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    Waters' Pool Build - Jamison, PA (pics)

    Timeline:
    Interviewed Builders: Fall/Winter 07
    Picked Builder: 1/14/08
    Excavation - 3/24/08
    Steel -3/26/08
    Bonding Inspection - 3/27/08
    Gunite: 3/28/08
    Plumbing: 4/2/08
    Electric: 4/4/08
    Electric Inspection: 4/8/08
    Tiling: 4/13/08
    Decking Frame/Crushed Stone: 4/23/08
    Deck Bonding Inspection: 4/23/08
    Decking Poured: 4/29/08 - 4/30/08
    Rough Grading: 5/1/08
    Fence: 5/3/08
    Rake and Seed: 5/6/08
    Prepare for Plaster (cleanup): 5/8/08
    Fence Inspection: 5/9/08
    Plaster: 5/15/08
    Water: 5/15/08 - 5/16/08
    Startup: 5/17/08
    Final Inspection: 5/20/08

    Last fall we decided that it was time to put in a pool. The kids were old enough now and the timing worked out good. We knew we wanted an in ground pool, but beyond that we didn't have a clue. I did a bunch of research (from here and elsewhere) and started doing some simple drawings. We interviewed pool builders in late Fall and narrowed it down to 2 builders. After some simple haggling we selected a builder in early January. We picked this builder based on comfort level, experience, and vision. Price was close enough that it didn't really factor in. We selected a local non-national builder as I felt they would have better service and response. So far this has worked out great.

    Over a couple of weeks, we worked through some designs, sticking pretty close to my original designs. We made a couple of placement changes due to set back regulations. We had originally wanted to have a waterfall (to match the waterfall we have in the pond), but after costing it out we decided not to do it. It would have also taken away the ability to walk completely around the pool.

    Once the design was pretty much finalized, the permits were submitted. They came back in about a week, approved. We then settled in for the wait. We figured it would start sometime in April. We were wrong (see next post).

    Below are the pool specs and equipment.

    Pool Specs:
    Sq Ft: 600
    Length: 18x40 (18x48 including shelf and bench)
    Shape: Custom (almost a kidney)
    Depth: 3’, 4’, 6’
    Plaster: Grey
    Love Seat: 6’ Deep End
    Sun shelf: 8’x6'
    Tile: Frost line, steps
    Pipe: 2” PVC
    Deck: 650’ Exposed Aggregate
    Skimmers: 2
    Returns: 2

    Equipment:
    Pump: Pentair WhisperFlo 1½ HP
    Filter: Pentair FNS Plus 48 D.E. Filter
    Control System: Goldline P4
    Chlorine: SWCG Goldline TurboCell
    Heater: Undecided. If we do a heater, it'll be a heat pump.
    Valves: Jandy Neverlube
    Light: (2) Colorlogic LED
    Cleaner: Pentair Legend (3/4 hp Booster)
    Winter Cover: Loop-Loc

    Here's my latest revised drawing. This is pretty close to the final design. I'm still working on the landscaping. It'll probably wait until everything is done and then I'll visualize it.


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    Excavation - 3/24/08

    At around 6:00pm on Friday (3/21/08 ) I got a call from the Pool Builder. They had an opening in the schedule and he asked if I'd like to have the hole dug Monday. Umm, sure, go ahead. I wasn't quite ready (had to move a couple things), but I was able to get everything out of the way over the weekend.

    Here's a couple of "before" pictures. I started taking down a stone brick wall and desided to snap a couple of pictures first.









    Here are the pictures after excavation:












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    J4,

    Nice looking pool and you've done a lot of homework. I know you didn't solicit this advice but that never stops me!!

    You pump looks a little too large for the pool and filter. With 40-50 feet of head, can you find the pump curve and see how much gpm that pump delivers?.....probably around 100+gpm. Somewhere a little less than 75 might be more appropriate and save you some money.
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    Looks great!

    I'm in the middle of a build too. What is the "beach" on the left side of the pool there? Or is that just a bench?

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    Steel -3/26/08

    A couple days later, they did the steel. This took around 3-4 hours. They came right as I was leaving for work and they were gone when I came home for lunch.
























