New Pool Build - Cypress, TX

/Ejm25

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Cypress, TX
The plumbing and electrical were completed yesterday. Tile and coping begin today! If we continue with dry weather, we should be wrapped up in the next 2-3 weeks.
 

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JHouhou

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Jun 12, 2022
49
Houston
Pool Size
24500
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Turbo Cell (T-CELL-5)
The plumbing and electrical were completed yesterday. Tile and coping begin today! If we continue with dry weather, we should be wrapped up in the next 2-3 weeks.
That’s awesome. Sounds like your build is moving along fairly quickly and going smoothly. Hopefully you lucked up and were able to minimize the manual watering with the constant days of rain showers.
 

/Ejm25

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Jul 26, 2022
27
Cypress, TX
Tile and coping complete! Decking should be completed by the end of this week and possibly next week we have the Pebblesheen sprayed.
 

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HermanTX

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Katy TX
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Chlorine
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SWG Type
Jandy Aquapure 1400
Decking should be completed by the end of this week and possibly next week we have the Pebblesheen sprayed.
Day of Plaster
  • Clean up around the pool area the day before - brush any dirt/mud or debris that could be tracked into the pool during or after plaster
  • Verify that the bags of plaster are the proper type and color you selected on morning of plaster.
  • Take a sample of the mixture when they are applying it to the pool by pouring some in a small clear plastic cup (good for reference later)
  • Do they have all the proper return nozzles and drain covers (type and color) to place after plaster installed
  • Have you tested your fill water? Are you filling with softened water or regular tap water or well water?
  • Have your hose ready (and clean) as it will be laying in the pool.
  • Tie a sock or cloth around the nozzle so it does not sit on the plaster.
  • Put the end of the hose at the lowest part of the pool to avoid channeling in the new plaster. Also, consider tying a plastic jug to the nozzle such that it will float up as the water rises.
  • Ensure you take note (or a picture) of your water meter reading before you start to fill
  • Be prepared to take note of your water meter as the pool reaches certain levels, i.e bottom of bottom step, top of bottom step, etc. (it helps in the future to know volume of your pool at certain levels - should you ever have to drain portion of it)
  • Plan to set an alarm every 4 hours (or so) to ensure hose is still in pool, no debris blew into pool, etc.
  • Do NOT stop the flow of water once the pool starts filling as doing so could cause a ring on the new plaster.
  • Take a picture of any chemicals they bring on site that they plan to dump in when they start to add water to pool
  • Continue to fill pool to center of water tile or center of skimmer. Take picture of water meter at end of fill
  • Get clear instructions from PB as what to do the day the pool is full - how often to brush, will the pump be turned on, etc.
  • Define with PB when he will be back out to set up water chemistry.
 
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/Ejm25

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Cypress, TX
Day of Plaster
  • Clean up around the pool area the day before - brush any dirt/mud or debris that could be tracked into the pool during or after plaster
  • Verify that the bags of plaster are the proper type and color you selected on morning of plaster.
  • Take a sample of the mixture when they are applying it to the pool by pouring some in a small clear plastic cup (good for reference later)
  • Do they have all the proper return nozzles and drain covers (type and color) to place after plaster installed
  • Have you tested your fill water? Are you filling with softened water or regular tap water or well water?
  • Have your hose ready (and clean) as it will be laying in the pool.
  • Tie a sock or cloth around the nozzle so it does not sit on the plaster.
  • Put the end of the hose at the lowest part of the pool to avoid channeling in the new plaster. Also, consider tying a plastic jug to the nozzle such that it will float up as the water rises.
  • Ensure you take note (or a picture) of your water meter reading before you start to fill
  • Be prepared to take note of your water meter as the pool reaches certain levels, i.e bottom of bottom step, top of bottom step, etc. (it helps in the future to know volume of your pool at certain levels - should you ever have to drain portion of it)
  • Plan to set an alarm every 4 hours (or so) to ensure hose is still in pool, no debris blew into pool, etc.
  • Do NOT stop the flow of water once the pool starts filling as doing so could cause a ring on the new plaster.
  • Take a picture of any chemicals they bring on site that they plan to dump in when they start to add water to pool
  • Continue to fill pool to center of water tile or center of skimmer. Take picture of water meter at end of fill
  • Get clear instructions from PB as what to do the day the pool is full - how often to brush, will the pump be turned on, etc.
  • Define with PB when he will be back out to set up water chemistry.
Thank you for sharing this. First time building a pool and this will be helpful.
 

