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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?

    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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    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?

    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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    Outdoor fridge or ice chest(s)?

    I'm trying to decide on whether to get an outdoor fridge. I'm wondering how useful they really are in comparison to just having an ice chest/cooler strategically placed. My plan is to have a kegerator inside the house and set up taps on both sides of the wall so I can get a pour whether I'm...
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    Pentair SC-75 SWG?

    My PB spec'ed out a pentair SC-75 salt water chlorine generator. I can only find a reference to it on the European website. My PB listed it at $1,500 but is including it "free". Does this make any sense vs getting an an IC20 or IC40...
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    Splash/spray from sheer water feature with 3' drop?

    I'm trying to size out our planned water feature. I'd like to make sure the spray/splash from it stays in the confines of the spa. The feature will be built into that wall at the far end of the spa and will be shooting water toward the pool (toward the camera). The spa has 12' of length...
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    Marker tile on side of benches, not just top?

    So, we've decided to go with marker tiles edging our steps. We're using 2x2 NPT Lightwaves Aquamarine for the waterline. I think I want to use two rows of the 1x2 tile as the marker tile. It's a geometric pool so we'll have straight lines. It should look similar to a recent post here...
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    Waterline/feature tile choice

    Ok, we need to finalize more materials, most importantly the waterline tile which we also expect to use for a raised bond beam water feature at the end of the spa. I lined up a slew of samples and lined them up against what will become the water feature wall. The light was changing fast so I...
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    Shotcrete day - another quasi panic

    Raised bond beam pool. They appear to be using backer board as the framing material. Everything I’ve read said this is common practice but not adequate because it is firm enough and moves when the shotcrete is applied. It is tied to a staked frame, but it still isn’t how I read it should be...
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    No entry stair? Raised pool with bench as first surface...

    My design has a bench around much of the pool. The architect drew stairs descending from the bench along one wall...but there is no "entry stair" anywhere. I hadn't really noticed that in the design so the PB pointed it out but he thought it made sense and suggested we leave it as is without...
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    Spa & pool plumbing ok?

    So, short story is that the PB never produced a plumbing plan. Now I'm looking at what they've done and want to make sure the spa is going to work well. 10x6 spa, rectangular, bench around 3 sides, 11 jets. Looks like the following: All 11 jets are on a single mostly 2" loop which is fed...
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    Spa jets

    I've tried to do research on spa jets and I'm not finding much useful information. Maybe I'm not searching well. PB is pressing me for decision on jets because he has to get the plumbing done and their are different plumbing requirements. He said he could do anything but mentioned Waterway as...
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    New build tile/material thoughts

    Project finally got underway and now we're under the gun to make final materials selections. One of the PBs references that we visited really stood out...it is a pretty "modern" look and we aren't 100% we can pull it off on our property (mostly because the textured stucco of the house isn't...
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    Rebar placement / process

    So, I know the rebar size/placement depends on the engineering...my question is what should I be looking for to make sure it is being done correctly? For example, I've read that there should be spacers on the walls and floor to make sure the rebar is properly encapsulated. There are no spacers...
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    Help! A bit of panic over depth/slope after excavation

    So, we are putting in a small geometric pool. There is a link to my build thread in my sig if you want to get a picture of the design (the thread contains a couple -- the last design posted is pretty accurate)...but, bottom line is that we thought we wanted a 4' -> 5' <- 4' situation; four feet...
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    Anyone with long-term experience with Ipe (wood) for decking?

    We're planning on an ipe deck around one end of our pool (it will be raised ~18"). I'd love to hear from people who have had ipe decking to hear how it held up. I've done some searching and several threads with folks that have or were planning ipe decks around pools but only a few that had...
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    Help with new pool design (SoCal...south OC)

    SoCal...south OC build thread (start page 2) Hey all...thanks for being here! I'm trying to design a backyard with a pool, spa and fire pit into a pretty small (I would say tiny) backyard...about 46'x20' -- the backyard, not the pool! The good news is that we are on a corner lot at the top of...
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    A pool as a backyard

    Hi all...I'm Joe. I recently moved from Massachusetts out to sunny SoCal and the wife and I are deciding to put a pool into our tiny (by our east coast standards anyway) backyard. It has been a tough decision for us because the cost to do so out here is insane, but we expect to be here for the...