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  1. spd500

    New Product: Hayward OmniPL HLBPLUS4W and HLBPRO4SW

    This seems to be a problem with builders not knowing what they are supposed to install, and Hayward not caring enough to educate their dealers or backup their product advertising. Hopefully you were at least able to get a discounted price on the replacement equipment. From your description it...
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  9. spd500

    New Product: Hayward OmniPL HLBPLUS4W and HLBPRO4SW

    Right now it goes from the pool light into a junction box and from there it goes into the PL panel. I am not sure how it is wired into the PL, but can run down and take a pic in a few minutes.
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    New Product: Hayward OmniPL HLBPLUS4W and HLBPRO4SW

    Been gone for awhile with the big winter freeze and remodeling the house etc. What I have come to learn is that my builder installed the wrong (120v) lights and I don't get the proper functionality. PB is not answering calls at all or replying to emails, and Hayward says not their problem...
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    Hi - building a pool and I have some questions

    We went with quartz so we could have the color options similar to pebble finishes. Overall we are happy with it, but in the spa my wife does get some chaffing on the back of her legs because she is short her legs dont reach the floor. We considered pebble but we were worried that it might be too...
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    My New Pool in SCHERTZ, TX

    Very exciting! We were so happy to get some concrete to replace the mud our dogs were dragging into the house all the time!
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    Posting builder quotes?

    I had the same question and came to the conclusion that if the water is well balanced there will be no issue with Travertine. Most people say that the regular chlorine pool will have close to the same level of salt in it over time as as SWCG pool. We went with travertine, but it is too new to be...
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    Newbie building pool in Dallas - looking for insights

    I always see everyone say that, but I dive in my pool at 6 foot all the time. I even dive into my 3'6" end off of the raised spa with no problem.
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    New Fiberglass install in Clarksville TN (Dig started Nov 16, 2020)

    As it is laid out now they will be covering the conduit in concrete so you won't see it. The problem is there will not be the correct concrete thickness where the conduit is and it will be weakened. The entire deck area and sidewalk should have a grid of rebar. The rebar should also be tied...
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    My New Pool in SCHERTZ, TX

    Must be time for another check 😂 😂 Pool is looking great, hopefully they will be finishing up soon!
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    Above or in ground hot tub?

    I really have no idea how many gallons the hot tub is, it is a 7' diameter and we didn't change anything on the depth from what the builder suggested. Probably around 750-800
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    Above or in ground hot tub?

    Ours is a built in and is raised 12". We have used it at least 2 or 3 times a week since it was completed and love it. I have never really liked the designs of the free standing hot tubs for several different reasons. We are in Houston and will not close the pool in the winter time, so that is...
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    Waterfalls Rock Trap

    Good information to have. I was curious why they would add them with no way to be able to clean them out.
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    New Fiberglass install in Clarksville TN (Dig started Nov 16, 2020)

    Why is the conduit not buried? That really can't be left that way because it will not allow for the concrete thickness to be correct. That is where the concrete will end up failing eventually because it will only be a few inches thick. Also, are they planning on adding rebar to the decking areas...
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    OB Northern California (Roseville) Rehab / buried

    The ones that we looked at came with a little tool for opening them
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    Waterfalls Rock Trap

    If you insist that it be close to the waterfall you might be able to fit it inside of one of the Pour A Lids. Personally I see no need for it to be that close, why not install it at the equipment pad before the pipe goes underground?
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    Waterfalls Rock Trap

    We have 4 large dogs in the pool almost every day too, I suggest skimmer socks to help catch the dog hair. Are you using a separate pump for your water features? If so I doubt that it will ever be exposed to rock or dog hairs. My water feature pump suction is about 3' from the bottom of the...
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    Waterfalls Rock Trap

    Oh, I see what you mean. Is there not a horizontal pipe somewhere in the system that you could add them? Possibly even underground would work. On mine there is no way to open them or clean them out, so hopefully you will never need to get to them.
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    Waterfalls Rock Trap

    When I found that my builder had not installed them I made sure that they went back and added them but I do not know how necessary they really are. I am sure that if there were no need for them the manufacturer would prefer to save the cost of including them. I am not sure what you are referring...
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    About to Break Ground. Conflicted. 😬

    More pool and more pool deck are two things I never question. We added 8 feet to our pool and a ton of extra pool deck and I still wish we would have gone larger, in our case we ran out of usable yard area.
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    Pool Build Finally Started - Bryan, TX (11/4/20)

    Our plaster company sent a crew that chipped out all the excess mortar and grout that was left over, then they pressure washed the pool and drained it. When the plaster crew showed up they went through with shop vacs and cleaned it again right before they did the plaster.
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    Pool Build Finally Started - Bryan, TX (11/4/20)

    Oh yeah, the back of the wall. They asked if we wanted it tiled to match and we chose not to add the expense. They did what they call a brown coat to seal it and it just looks like concrete. I plan to pick out a inexpensive from Home Depot and tile that area myself to give it more of a finished...
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    Pool Build Finally Started - Bryan, TX (11/4/20)

    I think they normally order "extra" but the contract will state what is to be installed. I think it would be a courtesy to leave some behind for future repair needs, but that is probably up to the builder. They get a credit for returning unused material and that is part of their profit margin. I...