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  1. Rich D

    DIY Bluestone Coping and Paver Patio Progress Thread.

    Ahhh... I did not realize you lived on a luxurious remote island.... Now I get the prices..... 🤣
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    DIY Bluestone Coping and Paver Patio Progress Thread.

    Aprrox 1.3 tons per cu yd for crushed stone. $70.00 per yd sounds very steep. I certainly hope that is delivered.
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    DIY Bluestone Coping and Paver Patio Progress Thread.

    I do not believe Jonnyd could have been referring to Mexican beach pebbles. I researched for a long time before committing to buy them. The price you payed (.52 cents per pound) is the going rate for them. I was able to get them a the contractors price and payed .46 cents a pound. Great job...
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    Wow.... I Hope you have all the engineering specs on that umbrella holder... :ROFLMAO:
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    That look great...awesome work... 👍🏻 👍🏻 But where did the shower go????? :scratch:
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    Those look great. My wifi is spotty at the grotto location and would not work at all inside grotto, so I needed a hard wire solution. Where did you end up putting your grotto lights?
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    Pentair CCP Filter - replace drain plug with valve

    My cv 340 filter has a 2.5" drain on the bottom. I just purchased a jandy 2" valve for the drain. My main reason for installing on my set up is I have no way of quickly pumping out extra water. To do it with the hose bib on the pump takes up to a hour for a good rain event. I also thought a...
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    Hmmm .. In my humble opinion the mixing the concrete deck with the natural coping would seem out of place.. a nice bullnose concrete paver would flow much nicer. If you were looking to pop the lines of the pool deck a little bit you can do that with the color of the pavers. I have been in a few...
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    Wow.. tough crowd out there.. I could see if he was trying to slip in a retaining wall or something of the sort but insisting for engineering for a planter seems a bit absurd....
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    Here are some updated pics of things a bit more grown in...
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    I am curious why the inspector would not allow the planter? I think a spot of vegetation there would look great. We put a small planter on the edge of the pool just for the skimmer basket but I really think it adds a lot having it there. Could you just get some faux plants to go with your...
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    We made several sacrifices for function over fashion. Our patio and coping were one of them. We where going for the rustic natural pond look so a natural paver was the obvious choice. However we really did not want a rough surface to walk on and hold sand and debris (we both hate walking on...
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    Grotto Construction and not being level

    Pics would be very helpful.
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    Autocover drain into gravel pit

    Or perhaps split the difference with them. How much further would you need to go to get beyond the deck? You could have them dig a trench approximately a foot below the bottom of the pipe to just beyond the edge of the deck and put a perforated pipe in there and fill that with stone. That would...
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    Autocover drain into gravel pit

    I assume you will have a finished deck over this pit correct? If the drain fails you really do not want to have to dig up your new deck because of a lazy work crew? If it is not in the contract then they should get paid to dig the trench. I personally would have it piped to the drain system. I...
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    Rectangular gunite pool shot crooked

    Perhaps @MinerJason could chime in on this one..
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    Rectangular gunite pool shot crooked

    Did they provide you with any details on how they would accomplish this? Assuming the rebar is in the correct position IE .. skewed . The rebar cannot be any closer than 3 in from the surface of the gunite. So that would probably leave you very little room to shave off one side. Which means...
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    Rectangular gunite pool shot crooked

    This sounds like the classic 1' off dilemma.. One guy measures 8' - 6" and the other guy measures 9'- 6".. Happens more then you would think.. Which is where the golden rule of measure "measure twice - cut once" comes in... Another option would be to split the difference. Build retaining...
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    Pool Over-Drains After Heavy Rain

    I don't have an overflow either but I sure wish I did. I am not following your logic of why it would freeze? The water gets drained down below the inlet from the pool to the skimmer where the weer door is and you're overflow should be well above that level and I believe the whole idea is to keep...
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    I would not be the best one to respond to this for reasons.. 1. I have a IFCS. So no side returns at all. 2. My prevailing winds blow debris away from the grotto. 3. My grotto is not very deep. It is just a seat behind the falls aprox 2.5' deep. The way I skim all day is to leave only one...
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    I had a hard ime finding a quality colored pond light. Here is what I used. It was 99.00 when I ordered. Way over priced in my opinion but it was all I could find...
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    New SoCal IG shotcrete pool build - Tile and Coping Done -working on retaining walls

    G I included a Pic of just the eerie cave back light and the rock and plant up lighting. The camera could not capture exactly what it looks like. One setting was too dim and this setting is too bright. It is not as bright as it appears in the Pic. The falls lighting was the most difficult. I...
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