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    CYA, Cl and SE Texas Rainfall!!!

    2015 has brought Bookoo’s of rain to SE Texas. Unfortunately it seems like much more on the way with a tropical storm looming in the Gulf. We’ve had so much water this year that I’m back to using my tab chlorine feeder at full-blast (I let me CYA drop to 30PPM) :( Normally 1 bucket of tabs...
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    Does your pool feels like a spa? Get a Glacier Pool Chiller

    Great review and Thanks for posting! I'm South of HTown and agree with you-summer swimming in 90F is too hot. I've been considering the Glacier for a few years now!! I think it's by far the most efficient/cost effective option. Also impressed how they worked it into that tight space.
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    Another Pool Build in Cypress, TX

    Progressing nicely and looking good!
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    SWG & Deck Sealer Issues

    An interesting article on SWG pools and deck sealers. Silane & siloxane based sealers seem to prevail...
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    How much does a new pool cost?

    ^smracing is correct-location, location, location!
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    How much does a new pool cost?

    Welcome to TFP! I see you live in Pearland so I'll take a stab at your cost question for an IG pool. From what I've seen in most standard (cookie-cutter) neighborhoods in our area, IG pool sizes range from 10k-40K gallons. "Bare bones" minimal decking no water feature except for maybe a small...
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    New Pool Build in Central Texas

    Wow, very nice! Love the hill country and you tied it together perfect.
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    Our Mountain Retreat

    Wow, very nice design!!!
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    hello from south Tx!

    Welcome to TFP!
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    Hello from Midlothian Texas

    Welcome to TFP-can't wait to follow your Pool-build!
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    Outdoor cooler project

    Nice attention to detail and a most excellent backyard!
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    Started My ODK

    I'll agree with Paul and add 10%. The strength is in the backer board, but just to add lateral strength(especially during construction), a few angled supports are nice.
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    Started My ODK

    I love the look of a nice stained concrete counter, but I'm really concerned with their longevity outside. I know my stamped/stained patio finish has aged rather quickly; shows all sorts of calcium type buildup and discolorations (streaks). My thoughts for you are to look around for granite...
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    Suggestions on garden, rock speakers?

    Wow, crabboy, that's not good. I wondered how they were designed. Looking closely at them it appears the grill area is not made to be water-tight, so I wonder if they must drain somewhere? Anyway, hate to hijack this thread.....just curious. For the speaker wire, i used the direct bury...
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    New Pool Build- First time Owners- Pearland, TX

    I know you had good luck with Premier Pools-your pool looks awesome, but I'm really curious what became of AppleGuy's pool problem. He posted a few months ago about what seemed to lean toward a pool shell-tilt and then he disappeared without any updates. I'm curious how it was resolved. I...
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    Suggestions on garden, rock speakers?

    Yes, good eye, it's a volume control. Funny you ask....it's the only part that failed :confused: Not sure why and it was a trial for the rest of my set-up. My teenage son may have something to do with that..I noticed our old EX-Series pre-amp showed up and then quickly disappeared after his...
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    Suggestions on garden, rock speakers?

    I'm really impressed with the RX550's from OSD. Coupled with their low-priced 120 amp they JAM! At mid levels, very comparable to Polk Audio's http://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com/rxpe51parosp.html
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    Moss rock coping - anyone have it?

    Regarding the transition from natural stone to finished stone (and tile); I would have preferred the moss rock coping over the travertine and totally eliminated the water-edge tile....I lost the rock negotiation, but won the outdoor fireplace.:cool: Whatever you decide, i suggest you stay with...
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    Moss rock coping - anyone have it?

    In my experience (going on 4 years), the moss rock / algae is not an issue at all. We have a spa-spillover and waterfall section; about 20ft radius. When my FC dropped, I did notice a very slight growth on the moss rock at waterline, but a spray bottle with clorox easily blasted it away. No...
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    Pool Cleaners You Can Leave in 24/7/

    Seems like a good choice & great balance of $/performance! I also have a suction cleaner, (PB provided) Navigator XL. After three-years of hard-use (24/7), it required only A-Frame bearing replacement. As preventative measure; a complete A-frame & turbine replacement had that sucker back in...
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    Sand Filter & Dog Hair?

    Great idea! Thanks Makes sense-Under operation it's packed down tight and not fluidized-Duh, Thank you!
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    Sand Filter & Dog Hair?

    I just read through the “Deep-cleaning a sand filter” thread. Very informative-Thank you Smykowski and others. I'll certainly increase my monthly Backwash from 1 minute to 4 minutes. I’m going on my 4th season with the pool. Although, I’m not having any issues with cloudy water or...
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    Easy Touch Remote-Repair or Replace?

    PB is taking care of me!! Glad I called-Thanks
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    Easy Touch Remote-Repair or Replace?

    Thanks Patrick, but it's 3+ years. No help from Pentair as an individual. But you gave me an idea to contact the PB on his connections.
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    Easy Touch Remote-Repair or Replace?

    My Pentair Easy Touch remote took-on “moisture”. At a unit cost of $400-$600 I’m contemplating repair over replacement (motherboard,display, etc..). Anyone have ideas on where to send?
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    League City, TX - Starting from scratch

    Welcome to TFP! Nice introduction. It's certainly nice to have the ODK and pool built in unison, but not mandatory. If you decide against starting the ODK, at least pour the slab and plan your drainage, plumbing and electrical during the pool build. You don't want to pour the slabs...
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    Patio, Koi Pond & Outdoor Kitchen Build in Houston

    My gosh! What a fantastic project. It really is elegant, but even better as it seems very functional-hard to have both! Thanks for sharing.
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    Where do you live?

    ^ You're darn tooting! Heck, that purdy much goes without saying, I reckon.
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    Another Texas Pool Build

    Wow, nice job! From the looks of it, the builder appears to be clean and methodical with the build; nice clean dig-lines and connections. Can't wait to see it finished.
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    Where do you live?

    Way to go Jay! You've just ruined it for us! :)