Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Stupid waterfall question

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Stupid waterfall question

    It looks like we're going to have to spend what we budgeted on a waterfall on excavation instead, d/t rock. All of the poolside waterfalls I've seen have been constructed of rebar and gunite, but is it possible to use actual rock instead? Would a landscaper (as opposed to a PB) be able to do this? I'm wondering if we can put all these beautiful granite boulders we'll be paying a fortune to get out of the ground to good use...
    inground gunite, 18x38 freeform, 3'-9' w/ diving; 3M caymen green/blue blend; Pentair 2HP whisperflo; + aux pump for water feature; SWG; Rheem heat pump; Polaris 380; Pentair TR 100 sand filter; silverlake flagstone coping/broom finish concrete deck; NPTG Aztec cobalt tile; 18" bond beam wall with water feature

  2. Back To Top    #2
    TFP Guide

    In the Industry

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    New Brunswick Canada
    Posts
    819
    Hi Vapool:

    I am sure with some proper placed spa hose, you could easily get some natural waterfalls going. I hooked up mine to a built plastic planter..but I am sure I could do it easily here with natural stones.

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Vapool,

    Our waterfall consists of a Gunite base/well with 3-4 feet of natural rock (big boulders) from the bond beam up to the well and all around the well.
    20k inground, Heyward Sand Filter, Compupool Salt Generator, Blue Pearl Robotic Cleaner

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Rocklin, Ca
    Posts
    467
    We have people here in California that do natural stone waterfalls.

    I plan to do a notched bond beam with natural stone waterfall.
    11000 Gals, Intelliflo, Sta-Rite Cartridge, Polaris 360

    Pool I built in my old house: my-new-pool-build-t4534.html

  5. Back To Top    #5

    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    Katy, TX
    Posts
    188
    We have a weeping water fall that is built with real rocks. Our community pool also has 2 really nice waterfalls with real rocks.
    ~Andrea

    24,000 IG with spa and 4 ton waterfall. Equipment: Pentair 520 Clean & Clear, Pentair VS+SVRS Intelliflo, Pentair Whisperflo 2 HP, Polairis Cleaner, Intellibrites, Pentair Rainbow 320 in-line Chlorinator, Pentair Easy touch 8 wireless and spa side remote.

  6. Back To Top    #6
    The trick with a waterfall into the pool is making sure it has a suitable base so that the water goes back into the pool instead of into the yard. Natural rock is perfect for pools as long as it won't break up due to the amount of water pouring over it.

    Might want to ask your builder about just doing the base for the waterfall. Usually you would need to have a gunite pad to support it. I'm going to try to put a picture of what our waterfall pad looked like after gunite. Have to remember just putting rocks up and mortaring them in place won't really do it as the water will seep through the mortar. The pad I have has multiple levels so you don't have to stack rocks on top of each other.

    The other consideration is for plumbing. I have a small pump just dedicated for the waterfall. It has a water source plumbed in from the pool and will pump it to the waterfall. In order to vary the amount of water to the waterfall there is another plumbing line back into the pool to return the water you don't want to send to the waterfall. This is because you can't vary the speed of the pool pump. So with this you can have it running with just a trickle of water or a huge flow.

    One suggestion I would have is ask the cost to put the pipes in place into the pool but just don't plumb it in yet. The last picture I'm putting in shows where the water in and outlets for the waterfall. They look like main drains but at the shallow end of the pool against the wall.

    Good luck!
    Eric




    This is what the waterfall looks like after:




  7. Back To Top    #7
    Thanks for the responses, and Eric, your pool is beautiful! Turns out our rock is bluestone, so I'm thinking any waterfall made out of it would reek havoc with our water chemistry. Maybe I'll do what you suggest and just have the plumbing put in now, and we can decide on a water feature down the road, when we've recovered from the excavation shell-shock!
    inground gunite, 18x38 freeform, 3'-9' w/ diving; 3M caymen green/blue blend; Pentair 2HP whisperflo; + aux pump for water feature; SWG; Rheem heat pump; Polaris 380; Pentair TR 100 sand filter; silverlake flagstone coping/broom finish concrete deck; NPTG Aztec cobalt tile; 18" bond beam wall with water feature

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •