New pool build in Spring, TX - Equipment in, waiting on decking

kimkats

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SWEET!!! That looks great! Glad you have started bonding with it!!!

It is time for your set of links! The first set is all about what to do and ask about to get a great plaster job. The second set is all about how to care for your pool after you get the plaster.

Plaster links:
Ten Guidelines for Quality Pool Plaster Best one of all
All Plaster Finishes Should Last 20 Years
Not All Color Pigments are Good for Pools How to pick a good color for plaster.
A Plastering 'Watch List' | Professional Watershaping | Watershapes
Trouble Free Pool
Trouble Free Pool

Pool care links:
Print these out:
Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule
Pool School - Recommended Levels

Bookmark these:
Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals
Trouble Free Pool
Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

Now is also a good time to ask what test kit your PB will be providing so we can fill in any holes.

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Wildkarrde21

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I guess I was just curious if this was a typical way to connect the autofill line. It just looks kind of janky and I’m concerned about it freezing (vs connecting to the main water line coming from the street which I guess would cost more).

Not sure about the backflow valve requirement. I’ll ask about that.
 

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I guess I was just curious if this was a typical way to connect the autofill line. It just looks kind of janky and I’m concerned about it freezing (vs connecting to the main water line coming from the street which I guess would cost more).

Do you have an inside water shutoff valve to that hose bib?

Draining that like before freezing conditions probably was not considered by the plumber doing the line. If ice cracks the PVC pipe it is not that difficult to repair.

I don't think folks in your area have given much thought to how pools are winterized in freezing conditions.
 
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I guess I was just curious if this was a typical way to connect the autofill line. It just looks kind of janky and I’m concerned about it freezing (vs connecting to the main water line coming from the street which I guess would cost more).

Not sure about the backflow valve requirement. I’ll ask about that.
Mine is set up just like yours. Although I do have a backflow valve.
I wrapped foam pipe insulation (all hardware stores carry them) around the pipe & backflow valve, then wrapped it all in Christy's 10mil tape (Home Depot) to make it nice and tight around the whole pipe and that Tee connection (they now sell dedicated foam wraps for Tees).
This past Feb. for the big freeze, I took some more foam and wrapped on top where the bib is because you cannot put one of those insulation covers on it because of how it is configured and then wrapped a big towel around the top as well. I had no issues due to freezing.

Also, that blue handle valve is non-repairable if it ever leaks. You would have to cut it out. Obviously, most of the time it will be open but I would put a note to turn it close and back open again every so often so it does not get stuck in the open position.
 
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Wildkarrde21

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Had a long pause while we put in change orders (didn't like the look of stamped concrete so we changed it to travertine instead, expanded the decking area and removed the step pads = $$$), the holidays, etc. This also resulted in a delay on the decking since the travertine we want needed to be ordered and wasn't coming for a few weeks. We've also had rain and other weather issues, so they haven't been able to come out and at least pour the concrete base for the decking.

They did come out to put in most(?) of the equipment on the pad and it looks pretty accessible. The missing back flow valve is also there (inside the fence line).

 

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