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    New (+1st timer) Pool Build - North DFW

    I don’t have a Hide cover but something similar at 2 inch thickness w/o issue for auto fill. But I looked at hide and it comes in different and slimmer widths so maybe you can exchange for a thinner cover
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    Water should be full tomorrow, Tropics Blue with a Custom Jewelscapes Mix!!

    Hi. I got the sweepease (all nylon). Pool maintenance guy recommended I get a half nylon half steel bristle brush so I bought the sweepease version of that too. He said it will polish the glass in pebble and make it shine. But because of new pebble I plan to wait a year after plaster to try so I...
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    Adding Shimmering Sea???

    Yes. Little sparkles. Glass looks good in the pebble in sun or in shade for me.
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    Adding Shimmering Sea???

    We ended up with wet edge and getting both abalone and glass beads. (So it’s not the same as shimmering seas or pebbletec glass blends.) My main comment would be I probably would not do both again and only get glass. Up close look wise I prefer glass easily vs the silver color of abalone but...
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    Need input What would you do to fix tile?

    My grout seemed to lighten. It was darker at install. I agree the top line border can be ok but the middle white line I’d want fixed. Grout probably could be sealed or stained but I’d ask to see samples of the tile and stained grout if possible...
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    Pool buried deep enough? Will retention wall work? Did I really screw up? Free laughs inside (Eastern, North Carolina)

    I like Bperry’s step down idea. The wall is basically in the front via lengthwise steps, pool is lowered and it means the fence could stay as is. The other idea would be to tell them to put all the dirt back by the fence and keep the pool as is—now raised above ground. Any decking behind the...
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    Pool buried deep enough? Will retention wall work? Did I really screw up? Free laughs inside (Eastern, North Carolina)

    If you cannot regrade and raise your fence, we went through something similar (filling in dirt to raised level against existing wood fence and new wall) and had to have the bottom length of the fence reinforced with pressure treated boards (or maybe it was copper treated?). It was the areas...
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    Gun Shy - Buying an Gunite SW Pool

    While there have been frustrations with materials and delays I felt like there were some benefits. Part of the reason for the delays was the shortage of labor so our builder did a lot himself because he had to. Also spoke to a sub who did an excellent job. Pre pandemic he had a 17 or 18 member...
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    Tile Allowance, what is a good square foot price?

    According to my builder (maybe he was joking) I chose the cheapest NPT tile. He told me the price. Apparently both my first and second choice tiles were the cheapest and less than your allowance. The irony was I wasn't trying to be cheap. I chose these based on a showroom visit (which didn't...
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    New Build

    Hi. I don’t know if it’s common with cinderblock walls but I noticed a double coping (my description) effect on another member’s cinderblock wall. I thought it was pretty interesting.
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    Pebble done!

    I’m not sure. Our solar is still enabled. We never turned it off. When the filter first goes on a ton of water gushes into the pool (very shortly after pool is on it seems) so it makes me think there’s always water in the pipes except you didn’t turn it on so not sure how water was repumped in...
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    Rank these NPT Stonescapes finishes by how dark they are please!

    Hi. Of your sample pics I really like the middle pool pic's color but to me it looks more aquamarine. I found this site searching for water picture colors that my builder uses. I think all of your color's waters look really nice off of npt's site. But I think it's really good you were able...
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    Pebble done!

    I can pm the model. It does clean corners and crevices with a narrow attachment. I’ve also used it on the steps in the pool. It has nylon brushes at the end and not wheels. But I am also hesitant to recommend this particular model because to fully charge it takes a long time. That being said I...
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    Pebble done!

    I got it after startup but I found a brush suggestion on this site (not the whale though I looked into that) that I think makes brushing slightly easier and faster compared to the brush I had as part of an initial kit. It was the sweep ease (the full poly or nylon brush). I had a conversation...
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    Pebble done!

