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    Wall Whale or Wall Whale XL?

    A bit late, but I wanted to weigh in. I had the original Wall Whale and liked it. As it seemed like a 1st generation product, it was a standard brush with the tail screwed down into it. I loved it, but eventually the plastic part of the brush all came apart and it was gone -- probably lasted...
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    Slippery concrete

    I have tried 2 different products for this and while they helped some, the deck is still very slippery. Don't put on too much, it'll start to show white-ish on a darker deck. Sand may work... maybe I'll try that next time. My folks had a similar stamped deck put in but did not have it...
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    Backyard Landscaping Project - Final Pics!

    Thank you -- I have not been on in a while, but things have grown in nicely. I put a patio cover similar to the one next to the house on the high patio above the pool. I put shade cloth on it and it works well. I tried some 'outside' shades to keep the sun out or our eyes in the afternoon...
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    New Indoor Pool

    Pool will be dug in this area this week..... then shotcreted, then the rest of the building built around it. [attachment=0:9lrqqj8w]SSPX0416 low.jpg[/attachment:9lrqqj8w]
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    New Indoor Pool

    Thank you and I agree -- I have recommended a cover for just those reasons. There is a constant breeze from the west (windows in west face of building) and opening skylights in the roof. The hope is that this will allow for a constant turning of the air to keep it from getting too humid. Of...
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    New Indoor Pool

    You might remember me from my pool build a few years ago -- thank you again for all of the advice. My father in now in the process of building a pool house with an indoor pool (North of San Diego). The idea is that it will stay cleaner and warmer -- the warmth allowing year-round use without...
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    cracked concrete during stamp process - help!!

    These are shrinkage cracks. While they will not harm the strength of the concrete significantly, they are unsightly and may get a little longer. All concrete cracks, but the correct mix design and placement of control joints (usually tooled into the concrete, but sometimes cut) will minimize...
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    The kids' feet

    Used to happen to us as kids at the beginning of the season (plaster pool). After a few days the toes toughened up. Our kids now get cuts/etc on their feet - sometimes the tops. I think it's from climbing out in the deep end (not at the 'ledge') They must be climbing up the side a bit. What...
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    Pool Quote Feedback

    Very interesting skimmer! It is a pressure-side skimmer. Note the suction line is OPTIONAL :shock: . I'd like to know how well this works. If somebody covers the return does it spit all of the collected bugs/dirt backwards into the pool? Steve
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    Backyard Landscaping Project - Final Pics!

    Thank you Chakara, Cobra46 and dd50! I will try some CLR, can't hurt at this point (unless it takes the sealer off the patio...) The staining is from before patio and before gutters. The rain would splash dirt (with some staining clays) olto the stucco. I have tried to pressure wash it with...
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    Pool Quote Feedback

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    Pool Quote Feedback

    Welcome! Sounds like a great pool. Jason answered all of your questions, but a I'll add a little: With the low pump speeds that are more common these days I am in favor of fewer (one) skimmer. I have one and it doesn't really suck much surface 'stuff' under 30 gpm. With the grotto, it'll be...
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    Pump, DE questions

    Unless you like to have the wiz-bang do-dads of the VF, the VS will do you just fine. IMHO DE is the way to go as well, though there are plenty of happy pool owners with sand and cart. I'd let it be. Steve
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    Backyard Landscaping Project - Final Pics!

    Re: Backyard Landscaping Project - Almost Final Pics! Ok, it's been 3 months since hte last pics and things have grown in nicely. The patio cover was finished (fans installed) and the pool is being used again this year. I thought I'd post a few updated pictures now that there isn't as much...
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    owner builder in socal

    It's an automated valve right after the pump that only opens partway to divert some water through a really short 3" dia. loop (and swing checkvalve) right back to the spa. It works well for getting the gmp up, but I'm not sure it's worth the trouble. You have to get the pump gmp and the valve...