Hi. I'm glad I found this place, but I wish I'd found it about 7 months ago. I'm in the process of building a new pool and its beginning to be an adventure. I don't have all the particulars right now, but I can add them tomorrow if anybody needs them and I'll add pics too as that may help somebody advise me.
The main question I have right now concerns a sump pump well that my installer has decided was necessary after 2 days of digging. I have a high water table and he wanted to draw the ground water to a low point and pump it away....which seemed fine and reasonable to me (what do I know about pools?). I still don't have any problems with the idea, but finishing the well in a professional manner seems to be a problem for my installer and a couple of days ago I had to put the breaks on his plan.
The well is basically a 12.5" O.D. PVC pipe placed vertically on the back side of my pool. The pool is a 16' x 32' vinyl IG (obviously) with 4' galvanized steel walls and a vermiculite bottom. Gravel was poured into the well tube and then the pool backfill stabilizes it (for now until concrete is poured); the pump was installed a couple of days ago. The installer told me he was going to simply cut the pipe off at the appropriate depth and install the top of a regular pool skimmer (the flush access panel). The problem is he is taking my almost 12" opening and reducing it to about 6"x6". When I asked him how I was supposed to replace the pump if it ever went bad his response was "It probably won't go bad...". When I pressed him he continued, "Look, that pump will probably last 20 years and you may not even be here then". So, ok....when I stopped laughing at him I told him we're not doing it that way. So he said he'd look into it and asked me to do the same.....so here I am....looking for some help because I'm not a pool installer or a plumber .
So, what I need is some type of flush mount cap with access capability that will allow me to replace the pump, look professionally installed, and preferably be able to replace if the lid breaks. His skimmer access wasn't a bad idea, so I was wondering if commercial pools have bigger access panels and how I'd get my hands on one. Anything that looked decent and was big enough would probably work, I just have no experience here.
Again, I've been reading the forums here for a couple of weeks and can't believe the resource here. So thanks for providing this site and any help you might be able to give me.
Edit: I don't know if it will matter, but the pool has an almost constant depth of 4'- 4'3" and I live in Central Ohio.