Recent content by UtexasChris

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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    Hi All, I’m remiss and need to post some updated pics of my progress. Things slowed down due to a delay in some materials but they are finishing decking today/tomorrow in anticipation of a decking pour next week. Does anyone have any recommendations on a cleanup contractor to haul off the...
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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    I have some updates... 1. The IC60 has been moved the before the pool/spa valve. 2. Check valves have been added as advised to heat pump and heater/cooler. 3. I now have the recommended 12-18” before the cell. 4. Gunite was completed on Friday! They started at 7am and finished at 6pm. What a...
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    Pool deck experience with hot concrete pavers

    Very kind of you, @chemsales . These pictures were incredibly helpful, especially the one with the paver against the blue background. My wife and I are now confident this is the right choice for us. We’re having the pavers cut for coping and retaining wall capping. No need to go out of your way...
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    Pool deck experience with hot concrete pavers

    @chemsales were you by chance able to take pictures of the Shell Beige paver cut for coping? I’m going with travertine coping cut from 16x24 pavers and my wife and I want to go with Shell Beige but we’re hard pressed to go with it solely after the pictures in the catalog and I can’t find it...
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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    Thanks everyone again for all of your help. The plumber is coming later this week to add the check valves, move the salt cell, ensure at least 12” of straight pipe, and remove the valve currently after the salt cell on the pool side.
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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    Hook em @Robtown and thanks for the callout. I would think that it would be in the schematic but definitely better to verify. thanks @DB-Cooper . Makes me wonder if I have the same plumber who your builder used. The plumber has been great up to this point so I’m confident we’ll get it fixed. I...
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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    There goes my passing grade on pool plumbing master class! In all seriousness, this makes complete sense. Thanks for your patience and expertise explaining it to me. On another note, there’s another valve here that I don’t see in the schematic. As you can see, it’s on the pool return side after...
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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    Thank you, @ajw22 ! Could the corrosion resistant check valve currently before the pool/spa return valve serve the same purpose as the 2 check valves you recommended on the outlet of the heat pump and heater?
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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    I agree this is a much better setup as it provides more flexibility. Just to confirm, the setup you described above wouldn’t require any changes to the plumbing design (other than placing the salt cell before the pool/spa return valve) given that the intellivalves would be placed on the 3” spa...
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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    This is probably a dumb question, but I'm going to ask it anyway. Is having the valve set to 90% pool flow and 10% spa flow what actually creates the spillover effect? If so, do I understand correctly that there’s no actual plumbing change required to “modify” the existing plan of having the...
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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    I will also have a spillover if that matters that is always running when the pump runs. Part of my concern is will Pentair deny any future warranty claims if equipment is not installed based on the recommended specification. After reading this, I’m thinking he meant type to type “actuator valve”...
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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    So after further conversation it does look like Heater bypasses were installed. @ajw22 Does this look accurate that it would be the 2 valves circled in this screenshot? Here was the response: “I have always plumbed heaters and heat pumps with bypass because it’s also recommended by manufacture...
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    Austin BYOP Build In Progress - 9/23 Construction Start

    This is incredibly helpful, @ajw22. There are 4 things I need to get addressed: Hester bypasses HP and Heater in series per Pentair recommendation Salt cell before pool/spa valve Don’t need corrosion resistance check valve This is exactly why I love this site and appreciate people giving their...