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  1. TangoOversway

    Pre-planning - Electrical Power Questions

    I'll be posting all the progress once I get going on it and I'll start a thread just for the build.
  2. TangoOversway

    Pre-planning - Electrical Power Questions

    It took a while for the guy to explain the issue with the lazy river pump to me. They have to use a converter to convert the current to 3 phase. He said it actually only uses 20 amps, but due to various issues, a 50 amp breaker is required for the pump. I forgot the reasoning, but it had...
  3. TangoOversway

    Pre-planning - Electrical Power Questions

    I'm still pre-planning. I don't even have the actual shape for the pool. At this point, I need to be sure the subpanel that will supply the pool has enough power to handle what it needs. I didn't even know I could use different types of heaters, like a heat pump. It won't be a gas heater...
  4. TangoOversway

    Pre-planning - Electrical Power Questions

    There's a thread here where I asked about an issue I'll have to deal with for my pool, so I guess that's an introduction to what I'm doing and I'll be posting pics and so forth there as things move along. But for now, I have a few questions regarding planning. I know I need to power a pump...
  5. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    Thank you! This is why I often use that trick of rephrasing something someone has said. Either I'm right, in which case it helps me understand it better, or I'm wrong, in which case they can tell me that. So, to try that with what you said, basically, no matter what, I'll always be dealing...
  6. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    First, sorry for the delays. Right now we're prepping the barn area for the renovation. That means I have someone clearing trees, but, since it's in the RPA, I have to regularly review what he's doing, to be sure we don't infringe on the RPA more than necessary. (I have a good person doing...
  7. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    Thank you. This is why I'm on a forum now - because I know I'm an ignorant neophyte and totally clueless in a lot of things. A community is always helpful and I need to know when I'm about to do something stupid. So, basically, anything that creates more aeration, like a gurgling creek, or...
  8. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    Kim, Things got long enough I'm not replying inline - just starting fresh. The Outback has aired out and had the AC fixed - and it promptly quit 20 minutes after I took possession and started driving it. It's back in the shop. Gotta get it fixed for this weekend! I was thrilled about the...
  9. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    I really want to float through the lazy river. I'll be quite honest about the pool, the barn, and the pond. While I want it all, it's also grandkid bait! I think everyone will enjoy the lazy river more if we can just get an inner tube or the equivalent and float around in it for a while. I'm...
  10. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    As requested, pics of our critters, these are my little darlings. The tri-colored (white, black and brown) and short hair is Tango (also known as "CBD" for "Cozy Blanket Dog," since he loves curling up in blankets). The mostly black one (with some white) is Mambo. When I was getting them from...
  11. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    Sorry for the delay in replying. This weekend was 100° or so for both days, and super-high humidity. (Typical for Chesterfield, VA in the summer!) I was out both days and did okay until Monday morning, when I got up and realized I was wiped out, so it's taken me time to get back to posting...
  12. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    I've already talked with someone at River Flow Pumps several times about this. It'd take one pump and they aren't cheap. (Basically 1 pump for about every 100 feet of the lazy river.)
  13. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    Did you read the part that this is at the edge of the RPA around the wetlands and that means there are restrictions on that?
  14. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    I'm definitely going to look into maximum skimmage! ;) (That was my plan from the start - always let the machines do as much work for you as possible!) I'm looking at a sloping "pond like" entrance into the wading end, so that area will be of the same surface as the pool, or something similar...
  15. TangoOversway

    Hello from a Total Neophyte in Richmond, VA

    Nice to see someone so close! (I'm actually in Southern Chesterfield, down near Lake Chesdin, about 30 minutes down from Richmond. I used to live in Stratford Hills.)
  16. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    The filtration system was my first thought - extra skimmers to help handle it. The trees around there vary. As I mentioned about this lot, it was a pig farm. As late as 1990, there were hardly any trees near the barn and the long concrete pad out back. (The barn is about 50'x25' and has a...
  17. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    I've heard the female chihuahuas tend to me more aggressive! A lot of the tree clearing will depend on other things. (Including the continuance of domestic harmony...) I can't cut trees in the RPA - but I also just realized that I was working with a rotated plat of the area in my CAD program...
  18. TangoOversway

    Hello from a Total Neophyte in Richmond, VA

    Yes, that's the kind of thing I do - when I find a good forum, I look at older threads and see what's going on and what I can get from them. I'm sure I'll enjoy a lot of the build threads and probably get some good ideas from them. My first thought has been the same as what you said - extra...
  19. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    Interesting you're covering your pool by mid to late October. I know your fall comes a little later than ours in VA, but I was thinking, in terms of temperature, to get my pool closed down by the start of October. Our peak week for color, in mountains nearby, is mid-October. Right here, it's...
  20. TangoOversway

    Hello from a Total Neophyte in Richmond, VA

    Yes, I could easily see that attitude here - that people loved watching builds. That's the kind of place where I need to be. I've never had a pool and I'm designing and building one - and hoping to include a lazy river - mostly on my own. I have people advising me and telling me what I need...
  21. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    So, I take it, from your comments, that it's workable, but just means more skimming sometimes? I would like more sun. My original idea for a pool was to include a pavilion or something for shade near it and over part of the water, but to be sure we could get as much sun as possible (so we...
  22. TangoOversway

    Hello from a Total Neophyte in Richmond, VA

    Thank you! I did just start this one about one concern I have: While we have a lot of space on the lot, there's pretty much only one place where I can put a pool, and that will mean trees nearby. That's niggling at me, but I'm also reading some books on pool design and construction, too. One...
  23. TangoOversway

    Planning a pool and dealing with trees and leaves

    I'm starting the planning stages of building a swimming pool. While we have a decent amount of acreage, there is really only one place that works for a pool, which is by an old cinder block barn a few hundred feet from the house. There is an abandon former-cesspool near the old pig barn...
  24. TangoOversway

    Hello from a Total Neophyte in Richmond, VA

    Just saying, "Hi!" to everyone. I've never lived where I could have my own pool before and now we have a large lot with an old barn on it. We're turning the barn into a recreation area and I'm going to be building a swimming pool near it. (So I guess that means the barn is also our pool...