Austin, TX - Above Ground Salt Water Pool in Canyon - Construction Started 09/30/19

Pool_Medic

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Apr 1, 2018
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Bangor Maine
đŸ˜‚. That’s ok, I know roughly the costs, just curious to see if you were brave enough to let everyone know lol. I’m always amazed when people really get into it and design masterpieces. Looking forward to the final pics, I hope you’re doing a collage in an album of start to finish. Good on you!
 

DB-Cooper

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Jun 18, 2019
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Austin, TX
It was a quiet week, we had a few days of storms and that delayed the Gunite. The plumbers came back a couple of times to do some small work. Here's a shot of the main plumbing all coming together:

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kimkats

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Jul 10, 2012
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Tallahassee, FL
Make sure to take a pick, print it out, and label all of those pipes. I hope you will never need this pic but you will thank me if you ever need to find just one pipe!

Kim:kim:
 
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HeyEng

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Nov 7, 2018
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Oklahoma City, OK
Don't feel bad on the price. Our neighbor just finished their "Epic" pool and just from the guestimates on the pulled permits, they are spending just about as much (if not more) as the house by itself is worth. If they were to sell, they would take a huge hit on the pool, but they say they are in for the long haul and not concerned about resell cost.
 
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kimkats

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NICE! Is there anyone home that can water the shell? This helps it cure slower. You can set up some spinklers to help with the job.

It is time for YOUR set of links!

Plaster links:
Ten Guidelines for Quality Pool Plaster Best one of all
All Plaster Finishes Should Last 20 Years
Not All Color Pigments are Good for Pools How to pick a good color for plaster.
A Plastering 'Watch List' | Professional Watershaping | Watershapes
Trouble Free Pool
Trouble Free Pool

Pool care links:
Print these out:
Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule
Pool School - Recommended Levels

Bookmark these:
Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals
Trouble Free Pool
Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

Now is also a good time to ask what test kit your PB will be providing so we can fill in any holes.

Kim:kim:
 

DB-Cooper

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Jun 18, 2019
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Austin, TX
The pool builder is daily watering the shell. He said they do that everyday except weekends. Meeting them on Friday to go over the weekend duties.
 

DB-Cooper

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Jun 18, 2019
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Austin, TX
11/22 - Getting read for deck, staircase framed, etc. Should be deck pouring next Tuesday, but need visual permit on my cabana paint off.

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DB-Cooper

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Jun 18, 2019
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Austin, TX
They backfilled against sandbags instead of pouring the retaining wall first?

I would question how well it's compacted
They said they're pouring the walls first on Tuesday. For the pool I know they poured the cradle first then did the gravel bags compacting, then poured the walls, so it's similar just sand for this part. The engineering specs called for less rebar of course and 95% minimum compacting, of course I'm sure that's somewhat hard to test for. They've been out there for multiple days hitting it with that flat compacting tool and a Honda Plate compactor. They've been taking their time with it for sure. It's a different sand underneath as well, a finer sand.
 
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bdavis466

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San Clemente, CA
That looks like 6' of fill which would be hard to compact even under ideal circumstances - yours was far from ideal. I wouldn't expect those sandbags to have held up against proper compaction. The voids in between the sandbags will be enough for the sand to eventually settle into.

It would be worth paying for a soils engineer to do a compaction test. You should also flood that area with as much water as it can handle to see how much it settles. I bet the results will be alarming.

Sand was a poor choice for that application
 
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livinwell

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Apache Junction, AZ
They said they're pouring the walls first on Tuesday. For the pool I know they poured the cradle first then did the gravel bags compacting, then poured the walls, so it's similar just sand for this part. The engineering specs called for less rebar of course and 95% minimum compacting, of course I'm sure that's somewhat hard to test for. They've been out there for multiple days hitting it with that flat compacting tool and a Honda Plate compactor. They've been taking their time with it for sure. It's a different sand underneath as well, a finer sand.
We had to fill and grade before they could dig the pool and also had to meet the minimum 95% compaction. Here in AZ it was $255 for the test and report. With having to spend so much on the prep, it is well worth getting the engineers out. Definitely worth the peace of mind. .02 from the peanut gallery. Your pool and entertainment area is going to be awesome.
 
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