.ben

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Jul 28, 2020
107
Katy, TX
Pool Size
17000
Surface
Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Hayward Aqua Rite Pro (T-15)
If you have a water softener, you will want to bypass it during the initial fill.

Also a good time to order a test kit, if you have not already. I’m partial to the TF Pro Salt.
 
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/Ejm25

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Jul 26, 2022
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Cypress, TX
If you have a water softener, you will want to bypass it during the initial fill.

Also a good time to order a test kit, if you have not already. I’m partial to the TF Pro Salt.
I have a whole house water filtration and softener system, but I'm not 100% sure if my outdoor hose connections are connected to the system. I'll bypass them when fill day is here. Thanks for the heads up.

I had a few Amazon gift cards I needed to use and ordered the Taylor K2006 Salt Kit, a digital salt reader, and the Taylor SpeedStir.
 
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Hello all! This is the first pool we'll be building and I need some advice on the quotes I'm receiving. What should I change, is there something missing, and is this a reasonable price for the Houston, Texas area? This will be a pool build only with decking around it.

Appreciate any help I can get to make sure I get this right :)

- Pool Size: 34x16
- Pool Shape: Geometric
- Pool Depth: 3'6" - 6'
- Plaster Finish: Pebble Sheen Level 1
- Filtering System: Hayward 525 Cartridge Filter
- Filter Pump: Hayward Tristar VS 950 Omni
- Cleaning System: Hayward Aquanaut 450 Suction Cleaner
- Heater: Hayward H-Series Low NOX 500k BTU Induced Draft Heater
- Coping: Cross Cut Travertine 3cm Paver (haven't selected color)
- Waterline Facing: Glass/Mosaic Tile ($12 Allowance) - I haven't picked out the tile
- Skimmers: 2 Hayward automatic skimmers
- Pool Returns: 6 directional (included eyeball fittings)
- Sanitation: Hayward Salt Cell T-15
- Controls: Hayward Omni Logic
- Equipment foundation: Steel reinforcement 4 -1/2” bar bond beam. Floor and walls 8" o.c. with 3/8" rebar
- Drain System: Deck drainpipe (4” PVC) to the front curb with a pop-up. 8 Area Drain Grates (4" SDR). Gutters tied into drains.
- Maintenance equipment: 8'- 16' telescoping pole, 35' vacuum, net, brush, etc.…
- Visual Feature 1: 36' of 12" Raised Beam Finished in Spilt Face Travertine; Backside of Beam Wall finished in Sun Decking
- Visual Feature 2: Two (2) 18" Sheer Descents
- Visual Feature 3: One (1) Bubble Jet on Sun Shelf
- Decking: 511 sq. ft. finished in Sun Decking
- Lighting: Two (2) Hayward LED ColorLogic Pool Low Voltage Lights in Pool. One (1) Hayward LED ColorLogic 320 Low Voltage Lights in Sun Shelf.
- Sod: Replace damaged Sod due to excavation. Includes replanting of an existing tree in the backyard.
- Sprinklers: Repair damaged sprinkler due to excavation
- Fence: Reinstall fence for excavation
- Sleeves: 6 umbrella sleeves (One on sun shelf and 5 around the pool and decking)
- Cleaning Equipment: 8’-16’ telescoping pole, vacuum head, 35’ hose, plastic wall brush, leaf net, 2-in-1 test kit.
- Plumbing and Electrical: All pressurized pool plumbing around the pool and equipment run with Sch. 40 PVC pipe. Gas supply to pool equipment performed by Contractor. Where a backwash line is required, it will be run to a sanitary sewer with a p-trap. Electrical to equipment and Lighting performed by Contractor.

