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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    ...and nearly two years after gunite, the pool finally looks like a pool! Plaster is on...aquabrite Mon/Tues.
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    Plaster going on tomorrow!!!! Aquabrite going on Monday+Tuesday. Should have water in the pool on Wed/Thurs...can't wait!
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    Great question. I expect we will need to regularly drain and clean the feature. The burner is stainless steel so that will limit what we can keep in the water re: chemicals. I may be able to use ferric oxide to control the phosphates and limit algae growth but my base assumption is that the...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    ...the rest of the stone is on the courtyard water+fire feature. Here is the pic from the same angle as above: ...and here is from the front: I love soapstone and wanted to incorporate it into the side yard somehow so I designed this water+fire feature. I think it came out pretty cool...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    I'll DM you re: the pool builder -- not sure what the policies are about naming names. re: the grill, it is an Alfresco ALXE-36. It is a pretty ridiculously priced brand but I hunted around over the past few years for great deals on scratch & dent models so it wasn't nearly so bad. So far so...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    More progress...we almost had water in the pool last week but due to misdelivered spa fittings we had to reschedule the plaster...hopefully for sometime next week. In the meantime, a lot more things are coming together although still a lot of things left to do and lots of details. But here are...
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    Trying to find the right robot

    Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated...I'll focus in on track-based models.
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    Trying to find the right robot

    So, I have a relatively small pool but it has a lot of bench...basically, bench or stairs on 3 of the 4 sides of the rectangular pool. Does anyone have a pool with lots of bench or stairs and a great experience with their robot? I'm wondering if this could be a reason for one of the robots...
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    Plumbing question...how bad is it?

    We're going with Pacific Blue it seems like. He thought ice ice bay bay could work but I think he felt the darker color might work best given our pool depth, benches and whatnot. I'm decision'ed out at this point...as we used to say when I got married, it's just a freakin' cake... I'll let...
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    Pentair IntelliCenter Review and Information

    I wish they would open-source this stuff; it would be nice to be able to pitch in.
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    Plumbing question...how bad is it?

    Awesome, that makes me feel a lot better! Yeah, it's about 12" before the elbow/tees. I know any fitting or valve contributes to loss calculations so I was thinking that may factor in some way; the manual says "valve, elbow or tee" but it makes sense to me that elbow/tee would be the bigger...
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    Plumbing question...how bad is it?

    So, my plumbing was done the yesterday and from what I see, the plumber didn't comply with some of the basic instructions in the manual. I have two Intelliflow VSF and a Whisperflow 2HP and from what I can see, there should be at least 10" of straight pipe leading into the pumps before a...
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    Spa Vs Stand Alone Hot Tub? Help! Save my marriage.

    I'm still waiting for my build to finish, but I've seen some builds where people built a standalone beside the pool in a way that makes it almost look completely integrated. You need permanent/convenient access to at least one of the spa for maintenance but depending on your design, that could...
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    Plaster, Pebble, Aquabrite, oh my!

    We're approaching plaster day. Our original quote included a plaster finish with a ~$5k upgrade to ntp stonescapes mini-pebble finish. We are also considering aquabrite, which is a lot more than the pebble. My wife and son have never loved the pebble pools they've been in -- too...
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    Equipment on a pad or is loose stone ok?

    They used a sort of foam material everywhere the concrete met with another surface (ie, the house or the fence); hard to see in the pics.
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    Here are a few photos of living walls that we thought were pretty cool. We aren't sure if we'll do this right away though, we may keep it simple for now and just put up a lattice or wires and have a vine/creeping plant instead...a lot less money and less maintenance too, but I do really...
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    Equipment on a pad or is loose stone ok?

    Yes, we were both on the same page about that. I had assumed he was just going to cut the pad short and not extend it past the pipes but this will be much better as it will make walking past that area a lot easier with solid ground.
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    It has been a while with some good if not always entirely apparent progress. Here are some pics... First shows the ipe wood decks...one at grade level and then the raised one at the end of the pool. The stairs are also ipe and in place but this photo is old. It's all dirty in the pic but wow...
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    Equipment on a pad or is loose stone ok?

    Pad poured. We'll see if it all fits. Thanks again all!
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    Equipment on a pad or is loose stone ok?

    Thanks all, very much appreciate the advice
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    Equipment on a pad or is loose stone ok?

    My builder told me he prefers not to put equipment on a concrete pad. I had thought it was standard practice or even required to have equipment on a pad. I get not wanting to run the plumbing through the pad but I'm not feeling at all confident about the stability of this equipment if it isn't...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    Yeah, that's the plan, to have marker tile on the benches so it's clear...you can actually kinda see where they started laying some out to show what they were thinking in one of the photos above. We're also planning to put a step on the outside of the pool in the right place when we're...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    More progress! Luckily, there are only two guys doing all the work at this point -- a father son team -- and construction is apparently considered "essential work" so, the project is continuing at this point. The patio structures is done with a couple minor exceptions...still need to get a new...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    Sliders were put in... ...view from the couch -- the house is not as crooked as it looks ;) ...and from the kitchen... We still haven't pulled the plastic off the windows...waiting for more finish work to be completed. Progress.
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    So, the roof is pretty much on now and they're mostly finished with the rough opening for the new slider. We're replacing the double sliders you see on the left of the pic with a 3 panel stacking slider that will match the new slider...should be a lot more glass and less frame. We're thrilled...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    Yes, the base of that middle post is already demo'd at this point. Looking out over the pool, the left steel beam come up through the end of the counter where the grill/sink/trash will be, so the 'base' will not be visible at all. I'm assuming we will wrap the post and stucco it or something...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    Yup, exterior rated glulam. Hopefully we can get it matched up with the rest of the lumber re: color of the finish. One challenge at a time I guess!
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    Well, it's been a looooooong time coming, but the project is finally back underway! I'm trying not to think about the lost money and time...focus currently is on completing the patio extension which has held everything else up. The goal was simple: extend the patio the full length of the house...
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    New Build, Orange County, California

    Agree with all of the above...although the time to measure was probably before the steel went in. But, redoing steel is certainly better than after its shot so can't hurt if you thin it's off (and would be willing to fight about it). Also, the shell/walls in our neck of the woods is typically...
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    New Construction Home - Orange County CA

    That is accurate re: waterline must be 3' back from the line. Note also that the line is from the middle of the mow curb... I'm a future neighbor (RMV) of yours going through the process myself so that's why I know! Definitely OB it and get bdavis to consult! I didn't think I would have the...