New Build Northern California Spring 2020

JediKnight

Well-known member
Jun 8, 2019
62
Grass Valley, CA
Loving this pool build! Also, waving at you from about an hour and a half away. We have the same red dirt and ponderosa pines as you guys do in Placerville. Your property is stunning!

Looking forward to even more photos with your margarita glasses and such around this beauty!

Also, @kimkats is amazing and if I ever get a house of my own to plant a pool in, flying her out seems like a good investment!😁
 
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JediKnight

Well-known member
Jun 8, 2019
62
Grass Valley, CA
Awwww shucks! That sure made my heart happy! THANKS! :hug: I hope I can help you enjoy the pool and yard you do have! Every pool is special!
:D I'm glad! You are huge on TFP for sure. Currently "we" (aka my grandparents we help and live with) have a redneck, not-so-level half buried Intex, but I've really enjoyed learning about how to tend to it. Not to mention saving them so much money from the dreaded pool stores.

Can't wait to see this pool all decorated with the lights and that backyard!:epds:
 

Slmcveigh72

Well-known member
Jul 18, 2017
65
Placerville, ca
Sounded like a real struggle, but you made it through!

I've followed along, and I might have missed it somewhere, but what happened with the ScreenLogic and the IC60?
It was a struggle at times, but honestly, I would do it all over again to save the tens of thousands of dollars. The ScreenLogics was returned and the Pentair rep was able to help swap out the IC40 with an IC60.
I am still struggling to get the IntelliCenter set up, but I think really just need to spend a few hours and focus on it.
 

Slmcveigh72

Well-known member
Jul 18, 2017
65
Placerville, ca
I just thought I would come back around and update this thread with my thoughts and learnings from this experience.
I would absolutely do it again, if I had it to do over again. We love the pool and spa and use one or both daily! We couldn’t have done it without the help of TFP!
We had so many problems along the way, including waiting our 30 days after the build to use the heater, only to discover it didn’t work...grrrrr. Turns out it was wired incorrectly, we had to have the Pentair warranty people come out to fix it.
Here’s what I would have done differently:
1) I would have hired the excavation/steel/plumber/electrical separately. I think this was our critical error. We had an excavation company who claimed they could do all these things and they failed at every turn. They were also very difficult to deal with.
2) I should have had the person who drew the plans be more specific with the placement and dimensions of things. He left it very general and did not specify things like the depth of the Cabo shelf. At the time, he said “you will work with your OB on these specifics”. This turned out to be a big problem and one that would have made the process much smoother.
3) I would have done more research on the spa. I am bummed out that we only have one foot jet in the whole spa. I would have added them all the way around if I had known.
4) I would not have let my husband talk me into hiring someone to “start up” the pool. That was such a waste of $600! They charged over $20 per bag of salt, jeez!
5) I have been able to care for the pool easily on my own, well, with the help of the Pool Math app and the great people on here. 15FDFBD1-779D-4B27-85CE-61076B86B74E.jpeg814A8119-25DC-4313-8C47-180726A101CE.jpeg