Well we got a bit of better news today as far as scheduling is concerned. I received an email about a week ago from the screen company stating that the enclosure would be installed on St. Patricks day. I called today to specify that i wanted a specific crew to install it, and after me not understanding what he was talking about and him not having a clue where St. Patties day came in, he told me that the date of the 17th was an automated message and that the date is inaccurate. The enclosure will actually be installed on this upcoming Sunday, two days from now.
Unfortunately, the first available prep day for the finish company is March 19 with a March 21 plaster day. March 20 will be electrical hookup and getting the panel wired and all of the lights and equipment wired.
My concern with the pool finish is that they plaster and do the acid wash on the same day and then fill afterward. When my parents had their pool re done a year ago they plastered the pool, let it sit overnight and then came in the morning to do the acid wash and fill. Is it a big deal if it gets acid washed the same day?
The 500 gallon LP tank was installed yesterday. The crew did an absolutely phenomenal job.
Oh. And today i made the sad mistake of going and buying patio furniture. Insert many many four letter words here.
We did a sofa and love seat in the collection pictured below but with a different sunbrella fabric. On top of the love seat and sofa, I got myself a glider rocker lounger thing and ottoman, 6 dining chairs and a table, two of those freaking stupid ledge lounger things that my wife just HAD to have , a 9 foot umbrella for the sunshelf, and i was going to surprise her and buy her the fire pit, but she had to point out that i forgot to buy a table and that we HAD to buy the table now. Im like great. Well. Happy anniversary, youre getting the fire table.
Does anybody happen to know what bail costs in Hillsborough County after a string of armed robberies? Asking for a friend.
Well, tomorrow is D-day. Pool finish company will be here before 7am if they follow the boss man's schedule.
Today, electrical was completed, all 7 LED lights were installed, the panel was hung, the salt chlorinator was hung, and a switch was placed for the Intellibrite controller. If anybody is looking at using the intellibrite controller, it is hideous. Find a way to mount part of it in a wall if it is new construction. It is absurd how big the switch panel is with todays technology. Will follow up with a picture tomorrow along with a pic of the electrical work. The electrical work is not as neat as i wanted and will probably re-route some of the electrical whips to my liking. Gas was connected to the heater with an additional stub out in the line for the stand by generator, which, at the amount im paying for this pool, will not be installed for another few decades.
Pool was cleaned out and the bond coat was applied early this morning. The crew was out there around 7:30 am and the spa was already done. The pool finish company said that they dont want any warranty problems and even though it is a new pool construction, they want the bond coat applied because it is a colored plaster.
For anyone looking into LED lights, the Pentair Microbrites are extremely easy to install and thread right into a threaded 1.5" wall return. The light itself has a detachable threaded ring which one of the lights caused us a problem but we were able to figure it out and get it to thread into the fitting better. Will report back on how bright they are in a few days.
Expect tons of pics tomorrow night. We are doing Stonescapes Aqua Blue with a 50/50 mix of cobalt touch of glass and puerto rico blend glass. Hopefully it comes out nice because the installer said he has never mixed the glass colors before, but i think it will be exactly what the misses wants. (I prefer lighter colored water, but I owe her a selection or two)
IT IS TOMORROW!!!! Tommy they are almost there!!! Make sure they have everything you asked for BEFORE they even get out of the truck. We had one plaster job a few summers back where two trucks went to the wrong houses! One house got really nice, up graded plaster with lots of extra beads and such. The other got plain white plaster with no extras! Now there is nothing wrong with white plaster except when you paid for the up grade and beads!!!! The PB had to do a full chipout of the plain white one. He tried to just do a partial chip out (around the returns and lights) but we were able to tell the PO why he needed the full chip out.
Remember the color will not be the finial color for a little while. It might even have some green in it in the beginning. It will start to settle out as the plaster cures and you brush the pool. The water getting balanced will help a lot also.
Well, i was up at 6:30 this morning sitting in the garage waiting for the truck to show up. 7:05, they were there.
Quite a work of art. I watched the batches get mixed, total of 5 batches. 1.5 bags of puerto rico blue blend, 1.5 bags of cobalt blue glass then the black, gold, white pebble, portland cement, and two bottles of NPT Premium Aqua dye. They only added 1 cup of calcium chloride per batch. Here is my take with the glass so far. They are still out troweling, 3 hours later. If you opt to choose glass, make sure they are whole bags that go into the mix. Without seeing the exposed aggregate, I am in love with how the puerto rico blend looks in my hand as opposed to the cobalt. Some of the glass spilled onto the deck of the truck, and me being the cheap-@ss that i am, picked it up and threw it in the hopper, because if i pay for it i want it in the mix. That was frowned upon by the crew. Oh well. They were more diligent about letting only a little bit tumble out of the next few bags.
The first pic is the puerto rico blend. It has several different colors of glass; cobalt blue, turquoise, and clear. It is gorgeous. The second pic is my own hand mixed 50/50 blend of cobalt and puerto rico blend.
Little man could not be contained in the house with all of the action going on, so he ate breakfast in his high-chair out on the patio.