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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    Yep he watched most of it! Definitely a life long memory!
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    The dig has been completed! Generally looks pretty good. Once the forms are up, we are going to remeasure everything to make sure it all comes out as expected. Here are few pictures. 5 year old for scale.
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    Well I woke up to a random text that today was dig day. A great surprise, but a little more notification would have been nice. The person doing the excavation said that he should be able to finish up tomorrow.
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    New Pool Katy, Texas

    So the toe line tile is the same as the waterline tile? They look so different with how the light hits them differently. Do you have what the name of that tile is?
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    Grotto slide- Fiberglass, concrete, penny round??

    I'm sure there is a lot of variation, but for us adding the slide was approximately $20k all in (slide itself, structure, masonry for the surround, extra pump, and plumbing. You can see our render in my thread: New Build - Austin, Texas - IntelliCenter Questions
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    New pool build in Allen TX

    What brand/kind of step lights (the non-pool lights) did they use?
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    New pool build in Allen TX

    Looks great! Enjoy!
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    We got the forms about half put up on Saturday. Seems like a weird place to stop. Trying to get on the schedule for the excavator but they can't seem to pin down a date.
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    New Build in The Woodlands TX - Please Critique

    Looking good. What is the sqft of your pool? It looks like a lot of sqft, so wondering if 5 Microbrites is going to be enough? I saw in another thread that Pentair recommends your total light lumens to be 4 times the sqft of your pool. So if your sqft is 800, then they recommend 800x4 =...
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    Equipment List - What Would You Change?

    Here is what I come up with from Pentair's calculator for the UltraTemp 140, March through October, and the gas cost and electric costs from my last utility bills (we are both in Austin, so I assume those should be accurate for you as well): So based on their calculator, you will save $70 per...
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    Equipment List - What Would You Change?

    So you pretty much are locked into the heater because of the spa. It comes down to a decision to add the heat pump or not. I had the same thoughts, and after using one of the online heat pump cost calculators and our current electricity/gas rates, I found it was going to be cheaper to just use...
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    Equipment List - What Would You Change?

    What is the motivation for both the heat pump and regular heater? Not sure if overkill, but if you plan on using your spa a lot you might consider having a seat or two that have more than one jet.
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    New Build in The Woodlands TX - Please Critique

    Dig done in 3 days? Nice!
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    Hi Jim, Thanks for the note, definitely not intending to be a worry wart of that issue, just have ready a lot of warnings on this forum about making sure to not power on the IntelliChlor without the pump running. Is the flow switch that you mention built into the IntelliChlor, or is that a...
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    MyAZPool, Thanks for this post, I think that you finally made it click in my head about the relationship of the breakers and the relays. Each relay needs to be connected to a breaker in order to provide power to the relay. So even though I can save relays by just connecting the IntelliFlo...
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    Thanks for the review! Noted on the chiller, I will do some more research there. Interesting question about the ability to control more than one IntelliFlo and remain all the capabilities. I tried to do some research and came across this in the instruction manual for the IntelliTouch system...
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    So they ended up with 3" for the drains and suction lines that pass the water to the pump. The pipes leaving the pump are set as 2 1/2", but get split further into smaller pipes as they approach the returns/features. Does that sound good? Or should they be using 3" after the pump up until...
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    Agreed the 4 pumps feels high. They ran it by the Pentair rep who looked at all of the features and came up with the suggestion of 4. One consideration is that the spa has 14 jets in it (2 seats with 5 each, and 4 single jets), so they were worried about 1 pump feeding the spa not being able to...
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    New Build in The Woodlands TX - Please Critique

    Glad to see it moving!
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    Thanks for the comments everyone. With your comments and the write ups from @MyAZPool, I have mapped out how I think all of my equipment will connect to my IntelliCenter i10PS. Note that due to the number of RS-485 connections, I think I will need to add a Serial Com Expansion Board. I still...
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    Got it! That makes sense. Agreed, the plumbing schematic is going to need revision. Thanks for the comment about the skimmers, I did not know about that!
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    Thanks Jim. Regarding the 3 position IntelliValve, the IntelliValve user guide has an example of how to use it with a three way setup (1 inflow, 2 outflows). Are you saying it can't actually do this currently?
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    New Build - Austin, Texas - Digging Phase

    The trees that were in the way of the dig have been removed and the pool outline has been painted. Now we are waiting on an inspection before we can dig. I have an IntelliCenter question for the experts. I am getting the IntelliCenter i10PS, so my understanding is that this has 10 relays...
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    My New Pool in SCHERTZ, TX - Decided on Toe tile!! YAY

    Most people lean away from the Globrites because they use a proprietary niche (i.e., you can only ever use Pentair Globrites). The MicroBrites use a standard 1.5" niche which gives you a lot more options for what you can use in the future.
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    Getting ready to start build, but thinking about changing depth in deep end ???

    From this, 6 feet down is slightly off the charts (by just 3 inches), and the deepest recommendation was 9 feet. So if you wanted to go conservative, 9.5 feet would probably do it (based on the recommendation of this source).
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    My New Pool in SCHERTZ, TX - Decided on Toe tile!! YAY

    How do you think the noise compares to an HVAC condenser unit that sits outside the house?
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    Waterfall boulder structural design

    I am not an expert. Our neighbor is having a pool put in that has a grotto, so I think it is a similar application to what you are after. For the grotto, they basically made a gunite shelf where all of the natural stones would sit. From looking at the gunite shell, it physically looks very...
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    Spa light placement

    I'm not an expert, but I think that it may actually be better where it currently is. If you think about how the light spreads out to the sides, it gets weaker the further away from pointing straight out. So if it is on the shorter side, it has less straight to the sides that it needs to...
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    To seal or not to seal - travertine

    Can you explain your process for acid washing the stone?