ktdave's pool build

ktdave

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May 8, 2007
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Katy, TX
OH MY GOD! I just got home from work at looked at the pool and, well, it's accumulating a HUGE amount of DHMO! :shock:

WHAT DO I DO!!!!!!!!! PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!
 

wardsntx

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Jun 18, 2007
223
Spring, Texas
OK OK....DON"T PANIC, I got this.

1. Go inside and put on your safety gear...typically a waterproof type short pant will do the trick. No shirt or shoues required.

2. Grab a cold beverage...this stuf is easily addicting and can actually be somewhat hypnotic. You will need to have a fluid to ingest to help keep your wits about you. I have found alcohol counters the effect of DHMO, but sometimes DHMO helps counter the effect of alcohol...very tricky this stuff.

3. Carefully....I mean very carefully, enter the DHMO. Some people tend to jump in feet first and the bravest of the brave will go head first, but I suggest a slow, gradual entry....this will create a very euphoric feeling the first time you enter the substance.

4. spend a good amount of time in the DHMO...this will help break the chemical in for regular use.


When in doubt, get the entire family in the DHMO...this will work faster at creating a more enjoyable environment.

GOOD LUCK! Let us know what the outcome is!

:wink:
 

Casey

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Apr 16, 2007
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SW PA
Dave,
I love how you utilized such a small space you have! The pool looks great and I'm sure it is ALL worth the wait!

Congratulations!

P.S.
If you don't mind, I'd love to see a night time shot with the lights turned on when it's full!
 

ktdave

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May 8, 2007
888
Katy, TX
MaMa G.,
Thank you so much for your comments. Yes, we have a small space (60' x 28' except for where our house has that "cut-away" where the deep-end is) to deal with, of that was a 14' utility easement (which we placed the back part of our deck on; if the utility co. needs to dig it up, go ahead; but we doubt that will happen. The actual lines are located beyond where our deck is.) So this is an example of someone who has a small yard but can still pull off a nice pool.

Jay,
So you're telling me the DHMO won't be a problem if I have shorts on (no shirt) and a beverage in my hand :lol: !
Thanks for the advice!

Everyone else thanks so much for the attention and well wishes!

It appears that my estimate of 15,000 galllons is WAY off. Looks like I will be closer to 10,000 maybe a little less.
 

stevenbrla

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May 10, 2007
237
Baton Rouge, LA
Sweet indeed...


As my lil girl (6 yo) and I were swimming together this afternoon... I was thinking how much time we'll get to spend together due to this project... even as painful as it was.


Looks like some happy girls you got there too!!!


I'm happy for you!
 

stevenbrla

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May 10, 2007
237
Baton Rouge, LA
Dave,

If you're still here, don't let that hose lay on your plaster all night if you can help it.

I did, and it left a line.. which I eventually brushed out... but would've been easier not to have it.

Just let the hose sit on the edge and shoot into the water if it's still running.

Enjoy!
 

Buggsw

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Apr 22, 2007
927
Arizona
Dang, I was beginning to think the day would never come for you to fill 'er up.

You are going to enjoy having the pool, so much. Your kids, are cuties. Are they already swimmers?
 

wardsntx

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Jun 18, 2007
223
Spring, Texas
Nice tip...I'll write that down if I ever get to that point!

Dave, I think you are right. I anticipate ore quality time with my boys away from the TV, XBOX and computer. I had a pool growing up, and I think it was my number 1 favorite activity to do as a kid. Family BBQ, birthday parties, neighborhood BBQ...I hope my kids create the same memories I did. I'll never forget those days.
 

ktdave

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May 8, 2007
888
Katy, TX
stevenbrla said:
don't let that hose lay on your plaster all night if you can help it. Just let the hose sit on the edge and shoot into the water if it's still running.
Thanks Steve, I'm going out to move the hoses now!
 

From_Arizona

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May 8, 2007
212
Glendale, AZ
Hope you enjoyed a midnight swim before going to bed!

Congratulations on the completion, I really like the way your color change and scallopped edge turned out on the beach entry!
 

ktdave

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May 8, 2007
888
Katy, TX
I can't thank everyone enough for the kind words.

At the moment, the plumbers are digging under the deck to fix one of their faux pas. If you look back at the pics with my girls, you can see 2 dark gray "returns" in the beach entry. Well, when we started the pump, we found out that the bubbler, that is supposed to be in the center of the beach entry, is actually the one on the left near the wall and the one on the right in the pic (center of beach entry) is a regular return. AAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHH! I'm sorry, just venting a bit! Probably something that happens occasionally, but would have been avoided easily with proper QC at steel/plumbing phase.

Any advice, thoughts, comments on my recourse would be appreciated.

EDIT: Comments like "Nuke 'em Dave" or "hold their kids for ransom" are very welcome!