New Construction in SE Pennsylvania

BlueKoolAide

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Oct 17, 2018
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Wow very nice! What SWCG did they spec for you? Jandy has 2 (40k models). If it is the FusionSoft that is fine it is a great SWCG just don't use or install the mineral cartridge but the SWCG portion of it works very well. See my sig line that is what I have. I would also suggest you fill out your sigline now with what you know.
Noted! I don't have the specific details on my equipment just yet, but I did update my signature for now. I'll try to find out. Thanks.
 

BlueKoolAide

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Oct 17, 2018
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SE Pennsylvania
Back again.. got some plumbing done a few weeks ago so I thought I'd share some pictures. I took some of these from the roof since I was up there hanging Christmas lights.









 

PoolGate

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Wow looks great! BTW: If you get the Zodiac IQ20-RS kit (NOT the "A" kit) you will add full web access to your system. I added it to mine it is a 10 minute upgrade but you should do it before you program as it requires re-programming once you swap the board. Programming from the PDA is absolutely horrible you really want this upgrade!

 

BlueKoolAide

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Oct 17, 2018
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SE Pennsylvania
No more progress yet since it's winter, but I did have a question that I was wondering if anyone could answer. Due the slope of my yard, on the backside of the pool by my bench I was originally going to have the pool wall be exposed and stucco'd where, to help with grading. I decided to not have the PB do this and was going to just put in a large retaining wall, but after getting quotes for the wall I am kind of wondering if I made the wrong decision.

My question is, can the pool wall still be exposed and stucco'd, or is it too late since the wall was not made to be thicker in this area? I am not sure if they were going to make it thicker/reinforce it for this purpose originally. Just curious if anyone has an idea of this or is ITT and knows concrete better than I.

Thank you!
 

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PoolGate

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Retaining walls are crazy expensive. I would talk to your builder and see what they say. I can't imagine them making the wall thicker though just because it will be exposed.
 

jimmythegreek

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should be same strength and thickness. you can do a stone veneer for cheap or cover w stucco, etc and just grade away from the wall and simply cap that area. I dont know how far back your lot goes but you could also just grade a hill down away from coping once its in, wont look bad ive seen it done
 

BlueKoolAide

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Oct 17, 2018
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SE Pennsylvania
Not pool work technically but part of the overall project. I am getting some of my deck posts removed to open up the area a bit since my pool is so close to the deck. I went with 8x8s with trim on the ends. They aren't done just yet but I thought I'd post a before and after to show what I'm trying to accomplish.


I am not sure how I missed the fun build! Looks like you are spending your money just fine so I will jump in to share how to get the best plaster job so it will last a good, long time:

Trouble Free Pool
Trouble Free Pool
Ten Guidelines for Quality Pool Plaster Best one of all
Not All Color Pigments are Good for Pools How to pick a good color for plaster.

Kim:kim:
Thank you! I will take a look at the articles. There are some great resources on this site!
 

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bmoreswim

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That's a great idea on the posts. You will enjoy that openness. When we built a pavilion by the pool, we went with about a 19' clear span versus having a middle post and love it.
 

kimkats

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I love, love, love your house!! That is a great idea to open that are up like that. So what did they do? I see a new header board the new posts are attached to . Why a new one? I love how "fancy" then new posts are!

Kim:kim:
 

BlueKoolAide

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Oct 17, 2018
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SE Pennsylvania
I love, love, love your house!! That is a great idea to open that are up like that. So what did they do? I see a new header board the new posts are attached to . Why a new one? I love how "fancy" then new posts are!

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So the new posts have a 3 piece trim so they ARE a little more fancy (the bottom trim is being held up by tape until the patio is built for now). The reason they replaced the header/beam is to support the deck weight. They replaced the old one with this engineered beam that is strong enough to hold the weight. I also had them change it to 8x8s instead of 6x6s on the ends just for aesthetics.
 

kimkats

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Okay that makes sense. It almost looked the same size as before is why I asked. Thanks for teaching me! That is going to come out great!

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BlueKoolAide

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Oct 17, 2018
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SE Pennsylvania
Here is a completed pic of the posts. Don't mind my lovely pool of mud water next to it. I also wanted to get some opinions for color of my patio. I will be doing Kool Deck, and with the color of my coping along with the current color of my deck I wanted to see what everyone thought would look the best. I didn't go gray coping because my house is "Ash" color and my deck is a gray as well, so I didn't want gray overload for my entire backyard. Here is a pic of Kool Deck samples against my coping.

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jimim

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Top right 2 colors. The lightest ones I would say anything else is too dark I feel. I would want my coping to pop with contrast vs the decking. Just my opinion.
 
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kimkats

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What he ^^^^^ says! Either one of those will look great.

Now being silly.................pink?? Is that one in the middle as pink as it looks in the pic??

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jimim

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Kim don’t u Floridians use that wonky pink color a lot or was that just in the 80’s. I know I have seen stucco homes down there that color! :)