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    New pool build. What to ask builder

    We are upgrading to an in ground. Pool builder is coming next week to see the sight and get a design plan. Is there anything specific I should be asking or looking out for. Thanks.
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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    A few things to consider:
    - Please update your location under your user name. Your location influences many aspects of pool care
    - What type of in-ground (plaster, fiberglass or vinyl)?
    - Anticipated size will help the viewers
    - Ask for type of motor, speed, and HP
    - Filter type and size
    - Method of chlorination; if SWG, get size as well
    - Type/number of lighting

    Those are some starters.
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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    Don't let them talk you into one of their 'package deals' unless you can tweak it a little.
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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    Thanks. We're looking at a 18x36 vinyl. The kids would like a slide. Is th a t something that should go in now? Maybe all it later?
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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    There is a thread about what you would add or do different that grumpie started that excellent. I still don't know how to link items but I'm sure Kimkats will be along shortly to link it for you
    Good luck with everything


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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    J,

    Do not let them talk you into any magic sanitization systems like, UV system, or Ozone System, or Mineral system "to reduce the amount of chlorine you need"... All magic, but no rabbit..

    I would also think twice before buying an in-floor cleaning system..

    I lived in Bangor, many years ago. It is where I met my wife of 50 years.. but I don't hold that against the city..

    Thanks for posting,

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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    You rang?? HI! I can't wait to see what you have planned!

    Here is the link Will was talking about:

    All the things I wish I knew before our build

    Share EVERYthing here first before you sign. We have been doing this for quite a while so know what is good and what is not.



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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    Thanks for the info. I'll post more after I talk to PB.

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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

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    This is where i would like to install the pool,but not sure if its possible with the grade of my back yard thoughts? And yes the pine tree is going away. Sorry for the crude lines, edited with my phone.
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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    It can go anywhere you want it BUT it will cost you more there as you will have to have some kind of retaining wall to keep the rain water from coming down into the pool.

    Why do you want it there? Not saying it is a bad spot. I just want to learn how you think and what your thoughts are so I can help spend your money to make sure you get what you want.



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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    The septic system is between the house and existing pool. Would like to keep it close to house for two reasons. 1 is less pipe and wire. 2nd is further out continues to drop and gets really wet in the spring. It's a toss up build a retaining wall or bring in more fill to fit pool up beside the house on the high ground.
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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    Very good reasons!

    The retaining wall can be made in such a way it is part of the pool experience. A sitting area that is pretty if done right.

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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    Ok PB just left got a plan to deal with water and drainage. So they will do a "hard bottom",forgot what he called it. 18'x36' w/ 3' patio(I'll add more later ) 2 Jandy pro series led lights. 8' steps, Jandy 1hp pump, Js series 24" sand filter w/ fusion chlorine feeder w/ mineral dipenseser. (Is this the magic You speek of Jim?)
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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    I highly recommend you get more than one quote, if you are able, as there are probably more options out there than the one idea from this one PB.
    Money thing I wish I would have known about and requested is unions on everything on my equiptment pad. With unions, when you have to replace equiptment, it's an easy screw in type job. We only have unions on our salt cell.
    Also, get as many ch deck as you can possible afford. Furniture takes up a lot more space than you think it will.
    For cleaning, a robot is really the best way to go!

    Have fun! Congratulations on your future upgrade!!
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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    Yeah the mineral part of it is the "magic" Jim talked of. It causes major problems down the road AND it is $$ to replace. Tell him no thank you on that.

    Try to get model numbers for all of the equipment please so we can check it out.

    Was it vermiculite he said he would put on the bottom? That is what most use.

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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    Quote Originally Posted by jgonyer View Post
    Ok PB just left got a plan to deal with water and drainage. So they will do a "hard bottom",forgot what he called it. 18'x36' w/ 3' patio(I'll add more later ) 2 Jandy pro series led lights. 8' steps, Jandy 1hp pump, Js series 24" sand filter w/ fusion chlorine feeder w/ mineral dipenseser. (Is this the magic You speek of Jim?)
    Yes, that is the 'magic' that Jim was talking about. You, for sure, don't want that. It adds copper and other stuff that just ends up messing up your pool in a fairly short time. Remember I mentioned 'tweaking' a package. This is a prime example. You want some sort of SWG or liquid chlorine dispenser system instead of the 'magic' fusion thing.
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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    No it wasn't vermiculite it was a cement type base.
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    Re: New pool build. What to ask builder

    Trees are gone. All prepared for retaining wall. Blocks will be here Thursday. Side note. Got rid of the mineral injection thing and going swc.
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    Nice progress! That is some good cleaning up!

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    Wall is done! digging starts this week.
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