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  1. mnm4ever

    Pool build starts today (5–16-19) just North of Tampa

    Congrats! We are just finishing our build up, started swimming last week, waiting for the salt startup and some final landscaping. We are also just north of Tampa, in Asturia in Odessa. Good choice on the color, glad I could help. Did you get the smoother pebble sheen?
  2. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Small followup... all windows need alarms. Even when the latches are over 54". At least the inspector explained in a very nice way why that is... because inside the home it is very easy for a child to get something to stand on and open the windows. Not so much outside the fence. Logically...
  3. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    No, no test kit, and no, I did not test my water prior to filling. I am just not that diligent, I barely remembered to turn off the water last nite! I have had a pool before, and the chemistry of keeping the water balanced just is not my strong suite. I really need my son to live around here, he...
  4. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    My builder already "sticks it to me" with the security, that's part of what I am responsible for anyway. To be clear, I could have paid them for adding security, but they admittedly said I was much better off doing it myself and not paying them for it, so I made this choice. And yes...
  5. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Logically, it makes sense. The fence gates do not have to be alarmed or even locked, they just have to be 54" above the ground. Anyone can open them and walk right in and theoretically drown in my pool. The windows inside my home are raised very high, and the window locks are way more than 54"...
  6. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Pebble Tec is done, and water is going in the pool as I type. It looks great to me, although I am not sure what I am supposed to be looking for. There are some whiter pale spots on the sunshelf, but the installer said that is just the difference from part of it being wet and part of it being...
  7. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Thanks @wakerider017 I think we have it handled. Our pool builder came by today to prep for the pebble, and he thinks that our window locks are high enough to pass the code of 54". He said we should be OK going with just the alarms on the doors, and we have enough for that. Worse case scenario...
  8. mnm4ever

    All the things I wish I knew before our build

    We have one of these in our spa. Its just a triple jet manifold, that will act like a back massager. Here is a pic during the install: Our pool isnt done yet so I can't tell you how well it works, but it does look like it will be great.
  9. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    I have heard the floating alarms are annoying, but we don't have little kids, so it should be okay!
  10. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Fence is done... pebble goes in on Wednesday. We do have a small issue, we were going to be getting door and window alarms from a neighbor, but it turns out they gave some away already to another neighbor. Now we are short some alarms. She still has 7 of them, but we need 11 or 12, so 4-5 short...
  11. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Thanks everyone! Its all working out fine, the fence company was able to bump us up to Saturday install, and the pebble guys can't come until Wednesday anyway so we didn't really lose any time. I couldnt have dealt with it sooner, I have been running around like crazy this week anyway. And I...
  12. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Pavers are done!! Fence goes in this weekend, then the PebbleTec! I am a little annoyed because they told me they could still do the pebble without the fence, so we didnt schedule the fence early enough. Now they are saying, no, too much risk to have water in the pool without a barrier. So I am...
  13. mnm4ever

    Signed contract Last NIGHT ...What should I look out for on my PB? bait and switch stuff..........

    Your pool drawing at the beginning of your post is gorgeous, I love the design, the way the dining area is set to the side, the little pool house, it is going to be beautiful. And your price quote made me instantly feel better about the $50k-ish TOTAL I am spending on my pool. And you said the...
  14. mnm4ever

    Hello from Tampa... building a new pool

    I am in Tampa too, welcome. We are nearing the end of our build, its been going great. I have one opinion and one question.... First, I would be wary of such a dark pool in this area. We have snakes and critters that like pools. I would not like such a dark pool as it's hard to see what is in...
  15. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Yes it was really great, they did such a good job. Everyone has been really great so far, we are very pleased. Fingers crossed that this keeps up!!
  16. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    And here are the pics of the paver install. I was out there a lot during this phase, making sure I was happy with the gutter downspouts and the slope, and the deco-drain location. These guys did a great job, the cut out sections of my breezeway walkway so the deco-drain would drain all the way...
  17. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Its been a while, but I have some new photos. The are doing the pavers... nearly done actually, it only took a day and a half so far. We had another little hiccup, since we had to change pavers, we did not think about the grout we chose for the coping and tile would not match as well. So...
  18. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Thanks Kim, yes, we think they did too. In person you can see the ones with the lighter little blue diamonds are scattered around evenly throughout the pool, so it looks very even.
  19. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Tile is mostly done, we love how it came out. And the electrical was done today too. The pool equipment did take up a LOT more room than expected, so thanks to those that recommended leaving a lot of space. It worked out well I think. I was not crazy about all the conduit they ran on the wall...
  20. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    They have been doing the tile install... looks great. It is taking a long time, at least they are putting a lot of care into it! We did have a minor hiccup and needed to make an immediate decision. The pavers we were so excited to be getting are back ordered until June. So we had to pick new...
  21. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    I haven't gotten any prices yet. Is that price including the generator? Or just the install?? I dont want or need one that big. I am planning to get the small B&S 12kw one. It is enough to drive my AC and a few important appliances like the fridge... microwave too as long as I turn off the AC...
  22. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    We have Clearwater Gas too... they said it is only free if I get a generator, not a pool heater. Not sure why...
  23. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    We are kind of stuck using Gas Pros because our home builder uses them, and they owe us a gas drop they forgot to put in during construction. That being said, I will need at least one other gas drop run for the whole-home generator we are looking to install. Timing is tricky though, as the gas...
  24. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    I know it was dug up everywhere. They fixed it though...
  25. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Thanks, sure I will post the video but I dont think its very good... my wife was taking it from inside LOL Plumber's name was Mike, I don't know his last name. He seemed to be really good, took a lot of care making things look nice. Our sprinklers were installed by Challenger, so I think we...
  26. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    They are going to finish the plumbing today, and lay out all the equipment, so if anyone has any comments on what I need to look for, that would be appreciated. Next step for me is figuring out where I want to locate any extra electrical outlets, and figure out what I need to do for the gas...
  27. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Here is the equipment and the pads. He was careful to level them and make them straight. I am going to lay gravel all around them and maybe fence it off later on. It seemed like a lot of room, but between the panel (not here yet), the water heater already there, and the air gap requirements for...
  28. mnm4ever

    New pool build in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

    Hey guys... finally some new work has been done, time for new pics! We got our equipment delivered, and they started the plumbing. I had no idea they had to dig up so much for the plumbing! And, I had no idea they had to dig up so much for the pad too. No one had told me that, so I did not have...
  29. mnm4ever

    A New Contemporary Pool in Tampa, Florida (PIC HEAVY)

    Looking good! I saw your post here back in December and then stopped getting alerts for it... its been coming along nicely! Looks like you had a few delays here and there. I think we picked the same color PebbleSheen... ours is called White Diamonds