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    New Build in West Houston Area - PB

    Hey TFP gang - it’s been a while since I last logged on. We finally put the finishing touches on our pool and spliced the remainder of the build time lapse together. It has some fun “swim practice” shots towards the end too. (Best viewed in 1080P on a big screen if that’s an option) Hope you...
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    New Build in West Houston Area - PB

    So after a few months of heating this Houston “winter”, I have found that the pool loses around 2 degrees a day. It takes roughly 1 MMBTU of gas per degree to heat it back up, so that works out to about $12.50 a day in heating costs for 2 MMBTU’s, or about $375 a month. Costs are heading down as...
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    Anyone still swimming?

    Yes! Ours hovers around 72 with fairly minimal heating after we put the thermal covers on. I’m good swimming laps at 72.
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    New Build in West Houston Area - PB

    With the covers on, chem dosing is minimal. Maybe a quart or less of 10% bleach per day and half a cup of acid.
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    Construction Plans, We may be digging soon so we are down to the wire...

    I’ll chime in on the return heads. Not saying by any stretch that this is the right answer, but it seems to be working for us. At the bottom of this thread is a rough napkin sketch of my pool. 7ft x 70ft lap pool water circulation design We decided that it would be futile to try to get a...
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    Construction Plans, We may be digging soon so we are down to the wire...

    Oh - one more plus for the paraskims is they have a knockout for an overflow. I think it was some oddball size like 1.25” but we hooked all 4 skimmer overflow pipes up to our deck drain system, looping them up and back down to set the max water height. (The drain openings sit below the water...
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    New Build in West Houston Area - PB

    Pool is lined with a 100mil root barrier along back wall. We went with little gem magnolias because their leaves are easy to scoop up, and they stay fairly vertical in their growth. Side covers are hooked on lane lines and float separate from the main cover.
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    Construction Plans, We may be digging soon so we are down to the wire...

    Paraskim V’s work well. We have 4 of them in our pool. They do take their own 1.5” return line as well as the 2” drain line, so it is a bit more plumbing but the Venturi really does move a lot of water. When I shut off the drain line and just have the return running, water is still falling at a...
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    Construction Plans, We may be digging soon so we are down to the wire...

    Something to possibly consider: some sort of foam board insulation layer between the gunite shell and the soil. (If you get a thermal cover for the winter and want to heat the pool, an insulator would help isolate the pool from the ground so you don’t spend all your gas money heating up dirt)...
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    Construction Plans, We may be digging soon so we are down to the wire...

    Did the GC spec the lane line anchors? There are some cheap, plastic body ones out there that you will want to steer clear of - I can’t imagine they would handle tensioning very well. We went with the Paragon brand triangle bolt anchors and have been pretty happy with them so far. 70316SE -...
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    Construction Plans, We may be digging soon so we are down to the wire...

    It’s rough enough where if you are wire brushing a stain and your knuckles hit the plaster, it will generally produce blood. If you were aqua jogging where your toes were pushing off the bottom, you would definitely want to wear some aqua socks for toe protection. I’ve mostly gotten used to it...
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    Construction Plans, We may be digging soon so we are down to the wire...

    I would definitely go 4’ instead of 3.5’. Makes flip turns much more comfortable. We did southern lights in our pool. Very happy with the results for color. Just the right amount of blue without the worry of bleaching out any dyes. I can send you pictures if you want. The only downside is it is...
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    New Build in West Houston Area - PB

    It’s starting to feel good. Still have some deck work to finish up but it’s really close to being done done. There are 5 sections. The main section (19’x82’) spools onto one spindle and the 4 side sections spool onto 2nd spindle. For practical purposes, we would really only be moving the main...
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    New Build in West Houston Area - PB

    Update on the pool project *Replaced and Stained 400 LF of 6’ Cedar Fence with 2x6 rot boards *Installed 11 Little Gem Magnolias *Placed 14 cubic yards of Rainbow Gravel *Installed 3 pallets of sod *Added thermal covers and reel *Heated up pool Some fun calculations for pool nerds on the...
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    Pipes and plumbing questions

    2) My 2 cents: I asked my superintendent the same question on painting. He said for serviceability, cost and hassle, they don’t paint their pad plumbing. When they come back on service calls that require pipe surgery, it just makes for an extra step of cleaning off old paint to make clean pvc...
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    Has anyone used 3" pipe for suction and 2.5" pipe for all returns?

    https://flexpvc.com/Reference/WaterFlowBasedOnPipeSize.shtml This is an interesting chart - bigger is probably marginally better (lower pipe friction / head loss) but again - with VS pump, not super necessary.
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    Has anyone used 3" pipe for suction and 2.5" pipe for all returns?

