New Fiberglass Install - Southern NJ

Candurin

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Jun 30, 2017
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Southern NJ
We've started the process! Contract sign and permits submitted. We are on track for install next month, assuming weather cooperates. Obviously it will be installed and winterized for use next year.

Here's the build sheet:
  • Complete Pool Installation with permit package, pool blueprints and layout
  • Fiberglass Pool: Island Beach in Midnight Blue
  • Excavate and Install Pool with 1 Skimmer, 2 Main Drains and 2 returns.
  • Upgrade to all rigid, SCH40 PVC pipe
  • Includes electric up to 50’ from existing panel
  • 4’ White Concrete W/Cantilever Coping Around Pool (can upgrade to stamped concrete for $2/sq. ft.)
  • Pentair:
    • Quad DE Filter 80
    • IntelliFlo VSF Pump
    • IntelliCenter i5P Load Center with Integrated IntelliChlor SCG (IC40)
    • (2) LED MicroBrite Lights Included - Upgraded to 4 LED kit
    • 300K Natural Gas MasterTemp Heater
  • GLI Solid Safety Cover
  • Saftron Ladder
  • Saftron Handrails (x 2)
  • Manual Vacuum Head, Hose, Pole Net & Test Kit
  • Start Up Chemistry & Orientation
I'll attach the pool layout/install specs and here are some gallery pictures of the same pool installed (we have selected the darker blue color).

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Just a few remaining questions (as ALL of my other ones have been addressed by TFP):

1. How many returns should I expect? I believe 2 are included and pool builder is doing 3 (1 for the sun ledge)
2. Should I request 2 skimmers in the deep end? One on each side?
3. Anything else I should be looking for due to the unique shape and layout of our pool?
4. Any concerns with sun ledge support? Sadly, no "backfill eliminator" a la Thursday pools. I was going to discuss if the PB uses flowable fill.

Thanks again TFP for all the support!!
 

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ajw22

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1. How many returns should I expect? I believe 2 are included and pool builder is doing 3 (1 for the sun ledge)
2 returns in the pool and 1 return int he sun ledge is fine.

2. Should I request 2 skimmers in the deep end? One on each side?
You should get 2 skimmers. That way if one skimmer gets blocked or clogged you still have a functioning skimmer.

Skimmers should be placed in the location of the prevailing winds. Winds affect the surface water flow direction more than the returns do. Place the skimmers in the two dominant wind directions. Deep end or shallow end doesn't matter.

" 2 Main Drains " - I expect is a single main drain with two inlets to meet VGBA requirements. See Safety Drains VGBA - Further Reading

How are you going to keep the bottom of the sun ledge clean? It is too small for a pool cleaner to run over it. I see dirt, leaves and other stuff blown into it being a constant PITA to clean.

What model number Intelliflo VSF pump?

Do you plan on a robot pool cleaner?

These articles will give you things to watch for in your install...


 
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Candurin

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Jun 30, 2017
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Southern NJ
Here's my response to your questions:

How are you going to keep the bottom of the sun ledge clean? It is too small for a pool cleaner to run over it. I see dirt, leaves and other stuff blown into it being a constant PITA to clean.
Fortunately, we have no trees within 200' of the pool. I suppose we would just manually vacuum the sun ledge area. Would the robot really not work? How do folks keep any sun ledge clean?

What model number Intelliflo VSF pump? 011056 (sku-page)

Do you plan on a robot pool cleaner? Yes, a warrior SE or SI.

Thanks for the links. I have checked these out amongst quite a few others.
 

Candurin

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Jun 30, 2017
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Southern NJ
Would love some additional feedback on our build, if possible.

I did think of another question. Our equipment pad is effectively two, 3 x 3 pre-fabbed slabs (3 x 6, effectively). Should we upgrade to a poured pad or is the pre-fabbed sufficient? I really want it done correctly, right out of the gate.
 

ajw22

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Get a poured concrete equipment pad. The prefab pads eventually deteriorate.

All pipes should come up the side of the concrete pad and not be under the concrete.
 

YippeeSkippy

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Have them pour an extra long pad and space the equipment out so everything is easy to work on. You might add features later that need space on the pad, y'know?

Maddie
 

Candurin

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Jun 30, 2017
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Southern NJ
Permits approved and pool is being manufactured. If weather holds out, we should be installing within next 2-3 weeks.

Just wanted to ping @jimmythegreek as you're only 1.5 hours away and may have some suggestions based on local climate and installs (our soil is significantly higher in sand composition than the clay you find up north).

Still open (and looking) to more suggestions. Hopefully the steps and sunledge in our pool won't be difficult to keep clean.
 

jimmythegreek

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Just make sure the guy knows what hes doing. Backfill with stone and make sure the base is laser graded amd pool sits level. If its squarish run string lines down long sides so you can see its straight amd keep them there as backfill progresses amd water goes in. Fiberglass is tricky the shell quality really plays into final outcomes. They can settle when being fillednif the base isnt up to snuff
 

Cphats

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Aug 20, 2020
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Hawthorne, NJ
@Candurin - thanks for posting your specs. I've been lurking for a while, but am discussing a fiberglass install up with a local PB here in Passaic County. I hadn't heard of Dolphin, since my guys deals in Leisure & Latham. Your setup is pretty close to what I'm hoping for. Do you mind me asking who you are working with and what the round price is? I've been having some difficulty communicating with my guy.
Thanks in advance!
Chris