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WalkerTribe7

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Aug 2, 2018
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Mission Viejo, ca
Thank you! Your questions are always helpful. I just spoke with a great guy at Polytec and confirmed no issue either warranty, we also went over some of these questions.

He agreed the EasyTouch was not needed at all. He said the IntelliTouch was good, but the newer Intellicenter was the best option.

As for the heater, he recommended staying with Pentair to get the extra year of warranty. I guess if you buy certain items together you get a 3 yr warranty instead of a 2. He did though say to move to the MasterTemp HD which has copper nickel inside that will be better with the salt water.

The lights we figured out, the globrite is for a small baja shelf area tucked in by the spa. So, he agreed you don’t usually mix them but the Baja shelf made sense.

He was confused for the need of 3 transformers so I’m going to talk with our plumber. And he recommended the Pentair bubblers with the LEDs since we have 3 bubblers in the Baja section. We will talk with the plumber and see if it’s even possible since we already did the shotcrete (we had the pipes down for just some basic bubblers I guess).

Oh, and yeah- 4 pumps! We have 4 water scuppers on its own pump. I think the Baja bubblers are in another pump. The spa is on its own pump. And the pool.

Turning over the new quote to my husband for him to talk with the plumber about. But with the revisions and going with the company in Las Vegas we look to be saving about $2500.
 

bdavis466

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The HD heater is not worth the upgrade or needed and I have had a lot of problems with the MasterTemps. You are getting enough pentair equipment to get the 3 year warranty - It only takes 3 products. The Raypak is the same price and rock solid, not to mention its almost completely silent.

I still don't understand the globrite. Might as well make it a Micro

You need a separate transformer for each light(s) that you want to be on a different color/ light show

The EasyTouch can only control 2 IntelliFlo pumps so you will definitely be limited to the IntelliTouch/IntelliCenter
 
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Turtle101

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Nov 13, 2018
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Mission Viejo Ca
The HD heater is not worth the upgrade or needed and I have had a lot of problems with the MasterTemps. You are getting enough pentair equipment to get the 3 year warranty - I only takes 3 products. The Raypak is the same price and rock solid, not to mention its almost completely silent.

I still don't understand the globrite. Might as well make it a Micro

You need a separate transformer for each light(s) that you want to be on a different color/ light show

The EasyTouch can only control 2 IntelliFlo pumps so you will definitely be limited to the IntelliTouch/IntelliCenter
We have the Micro on the Baja and the globrites in the main pool and spa.
 

WalkerTribe7

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Aug 2, 2018
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Mission Viejo, ca
It’s been a while, and no major progress has happened. Our walls are about done, minus a bench and stucco/paint. We are now moving on to finishing the pool. We went with precast coping and though the coping we received is exactly what we wanted, we are having an issue with many of the coping not being flat on the bottom and instead of extra concrete from the molds. Disappointed since it took almost 2 months to receive, cost a pretty penny, and that’s not including the $750 shipping!

We’ve contacted our salesman and he’s going to see how they can fix the problem. My sub contractors have said they can attempt to grind it down, but it would still look different than the smooth ones.

This project has been one pain after another. We were hoping to be done by end of April, but now I’m hoping for June. especially when you see our tile and our drama with the finger rail! This pool may drive me to drink.
 

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kimkats

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OH NO and we were so happy when someone.................🤫 me...........shared that idea...........the darker one........can you have the flat one go back or be cut shorter so the front one can go in front of it to hide the end?

Kim (NOT cheering on this one)
 
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dotbombjoe

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It probably doesn't make you feel any better but we're in a similar boat re: a project that keeps finding ways to go slower. We are won't be done until June at the earliest and if I can't swing the budget for the latest problem, it will probably be more like August/September! FWIW, I've been drinking throughout the project -- I highly recommend it.
 
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WalkerTribe7

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Mission Viejo, ca
OH NO and we were so happy when someone.................🤫 me...........shared that idea...........the darker one........can you have the flat one go back or be cut shorter so the front one can go in front of it to hide the end?

Kim (NOT cheering on this one)

I love the finger rail, I just picked the hardest tile to use for it. I think we have it figured out, but I’m waiting until we get started with the tiling to see for sure. My tiles are individual 2x6’s that they are having to perfectly stack and lineup (I will post an example), so once we get the finger ledge we will cut the tile then use some to cover it (a bunch of nice 45 Degree cuts my guys aren’t excited to do) and then using the remaining amount from the previous tile above it we cut to allow our eyes to see the same pattern and not necessarily the finger rail. I’m hoping that makes sense. It will be a HUGE pain to tile. 100%

Our coping salesman (who is AWESOME) is going to the manufacturer today to discuss resolving the issue with our coping. None of them are perfect underneath, but my concern is more with an extra lip that is noticeable from a straight on view with 90% of them. I have no idea how it can be resolved, but if it involves making more- I’m praying we aren’t waiting another 4 weeks :(

Today, they are moving to my bar and getting started on pouring the footer. It will be 28 ft in total length (in a “u” shape), so I won’t have water in pool- but I will have margaritas blending on the bar!
 

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kimkats

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I think you are saying you will do what I was suggesting! Hey it can be done! It might take a little more time and a very steady hand but it will so oh so worth it!!!

Kim:kim:
 
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