DIY inground pool kit

johnm160

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Jan 19, 2020
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Orlando
This is going to have 3 Haywood colorlogic 320's any thoughts on placement? I was thinking 2 on the straight wall that connects to the steps so they would be facing away from the seating area and the third either on the 45 degree angle wall or the wall facing the deep end.
 

kimkats

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Smart man to do that work with your wallet instead of your back!

Lights-I would make sure one of the lights are where it will shine on the steps. I am thinking where the "arch" of the foot would be. The other two light I would put on the wall by the house for the deep and shallow end.
 

johnm160

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Jan 19, 2020
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Orlando
Smart man to do that work with your wallet instead of your back!

Lights-I would make sure one of the lights are where it will shine on the steps. I am thinking where the "arch" of the foot would be. The other two light I would put on the wall by the house for the deep and shallow end.
This is kind of why I was thinking one on that 45 degree panel. Should cover the steps but was worried about the bulb facing the seating area.
 

kimkats

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Look at the first pic. See where that straight edges is closest to the camera. See that black leg/support? I am thinking that light go between that support and the stairs. That way it is not shining in eyes. It will give light to the steps and the shallow area at the same time.
 

johnm160

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Jan 19, 2020
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Orlando
Look at the first pic. See where that straight edges is closest to the camera. See that black leg/support? I am thinking that light go between that support and the stairs. That way it is not shining in eyes. It will give light to the steps and the shallow area at the same time.
Interesting, I had not thought of placing it that close to the steps. You think it will provide sufficient light into the angled corner if I place it in that location and another in the first straight panel just past the other side of the steps? that leaves me with the third to place closer to the deep end.
 

mclifford

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Aug 29, 2017
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Van buren, AR
You may have already known this from your installation instructions, but you need to work quickly to get the panels covered up. The longer they are exposed the more prone they are to warping. My pool was a diy kit as well and I choose metal panels just because I knew I was a one man crew and it would take me longer.
 

Aquaman7

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Sep 15, 2019
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NNJ
Mclifford,

About the polymer panels warping, does it say that in the installation guide? Where did you read that. Reason being was I was just about to order a polymer panel pool and have it sit for a month or two before beginning construction. Now that I read your post it changes everything.

Thank you,
Joe

You may have already known this from your installation instructions, but you need to work quickly to get the panels covered up. The longer they are exposed the more prone they are to warping. My pool was a diy kit as well and I choose metal panels just because I knew I was a one man crew and it would take me longer.
 

mclifford

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Van buren, AR
I recall reading it in some literature. I think as long as you store the panels out of the sun you will be ok. Its once you get the kit in the ground you need to work in a timely fashion to minimize the exposure.
 

johnm160

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Jan 19, 2020
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Orlando
You may have already known this from your installation instructions, but you need to work quickly to get the panels covered up. The longer they are exposed the more prone they are to warping. My pool was a diy kit as well and I choose metal panels just because I knew I was a one man crew and it would take me longer.
I actually did not know that. I pulled some panels out since I did not like the measurements when I was double checking some of the locations. I got all but the two closest to the steps put back on saturday before the rain came in. They will be put back in tomorrow, I then have to call for inspection prior to pouring the bond beam around the outside. Plumbing should be quick after that, the next longest part would be the pool base that needs to be put down if I have to do it. Not sure who I could contact locally that would be reasonable that could do it faster. The sand is packing down so firm after some rain on it I almost wish I could just leave it a sand bottom and toss the liner in.
 
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mclifford

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Aug 29, 2017
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Van buren, AR
I actually did not know that. I pulled some panels out since I did not like the measurements when I was double checking some of the locations. I got all but the two closest to the steps put back on saturday before the rain came in. They will be put back in tomorrow, I then have to call for inspection prior to pouring the bond beam around the outside. Plumbing should be quick after that, the next longest part would be the pool base that needs to be put down if I have to do it. Not sure who I could contact locally that would be reasonable that could do it faster. The sand is packing down so firm after some rain on it I almost wish I could just leave it a sand bottom and toss the liner in.
If subs are anything like they are around here you will be hard pressed to find somebody to help you out. Most people that I contacted didn't want to touch my owner build at all.
 

jimmythegreek

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Your lucky you have that sand period and you can dig a pool with a skidsteer. We move rocks up here the size of that bobcat. I dont see a single rock in your pics! If you dont have groundwater you can leave a sand base. It's not ideal. I would look on craigslist for guys doing masonry and get a few hands to help. It's not hard but it's hard to look good. A skilled trowel does a decent job. A novice not so much. You can go back and send and fill highs and lows the next day. Dont even need a mixer you can use premixed verm and wet and flip with shovel in the pool then spread it out
 

johnm160

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Jan 19, 2020
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Orlando
No rocks, sand is not a lot of fun when trying to form the slopes and getting it all to stick together while pouring the bond beam. No ground water has been coming up in the pit at all. I was reading another thread here where someone put xps foam over the sand base to get a nice smooth finish. Seriously considering that. I can have it done in a couple of hours ;)