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    Contemplating switching from pebblesheen to quartz last minute

    Here's more of an action shot of what ours looks like when swimming. Originally we wanted white and were going to go with the Cielo, but then decided to go with something more blue because we didn't want the sun shelf to look washed out.
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    Contemplating switching from pebblesheen to quartz last minute

    Yeah it does have some sparkle to it, what they call shimmering sea. It's not particularly noticeable, I think it just helps produce a nice bright color in the water. https://www.pebbletec.com/browse-our-products/shimmering-sea/ If someone who didn't know anything about pool finishes looked at...
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    Contemplating switching from pebblesheen to quartz last minute

    They say it is lasts as long as the regular pebble... but it has not been around nearly as long, so I don't really know for sure, but I'm pretty confident it will last longer than plaster. My understanding (and I may be mistaken) is that the pebble fina is very similar to quartz. A big part of...
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    Contemplating switching from pebblesheen to quartz last minute

    I think that's an issue with any colored finish. Mine has some mottling, but I'm the only one who notices -- I think that's true for most pool owners, they notice all the imperfections but no on else ever does. Also keep in mind that the people who are happy with theirs are less likely to take...
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    Contemplating switching from pebblesheen to quartz last minute

    I have the Pebble Fina and am extremely happy with it. I would agree that it is pretty smooth, with just the right amount of grip. It's very comfortable. Also, costs less than the other pebble tec finishes. Not nearly as rough as the Pebble Sheen. You can see pictures in the build link in...
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    Is there anything proactive to do for new pool owner in Tx (pool never closed) as weather warms up?

    I normally see it drop over the winter due to dumping water from the pool either before or after rain, so basically water replacement. It does degrade a bit due to sun and heat, but that's pretty slow.
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    Is there anything proactive to do for new pool owner in Tx (pool never closed) as weather warms up?

    You really don't want to be using trichlor tabs for regular chlorination, or your CYA is going to go up very quickly and become unmanageable. You want to be using liquid chlorine almost all the time to maintain your CYA at an appropriate level.
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    New pool questions

    Go with the salt system, it's a much better sanitizer than uv/ozone. The saltwater system generates chlorine, which will sanitize all the water in your pool, all the time. The UV systems only sanitize the water that happens to be passing through it at any give time -- you would still need to...
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    Is there anything proactive to do for new pool owner in Tx (pool never closed) as weather warms up?

    Sounds like you are doing it... how's your filter? Cleaning the cartridges is on my to-do list as spring starts to approach. I like starting the season with a CYA of around 40, then I have a little room to throw in some tablets if I go out of town for more than a few days over the course of...
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    Pebble finish ABOVE waterline

    I think you are going to have problems keeping it clean at the waterline, and it could also be prone to fading above the waterline. Also, looks like WetEdge would exclude that from their warranty, so my guess is they think it's a bad idea...
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    The Pool Cleaner. (Poolvergnuegen)

    Someone correct me if I'm mistaken, but I'm not sure that's true... I leave mine in all the time, and only take it out when we swim. This time of year it almost never comes out, I just hit the button whenever I see dirt in the pool and clean it every now and then. Seems to me that as long as...
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    Which Dolphin?

    It's a pool store in Colorado who sells over the phone, frequently recommended on this site. Home - Marina Pool Spa & Patio
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    Which Dolphin?

    Marina has the same robot with Pentair branding, the Warrior SE, for $699 out the door.
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    Losing my mind trying to pick out plaster haha

    Just making sure you've seen this thread... Pool Finish and Color Viewing Room...TFP Member Sound Off
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    Audio Video setup around pool patio

    My system is super simple. I got a cheap 50" roku tv from Costco and a rolling stand to mount it on. I have a sound bar, and a bracket to attach it to the TV. The sound bar has a wireless subwoofer that sits in the corner on the patio. During swim season we just wheel the tv out there, and...