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    El Duderino's Austin Pool Build - FINISHED with PICS

    We just begun our dig last week, on October 7th.

    I am unable to post Flikr or photobucket photos due to firewall issues, so until I can figure out a workaround, here is my personal build diary.

    Thanks

    http://theaustindude.blogspot.com/
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    It's hard to stay patient, but do your best. I would think they would be pulling LOTS of rock out of the soil due to where you live. Keep us updated - I like to see builds come together.
    Brian
    20K IG Gunite w/ raised 7ft spillover spa. 1.5 HP Hayward Northstar pump 425 sq ft Hayward cartridge filter, Colorlogic lights AquaRite SWG AquaLogic PS-8 control
    1hp pump for sheer descent

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Thanks. We're stalled out today due to rain. We're okay with it. That's one of the great things about beginning a pool build in October. We're not racing the clock.

    Please check out my external diary while I figure out a better way to document the build here.
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    What kind of plaster did you decide on?
    16K Gunite, Spa w/ Waterfall
    Beadcrete Plaster. (3) Shear Decents
    Jandy 60 Sq ft DE Filter
    (2) Jandy Stealth 2.0 HP Pumps
    AquaPure SWG w/ PDA
    (5) Returns, (2) Floor Drains, (1) Skimmer
    LXi Heater, Letro Platium Cleaner w/ Booster Pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Plaster still tbd. Pool builder is big on DiamondBrite, but we want to look into the Beadcrete. I'm supposed go to see a few pools with it soon and decide if it's doable in the budget.
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    I'll take it from the high number of views and lack of posts that people aren't "digging' (pun intended) my external link to my pool build. I'm trying to figure out a way to get access to pics. I guess i'll just post them after hours.

    I was hoping to at least get some hate comments on my format. Oh well, I guess the rest of the world is "over" pool time since it's autumn.
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    I've been checking in every now and then on your progress. Myself, I find it easier to post a link rather than post a bunch of pictures here. But anyway, because of your geographic location, it seems like you have a whole host of issues regarding your dig. Being in the Houston area, we had none of those problems. Just had our pool school last night and we are so far quite satisfied with our builder. Good luck with the rest of your build process. Hope everything goes smoothly.
    Freeform 24' x 31' IG gunite, chlorine pool, 3'-4.5'-6.5' deep, 15K gallons, 8' Dia. Spa, Pentair CNC Plus 420 cartridge filter, IntelliFlo 4160 pump, WhisperFlow WF-30-2.5 HP Spa pump, Pentair .75 HP booster pump, Pentair MasterTemp 400 Heater, MDX Debris Removal system, Intellibrite Color LED lights, Tropical Breeze PebbleTec, Pentair Legend Platinum pressure side pool cleaner

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Thanks for checking in. Hopefully, once we get through excavation, things will speed up. We're dealing with delays due to rock and then the weather isn't cooperating. They have to get the cat up an incline to get the rock to the dump trucks...has to be bone dry to do that. Every time it rains (i.e. today), it delays us several days. We've seen little/no progress since my last "blog" update (last week!).

    Trying to just go with the flow...we're in no hurry.

    Yes, Austin has it's share of challenges, especially where we are. So far, we're very happy with our pool builder. They've been very communicative about everything. There's really nothing anyone can do at this point. We did move forward knowing that we were probably going to face many rain, weather delays. Of course, it didn't rain all summer, so it is poetic justice that it would start raining weekly while we're trying to excavate.
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Hi there.....we are actually ffrom Austin and now live in the Houston area and we are in the beginnings of building a pool. I have been on your site several times and now see that you are considering beadcrete. We also are considering this and have not been able to see any pools with this product. I was wondering if you have found out any more about the beadcrete product and if you have seen pools with it what did you think? Are they telling you that it is quite a bit more expensive but well worth it?

    Connie

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Coolblue,

    Regarding the Beadcrete, I have seen 3-4 pools with it. I was pretty much figuring out how to budget for the extra expense based on what I had heard about beadcrete. However, after seeing it, I must say I was underwhelmed. I think that if it was priced more inline with the pebble aggregate finishes, that it would be a compelling option. However, I just couldn't tell enough difference to really justify the huge expense. I believe some of the beadcrete colors might do it for me, but the pools I saw just didn't. And as I mentioned, I was pretty much writing the check before seeing it. I really hoped/thought it was going to be the end all.

    I have heard a few reports of it's unparalleled beauty, but haven't really gotten anybody to rave about it that actually has it in their pool.

    I haven't closed the case on beadcrete, but we're probably not going to do it. It has a 15 year life expectancy, whereas the DiamondBrite is supposed to be closer to 20-30. I saw the midnight blue color of this plaster (upcharge of course) and was stunned.

    In other news, despite the lack of updates to my blog (I'm out of town) there has been some progress this week. The excavation is actually complete. Just need to get all the rock out of there. Forming, steel and plumbing up next.
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

    build diary

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    PICTURES:

    For those who haven't followed my personal build diary (in my signature), here are some pics of where we are to date. We just completed 8 days of excavation! After getting through all the rock, they are working on forming and according to plan, we will have steel and plumbing done by the end of the week. Things are really starting to take shape!

