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  1. spenserj87

    Adding Solar Heating

    Thanks for the insight. There really is no better option. I'm in Sacramento area so I think the panel locations should work fine. The panels will be Heliocol. Splitting to three roofs isn't ideal, I know, but there isn't room in my yard for any structures. The pool takes up most of the...
  2. spenserj87

    Adding Solar Heating

    The solar provider has revised their design and will be placing the panels on three sections of roof: west, east, and a small portion south. That should give me the performance I am seeking. The north roof is too steep to be of use.
  3. spenserj87

    Adding Solar Heating

    I'm only looking for May to September, and whatever we can get in late April and early Oct. The questions is whether 430 sf of North facing panels for a 425 sf pool will provide 5 to 8 degrees higher temps at any time of year compared to what we get otherwise would get with bubble cover alone...
  4. spenserj87

    Adding Solar Heating

    Thanks for the feedback. Last year, we kept the pool cover on almost all the time to get get max temps. So the questions for a 100% sf solar install on a 32.4 degree pitch North facing roof are: 1. Will I be able to maintain high 80s water temps with only having to use the cover overnight on...
  5. spenserj87

    Adding Solar Heating

    This will be the second year of having a pool. Last year made all the difference in surviving the covid madness here in CA. Good family time! We used a solar cover and I'm surprised how well that worked, we had 85+ water during most of the swimming months until the ash/smoke haze from the...
  6. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    We used Gemstone Tropical Blend Blue Diamond
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    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    Just a quick update, being a new pool owner, I've learned a lot. Still learning. Pool has been converted to salt and I'm working on dialing in the hours the pump is on and the percentage of the SWG. The initial pool service guy set up the pump to run from 8am to 3pm, 2200 rpms on the pump. I...
  8. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    I'm still working the TA, but it's slow going. Basically adding a gallon of MA every other day and running waterfalls for 4 hours. PH is staying between 7.2 and 8 during the process. TA is down to 130 today. Salt conversion happens next week.
  9. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    I'm a few weeks in, salt conversion should happen in a week or so. Learning the chemistry, trying to get PH and TA down. Here are some pics of full pool. Rest of the yard landscaping is on hold for now so it's a lovely pool surrounded by dirt. FC 2.5 CYA 70 PH 8.2 TA 150 CH 300 I added...
  10. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    Pool equipment was installed last week. Plaster today, they come back tomorrow to acid wash and finish plaster - then start filling the pool. I look forward to lots of brushing ;).
  11. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    That's a good point. While I haven't spoken to the pool contractor yet, my understanding is the pool fills and runs for 30 days before salt is added and SWG turned on. So, pool robot 30 days after that?
  12. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    I know when plaster is completed and pool filled, I have daily brushing duty. How long till I can use the robot after a new plaster install?
  13. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    Making progress. We are a week away from plaster! Pool equipment will be installed this week, landscaper has taken care of drainage and retaining walls. Robot, check. Test kit, check. Ready for plaster and water!
  14. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    Pool tile was installed today. Cloudy so we can't see what it will look like with full sun, but we are happy with the look. Should tie into the rest of the yard.
  15. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    We start bonding in the morning ;). Thankfully the weather is a bit forgiving, but I'll be watering it daily.
  16. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    Gunite was completed today. Nice to see it taking shape. Figuring out a complementary landscape plan.
  17. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    Passed the first inspection, waiting for gunite to be scheduled when weather clears. They flash sprayed gunite on the pool walls to help avoid erosion with the rain coming this week and next.
  18. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    Another day, more progress. Plumbing and rebar are done. Finishing the main water line and running electrical on Monday with the first inspection Monday afternoon. Gunite the following week.
  19. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    The 7-8 slope is the decision so far. We do want a pair lounge chairs and we'll have an umbrella holder. Enough to put our feet in and splash around seems good.
  20. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    MOD - Thanks for moving back to the original. I should have considered keeping it all together. It's just taking soooo long to get started :D
  21. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    I'm sure most of you thought I'd never get started with this pool project. But, happy to say we are under construction. My prior thread was a few months ago and covered the details of the pool (size/equipment)...
  22. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    These are good comments, thanks for the feedback. IC40 power supply is in the EasyTouch panel. I’ve pretty much decided to go with the fancy colored globrite lights, I just know I’ll regret it if I don’t. Need to keep party light mode a viable option o_O. Any thoughts on Cabo shelf depth...
  23. spenserj87

    New Inground Pool - In Construction!

    I had an earlier post regarding pool design questions, I'm past that and moving towards construction with a builder. I wanted to get feedback on the build before I sign the contract. We are now working with a builder that will do a SWG build. Here are the details: Pool Size/Features: 26' x...
  24. spenserj87

    Pool Design Frustration - working towards contract

    I shared the design picture with another pool company, they did a basic render and costed it out much the same as the first company, but the second company includes an SWG. They use Pentair/Sta-Rite and include Intellipro VSF pump, and EasyTouch with ScreenLogic. He's trying to talk me into...
  25. spenserj87

    Pool Design Frustration - working towards contract

    Good info, thank you for the suggestions.
  26. spenserj87

    Pool Design Frustration - working towards contract

    Slow progress, but getting close on a final design and have the specifics on the bid. POOL SPECIFICATIONS Perimeter 94 Surface Area 420 Max Length 26 Max Width 18 Shallow Depth 3.5 Middle Depth 4.25 End Depth 5 Gallons 13,352 Micro Fusion finish Dedicated Skimmer & Main Drain Automatic Water...
  27. spenserj87

    Pool Design Frustration - working towards contract

    3.5 to 6 feet, don’t need a deep pool but I do want a deep end instead of the sport depth. Umbrella sleeve for sure I don’t have a depth on the baja yet. Any suggestions? Existing patio is pavers. We are working with our landscaper to figure out the best transition, concrete pool decking will...
  28. spenserj87

    Pool Design Frustration - working towards contract

    Here’s the revised design. We might extend the pool entrance a bit more and increase the length by a couple feet. But it’s close. Unfortunately the earliest they can start is late August. I need to decide whether we should start construction then or just wait till early 2020.
  29. spenserj87

    Pool Design Frustration - working towards contract

    Good feedback, thanks. I agree on the L comment, I’ve attached my sloppily drawn edit. I also think we should open up the entrance/baja shelf and break up how the front side mirrors the back. I think the back works by itself. I think some sort of edge in the wall would not only be functional but...
  30. spenserj87

    Pool Design Frustration - working towards contract

    We’ve gotten a couple designs from one pool company, none that we really love. I contacted a second company who had given us more of a free form kidney style and asked him to do a geometric design. This is what he came up with. Thoughts?