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    Attention Landscapers/Auto Cover Experts... help needed

    We have had our pool under construction since May and we have finally made some progress. The pavers went in this past week and I am unhappy with the way the landscaper laid them out around the auto cover box. My intention is to have the cover totally hidden but he laid out a border that...
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    Pool Equipment Sitting Unused

    My pool has been under construction all summer and we are still nowhere near completion. Early in the summer, the equipment was set on the pad and the plumbing was completed. The equipment was never turned on and I am wondering when the warranty will begin. We may not get the pool completed...
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    Hose Bib on equipment pad?

    I would like to have the ability to hook up a hose on my equipment pad so that I can clean off the filter cartridges and generally just have water available in that location the equipment pad is probably 50 feet from my house. Is there a practical way to run pipe underground to a hose bib on...
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    Winter Cover Recommendations

    My pool is currently under construction and I will probably be finished just in time for me to close it for the winter. Is there a consensus on the best type and brand of winter cover?
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    Tile Color: Match or Contrast?

    We need to pick our waterline tile and we are struggling a bit. The general color scheme is greys and tans. Our pavers are going to be Techo Bloc Blu 60 in Champlain Grey and the coping will be bluestone, which is grey. Plast will be Wet Edge Signature Matrix in Tahoe, if that matters. I...
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    Help with Hayward Equipment on New Pool Build

    We are in the process of building a new pool and I have some questions about the pump, filter, sanitation , cleaning and automation system our builder spec'd in the contract. For the pump he spec'd a Hayward TriStar variable speed 900 2hp pump. We can upgrade to the 950 3hp pump. Is it worth...
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    New pool build: Auto cover + in floor cleaning + ozone = overkill? (design feedback as well)

    Hi all, we are very close to digging our pool and our quote includes an auto cover , an in floor cleaning system, and an ozone system. We are doing the auto cover mainly for safety, but also to help keep the pool clean and warm. I am unsure about the ozone and in floor system. Is all of this...
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    Raised Hot Tub Safety Cover

    We are going to be (hopefully!!) digging our pool soon and we need to figure out a solution for our raised hot tub. We are doing a 20x40 rectangle with an auto cover and a raised 9x7 hot tub. We discussed putting an auto cover on the hot tub but the price quote on that is 15k. We decided it's...
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    Talk to me about Auto Covers

    My wife and I have given a deposit to a builder and we like the design we have come up with, which is basically a 20x40 rectangle with a 9x18 sun shelf on the side, which basically makes in an L shape. We are also going with a raised hot tub. We haven't started digging yet and I have spoken...
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    Door Sensors

    We are building a pool that will be fenced on three sides and will be accessible from the house. There are three doors that lead into the pool area and we want to put sensors on the doors that sound a chime or alarm whenever these doors are opened. I would like them to be easily disabled fo...
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    Builder Spec'd UV/Ozone Sterilizer

    We just got a quote from our pool builder and he lists a Paramount Ultra UV2 Ozone/UV Sterilizer in the specs. Is this something that I definitely need? He doesn't break everything down so I have have no idea how much this adds to the cost.
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    Finally Pulling The Trigger

    My wife and I built a new home four years ago and have wanted to build a pool since we moved in. Around the same time we were building the house we were referred to a pool builder and have since developed a solid relationship and we really like them. We almost pulled the trigger a couple years...
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    Owner/Builder Questions

    My wife and I have been wanting a pool for a while and the pool builder we have been working with can't fit us into his schedule in the timeframe we would like. I have been doing some reading about doing an owner build. I understand that it would be on me to find my own subcontractors for each...
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    Help me configure an L shaped pool

    We decided to do an L shaped pool in order to compliment the layout of an existing patio and allow for entry into the pool of the side, rather than on one of the ends. We originally were thinking of doing a 20x40 rectangle so we are probably going to keep that size and just add the L part. The...
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    My proposal, feedback appreciated

    My wife and I recently built a new home and have decided we want a pool. We have two acres and have plenty of room for a nice size pool. We originally wanted a rectangle with an auto cover, but I think we have changed our mind on that. We do have a bit of a challenge with placement. We have...
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    Coverstar Auto Cover Pricing?

    I'm in the process of getting bids on a new pool. Basic specs are a 20x40 gunite rectangle. We got a price for a Coverstar with an encapsulated track... $20,975. We are located in Eastern PA. Is this price reasonable? I was expecting a price in the 10k range, so this blew me away.
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    Pool Newbie, need some help!

    My wife and I are currently in the process of building a new home in Eastern PA, and we would like to install a pool. The house will be complete in November, so we were thinking we'd start the pool in early spring to be ready for next summer. We are interested in a rectangle shaped pool, most...