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    Different FC results with new R0871 dropper.. smaller drops?

    I had tested the old twice at 10ml, Only did 25ml with the new one. Thanks for the suggestion! Didn’t try wiping the tip of the new one on prior tests. I just retested 10ml wiping the tip and got 13 With the new, and retested the old again And got 12. I think that’s within reason, so I’ll...
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    Different FC results with new R0871 dropper.. smaller drops?

    First time changing to a new bottle of R0871 tonight and getting different FC results... not sure if this is normal and I should just trust the new and carry-on, or do some more troubleshooting to figure out the discrepancy and be confident with the new result? The older bottle is about 5months...
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    How many lights should I install?

    No expert here, but with the same manufacturer and automation, it should not be a problem. With our Easytouch automation, no issues synchronizing our lights on 3 separate circuits (Pool/Spa/ledges). All lights and the control panel are the same brand. Even before we sync'd them on the...
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    How many lights should I install?

    These pictures may be helpful. . . Sun shelf / ledge lighting -> design help Pentair microbrites on the shelves, on a separate circuit from the main pool lights so I don’t turn them on all the time.
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    Sun shelf / ledge lighting -> design help

    Thanks mguzzy! The 3rd micro stubout was a last minute contingency I addd before gunite so we could think about whether we wanted a light here or not. We decided we wouldn't actually add the light there before we ran conduit, so we just pulled it.
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    Sun shelf / ledge lighting -> design help

    I know it’s been awhile, but just to close the loop on this thread. . . We went with 2 main pool lights, 1 microbrite on the entry sun deck and 2 microbrites on the back center shelf. We put the micros on a separate circuit so we can swim with just the pool lights, or even just the micros since...
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    Seeking input on this design

    Here’s a few more ideas to think about as you narrow down your design. . . Tried to work around the sitting area on the right, but if that space can be used for pool, it could open up some more options. Also would need to consider the actual table dimensions - i think only a small table would...
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    minipebble installed - is this overexposed or being too critical!

    The last photo is a section they’ve started acid washing already
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    minipebble installed - is this overexposed or being too critical!

    Pool was plastered yesterday with stonescapes Tahoe blue minipebble. They are acid washing today but wanted to get opinion on whether the exposure was typical for minipebble. I requested that they use the water wands to expose. The sun shelf seems to have the smoothest feel (first picture). All...
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    Spa spillover level OK at 4” below coping?

    The spa depth will be OK with the current spillway level so no worries there. I think it was just different than I was expecting and wanted to be sure that there’s nothing “unusual” about it. I was expecting (looks-wise) the waterline at 1/2 the glass, and a section of tile going...
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    Spa spillover level OK at 4” below coping?

    Just a quick check to get thoughts on whether this is any cause for concern (leave as-is or consider changing). .. the spa spillover elevation is currently set at 4” below the coping rather than at the 3” midpoint of the waterline tile. So we will have ~4-1/4 tiles above, 1-3/4 tiles below the...
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    New build - Option to auto fill from water softener

    T-100 kit arrived and I was able to test actual CH. The untreated water was 175 CH (between 150-175, which is a little higher than the the H2O provider's advertised 140). The softened was of course <25. If 175 if isn't a real cause for concern, I'm leaning towards going with the untreated...
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    New build - Option to auto fill from water softener

    Good point. I think we will be ok with our setup. Our softener is a Resin tank with clack valve that should remove the Ca and Mg (hard water minerals attracted to the resin and once the resin is saturated it goes through a regeneration cycle and minerals are washed to the drain).
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    New build - Option to auto fill from water softener

    We are in Houston, TX. Will be our first pool so no direct experience with the evaporation rate or how much makeup we’ll need.
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    New build - Option to auto fill from water softener

    Build is currently underway and the auto fill line is being run to an outdoor hose bib that is not on the water softener loop. I have a nearby outdoor sink connection with softened water that I could use instead as make-up. PB is open to connecting to either (or both) but I think I will have...
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    Sun shelf / ledge lighting -> design help

    The raised decking will be at the same elevation as the wall on each side of the spa. Agree a post light, or possibly 2 (one on each corner where the deck bumps out about 20") would probably look really nice and frame that end of the pool. I had pushed off thinking about some of those extras...
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    Sun shelf / ledge lighting -> design help

    Oh, yes i forgot to show the spa light. . . there is one located in the left wall opposite the spillover. The shaded area behind the spa is all decking, but it's raised 12" from the rest of the deck (steps in yellow). the spa is +12" from that shaded area (+24" from the rest).
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    Sun shelf / ledge lighting -> design help

    Thanks! Here is the complete pool layout with the light locations marked. We are in gunite stage so we do have some constraints. . . . the main lights are currently installed (500W each), along with stub outs for mini LEDs in a few locations that I thought seemed reasonable. They're all...
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    Sun shelf / ledge lighting -> design help

    Hi TFP. . . new to the forum here (and to pool ownership). Our pool build is underway and we are rethinking a few last minute details. We had planned for (1) small LED on each of our two shallow ledges - Now trying to decide whether that will be adequate and that the locations are OK. The...
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    First Time Pool Owner (Houston Pool Build)

    How did the pool and tile turn out? Would love to see the final pool and close up pictures of the tile.