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    Planting on top of grotto

    Who has plants growing on top of their grotto? We are building fake rock and I might want some sort of greenery on top or maybe the sides. I live in the desert and the heat is brutal and I'm not sure what my options are. We haven't built the grotto yet but it's going to be 10 feet tall and 35...
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    Payment schedule?

    We are ready to start building and I was wondering what is a typical payment schedule for a company building a pool/spa/grotto?I don't want to put too much money out before work is completed and risk the contractor just taking the money and not completing. I have always built my own pools and...
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    NEED COLOR LED LIGHT SUGGESTIONS

    Hey we are building a new pool and we will have 3 pool lights, two spa lights, and 4 LED Bubblers. Can somebody suggest an affordable brand of color LED lights?
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    How deep for jumping off grotto?

    We are building another pool and my designer says we would be ok jumping off our grotto into the deep end only being 7' deep. I was expecting it to be at least feet deep if not 10 or more. What should I go for depth, and is there a way that I can keep most of the pool shallow, under 5 feet, and...
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    Beach entry into deep end

    We are designing our pool now and we have our main entry on the right side and it will have several large wet decks. On the left side we will have a grotto and deep end. We also want a beach entry, but we want the beach entry into the deep end and only go down to 12" and then drop off. Our...
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    Looking for photos of huge grottos w/spa and seating areas

    We want a huge grotto that is large enough to completely cover an 11x7 spa and have a nice large seating area and fire pit also inside the grotto. I'm sure some of you have seen some amazing pools and can point me in the right direction.
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    Epic build

    We are going to be building our next owner builder pool failt soon. Right now we are in the planning phase and hoping to start digging this winter when nobody is thinking about a pool and hopefully keep the prices down. So our current pool is 20x30 and has spa inside that footprint but on our...
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    Jandy pump, anyone know wrench size? Long drive across town...

    I have a Jandy variable speed pump that I suspect needs a new impeller. Unfortunately its across town 45 minutes away at my old house. I want to know have the correct tools so I was hoping somebody might know what size the bolts are, or maybe if you have a Jandy Vs pump you could check to see...
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    Fireworks in the pool!

    So we just got back from a 3 week vacation and find the our new pool with burn marks all over the bottom and several mortar shells as well. The burn marks aren't a big deal because they are slowly brushing away, but I noticed my kids smelled like sulfur after the swam. Is there any test I can do...
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    How much SKILL-IT to use?

    This isn't algae related, but it is algaecide related so I figured it's probably the best place to post the question. We live on the edge of the desert and have a nasty stinging insect problem. Lots of wasps and bees, but we also have tarantula hawks that like to stop by for a drink. I did some...
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    Water features affecting water temperature

    I was told that running water features will lower the water temperature of the pool because the moving water causes more evaporation which naturally cools the water. I was wondering if this is actually true and how much it would affect the temps. I have an insane amount of plumbing(20 deck jets...
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    What's a good salt to buy and where is the best place to buy it?

    I just installed my Jandy Apure35 SWG and I need to buy some salt for it. On my last pool I just picked up some water softener salt from Home Depot, but I was wondering if there was a better alternative.
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    SWG questions

    I picked up a couple brand new Jandy Apure35plg systems as shelf-pulls. I was originally planning sell one to help offset the cost of the other, but now I am wondering if it would be beneficial to just keep it and install one on the pool and the other on the spa. It seems it would help on those...
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    Jandy deck jet controller

    I have 20 deck jets in my pool we recently built. Each jet is run on its on 3/4" line and has a ball valve for adjustment. Those valves are great because it allows me to adjust them all to the same height. The problem I am finding is that I often only want to turn on a few of them for my kids to...
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    Finally filled but leaking badly

    We finally finished out pool build last week and within a day I could tell we were losing significant amounts of water. I had a couple good leaks at the equipment that I was able to take care of myself, but I was still losing a fair amount of water. Originally I lost between 4 and 6 inches the...
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    When to fill...

