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  1. Desert Dog

    Pool Newbie - another one!

    Calling is always a good idea (I think). At least they can mark it in the account and you won't get flagged for a possible leak.
  2. Desert Dog

    Is there an automation system that can change speeds of a VS pump while running solar

    As mentioned early on the post, are those with intelliflo using the flow function or rpm to set their speeds? Maybe that is the trick. I have solar panels and use the flow function. I use 5 GPM per panel to set the solar speed. I can hear the pump change RPMs then settle down. It might be...
  3. Desert Dog

    Pool Newbie - another one!

    Have you called your water district to get an estimate? I believe to fill my pool is about $150 but I may get a cheaper ranch rate. Much cheaper than Lesilie's potions. Soon you will have your pool under control and will see how simple and in-expensive it can be. Start swimming! It's 100 today!
  4. Desert Dog

    Circuit breaker

    Is it a GFCI breaker? If so they don't appear to last long. Myself and others have had problems with them and need replacing every few years. Some times a regular breaker will go bad too. Just a thought. Maybe start with swapping the breaker out.
  5. Desert Dog

    Problems with Pool just resurfaced with Stonescapes mini pebble Caribbean blue

    Did you ever get a resolution through NPT? Not an expert and see your last post other than today was almost 2 months ago. It looks the mix was light on the pebble, heavy on the plaster. My understanding is NPT will send someone out to do an evaluation in a dispute. Not sure how you would get...
  6. Desert Dog

    Lights?

    The LED color lights are pricey and if you want low voltage then you need a transformer. It isn't much. $100 transformer should do it. I'm on the more lights the better stand point since it would be a real pain in the you know what if you turn your pool on and decide it is too dark and want...
  7. Desert Dog

    Pushy relatives

    Stuck at home in the summer with a pool. #winning.
  8. Desert Dog

    Light niche bonding (pics)

    Second what JamesW said. The more bonds the better. I know my Inspector would not pass it if the light niche is not bonded or grounded. 12 Volt or not. If it has a lug it should be bonded/grounded. Perhaps they insist on the ground because someone in the future good potentially swap out the...
  9. Desert Dog

    Bad install? Glass tile and coping

    I read final inspection to mean final building inspection with your municipality. I could also see how you can read it to mean final review of work done. Anyway he appears to be more than difficult. I would try talking to him and go over the line items in the contract that are in question...
  10. Desert Dog

    Bad install? Glass tile and coping

    Not that I'm backing your PB, but in CA, plaster is done after final inspection. Safety features if it relates to the final inspection will need to be operation or it will not pass. After all inspections pass you can plaster and fill.
  11. Desert Dog

    Home Depot Muriatic Acid

    Yes it's yellow. I have a new box too. :cool:
  12. Desert Dog

    Getting a Golden Retriever Puppy Soon

    Great! Glad your kids did not have a reaction. My whole life has been spent around dogs. It's nice to see my 8 YO take charge of a 65 pound Belgian Malinois and show no fear. I truly believe the relationship that can be built between a child and a dog is amazing. Best of luck!
  13. Desert Dog

    Doesn’t want to swim, but sure doesn’t want to be left out ...

    He has courage and confidence. You could probably train him to do anything!
  14. Desert Dog

    OB Northern California (Roseville) Rehab / buried

    Grabbing popcorn! Wish I could help, but in southern, CA.
  15. Desert Dog

    What to do for Cleaning until can use Robot on New Pool?

    I used a brush/vacuum head. No wheels. The brush is cheap and made for vinyl pools but works. I would not use it to scrub the pool, just push enough to clean bottom so it wouldn't break the brush. Then scrubbed with normal brush. The bristles are nylon so should be safe to use. Of coarse...
  16. Desert Dog

    Help with walkway design

    Is laying the flag stone in cement and filling the gap with grout an option? Don't know if that would be a compromise you are looking for.
  17. Desert Dog

    What should be the Space between waterline tile and coping

    Just trying to offer the explanation to why there is a gap. The difference between 1/2 and 1/4" is 1/4". you can ask that the tile be removed and the gap be O" at the low spot and have 1/4" gap else where. What I'm trying to say is there will be a gap.
  18. Desert Dog

    What did you do to your pool today?

    Building a section of Trumps wall around my equipment and adding a roof to protect from sun damage. Any benefit to adding razor wire?
  19. Desert Dog

    What should be the Space between waterline tile and coping

    To go deeper into my response...... your original bond beam height was set to your coping material and skimmer set to the middle of the tile height. Now that has changed. The new tile is probably set to the middle of the skimmer. Your coping is thinner or thick than the original material and...
  20. Desert Dog

    What should be the Space between waterline tile and coping

    What was the coping before? I would imagine the tile line is level and the pool bond beam is not. Therefore the gap difference. IMO 1/4" deference in the bond beam is not out of the normal.
  21. Desert Dog

    New Austin Build - We have a Pool!

    Even if you are stuck with the wrong color...... it looks great!
  22. Desert Dog

    New Austin Build - We have a Pool!

    Not a concrete expert here but I had a weird experience with my stamped concrete. I had existing stamped terracotta colored concrete. Had a concrete guy I know and have used several times come out and extend my patio. He matched the color almost perfectly given the fact the old concrete was...
  23. Desert Dog

    Getting a Golden Retriever Puppy Soon

    I had a dog once that would not eat till I came home. Would walk in from work, get my greeting and off she went to have her food.
  24. Desert Dog

    Owner Build DIY?

    A few months ago I finished my second OB pool. What made my life easier the second go around was i found there are people who will handle the plans/permits for you. For a small fee, the came to my house, gathered information, and returned a week later with permit in hand. If you do OB make...
  25. Desert Dog

    Getting a Golden Retriever Puppy Soon

    Puppy school will be a failure if you are not involved in it and keep up the training. Dog training is like learning a foreign language. If you don't keep up on it, you will loose it.
  26. Desert Dog

    Getting a Golden Retriever Puppy Soon

    Repetition and positive reinforcement of behavior. There are many great Youtube videos you can watch.
  27. Desert Dog

    Auto Drain? Water Level wont stay up

    See if you can unscrew the pipe. It is probably glued to a fitting that can be unscrewed. You can find the part in the irrigation section of a home store. Buy pvc pipe to fit it and pvc glue to glue it into the screw in piece. You can screw it back in and mark the pipe with the level you...
  28. Desert Dog

    Auto Drain? Water Level wont stay up

    Pictures will help someone give you an answer. Are the "random" holes the skimmer and autofill? If you have a vertical PVC pipe as the over flow, then you would have to raise it by adding a coupler and extra pipe or unscrewing the pipe and adding a longer one from parts from the hardware...
  29. Desert Dog

    Pressure Test Failure

    I would prefer to have the plumbing under pressure at least a few days before gunite to be safe. Then continue to keep it under pressure till plaster just to make sure nothing is damaged during any of the following work.