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    Gunite: 3/28/08

    Here's the gunite pictures. They were scheduled to gunite Friday, but rain threatened (but never happened), so they did it Saturday instead. Worked out great because the kids got to watch (me being the biggest kid). Very cool process to watch happen. the skill these guys had was amazing.




















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    You guys are to quick. I was still posting pictures!

    Dave S, I posted another thread a while ago asking about the equipment. A couple of people mentioned the pump size being a little large, so you're not alone in that thinking. I'm going to revisit it with the pool builder soon. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Belldiver
    I'm in the middle of a build too. What is the "beach" on the left side of the pool there? Or is that just a bench?
    It's a bench. I wanted a place in the deep end to swim out easily. I thought about doing a beach on the right side, but decided to do a sun shelf (about 8" of water) instead with steps.

    John

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    Plumbing is scheduled to be done today or tomorrow. Most likely tomorrow as it's rainy today. Electric is scheduled for Thursday.

    We met with 2 fence people yesterday. Both use the same fence company, so they were easy to compare.

    The first guy showed up late (I was on lunch break). He came in cheaper, but I didn't get a good "feeling" about him. He also way over estimated the footage and ignored my drawing.

    The second guy was on time (evening). He looked over the drawing and when he measured he came very close to my numbers. He was a little more money because we had a better coupon for the other guy.

    I've learned to trust my gut feelings. Right now, we're going to go with the second guy even though it's a little more money. I'll probably interview one more person though.

    John

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    Plumbing - 4/2/08

    The plumbing was done on Wednesday. Filter and pumps were put on the pad. The booster pump is a surprise. The PB never mentioned using a booster pump for the vacuum. I haven't talked to him yet about it.










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    Electric - 4/2/08

    Electric was run on Friday. They also installed the lights and controller panel. I had them install 2 extra outlets. One for the pool (by the patio) and one for the pond (I had been using an extension cord).










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    Any more updates, John???

    Need more pics!!!

    Rob
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    Hi Rob.

    No new pics yet. This was a slow week. We did pick a fencing company finally, so the fence has been ordered. The PB said tiling might be done this week, but nothing yet.

    Well lookie there. Tiling guys just showed up. They planned to come yesterday, but weather people said rain. It was a beautiful day...So now they get to work on Sunday. I should have some pictures soon. Probably not today (Sunday) though. My son is having his 5th birthday party today (at Chuck-e-Cheese) and I'm not sure I'll recover enough to snap some pictures.

    I just noticed your thread, so I'll jump on over there now.

    John

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    Tiling - 4/13/08

    Here's the tiling pictures. Nothing fancy. My choice got over ridden by my wife and daughter, but I like the look of this. the accent (steps) still needs to be done, but they wait until just before plaster to do that.












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    Looks great, John!

    I'm pretty sure being overridden on the tiles is equivelant to 1 big screen tv for you.

    Man rule #137a subsection 2.7 (swimming pool design clause).

    Rob
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    Quote Originally Posted by reef n ale
    I'm pretty sure being overridden on the tiles is equivelant to 1 big screen tv for you.
    Man rule #137a subsection 2.7 (swimming pool design clause).
    Hey! I forgot about that provision. Thanks Rob!

    I've been thinking about an outdoors theater...

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by reef n ale
    http://www.openaircinema.us/backyardtheater.htm
    Thanks for the link. I've been a member of Backyard Theater for a little while now. I think I have the placement figured out, just need the equipment.

    John

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    4-23-08 Decking started

    They laid out the frame for the decking yesterday. Also added the crushed stone and did the bonding. They will pour the concrete Monday, rough grading Tuesday, and fence Wednesday. Weather permitting of course. It came out to 650 sq ft of decking. 3' around the pool and decent patio area. The rest of the area next to the patio I'm going to have grass sod. This will give us even more "lounge" room.













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    I've been following your pool build and I must say, I can't wait to see the finished product! It looks great!

    Good Luck!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casey
    I've been following your pool build and I must say, I can't wait to see the finished product! It looks great!
    Thanks Casey! We were already excited about the pool, but watching the process and seeing it take shape has gotten us even more excited.

    John

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