    I have been putting stalling our pool build because it's too cold to swim, but I am wondering how soon I actually have to fill the pool with water. Right now we are done with our second inspection and ready for plaster and water whenever I choose. Do I have to fill the pool right away when the...
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    Dog run automation

    I am always looking for easy ways of automating things to make life a little easier. Currently, my dog run is completely tore up so we could run our conduit for the new pool build and I am going to make some changes. The run is only 5 feet wide, but is 50 feet long. It also houses all of my...
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    Looking for an electrician to answer questions.

    In an effort to make my pool build more affordable, I am thinking about doing my own electrical. I did owner builder on my last pool but I hired everything out. I wanted to do my own electrical then, but I was intimidated and hired somebody for that as well. To give you some background, I have...
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    Building on a budget

    What are some things that you have done while building your pool that were outside the norm to save a few bucks? We are working on our second owner build so we feel like we can save on a few more things this time around. Last time we were scared of used equipment, but after building our last...
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    Vegas Subcontractors

    Hey guys, I am building another owner builder pool at my new house. Only problem so far is that my HOA delayed me so much that I am now having a hard time finding contractors that's aren't busy. I am havin the worst luck finding an excavator so if anybody has phone numbers or emails of decent...
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    Help deciding on jets

    I am building a pool for my kids and I want lots of water features. I like the look of deck jets, but I haven't researched installation yet. They look pretty straightforward though. I have not researched pumping requirements yet either. Deck jets look like a nice, fairly inexpensive way to get...
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    Splash pad?

    All the parks around here have splash pads and the kids love them. I'm not sure if anybody has added splash pad features to their pool but i am considering building a new pool with a large top step/wet deck area and installing some water features that will shoot the water at least a few feet...
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    Vertical pole holders?

    Currently I have a horizontal holder that I hang my poles on, but it is only meant to hold one pole and I cram two on it. Problem is...I have 4 poles and plan to get more. I hate changing from the net to the corner brush, the whale tail, the wire brush, etc. So I like to have each tool on its...
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    Jandy Aquapure 1400...How fast will it boost the chlorine levels?

    We finally hit 51 degrees in the pool today so I wanted to boost the chlorine before it cools back down. If I run it at 100% will I get enough chlorine in a few hours to make a difference? I am just wondering if I should leave it on or turn it off until temps are consistent.
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    Borax affect SWG readings?

    Last year we decided to get a Jandy Aquapure 1400 SWG system to add to our Aqualink RS system. We bought it used and had issues with it from day one. It turned out to be the flow/salt sensor that was causing our problems. I replaced it last week and my salt reading are showing 4500-4600(4.5-4.6)...
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    Jandy Aqualink RS8 not responding while activated *SOLVED*

    I have been having issues getting my Aqualink system running properly. I had it installed by a pool electrician when we built the pool but we never bought a Onetouch until a few weeks ago. The onetouch somehow got overlooked when we were buying the equipment. Luckily the electrician had an extra...
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    Acid Wash and borax

    We want to do a no drain acid wash on our pool as well as add borax to the water. What would be the best way to do this for a 12,500 gallon pool? I wash planning to add enough acid to lower the pH to 4.0 and brush for 2-3 days. Then use the Borax to raise the pH back up. Do I have to shut down...
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    Gritty plaster

    We went on vacation a few weeks ago and there was a dust storm while we were gone. I adjusted the chemicals as the pH had gone up to 8.2 and the chlorine was almost undetectable. The infloor cleaning system seemed to have cleaned the pool pretty well for the most part except for the few normal...
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    Can I use a stainless steel brush?

    We finished our pool in the beginning of October last year(2011) so it has been up and running for about 9 months now. We recently had a little trouble with some algae. It was either black or a dark green sand it seem to be under control now. The guy at the pool store said I should buy a...
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    Whoops!

    So today I was doing my usual dog poo detail and thought I noticed the sound of the spa heater going. I was next to the spa but the heater is on the other side of the yard so I dipped my toe into the spa to make sure I hadn't left it on the night before. It was fairly cold so I didn't think...