoms are pretty smooth. I dont slide them around, just set it in there and sit down. While I have no way to measure it, I feel like kids jumping and running on the...
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    Vinyl-covered step design help

    I absolutely love the decisions we made. Our second step/ledge is the most popular hangout spot in our pool, perfect depth to sit and be mostly in the water. When we have friends over, the adults are all lounging on the step/ledge. I put my adirondack chair in there, faced towards the...
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    Do I really need to cover pool for winter? Advice please

    Just dip the leaves/junk out and make sure your equipment is either running or drained so it doesnt freeze. I left mine open last year, and intend to leave it open this year because I like looking at it.
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    DIY - Poolwarehouse build

    Gravel is self-compacting, which is one important reason to use it for backfill. The second is that gravel does not really "push" laterally on least, not like damp dirt. Your walls are bolted together, bolted to the brace, and the concrete collar locks in the entire base of the...
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    Block pool with stone wall-how to finish

    Truck bed spray-in liner. Look up LineX..they have a version that is suitable for potable water that is used to line/seal water towers.
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    DIY Cinderblock Pool with vinyl liner questions

    The gaskets go on the fittings. A hole is a hole is a hole, no matter if it is through steel or concrete or wood. If I had to guess, the best way to secure the coping track would be to make sure you have a smooth finish on the top row of blocks. I assume you will fill the blocks with either...
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    Determining heat pump size

    Measure the wire, and if it is 8 gauge or thicker, should be ok. Swap the breaker out yourself for $10. Buy the heater off Amazon, spend a couple hundred bucks in miscellaneous plumbing and electrical stuff, and save yourself a few thousand bucks. Seriously, there is nothing difficult about...
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    DIY Vinyl IGP in 7 days?

    Maybe, it depends on how much help you get, and if it rains. I would think that it might be possible to get the walls up, liner hung, and water in the pool in a week. And then over the course of the next few weeks work on electric, plumbing, pass those inspections, then backfill and do your decking.
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    Gas heater vs heat pump--which one do I pick????

    I have a 330k BTU natural gas heater and Pentair automation. I set it at 90 degrees in early April. It is still set at 90 degrees. Yesterday morning was cool...low 60s, I went for a run, then got in the pool at 6:30am and it was wonderful. I intend to turn off the heater in early November. Not...