    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

    build diary

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    The updates have been a bit slow. The next major phase is Shotcrete (Gunite) on Tuesday. However subtle, the pool is really starting to take shape.


    view from the "top" deck, which will be at the level of the 2 foot raised beam, looking "through" the negative edge into the basin where the negative edge spa will live.


    view from halfway up the existing wooden stairs to our 13 foot wooden deck (which contains the entry/exit to the house). The 12" centered rebar you see is the "ground zero" decking and will be stone.


    Miles of pipe...literally.
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Just looking at the rebar layout ... your pool looks like it's going to be stunning.
    32x22 Free Form Gunite (3'9"- 5'3") 6'x9' Free Form Spa - 12 Jets, Blue Granite Pebblesheen, Color Logic LED Lights, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Tristar 2 speed pool pump, 1.5hp Tristar pump - sheer descents, 1.5hp Tristar spa pump w/1.0hp Blower, Hayward DE6020 Filter, Hayward 400K BTU Heater, Hayward Tigershark RC9990 cleaner.

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Thanks Eggman!

    It's cool to finally see the 2D sketch coming to life. It's funny, based on the rendering, we were afraid the pool might be too small. Looking at it in it's current state, it is anything but small. I'm sure once it gets shot and the coping comes together, it will close it in quite a bit, but as she stands, not too small

    The wife and I have come pretty close to making final decisions on tile, decking, plaster, etc. so we now have the vision. We just have to wait...I jokingly asked PB if we would be done by Thanksgiving and he said "very possible."

    I don't want to get my hopes up, but it would be great to be completed by then, but that seems awfully tight!
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Great layout...thanks for sharing.

    The leaves will probably be a bit of a pain but I really like that you were able to incorporate the tree in the design.
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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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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanB
    Great layout...thanks for sharing.

    The leaves will probably be a bit of a pain but I really like that you were able to incorporate the tree in the design.

    Thanks. The live oaks don't drop too many leaves around here, but I'm sure what does drop will be hard to deal with. Worse yet, will be the acorns. When they drop, we will most likely have a greenish tint to the water. However, I'm assured that it's temporary.

    We can always take the tree out if it comes to that as a last resort. However, we will try our hardest to live with it as it is a great source of natural shade and beauty.
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    The people that lived in our house left a Live Oak near the pool when it was built, as they wanted the shade. 5 or 6 years later, the concrete decking around the pool started lifting a bit and roots started showing up in a nearby skimmer. A few weekends with the chainsaw and ropes and now all that's left is a stump. We were very concerned that the tree was going to break through the side of the pool and cost us thousands of dollars in repairs.

    As for what to expect in the meantime... Some leaves dropping in the fall, LOTS of leaves dropping in the spring, pollen tassels in the spring, and acorns in the fall. Some spring days I was cleaning out the skimmers and the Polaris bag 5 times per day. They also drop stuff in the pool that leaves long, brown stains on the pool surface as it moves down the slope to the deep end. Chlorine eventually bleaches the stains out, but they're pretty ugly in the meantime.

    We miss the shade, but we sure don't miss the mess that the tree made of our pool. 8)

    Just so you know what you're in for...
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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Harry, that's a scary story. I'm hoping that the path of least resistance for the roots will be the water spring that we're on rather than the pool shell.

    I'm sure I have no idea what we're in store for in terms of leaves and acorns. I really do hope it's manageable as I would hate to lose the tree. However, if it happens, we'll have a nice planter ready to go right by the pool!
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    Just wanted to post a quick update. Unfortunately, I can't post pics during the day, but here is the link to my build blog with updated pictures of tile, etc.

    We're getting so close, I can almost taste the salt water...

    http://theaustindude.blogspot.com/
    Our pool- (in process)
    38x15 Free Form Gunite (3.5'-8'), 26' Negative Edge and 7' Negative Edge spa with blower, Midnight Blue Diamondbrite, AquaLogic PS-8 control, Goldline Salt Chlorine Generator, 1.5hp Pentair 2 speed pumps (2), Pentair DE Filter, Pentair 400k BTU Heater, and BlackMaxPolaris 280 cleaner with Hayward booster pump

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    Re: El Duderino's Austin Pool Build

    El Dude...I've been following your blog, and your pool is one of the prettiest and most unique builds I've seen...it belongs in a pool and spa magazine...congrats on the design! Love your glass tile...I'm a glass tile fan myself..headache to install that it is, I think the visual payoff is worth the time and expense. 8) Looking forward to more blog posts and the finale!
    7,000 gal. IG gunite, SWG, PebbleSheen interior finish-Aqua Blue, 8' vanishing edge raised 16-jet overspill spa, 2 12" waterfalls, tan shelf with bubbler.
    Pentair equipment: Easy Touch 8, Intellichlor IC-40, Intelliflo VF 3050, 2.5 hp Whisperflo spa pump, 1 hp Whisperflo water feature pump, Quad 100 DE filter, Master Temp 400 heater, Legend Platinum Cleaner (3/4 hp pump). Autofill, TF-100 Test Kit w/salt and borate strips.

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