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  1. bmoreswim

    Raleigh, NC - First time pool build - using my own design I created in Pool Studio - feedback request

    I have had good luck with longevity with my Hayward full size LED’s but agree there are a lot of failures. The nicheless also allow for a more even light distribution. I just wish you could have provided a better concept video. Many are very visual. 😊 So long as the landscaping isn’t a bad...
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    It started out as a liner replacement and replacing the coping!

    That’s some serious work! Hopefully they had a good day of wall/paver work today.
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    It started out as a liner replacement and replacing the coping!

    Interested to see your project, but I too am having the same issue. I suspect they are behind a wall of some sort. If you need help getting them posted, post up how you are trying to do and and we can get it fixed for you.
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    Fiberglass - The build in New Jersey

    Haha, thanks. It’s painted concrete that is now more or less gray concrete with carved grout lines as accents.
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    Polymeric Sand for Expansion Joint?

    What you can do to improve the look of the new deck-o-seal joint, is to sprinkle sand on the wet joint. It's a nice finishing trick.
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    Fiberglass - The build in New Jersey

    Hopefully everything got finished up for you. Things look great! I would think the bullnose at the cover end is certainly a good idea, though maybe not essential. Corner of spa will always be the week link for your setup, both on the autocover and winter cover. Not a lot else to do besides...
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    My experience with Pentair and Maytronics/Dolpin with my beach entry pool

    Cool, I’ll take those odds given that my robot is a bench snoozer without doing it.
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    My experience with Pentair and Maytronics/Dolpin with my beach entry pool

    For the converse opinion, I have no conceptual feeling that will occur. In practice, I’ve been doing it for 5 years with no ill effects as one data point.
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    Stone in constant contact with saltwater

    You've certainly got the right thought process on the corner of the spa regarding the cover. I've often thought that also throwing something on the corner, like a folded towel or closed cell foam piece (if it would stay in place) would be some nice insurance. Though it may be unnecessary with...
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    Next Summer Upgrades!

    Oh, the fun of planning your paradise! Ours has pretty much hit its stride as far as additions - now it's maintenance and occasional replacements. But it's been since 2013. We've gone through one set of sling chaise lounges and replaced them with Bahia plastic resin chaise lounges by...
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    My experience with Pentair and Maytronics/Dolpin with my beach entry pool

    I hope you have some better luck with the new model (which one?). I suspect that if the brains can't solve the issue, a new lower level model won't do it. They don't work well/reliably on shelves/steps. And your beach entry is kind of both, with variable depth to boot. If it doesn't work...
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    Imagine Illusion 40 Complete 10/19/20

    Congratulations Casey, it's been a long journey.
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    Gun Shy - Buying an Gunite SW Pool

    Just a note to be careful about planting anything tall on the lookers left side of the picture. That side is to the west and will cause a lot of late afternoon shade on the pool which you certainly don't want in Philly. I love having sun on our pool nearly all day until an hour before sunset...
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    Pool house ideas/pictures

    One thing to note about trusses is that although they speed up the onsite portion of the build, another user who is building a house is seeing delays in being able to obtain trusses. That's just one data point for sure, but these days anything can be in short supply, so checking lead times of...
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    18x36 Inground pool build in Maryland

    Yeah, destruction is always underestimated. But some grading, grass and time makes it all better later. But if you have dogs it’s going to be a muddy winter. Compact pad but fairly simple so it all works and is still accessible.
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    Pool buried deep enough? Will retention wall work? Did I really screw up? Free laughs inside (Eastern, North Carolina)

    Any person has a tough time estimating elevation changes with accuracy with out shooting the grade with a laser level. If they don't do that, it's just a guess (possibly well educated - or not). But just matter of making lemonade at this point. Can't imagine resetting the pool is gonna happen.
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    Blowing out lines today for the first time on my own. I could use some assistance.

    Never drain water from a vinyl pool that is frozen. You have the correct idea on the broken ice potentially damaging the liner.
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    Problems blowing out lines

    I feel the main issue with covering the pump is that moisture doesn't have the opportunity to dry out nearly as fast under the tarp. So more moisture means more chance the bearings will rust and get squeaky or freeze the motor at startup. Even without a cover to hold moisture, the snow piles...
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    Pool buried deep enough? Will retention wall work? Did I really screw up? Free laughs inside (Eastern, North Carolina)

    I think what your left with is something like my pool's exoskeleton wall shown earlier. Problem is, below the wall, the height can't more more than X" high per your code, or you need a railing. So the soil would need to be mounded against the wall like mine to be within that max dropoff...
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    Pool house ideas/pictures

    I could live with (in) that pool house. Here's my really rough roof design thought. A salt box style roof. Reason being that with the pool house facing the house and south, having more visibility into the space would be nice and keep it brighter. It will give you a bit of sun intrusion on...
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    Robot cleaner outlet location

    The robots in a popular series we see recommend here a have 60' cords. So that will cover a 50' pool. The diagonal will mean your length is a little more than 50', but the controller also has like 3-5' of cord also. Having extra cord length can come in handy, as it did for me, since I like to...
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    Granite Pool Coping

    Marty - Do we have any NE regulars to ping?
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    Granite Pool Coping

    Allows the wet slushy snow to slide off easily.
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    Granite Pool Coping

    Good thoughts Marty and I agree. We need some of our NE folks to chime in. But they are likely busy gassing up the snowblowers and spraying Pam on their snow shovels.
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    Almost done…….

    So a nice even 20K for Pool Math purposes. Do you have the app downloaded and ready to go?
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    Pool buried deep enough? Will retention wall work? Did I really screw up? Free laughs inside (Eastern, North Carolina)

    To me the real elevation issue, after the water table concern is satisfied (and any water runoff concerns), is if you want to have steps down to the pool area from the house. Although steps are common, having a flat walkout area to the pool deck is very appealing and likely the most popular...
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    Pool buried deep enough? Will retention wall work? Did I really screw up? Free laughs inside (Eastern, North Carolina)

    I'm sure it would be rather expensive, but having the concrete be turned down (taken down to existing soil level at the outside edge) would be a super permanent solution that would ensure zero erosion and eliminate any potential for the sand to migrate out leaving voids under your decking on the...
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    Polywood Furniture

    I don't. Don't like the look and haven't seen any negatives. It does get some green but I feel that's in season growth due to shade.