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tjk65

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Jun 14, 2020
19
Round Rock, Tx
Ok, here is our proposed contract and bid. The contract was not edited correctly. I had the UV and pressure cleaner removed and added SWG system. I asked questions today and ledge is at 6" depth and steps at 12". I am thinking this needs to be altered. We are older, have three teenagers and elderly parents that will also enjoy the pool and want ease of going down stairs. What heights should we have? Also, the builder said they were having trouble getting Hayward right now and may switch to Pentair. So, I could not get equip models. Should I push for Pentair? Or just make sure all equip is one brand? I was worried that they only put a 2HP variable speed (main circulation), but they also have 1 1/2 which I assume is for the features, 4hp blower, 525 cartridge filter, 4000BTU Heater, PS8 wireless controller. They said it would be so I could do everything independently or together. They say pool perimeter is 98, 16x32, 14965 gal, 3.5ft to 6 ft deep, 24 perimeter spa, we are thinking of having the shallow end made a bit smaller and get to around 90 perimeter to lower price. It has auto fill and overflow. Anything thing I missed or should question?
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HermanTX

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May 20, 2020
690
Katy TX
Hi fellow Texan, Thanks for sharing and welcome to TFP. It is a very nice design.
Either Hayward or Pentair are major manufacturers but suggest that you try to use automation, pump, heater, etc. from all same manufacturer as that generally works best for integration.
Not sure what the smaller pump is for - suggest you confirm that with PB. It is showing 6 main drains - 2 for pool, 2 for spa and the assumption is 2 for water feature which would go to that smaller pump. Need confirmation of that.
Great that you have large ID plumbing and independent lines for suction as well as returns. This provides maximum control over circulation .

The trade off on step heights is that it extends the pool steps farther into the pool. Mine are 6", 12" and 12" which appears to be what they have set up for you. We do not find it too bad but best you be happy for longer term. You can go to 9" but that will most likely add another step and extend into pool area. Maybe discuss that with PB for other ideas. Having a 6" sun shelf is about right, some have gone to 9" but I think that is opposite of what you are thinking.

Keep us posted on your progress.

Have you read the following?
Construction Tips & Best Practices
Construction Best Practices - Further Reading

How to Pick a Pool Builder
How to Pick a Pool Builder - Trouble Free Pool

How to Select Pool Equipment
How to select pool equipment - Further Reading
 

Turbo1Ton

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Dec 26, 2019
271
NE Oklahoma
Very nice design. A couple of things I would consider. You mention elderly parents. Make sure you are thinking about a handrail for entering and exiting the pool. If you do it now, you can get one that can be removed, in the event you don't want/need to use it. That is one thing I wish I had done, since I won't be able to do it again until I have the pool replastered and the decking redone.

On the lighting, you may need a couple more. It doesn't say which LED light for the pool, so don't know the light output, but I have 3 pentair globrites in mine, and wouldn't want less. Keep the lights in the house side of the pool, so there is no glare staring back at you when looking at the pool from the house.

Would also consider doing an apron all the way around the pool, just for accessibility, or at least around the spa. Otherwise everyone will be getting in and out at that one spot. Might be awkward with a full tub.

--Jeff
 

tjk65

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Jun 14, 2020
19
Round Rock, Tx
Very nice design. A couple of things I would consider. You mention elderly parents. Make sure you are thinking about a handrail for entering and exiting the pool. If you do it now, you can get one that can be removed, in the event you don't want/need to use it. That is one thing I wish I had done, since I won't be able to do it again until I have the pool replastered and the decking redone.

On the lighting, you may need a couple more. It doesn't say which LED light for the pool, so don't know the light output, but I have 3 pentair globrites in mine, and wouldn't want less. Keep the lights in the house side of the pool, so there is no glare staring back at you when looking at the pool from the house.

Would also consider doing an apron all the way around the pool, just for accessibility, or at least around the spa. Otherwise everyone will be getting in and out at that one spot. Might be awkward with a full tub.

--Jeff
Great ideas! Thanks so much for the input. Meeting with the PB today and will inquire on both. Had not even thought of those. Thanks!!
 

tjk65

Member
Jun 14, 2020
19
Round Rock, Tx
Hi fellow Texan, Thanks for sharing and welcome to TFP. It is a very nice design.
Either Hayward or Pentair are major manufacturers but suggest that you try to use automation, pump, heater, etc. from all same manufacturer as that generally works best for integration.
Not sure what the smaller pump is for - suggest you confirm that with PB. It is showing 6 main drains - 2 for pool, 2 for spa and the assumption is 2 for water feature which would go to that smaller pump. Need confirmation of that.
Great that you have large ID plumbing and independent lines for suction as well as returns. This provides maximum control over circulation .

The trade off on step heights is that it extends the pool steps farther into the pool. Mine are 6", 12" and 12" which appears to be what they have set up for you. We do not find it too bad but best you be happy for longer term. You can go to 9" but that will most likely add another step and extend into pool area. Maybe discuss that with PB for other ideas. Having a 6" sun shelf is about right, some have gone to 9" but I think that is opposite of what you are thinking.

Keep us posted on your progress.

Have you read the following?
Construction Tips & Best Practices
Construction Best Practices - Further Reading

How to Pick a Pool Builder
How to Pick a Pool Builder - Trouble Free Pool

How to Select Pool Equipment
How to select pool equipment - Further Reading
Thanks! Meeting with PB today and will come back with response on second pump.
 

HermanTX

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May 20, 2020
690
Katy TX
One point I noticed is that you have 2 skimmers but they have plumbed them in series. It would be best if you have each independently plumbed back to the equipment pad. This provides you better control. so you would have 4 pipes for suction at the equipment pad - 1 each skimmer, 1 main pool drain and 1 spa drain. Ensure you have a valve on each skimmer line as well at the pad.

Please note that the side drains (denoted as Wall Drains) are your suction for your water features only - which is great that you have that as an independent circulation system.

As noted by @JJ_Tex you do not need pressure pump for cleaner if you are going with robot. Nor the chlorinator unless you want that as a back up - some people have kept it as it is only $100. However you can delete it and just use a floater for your pucks in the pool. That is what I have.

Edit
I went back and read the original specs and they specifically stated that your return lines (to the pool) and your skimmers (suction) would be independent lines however the newest drawing shows that not only the skimmers are set up in series on 1 line but also all of your returns are on 1 line. If you feel compelled, you may want to challenge why they state 1 thing but show another. The drawings is what the subcontractors will use to put in the lines.

Edit
I am not sure it was every confirmed that you were going to go with a Salt system (SWG) or stay with chlorine (pucks or liquid). The Chlorinator is required if you use chlorine pucks but not needed if you use a SWG.
 
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Turbo1Ton

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Dec 26, 2019
271
NE Oklahoma
I will second, having them separate the skimmers and returns into individual lines, especially since the proposal stated that. I would also suggest making the equipment pad as large as you possibly can. Mine is roughly 4' x 8' and I have roughly the same amount of equipment as you, and I would love to have several feet in each direction, larger. Would make it easier to maneuver when working on anything.

--Jeff
 

tjk65

Member
Jun 14, 2020
19
Round Rock, Tx
Ok great feedback, thank you! I will pull out where they indicated in the original specs and they specifically stated that the return lines (to the pool) and skimmers (suction) would be independent lines, but drawings are not. Good catch!