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    1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    Ok, So I've been lurking and a stalking TFP for almost 2 years and I'm finally gonna take the plunge. I'm a week out before dig. What should I be doing??

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    Dig 4/12/17, Gunite 4/19/17, Deck Installed 5/2/17, Plaster 6/12/17
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    Re: 1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    Posting your design pics, telling us about the equipment, posting pics of the back yard, and are you doing an OB or PB
    We need to see lol


    current build<--free form gunite 34x21 18k gallons 4ft-7ft deep,Pentair 3HP VSP, wisperflo 2hp, 520 cartridge filter, 400k heater, ez touch 8 with screen logic, ic40 swg. 4ft sheer decent, 2 led deck jets, 5 globrite leds,rock spa waterfall. Mocha travertine deck, noche coping. Tropics blue custom mix with LOTS of beads and shells

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    Re: 1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    Congrats! In all your stalking, are you comfortable with a plan to maintain your water when it is filled? If not, start asking questions
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    Re: 1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    Quote Originally Posted by nateb View Post
    Ok, So I've been lurking and a stalking TFP for almost 2 years and I'm finally gonna take the plunge. I'm a week out before dig. What should I be doing??

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    Welcome to TFP!

    That looks like a very inviting area!

    You should practice a bit with your FAS/DPD test kit. Using tap water you can check FC, CC, pH, TA, & CH. If this is the water you will fill the pool with, take note of the TA & CH.

    You do have a recommended kit, right?

    https://www.troublefreepool.com/cont...its-comparison

    The best bang for the buck is the TF-100 from TFtestkits ( http://tftestkits.net/TF-100-Test-Kit-p4.html ). Definitely get the Speed Stir, it makes testing super easy and very repeatable.

    Nice to have you 'officially' with us!
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    Re: 1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    HI! I can tell you have been doing a lot of reading! I LOVE your design! The steps being in a cut away like that is awesome! Leaves a good swim lane!

    Where are your "real" plans? Lights? returns? equipment?

    I see Will has you well covered in what you need to share with us!

    Where is Allen? Can you please add that to your location.

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    Re: 1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    That looks like a very nice design. Aside from sharing all the details with us here, I'd focus on getting the site ready for the tornado that's about to tear up your back yard, and everything in between the pool site, and wherever the heavy equipment is going to stage. Move everything you can out of the access lane from the dig site to where the trucks will be. Patio furniture, toys, dog houses, etc. It's much easier to do it now, while the ground is still flat. I'd consider protecting anything that you don't want messed up, as contractors can be "sloppy" at times. If you have any irrigation they have to transit over, you may want to have a plan in place in the likely event it gets damaged. Oh, and make sure you have a long enough hose to get from your hose bib that will allow you to water the pool once the gunite is shot. You'll probably be spending a couple weeks watering the shell.

    That should keep you busy for a couple minutes anyway..
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    Re: 1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    Appreciate the welcome. And per your advice, I'll be order the kit "today-ish".
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    Re: 1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    I would put up a bubble to keep the rain away. LOL

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    Re: 1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    Beach advice was spot on pre dig! I didn't consider moving my patio furniture on my out of the way covered patio and I just looked at it last night and it was dirty and looks like I need new cushions
    We would also love to here the specs of your pool and the equipment.
    Once they form the pool before the dig go out and measure and make sure it's at least 1-2 feet larger on each side. You going to have steel and gunite that will bring the size back to what your contract states


    current build<--free form gunite 34x21 18k gallons 4ft-7ft deep,Pentair 3HP VSP, wisperflo 2hp, 520 cartridge filter, 400k heater, ez touch 8 with screen logic, ic40 swg. 4ft sheer decent, 2 led deck jets, 5 globrite leds,rock spa waterfall. Mocha travertine deck, noche coping. Tropics blue custom mix with LOTS of beads and shells

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    Re: 1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    Didn't see a spot to add this in my signature.
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    Dig 4/12/17, Gunite 4/19/17, Deck Installed 5/2/17, Plaster 6/12/17
    13,000 gallon, 24 x 19 rectangular pool/spa, platinum quartz plaster, travertine deck with raised beam in sloped yard. Polaris 3900 Complete, Jandy vsp 2.7hp, Jandy JX1400 Natural Heater, Jandy PDA PS6 (Pool/Spa), TF-100 Test Kit.

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    Re: 1 Week till the dig. What should I be doing in DFW?

    If not included in your contract, and if you haven't done it yet, you need to start on your landscape plan. What type of plants? Irrigation needs, landscape lighting and if it will be DC or Solar. If DC lighting, you will need a power source for it. Where is the power source going to be and how difficult will it be to access it? (hint, add a spot for that to your pool sub panel).

    Plan it down to the last tree, bush, flower, leaf and blade of grass and sprinkler head.
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