Total Price: $80,500

Does not include the landscape work around the pool other than sod replacement. New decking will be inline with existing patio cover.
How many gallons?
 

HermanTX

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Katy TX
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Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Jandy Aquapure 1400
I have a whole house water filtration and softener system, but I'm not 100% sure if my outdoor hose connections are connected to the system. I'll bypass them when fill day is here. Thanks for the heads up.

I had a few Amazon gift cards I needed to use and ordered the Taylor K2006 Salt Kit, a digital salt reader, and the Taylor SpeedStir.
When you get your Taylor kit, test your tap water inside the house, the outside faucet that is linked to your fill line and any other outside faucet. Mainly test for CH and TA. On my whole house water softener, it is linked to every external faucet except that I have a tap on the pipe that leads to the water softener - so I can fill (with a hose) direct city tap water which is somewhat hard water.
It is good to know all of these values so you can make the best decision on where to fill from.
 

/Ejm25

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Jul 26, 2022
27
Cypress, TX
When you get your Taylor kit, test your tap water inside the house, the outside faucet that is linked to your fill line and any other outside faucet. Mainly test for CH and TA. On my whole house water softener, it is linked to every external faucet except that I have a tap on the pipe that leads to the water softener - so I can fill (with a hose) direct city tap water which is somewhat hard water.
It is good to know all of these values so you can make the best decision on where to fill from.
Thank! I'll test both of my water hose connections when I receive the kit this week. The fill line connection has not been completed at this time. They are supposed to have that done with the new drainage system they are installing. The PB mentioned they would tap the mainline for the sprinkler system or the water hose connection to get it done.
 

HermanTX

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SWG Type
Jandy Aquapure 1400
PB said it would be about 19.3k gallons. They will provide me with the exact number once it's complete.
When you fill your pool after plaster, you can record (via picture) your water meter and then also do same after pool is full. The difference will be the pool volume and you can adjust by subtracting 80 gal/day per person for personal use while pool was filling.
 

HermanTX

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Jandy Aquapure 1400
If all goes as planned, we might have pebble sprayed in one week 🤞.
This is a more detailed response for things to do or watch on:
Day of Plaster
  • Clean up around the pool area the day before - brush any dirt/mud or debris that could be tracked into the pool during or after plaster
  • Verify that the bags of plaster are the proper type and color you selected on morning of plaster.
  • Take a sample of the mixture when they are applying it to the pool by pouring some in a small clear plastic cup (good for reference later)
  • Do they have all the proper return nozzles and drain covers (type and color) to place after plaster installed
  • Have you tested your fill water? Are you filling with softened water or regular tap water or well water?
  • Have your hose ready (and clean) as it will be laying in the pool.
  • Tie a sock or cloth around the nozzle so it does not sit on the plaster.
  • Put the end of the hose at the lowest part of the pool to avoid channeling in the new plaster. Also, consider tying a plastic jug to the nozzle such that it will float up as the water rises.
  • Ensure you take note (or a picture) of your water meter reading before you start to fill
  • Be prepared to take note of your water meter as the pool reaches certain levels, i.e bottom of bottom step, top of bottom step, etc. (it helps in the future to know volume of your pool at certain levels - should you ever have to drain portion of it)
  • Plan to set an alarm every 4 hours (or so) to ensure hose is still in pool, no debris blew into pool, etc.
  • Do NOT stop the flow of water once the pool starts filling as doing so could cause a ring on the new plaster.
  • Take a picture of any chemicals they bring on site that they plan to dump in when they start to add water to pool
  • Continue to fill pool to center of water tile or center of skimmer. Take picture of water meter at end of fill
  • Get clear instructions from PB as what to do the day the pool is full - how often to brush, will the pump be turned on, etc.
  • Define with PB when he will be back out to set up water chemistry.
 
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