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    Question about plaster?

    I had my pool put in at the end of last year. It is a gunite construction. After they plastered my pool they began to fill it. I was told to brush it 2x a day for 2 weeks which I did. This year I had a lot of algea when I opened the pool. After repeated shocking, scrubbing ect, I got in the pool...
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    Computer testing devices?

    Thanks guys! I have ordered the TF -100 test kit, and yes I got the discount! :-D I will see how that goes I was just looking for a fast and easy way. I also have a hot tub that I need to test so having the computer system seems attractive. Plus then you can run one of the "pool programs"...
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    Computer testing devices?

    I've seen seveal different computer water testers at the different Pool stores I have been in. Many advertise the Alex or Accuscan machine from BioGuard. These plug into the USB ports and "read" the test strips. I can't find anywhere that sells these. I mean how much could it cost? 200-300...
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    CL levels and Nature 2?

    My CL levels have been low (Almost undetectable) since opening 2 weeks ago. Initially I was told my CYA was low (15) so I've added some C. Acid. then I was told my phosphates were high and was killing my CL. I added the appropriate P. Killer and now my Phosphate level is appropriate. I mentioned...
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    Help! Need an Idea here!

    Thanks guys for the complements! I think I will just see what happens this season. I do like the idea of a sculpture to put a jet in and shoot the water back in . As for the algea! Wow what a difference a day makes! water looks clear and I have a layer of gunk on the bottom that I'm going to...
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    Help! Need an Idea here!

    Well, I could really use some help here on an idea. Last year when I had my pool built, I asked for a "stub up" line to be installed. I didn't have a diving board so I was thinking about a slide in the future. The pool builder put a 1 1/2 inch line for the stub up. He enclosed it and put a...
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    Mississippi Good Ole' Boys shut out owner/builder

    Hey gal! Your definitely getting an inflated price. I live up here in NJ where everything costs more and the service you get is less! In any event, I just had my pool put in last fall and you can see from my signature, I have a fairly nice pool with some frills. (Water falls, colored lights...
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    Rob and Cate's new mess...

    Wow Looks nice! I'd also like to know who your using as it looks similar to my pool. I'm just across the river in Burlington county! good luck!
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    Best choice - durable, low-maint. attractiv mid cost decking

    I went with stamped because of the cost over pavers. Here's another choice though. You could go with a colored concrete (even less expensive than stamped) and then use a paver or a brick as a border. I've seen that before and it looks nice. For example I was quoted per square foot: 5.00 for...
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    Donald & Sarah's Pool Build 001

    ummm I can say with some certainly you are not using too much bandwidth with your post! :-D welcome aboard!
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    New Concrete Deck Cracking - Is this Normal?

    As they say there are only 2 types of concrete! Concrete that's cracked and concrete that's going to crack! That being said it shouldn't crack that quickly. some of those smaller cracks should be expected but I'd be concerned about some of the larger stuff. Looks like it was pretty wet before...
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    jumping rock?

    My pool is not a diving one but I'd like to get a "jumping rock" that the kids can jump from. nothing too big just something that about 18 inches up. I've seen some pre-fab ones but I'm not sure if they would work with my coping. Below is a pic of the white travertine I have which has a slight...
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    Rooftop Pool Builder

    Re: Rooftop Pools water weighs about 8.3lbs per gallon thus an average 40k pool would weigh 333,715 lbs! or 166.85 tons! and That's without the concrete!
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    Water loss?

    My pool was finished about 3 weeks ago. Seems I lose about 2 inches of water every other day or so. It hasn't been that hot here in NJ any ideas? I don't see any water around the pumps of coming up from the ground, like I do when I break a sprinkler line. admittedly the pool lines are deeper but...
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    Pool depth slopes

    It can be done. Just tell your pool builder you want more of a "spoon" shape than a gradual slope. My excavator asked me which I prefer since I wasn't getting a diving pool. I asked for the spoon. I only went 7 foot deep and I'm sorry I didn't go the full 8.
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    fiber glass vs gunite

    Shop around, you might be surprised by the marginal cost savings of going with a fiberglass pool. When I was looking everyone was saying to me "if you get a liner pool you're going to save a lot of money!" Well after shoping, the difference was only 4k! for that price I went with my 1st choice...
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    Caulk between coping and deck?

    Are you sure you need to caulk that? My contract says that if I hire someone else to do decking that they must "protect the pool shell, coping and tile by using a standard expansion joint of one-half by four inches of polysulfide or equalvant expansion joint material." I did hire someone else...
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    Pool finishes...pebble vs plaster...opinions?

    My PB offered the other finishes besides a starting cost of 3k and more! I just couldn't justify that extra cost. Also I have 2 jandy multi colored lights. They look fantastic at night with the white plaster. Having owned a spa for a few years prior I knew that the lighter the...
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    Not sure if your blind but maybe get those eyes checked! lol...I have 2 skimmers. (one on each side of the pool) Also I have a light installed on each end! Thanks for the comments though!
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    Sliding boards?

    when I removed the diving board from my plans I had the PB add a "stub up line" for a possible future sliding board. I've been looking on line and I'm amazed at the prices. looks like $1,800 to $2,400? that's more than I want to spend but I don't want to buy something that won't look goood and...
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    thanks for the nice comments! My lot is just a wee bit over 1 acre. I live in a development where the minimum lot size is .5 acre. All the properties on my block and behind me are at least 1 arce lots. (Makes for good space between the houses). The small town I live in is fairly rural however...
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    Boy do I have a lot of landscaping to do.........Fence comes Weds. then I'll landscape. I'll post some pics is a few weeks once that gets done!
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    Now after the fill it! <a></a> Here's what it looks like after 26 hours with two hoses running! <a></a> I have about 10 more hours I figure... <a></a>
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    I went with 1000 feet of stamped concrete. It is a slate look which matches the deck in color and matches the blue stone cap along the top ridge of the waterfalls. The stamped has a sealent on top of it with a texture added so it feels like sharkskin. (hopefully to protect from slipping on it...
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    the boring stuff...the Pump, heater and control box. You can see my deck in the background. Timbertec composite material. Behind the privacy fence is my spa. the house blocks 2 sides, the fence the third so it works out well! You may wonder why I didn't move the "junk back so it would be...
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    Next was the coping, tile and stone work for the two waterfalls! I've always like the white travertine as it feel good against the skin and provides a good hand hold for getting out! <a></a> Better shot the the total "shape" BTW check out how the grass came back after a few days of rain...
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    Watching the Gunnite process was fun! These guys did good work! <a></a> <a></a> gunite done! Notice that I had PB change the "spa" are of my pool by losing the seperating wall and the jets. (I already have a spa built into my deck! I just wanted some extra seating room there! <a></a>
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    now some rebar! <a></a>
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    sorry can't figure out how to post more pics. Says I've reached my 256k limit. tried to use myspace as a host but the pics weren't showing up. any ideas? Got it thanks! Next comes the excavation with some rock at the bottom! <a></a>
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    My Pool build...filling tomorrow!

    Ok here's the layout...notice that I turned the sprinklers off 2 weeks before they started to keep ground hard and to mimimize damage. Nothing like a blank slate to work with! the Orange line shows where my deep end was going to start with the diving board and 8 foot depth. after seeing how...