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    Preparing for pool install - vinyl liner w/SWG, no heater, no spa

    Hello all, I just finished reading the TFPC for Beginners thread (TFPC for Beginners) which is extremely educational but also has a lot of "this helps with plaster, this doesn't apply if you have SWG" and such. I'm open to learning as much as I can, but also don't want to go down a rabbit hole...
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    Wait to do paver coping and decking after pool?

    We're slated to start construction in November of an in ground, freeform vinyl liner pool with polymer walls. The plan is to do a paver decking and coping which the PB does not do on his own, we are subbing that out ourselves to the contractor we used for our patio. Would there be any harm - or...
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    Pump selection, Hayward MaxFlo, EcoStar, Super Pump, TriStar?

    Apologies in advance in that I'm cross-posting a bit, I asked for equipment suggestion in my other thread but thought I would try in this sub-forum as well as I'm specifically trying to settle on a pump. The builder's initial proposal includes a 3/4 HP Hayward MaxFlo XL. The pool will be about...
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    What is so bad about using the skimmer to vacuum?

    Pardon my ignorance - don't have a pool, hoping to have one built this fall/winter, just doing my best to educate myself now. While reading about pool cleaners (pressure vs robot) I also came across several comments suggesting having a dedicated suction line installed to use when vacuuming...
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    Another Polaris vs. Dolphin thread? re: leaves

    I've read enough to feel confident that I'd rather have a robot than the Polaris 280 that my PB included with his quote, just need to find out if he can offer me the Dolphin or if I would just have to delete the Polaris and buy it on my own. But I do want to make sure the robot option is...
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    Building this fall/winter in south Alabama

    Hey all, we're getting quotes again - last fall we got a few gunite pool quotes and that combined with the other site and patio work we couldn't pull the trigger right away. Instead we did much of the site work to include removal of a few small trees and dozens of shrubs, and tore up and...
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    New member in southern Alabama, decisions decisions

    Hey all, been reading for a bit and figured I'd introduce myself here. We're in southern Alabama and looking to install a gunite pool w/saltwater generator. We live on a corner lot with a semi-detached garage off of the side street making an "L" shape structure. The result is a nice private area...