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  1. mmardini

    Step and bench accent tile cost

    These are pics from during the remodel. Originally we’re not going to do the accent then last minute I asked how much more to do that and he charged me 250$
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    Step and bench accent tile cost

    What??? I paid 250$ extra to add that. And we used all glass tile. That seems like price gouging to me
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    Pool just finished with the pebble. Acid wash and fill tomorrow! Pics included

    Thank you! I really appreciate it. I love it as well 😊
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    Pebble Sheen - Blue Surf - Waterline tile help!!

    I like the second one myself! But both great looking options!
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    Single speed vs variable speed

    I am interested as well I have the same pump but would like to go variable.
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    Best pool cleaner 2020

    I’m looking to fire my pool guy. I think I finally have a good handle of testing and just tested my water and not happy with the results. Seems like he just cleans throws some chlorine and acid and calls it a day! I read some older threads regarding pool robots but I was wondering what the...
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    Do you regret getting glass tile? Oh and Permit approved! What next?

    We just remodeled our pool and spa and did all glass tile. We don’t regret it! I was cleaning them weekly but now our water is way too cold so I’m Hoping they stay clean by just brushing them without actually getting in the pool. We have hard water as well and it was a very tough sell to the...
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    New IG build - San Diego CA - shotcrete complete 12/1

    Looks great! Just a few comments. The palm tree may become a problem. We had a huge palm tree next to our pool (previous owners planted) and the roots began to lift the concrete away from the pool. We just resurfaced our pool and had to pay 1,000$ to get the tree removed. also, we were told the...
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    O/B in Gilbert, AZ for 2nd time

    our tile is also 1x2. Here is a pic for reference
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    O/B in Gilbert, AZ for 2nd time

    we had a bunch of pool builders try to talk us out of glass tile. I went with it anyways. I love the look too much. Do what will make you happy you will be the one looking at the pool everyday. Btw my husband also veto’d the glass tile after listening to the pool builders but hey! Happy wife...
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    FAS-DPD test

    Just wanted to say I received my kit yesterday and tried it today and this test blew my mind! No more staring at colors and saying is it a 2??? A 3??? Makes my life so much easier wish I purchased it earlier!! Thank you TFP!
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    Pool deck resurfacing

    Thank you! That is a hefty price but that’s a lot of square footage. Ours is only 750 sq ft!
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    Pool deck resurfacing

    Thank you for the suggestion. Unfortunately it looks like there are no authorized installers in my area. Do you happen to know approximately how much the cost was? I’m trying to see if the prices are very inflated here or if that’s really the ball park I should expect to pay to resurface
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    FAS-DPD test

    Thank you! I ended up ordering the TFT kit. I’d be lost without this website!
  15. mmardini

    FAS-DPD test

    TFT kit it is. Anyone can buy a box. And there’s plenty of other things to buy on Amazon with my gift card!
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    FAS-DPD test

    Do you know how much reagent that kit comes with? They are practically the same price, except the Amazon one comes with a carrying case and I have a gift card to Amazon, however I love this website and would like to support, especially if it comes with more reagents. I guess I could always buy...
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    FAS-DPD test

    I’m pretty much obsessed with this site now haha. My husband calls me a pool nerd but I don’t care! Such nice and helpful people here! I will look into that kit thank you
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    FAS-DPD test

    I bought a test kit from leslies prior to finding this site which is essentially the same I’ve been told of the Taylor k2005 test kit. I have come to understand from this site that the kit is fine except it’s missing the FAS-DPD test. Is this kit that I found on Amazon the same test? Also, what...
  19. mmardini

    Pool deck resurfacing

    Every company that has came out has their own “product”. Our only requirement is that it has a feature that keeps it cool during the summer months similar to cool deck. The latest company uses a “knock down texture”. Another company uses an epoxy with sand. I don’t think it would need new...
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    Pool deck resurfacing

    Hi everyone! I just finished remodeling my pool and I love the way it came out, however now it is making our ugly pool deck stand out! We bought our house a year ago and apparently the previous owner (flipper) painted over the kool deck with normal paint and it’s now peeling in a lot of the...
  21. mmardini

    Chlorine floater

    Thank you! That info is very helpful. Now that the temp is decreasing we arnt in a hurry we want to slowly raise the cya then stop the pucks entirely. What is a good cya level to shoot for knowing that fall and winter are basically here? We are currently at 30
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    Chlorine floater

    We arnt 100% sure we are going to measure the pool this weekend but we estimate around 10,000 gallons. We never measured before the remodel as it was a very old pool and we weren’t watching the water levels at all, just let the pool guy do it. Our pool temp today was 80 degrees! It was great...
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    Chlorine floater

    Thank you for that very helpful information! Is this for plain plaster or pebble finishes as well? I think I’m just going to add the pucks. We want to raise the cya without adding more liquid as we certainly don’t want it to go too high.
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    Chlorine floater

    That’s what I was thinking. I looked up feeder and it’s not what we have. We do not have a SWG. So no one sees a problem using a floater with pucks after a week of plaster? I really can’t think of what the issue would be but they made the instructions confusing!
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    Chlorine floater

    I have no idea! I don’t understand what the problem with using a feeder is either. I have a feeling they are trying everything to make you void the warranty or something. My only thought is maybe if the floater gets stuck in a spot like it sometimes does that it will over chlorinate in that...
  26. mmardini

    Chlorine floater

    Hi everyone. We just replastered our pool one week ago with a pebble finish and we are working on balancing our water. We added a gallon of CYA on Tuesday which brought our level to approximately 30. We don’t want to add too much too quickly, but we are having a problem keeping chlorine in the...
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    What does it take to get rid of the pool guy...

    Btw we do not have a SWG so we use only liquid chlorine and the occasional tablet if needed
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    What does it take to get rid of the pool guy...

    Hi everyone. We have owned our home with a pool for about a year and a half now. Up until about 2 months ago we had someone caring for the pool that we trusted because he is family and he has been in the pool business for about 30 years. Always went above and beyond for us. Unfortunately he...
  29. mmardini

    Adding CYA

    Hi everyone. We just resurfaced our pool and it got filled on Wednesday. We need to add CYA but have no idea how much to add. We added chlorine this morning and it’s already low again! How do we figure out how much cya to add?
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    Why are pool light so expensive?

    We just bought new pool And spa lights. Directly from the pool contractor supply store so no extra mark up from pool builder. $1200 for the pair. Crazy but I love them. I can watch the colors change all night...