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    Getting ready for install

    They will likely run everything and then winterize. We just had ours installed NOV 4 and then winterized dec 18.
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    Heating for Christmas - how long

    The day they filled our pool with water from the truck it was 54 degree water. I was committed to going in. Threw my wetsuit (5 m) on and it was COLD. Then while winterizing, PB dropped the return line plug into the deep end. I volunteered to grab my dry suit (with thermoelectric...
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    How do you pay for your pool install?

    Cash. Wife and I debated a pool for 10 years, so I kept saving. Felt good to just cut a few checks. I wanted to use my credit card and earn miles, but PB would make me pay the 3% fee (which is understandable).
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    Did Pentair start rodent proofing heaters?

    Update. Just went outside again and temporarily put a piece of flex-seal tape over the gas line hole, until I run the gas line over the winter (too be honest, rodents aren't much of an issue in NJ this time of year). I also looked at the metal reflective plate surrounding the exhaust and it is...
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    Did Pentair start rodent proofing heaters?

    We just had our pool equipment installed and I wanted to make sure that I am diligent and rodent proof our MasterTemp 300 heater. I was on the MK RodentProof website to buy a precut kit and noticed that our heater doesn’t match their “A” or “B” kit. It seems as though our heater already some...
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    New Fiberglass install in Clarksville TN (Dig started Nov 16, 2020)

    This comment right here explains the difference between north and south Jersey. Back when I lived in Morris county, my lawn was amazing. Down in SJ, my lawn is comprised of bad decisions and regret. 2/3 of my lawn can’t hold water and the other third saturates. I really had to redo my entire...
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Thanks! I certainly appreciated your build thread throughout our process. May or may not have taken some ideas :) Just FYI, our cover is made by GLI. It’s the solid hyperlite: HyPerLite Safety Cover
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Sadly, pool is now winterized and cover was installed today. Can’t wait to get landscaping finished in early spring and start enjoying the pool a few weeks after that! Thank you all the offered up assistance and just checked out the thread to follow along.
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    IntelliCenter OCP Load Center / Equipment Pad – Modifications and Retrofit

    I finally got around to taking pics of our load center. Laughing, because it doesn’t compete with yours! You did inspire me, @MyAZPool , as I ran the extra cat6a for the serial connection and included surge protectors for both internet and serial runs (I also put an 80ka surge protector on our...
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    Reasonable patio size to surround 20' x 30' inground pool?

    We have a similar sized pool (ish). Our pool is 16 x 37 and included 4’ decking around the pool. We added 8’, making it 12’ wide on one side. We are glad we did! Provides room to comfortably walk around fully reclined chaise lounges.
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    Drainage issue into my pool

    Is putting in recharge trench out of the question? Just a bunch of buried perforated drain pipe covered with filter fabric surrounded by gravel? Should be easiest way to capture surface water and hold it while it ha a chance to soak back into the ground slowly.
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    I do really like the little details they did. They also fit these clear, hollow covers for the dewatering tube and the skimmer. Then those were filled with concrete and stamped along with the deck making them seamlessly integrated. They simply have two finger holes to remove the lid. Was a...
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Thanks! That was the compromise for my wife. I wanted a pool for actual swimming and to teach my kids scuba (I’m a dive master :)). She wanted the sun ledge, so this was a great compromise. The “waterfall” spillway is a nice aesthetic bonus.
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Almost done. I still need to run gas line (that was on me from the start), but since just got the upgraded meter and service line from SJ Gas installed, I’ll wait until spring to run it (PB says he won’t start my warranty until then!). We may have to wait until spring to seal the concrete due...
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    IntelliCenter OCP Load Center / Equipment Pad – Modifications and Retrofit

    What’s the “mailbox“ cover you’ve got over the pump? Everything looks fantastic!
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    Pentair IntelliCenter Pool Control Dashboard Instructional Guide

    Thanks Ron. I’ll take some tomorrow morning as well when I’m outside and I’ll open the panel.
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    Paver Brands - New Install in NJ

    We have Techobloc out front of our house (walkway to sidewalk) and EPHenry for our rear patio. Neither get too hot in direct sunlight and we are down in South NJ. We just did the pool deck in light gray stamped concrete, so the verdict is still out. Our pool deck will get 10 solid hours of...
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    Indoor Installation of Load Center, OK?

    We wound up installing all the equipment behind the garage. It’s not in a bad spot at all. Literally right out the garage door and 5’ away. I was able to run a conduit right through the wall and into the low voltage chase of the box for Ethernet and a second cable for serial connection. Very...
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Those are the jigs/levels for where the railings will go. They used them to set the railing anchors properly.
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Stamped concrete installed today. Still needs to be power washed and sealed (should happen on Saturday). Pool will be cleaned and scrubbed and then safety cover installation and winterization in 3 weeks once concrete is fully cured. only negative is that I need to keep pool cleaned for 3...
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    @jimmythegreek are you referring to removing ground water? Yes, there is the large diameter pipe directly across from the skimmer and I can put a pump in there, if need be. Our ground is almost 100% sand (crazy!), so hopefully never an issue (hasn’t been the 12 years we’ve lived down here).
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Electricians finished up today. My “pool school” is next week, however, the intellicenter is rather easy to figure out. I was able to set up a light circuit and play around. Good stuff so far. I was able to wire in Ethernet connections and serial connections for use with raspberry pi...
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Plumbing almost done (need to put anode in, not sure why they didn’t do that first). Electricians are here today. Waiting on gas company to upgrade meter and put in larger service line next week before I run gas line. Concrete after bonding and electric inspection early next week. Just in...
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Pool is in. Digging started at 9am yesterday and water was in the pool and in its current state at 3pm today. Electric and gas will be run next week. Pressure testing Monday for plumbing inspection and concrete guy coming Wednesday. Our inspectors want to verify the pool lights (no metal)...
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    So... Lasers all throughout the pit with ropes and they have checked level many, many times. Seems to be going really well so far. I guess :)
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Thanks @jimmythegreek. The shape is geometric. The exact pool is in my first post. They laser grade the stone fill. I’ll chat with him about sealing the concrete. So you wouldn’t even cover until sealed? That can be done right away or do we have to wait a period of time?
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    New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

    Our install is happening in 2 days! Just a few quick questions before hand (I'm sure more to follow). Again @jimmythegreek , had to bug you, but as you live only 90 min away you would be knowledgeable of winters here. The PB indicated to us that the final cover nor steps/handrails will NOT be...
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    Pentair IntelliCenter Pool Control Dashboard Instructional Guide

    Got the Pi assembled, OS installed, I incorporated a momentary LED power button and VPN working perfectly. I’ll be running the serial/cat5 cable on Friday when electrician is here installing the intellicenter. Going to set up the Githubs soon, but, no rush as our pool install doesn’t begin...
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    Deep, stubborn stains in coping, need help

    As a “mold guy” myself, this may work for a few surface colonies, you would have some difficulty with black mold (Chaetomium and other common geniuses) and therefore bleach would be better. The solution you mention is just for stains, really. I am so glad I can use my fancy mycology and...