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  1. Dave1096

    Official 2021 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Haven't heard of Blue Mountain before, but I trust the judgment of anyone pouring into a Fieldwork glass.
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    New Fiberglass install in Clarksville TN (Dig started Nov 16, 2020)

    I know the feeling. Based on advice from this site we made the decision to add 200 sq. ft. of deck the day the deck was being poured. One of the best on the fly decisions we made. TFP is an awesome place.
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    New Build SEPA

    Thanks B. Taking my builder's lead on this for warranty purposes, but I'll ask if this is something they'll do. Pool isn't very accessible at the moment.
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    New Build SEPA

    Their solution was to fill in/pack the area around the light with hydraulic cement. Hopefully that's an adequate solution, but I'm more concerned with the root of the issue which is the ground water being that high around the pool. Makes me nervous thinking about the pool just sitting their...
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    New Build SEPA

    We got an unusual amount of rain, so groundwater was really high. The pool has hydrostatic relief valves which I thought are supposed help with any issues high ground water might cause. Should I be concerned with our plan to not plaster until Spring leaving the shell empty like this over Winter?
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    New Build SEPA

    Here's the video of water coming in. Would really appreciate any feedback anyone can provide on whether this is a problem or not. I sent the video to my builder as well and am waiting on a reply but wanted to get some unbiased opinions here as well http://www.youtube.com/shorts/Mwiq4hswHKE
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    New Build SEPA

    We received a good amount of rain today, and I noticed a steady stream of water getting in from around the tanning ledge light. We're not plastering until Spring, and I realize it's the plaster that will waterproof the shell...but is there any cause for concern in the meantime with what I'm...
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    Pool Build Finally Started - Bryan, TX (11/4/20)

    My builder left a box of leftover waterline tiles and 8 coping pavers for me to keep on hand as spares. Not sure I'll ever need them, hopefully not anyway, but they said I paid for them so might as well keep them. I have a simple design without any water features, so can't weigh in on your...
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    Pentair IntelliChlor IC40 Fire / Burning

    I get that mentality to an extent when it pertains to inexpensive "consumable" components (not lights); however, in this specific case you would hope that any reputable manufacturer would want the parts back for teardown to determine root cause. The risk of a catastrophic failure here was high...
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    New Build in PA

    Love the coping. If I ever built a pool that's what I'd use.
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    New Build in Southern California

    What an awesome pool. Can't wait to see the finished product. What part of SoCal? I grew up out there in the Mojave desert.
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    New Build in PA

    Fortes fortuna juvat. Good call. Looks great!
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    New Build SEPA

    They didn't do any of that, but there really wasn't any mess when they were done either.
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    New Build SEPA

    No, but there really wasn't anything directly near the pool that was a concern. My equipment is 40' away on the side of the house. Good luck on gunite! Post some pictures. I'm not sure. My PM gave me a quick rundown of what to expect over the winter, but to be honest I don't remember much and...
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    Is this rust?

    No, I think they just laid stone down and poured.
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    Is this rust?

    If be lying if I said I knew for sure. I do have reddish dirt all around the excavation site. Also some weeping from the lights and a return that I assumed would be a non-issue after plaster seals the shell. Here's a few pictures of the surrounding earth.
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    Is this rust?

    Thanks, I'll give vitamin C a shot. No sprinkler system. My yard is all chewed up around the pool area, so maybe it's from the ground nearby.
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    Is this rust?

    Under construction and noticing rust-like discoloration on my waterline tiles. It's primarily on the house side of the pool and the deep end whereas the other side/end of the pool looks alright. Spraying it with a hose didn't do much. Could this be rust? If so, what would cause surface rust on...
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    Jandy/Nature 2 SWG recommendation?

    Ah, forgot I had asked you before. Thanks for the compliment on our pool progress. It's been a fun ride so far.
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    Jandy/Nature 2 SWG recommendation?

    I don't know for sure, but I suspect we might be using the same builder. If that's the case, I had this same conversation with them and was offered the Aquapure as an option...for an additional fee. Since the Nature 2 can be used without the mineral cartridge and has pretty much the same...
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    Cost to build a pool in North Texas?

    Having just gone through the process earlier this year of choosing a builder for our first pool, echoing what others have already said here is the best advice I can give. Get as many quotes as possible, and ask each builder to break out their pricing by line item so you can compare apples to...
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    New Build SEPA

    Here's a couple.
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    New Build SEPA

    We went with the standard brushed white. Would have loved to do pavers or possibly even stamped concrete, but we decided back during the budgeting phase to go a more practical route and put our money into maximizing the pool size rather than in the finishes. It's definitely lightened up since I...
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    New Build SEPA

    Decking went in today. Not happy with the white expansion joints. No offense to anyone else who has them, just my preference, but I really don't like the look of them. I told the builder this during our pre-construction meeting, but shame on me for not following up before now to make sure they...
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    New Build in PA

    Looks good. How bad did your yard get it?
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    New Build SEPA

    Great, thanks for the reassurance. Thanks again. We are certainly happy with how it's turning out so far. You would think I would considering I work in the critical power industry, but as of this writing I do not. I've been meaning to get one, though. I think I'll place an order now. Good to...
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    New Build SEPA

    I noticed the gunite crew forgot to account for the two umbrella sleeves that should be on the ledge. The builder told me no problem, they'll drill and install on plaster day. Is there any downside to this? Will the integrity of the sleeve or pool shell be compromised in any way?
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    New Build SEPA

    My build includes regrading, but no landscaping. They do have a landscape division, but I haven't contracted any work with them. The plan is to get the pool in, get the fence in, then take a look at what landscaping needs to be done and address it at that time. Yeah, the other side of my house...
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    New Build SEPA

    Yeah, those are awesome. We have a very similar product to clean her paws. I'm actually hoping she's a swimmer. I think the kids will be disappointed if she isn't.
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    New Build SEPA

    Enjoyable/relaxing, actually. Gave me a reason to go outside and be by myself 2-3x/day. I'm still watering just not the coping and tile area. I think today is the last day they said I needed to water as tomorrow will be a week since the shell was shot.