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  1. RS220

    Anyone enjoy landscape design?

    So everyone here is so great and seems to enjoy assisting with design work, I was hoping that there might be a few folks who love landscape design as well. Now that the pool is in we're trying to define the rest of the yard and I'm really struggling to get it to look right. I did all of the pool...
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    Outdoor Shower Drainage

    So we're getting ready to try to install the outdoor shower. Our master bath is upstairs and I really want a place to just rinse off after swimming because I am lazy and upstairs is very very far away. I'd also like us to be able to rinse off before jumping in the spa. We had water run over to...
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    Mosquitoes in umbrella sleeves?

    While taking pictures of my umbrella sleeves for another thread, I realized there's standing water in them and they can become mosquito nurseries. The easy answer is to make sure the caps are screwed in when not in use, but I am lazy and routinely move my umbrella from the east to the west of my...
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    Poolside Planters - show them off!

    So I scored these large planters at Costco for $15 this weekend, and am trying to figure out what to put in them. I'm not really drawn to the tropical vibe, I was thinking maybe some dichondra and ornamental grass, but I'm just not sure. I've looked all over the internet, but I'd rather see...
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    Fresno Pool Project - COMPLETED WITH LOTS OF PICTURES

    It was such a scramble to get the pool done last fall, then we were too busy trying to cram in as much fun as we could before it got too cold and I never updated my Construction Thread. Here is a recap of what I learned and the finished pool. Lots of photos to follow. I love how everything...
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    Deck Drain Placement (Urgent issue! Need feedback please!)

    So, due to some miscommunication between the guy who worked with us to quote the pool and communicate the project back to the people actually doing the building....they apparently had no idea we were also having a patio cover installed. In the picture below, the yellow highlighted portion (where...
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    Jandy vs. Pentair Pros & Cons

    So my pool builder is actually recommending Jandy equipment. Anyone have thoughts or opinions on that? From everything I've read, it's like Toyota vs. Honda. There are preferences out there, but overall they are both popular, reputable, and will get the job done. We have a 25K gallon pool...
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    Initial Water Chemistry

    So I opened up my TF-100 test kit this weekend, and ran a complete set of tests on our tap water to get an idea of what we will be facing in a few weeks when it’s time to fill, and also because it's fun. Results are below, along with what I think our suggested actions and things to watch will...
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    Using a slide to heat and cool a pool?

    Went swimming in a warm pool over this hot weekend, it was not an enjoyable experience. It has me thinking how to prevent our own water temp from climbing too high when we need it most. Our pool will take full sun until 4 or 5 pm. Summer temps are high 90s to low 100s, days approaching 110 are...
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    Swimways Riviera Chaise (Ledge Lounger Alternative?)

    Does anyone have experience with these lounges from Swimways? I searched the forum and didn't see anything. I'm thinking they might be good ledge lounger alternatives, it's convenient that they can be used dry, on a ledge, or as a float - though I'm highly suspicious they will actually float in...
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    Are roots in gunnite a problem?

    We had two large palm trees removed about a month before construction began on the pool. The stumps were ground down to the level of the yard at the time they were removed. When the pool was dug, the remaining roots were sticking out from one of the trees. This entire time I assumed someone...
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    Help Me Pick Tile Please!

    They're going to start digging later this week or next, so it's time to pick tile. Help! I want all the opinions. The deck will just be plain brushed concrete, and the little oval in the center of each is the Pebblefina Bella Blue sample. I tried searching the forum for these tile names and...
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    Fresno Pool Project - Construction Starts 7/30 (photos / time lapse)

    First time poster, so glad I found this forum. We’re about to pull the trigger on our new pool, and I appreciate any advice or things we’re missing. I did a read through and used a lot of the advice found in other threads in the design such as it is. Here’s the decisions we’ve made so far, PB...