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    Brand new pool, first tests :)

    Sorry to hijack: I also have an auto-cover that will always be on except when in use or cleaning. What would be the recommended FC levels for 30 CYA + SWCG + auto-cover? Would it be the same as a non-SWCG pool with 30 CYA?
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    First test results and first time pool owner

    I was handed control of the pool from my builder yesterday. Anxiously waiting for the remaining ~20 days to be able to turn on our heater so it's a good temperature for our first swim. First test results today using my Lamotte 7022 test kit: FC: 2.5 pH: ~7.6-8.0? See below question. TA: 60...
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    New Build in Southern California

    Most of our equipment and plumbing is now done. Please let us know if you see any issues or have any suggestions:
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    New Build in Southern California

    Thanks Kim. The waterline tile is NPT Opal Pearl White: Tile Series: Opal
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    New Build in Southern California

    Quick update: we finally received HOA approval and completed excavation. It's been raining quite a bit in our area recently, but we're excited to finally get started on the pool build. Picture pre-excavation: Post-excavation: We're thinking of using the following travertine for coping...
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    New Build in Southern California

    Thanks so much bmoreswim and hollywoodfrodo for your comments. bmoreswim: I will ask my builder about softening the corners of the spa and improving the autocover pit drain and depth. hollywoodfrodo: Very enlightening info about the Navigator and your usage -- it's pushing me more towards a...
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    New Build in Southern California

    Pool plan: I'd appreciate any suggestions or comments -- especially on the steel, plumbing, and shotcrete specs. Excavation Access: along side of house - also utility run All necessary demo Trench for pool eq wall footing Form for Auto cover with 0 trim Elevation: finish 2" above existing...
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    New Build in Southern California

    Thanks for your reply and comments. I just became a TFP member! Yes, I am seriously considering a robot. Thanks for the pointer to Marina. I'm considering the S300 or S300i from them if we get a robot. We're in the permitting/plan submission stage right now. I have more details and pictures...
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    New Build in Southern California

    We just signed with a PB. We'd appreciate an initial equipment check and any suggestions. Here are the specs: 16'x40' IG shotcrete rectangular pool. 3.5'-6' depth for pool. 4.5'x10' spa within the pool with 6 jets. 3.5' depth for spa. 4.5'x15' shelf 2' stucco or tile wall with 6' cascade...