Build Progress South Georgia - Shotcrete! (Finally)

bigorangesky

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Aug 5, 2021
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South Georgia
I've enjoyed reading other build threads, and finally able to start my own. We broke ground last week, and digging/framing is now complete. The frames are above grade because we are raising it up so the finished deck is meeting the height of our porch/patio

Fairly straightforward design, we wanted to maximize the swimming space and we have plenty of area in the back yard to use. We plan to actually swim and don't need a lot of features. Going to add lots of landscaping in phase 2 (probably next year).

18x36 Gunite with 8 ft. deep end
7x7 spillover spa. PB says 6-9 jets will be just fine with our 3HP pump.
Wetedge Luna Quartz Montego
Travertine Ivory decking - 1400sqft total
Pentair equipment - EasyTouch w/screenlogic, sand filter, SWG
LP Heater 400k
Heat pump & Chiller
Spa spillover is the only water feature.
PB has included a Polaris automated clean with a booster pump ... but I'm not 100% on this. Might remove it.

Hitting some delays due to the tropical storm passing over today, but should be onto the rebar and gunite pretty soon!
 

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bigorangesky

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Aug 5, 2021
13
South Georgia
Not the type of "fill day" I was looking forward to. Had some huge rain storms and the pump could not keep up at all. Caused lots of dirt to cave in, and was not pretty the next morning.
Pool was supposed to get shot this week, but I'm not sure if that is happening now. Guys are going to have to come back with the backhoe and dig it out - mostly by hand I think.

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tommelton

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Jun 23, 2021
34
Suburb of Atlanta, GA
Sorry to see that - I am in Atlanta so north of you - we got lucky - shotcrete was done Saturday 9/18. So we have a shotcrete tank being filled, and muddy ground all around it - water got within 2" of going over the bond beam into the tank. Out into the rain I went to dig a runoff trench to get the water down outside the tank.
 
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bigorangesky

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Aug 5, 2021
13
South Georgia
Oof yea can't imagine digging mud out of the inside. Did you have a pump going? I have a fair amount of groundwater, so expect to keep the pump running until we fill it up for real.

Don't think I'll have the same issue once the concrete is in, because my walls will be about 2 ft higher than current grade. We will be building up all around it for the decking. But plenty of run off will continue to hit the outside of the shell until the grade is leveled off. Crossing my fingers for either no delays, no big storms, or both would be nice too.
 

tommelton

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Jun 23, 2021
34
Suburb of Atlanta, GA
We had groundwater too. About 2 hours after dig completion, I saw water starting to seep into the deep end (5' water depth - so about 6'+ dig depth. We had been running a pump every other day to keep it empty. In two days there would be 8-10" of water in the deep end - with the water level about 12' from the deep end wall.

Today - have not turned the pump on yet, placed it in the pool yesterday, right now there is about 10-12" of water in the pool.

The attached pic is from earlier in the day.

-Tom
 

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