    I don't recall seeing much dust or debris in the early days but I'd lined the skimmer basket right away (I actually initially bought skimmer socks which did not fit) but found the paint filters or hair netting that's recommended here. That might help get the fine particles out and I changed...
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    New Pool Build in Los Angeles - Small Updates

    I really love your concrete's gray textured color. Is it stamped because it looks smoother than stamped. It's beautiful. Our builder painted our pipes black but I like your gray. Even the pipes looks really good (ha ha). It might be worth finding out the paint color if you are getting...
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    First pool Tampa area - To be a PAIN or not?

    Ours is wet edge too and was a similar green--I called it neon green. Thank goodness someone (not builder) warned me--said don't panic, it will be green for about ten days. And then it got much better. To me the color is still changing (maybe due to cloudy weather) but I am very happy with it...
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    First pool Tampa area - To be a PAIN or not?

    I can't believe your builder forgot the auto fill. I like having one (and I didn't know I was getting one--was surprised when I found out when shown how to turn it on).
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    New (+1st timer) Pool Build - North DFW

    That plaster is beautiful up close. Terrazzo is a great comparison.
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    Brand new- Landscaping Help Needed for TX

    Same, small yard and project yet uncertain doing it ourselves. Sprinklers and drip lines had been installed where we expected plants to be during the build. Now going through landscaping and realizing that those decisions have changed and will require areas to revamp. Other areas will need...
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    Brand new- Landscaping Help Needed for TX

    Hi. I'm in the midst of landscaping decisions too. Kept saying will deal with landscaping after the pool but after consulting with a landscaper now I feel this should've been done before the actual build--and we would've saved money if we had. That being said the landscaper mentioned to me he...
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    Discovery Bay Pool Build

    Hi. With the rain, the concrete looks like it’s been sealed wet. Actually the rain is enhancing the concrete I think— the color looks like stone. Can’t wait to see your custom color!
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    Pebble done!

    The plaster looks good! Did they do your toe tile right before plaster same day? I will say I think water helps forgive (or soften) the appearance of any issues (at least for me) and in the spa with the jets on it will be really nice. That's for the future though and I would communicate with...
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    Pebble Sheen Costs?

    I asked for multiple prices based on color, levels, options etc...I can PM you my prices paid and quoted. I can understand plaster company not telling you their prices because they know the builder is charging his/her rate built in. Off subject, I am very interested in how your stone (?) shelf...
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    Adding CYA after storm

    Prior to storm I tested FC only and it was 9. I also added one bag of salt that I'd been considering adding that was left on the patio but I thought I'd wait until after the rain--until a dog decided that I should add it before the storm (ha ha sigh). Two days after storm: FC 7.5 CC 0.5 PH...
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    Effects of 6+ inches of rain on water balance

    Hi. I wished I’d done a full test set like you had. Right before storm I tested fc only and came up with 9. But looks like I will need to add chemicals. Biggest concern was cya and possibly calcium.
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    Plaster getting fixed Thursday

    Our pool is wet edge pebble but they have the primera line. Luckily our pebble turned out feeling great but I remember a thread where it appears that someone had the signature pebble sanded down for repair...
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    Wait to test/balance during week long rain storm?

    Hi. Going through first big storm as well. Rain has stopped and should be clear for a week. Pool overflow held really well and no draining needed. Deck drains worked great and covered patio remained dry. I quickly tested FC before storm and it was 9. Added a bag of salt prior (because dog...
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    Precast Coping or Poured In Place

    I don't know how they will do straight precast around curves but I did remember a meeting with a designer (not the one we went with) who warned against poured concrete coping due to recent quality issues they'd had so it can really depend on the quality of the concrete installer. That made it so...
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    - New Build in Oklahoma - *new questions*

    I really like the side plan design. It looks clean and modern with those two mini walls and the big rectangular concrete stepping blocks. That side area feels thought out and will look good from multiple views. I look forward to seeing your pool!