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    RAA's pool build

    This is my pool, it is the first time I go trough the process. I had a very rough time with my PB and I can tell you I would not recommend them and wouldn't deal with them ever again. They are a very large PB and my dissatisfaction resulted from several factors. Some were outside of their control but as a whole, the process was not easy for me and they didn't make it any easier. By the time they started I was out of town a lot and was not able to see the progress for myself every day. The pool build took a total of almost 4 months from contract to completion.
    If I had known about poolforum.com when I started this whole ordeal, I know I would have done things differently but I didn't come across that site until my pool was almost finished. I am so glad others have taken the time to start these other forums for those of us who were unable to register and contribute to the PF.

    So here are some of the pictures my wife took of the progress:
    This is the outline before those huge pine tress came down

    The Dig

    Framing (Is that what you call it?)

    Plumbing and Metal work

    Gunite

    Coping and Tile

    Decking

    Plaster and filling

    Outdoor Kitchen

    The pool filled in about a day

    Landscaping completed.


    We planted more tress on the back of the yard for privacy but this is pretty much how it looks.

    15,000 Gallons. 7' Spa. The waterfall is small but makes a nice sound when its on.
    Equipment:
    Hayward 2 Speed pump (SP3020X252AZ) I think it's a 2.5 HP Pump. (i know i know, remember I didn't know about poolsolutions until after I started this)
    Waterfall Pump: SP3010X15AZ
    Hayward Cartridge Filter 525
    Phantom Cleaner with booster pump.
    Hayward 400,000 BTU gas heater.
    Aqualogic PS-8 automatic control with SWG (wireless remote and spa side remote) and 24v Goldline Automatic valves.


    Rick
    -Rick
    ~15k Gal IG
    Gunite/White plaster
    AquaLogic PS-8 w/SWG

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    Fist of all, Welcome to the site. Sorry to hear of the troubles you had. Look on the bright side, what a lovely pool and surround you have now to entertain and enjoy life with your family. When you have time to discuss, let the others that are reading your post, know what some of the mistakes/chamges you would have made. 9 times out of 10, someone will not have thought of something you may suggest. Once again, welcome.
    MIKE

    21K Inground Custom w/ Spa (Gunite/Plaster), SWCG, Hayward Northstar, Polaris 280, Hayward Color Logics, Jandy PS-8

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    Your pool is beautiful!! Enjoy!!
    18 X 40 IG Vinyl
    Pentair DE filter
    400K BTU Pentair Mini-Max Heater

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    Very nice. I like the rock garden up near the house too.
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    My Pool: 13K gal IG gunite with 7' spa, Pentair Cartridge Filter, Intellichlor IC40 SWG, Polaris 280 Cleaner, TF-100 Test Kit w/ salt test.

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    Love the Outdoor Kitchen and the pools not bad either (actually it looks beautiful)
    SW Connecticut
    18,000 Gal Freeform
    Gunite/White plaster

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    Very nice! Just be happy its over with...it is over with

    And go swimming
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    Quote Originally Posted by uwimage
    Very nice! Just be happy its over with...it is over with

    And go swimming
    Thanks uwimage,
    Well, the water hit 85 yesterday and we’ve been in the pool pretty much every day. I actually got a sunburn on Sunday. I keep forgetting to put on sun block
    -Rick
    ~15k Gal IG
    Gunite/White plaster
    AquaLogic PS-8 w/SWG

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    I use the nutregina spray on sun screen...easy, no mess, not too oily (we keep it in the bathrooms, by the pool and in our ragtop!). Costco has 2 for 12 or something like that...and trust me, I'm dealing with remodel ****...but I try to sit out with a cocktail nightly, light the tiki torches and relax...it is after all our personal paradises! (and now I'm swimming in it!)

    -Thomas
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    Where is the woodlands Texas located? Never heard of it.
    27' Round AG, 17,200 gallons, sand filter

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    It's a northern suburb of Houston, located up I-45 just south of Conroe.
    11,000 gal. gunite w/midnight blue and white pearl PebbleTec
    Intelliflo 4x160 pump
    Intellichlor IC-20 SWG
    Pentair cartridge filter 420 sq. ft.
    Mastertemp 400K BTU heater
    Legend Platinum cleaner
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    How was the waterfall built? Looking to DIY and love the look on that one!

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    Well in spite of the problem you had during the build, it sure turned out lovely. I also really like the color of the stonework on your BBQ island.
    Buggs

    14,000 gallon, in ground, plaster, free form, play pool.
    Sta-Rite Max-E-Glass with a 1.5 hp Emerson motor
    WaterCo Micron High Rate sand filter S750 490 lb, 4883 sq ft - using ZeoBest
    In floor Polaris cleaning system
    Blue Diamond robot for those after storm days when I can't wait overnight for the in floor to clean it.

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