My new build plan (NJ) - feedback welcome!


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In The Industry
Aug 10, 2017
Morris Cnty NJ
On a shallow pool 6ft or less I like to make the hopper 4ft not 6ft. I add the 2 ft to the shallow end or the angle makes the slope less for standing or bigger shallow area. Full length steps take alot of room up but you have a 20ft wide so not crucial like a smaller width pool. Otherwise looks good. Be aware with square corners you will have some liner bulge theres no way around it look at pics on forum to see what that looks like.


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Sep 1, 2019
North NJ
Question regarding a winter install: Town permits took a bit longer than expected. Temps are now regularly in the 30s/40s. I don't want to install a vinyl liner with these temps, but is it possible to dig the hole, run all the pipes, and install the pool equipment now, but wait till march/april to finish the floor and install the liner? We won't need to use the backyard during the winter, so I don't mind looking at a construction site. Any downside to this, or is it better to wait until spring to do it all together?


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Jul 27, 2016
Middletown, NY
Wait until the spring...unless someone will dig the hole for very cheap in the winter. There is always a chance of part of the hole caving in with rain/snow and then you'll have to pay again to the crew to come out again.
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Jul 21, 2013
Northern NJ
You don’t want to waste months of your equipment warranty starting the equipment install date very early. You also don’t want new equipment sitting outside in the weather unnecessarily.

All the digging can be done in a few days. You don’t save much by doing it now. Get locked into the schedule for starting the build in April and you should be swimming by the time the weather is warm.
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Jul 16, 2019
Walnutport, PA
The pool itself seems high. I'm across the border, just north of the Allentown area. I attached a copy of our estimate (pool was completed in Oct). Kind of hard to follow, but the pool itself was $17,500. Our 2 Roman steps added a good chunk ($8500 total). Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't have gotten the 2 main drain system. (We didn't get the solar cover and reel from the PB either). Electric was 3k and water was 1.2k. Salt system was $2.1k.

Glad you're going 20x40. I wish we would have.

Re: the slope. Our yard was pretty flat. Or so I thought. We did not get fancy drawings, and were quite shocked at how much of a drop off we had. We wound up doing a boulder wall for the drop.

The pics won't load for me, but go for a shallow end of 3.5-4' though. We went with 3' because it was too late to change it by the time I read all the comments here about that being TOO shallow. And it def is.