    Has anyone used 3" pipe for suction and 2.5" pipe for all returns? We did 3” suction with (2) 2” returns plus (2) 1.5” venturi skimmer returns per pump. (3” pipe to single superflow 360 drain, 2” lines split to (2) 1.5” returns per line, 1.5” lines to paramount paraskim V’s.) If you...
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    Watering Gunite

    Spraying Water on New Concrete - Watering Concrete Driveway | Unlimited Concrete Concepts Helps with curing process. Probably more critical in hotter months... though Florida is probably warm year round? Based on this random company’s page... maybe not as critical as it once was do to...
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    Pentair motor or pump or both replacement - loud squealing and no pumping

    I’ll add a vote for the VS pumps. I run (2) 3hp pentair intelliflo vs pumps 24/7 on my pool. They run at 400 watts each in the summer and 250 watts each during the winter for a combined 110gpm and 60gpm respectively. At 8 cents a Kwh, that works out to about $50/mo in the summer and $30/mo in...
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    First time buying Calcium Chloride in Houston TX, where is the cheapest?

    I used it after initial fill of pool. Water from lake Houston appears to be hard enough to maintain calcium levels so it hasn’t been an ongoing expense. I use a bucket and my bike scale for precision measurements though a cheap $10 hanging fish scale (for fishermen) would be good enough I...
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    First time buying Calcium Chloride in Houston TX, where is the cheapest?

    I’ve ordered snow joe melt from Walmart. Ships for free. 50# bag for $20 Snow Joe MELT Calcium Chloride Pellets Ice Melter, 50 lb. Resealable Bag - Walmart.com
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    Thoughts on this granular boric acid?

    I ordered from dudadiesel - they seem to have the best bulk pricing.
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    Filling New Pool from Water Truck and Have Questions???

    Pebble finish seems to be pretty tough stuff too. They let ours cure overnight and the acid wash crew wasn’t babying it the next afternoon. Here is a snapshot of the guy going full tilt with a 4,000 PSI pressure washer. I used a bucket to slow down my 40gpm fill for the first foot or so out of...
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    Waiting for spring

    Wet Edge Cost So this post from a while back helped me reality check my bids for our pool. It does a good job breaking down the price differentials and you can look to see what you are paying the extra money for on the pictures / samples on wet edge’s website. We ended up going with a...
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    Building new pool in Houston,TX

    Definitely be there on Gunite day. There were quite a few questions I had to answer throughout the day that my superintendent would not have been able to make the call on - especially when it came to the hot tub area (seat style, step heights, etc). The hours you set aside for availability on...
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    Do you regret using glass tile?

    Galaxy is in the same series as our tile (cobalt). They have the stickers on the back of each tile, so that should make the install easier for your tile guy.
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    Do you regret using glass tile?

    To quote my man Scotty P... [emoji38] But on a serious note, the installers we used knew what they were doing on glass tile. I have heard of nightmare stories on bad installs - including some this crew had to come in and replace for other pool builders in the area. The installation cost...
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    Do you regret using glass tile?

    We did glass tile ~ 400 SF of it. So far it has done ok (it’s been in water about a year now. I think a total of 5 tiles have popped off. I cleaned out the holes and reset them - not a big deal. There is one spot on the edge of the spa where I get a bit of calcium build-up. I’m wondering if it...
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    Building new pool in Houston,TX

    What are the overall dimensions on the main section of the pool? You may consider installing some lane line anchors for future use for your daughter.
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    Stenner - someone better at figuring this out

    Congrats! I remember when I first fired my acid Stenner up, I was putting in roughly twice what I do now for the better part of a month till things stabilized. I think I was used to doing a weekly gallon or two to knock it down to 7.5. It was likely creeping back up or staying elevated on days...