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mknauss

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PB uses the Orenda start up method, anyone have any experience with this?
 
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GoDawgs813

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Thanks for sharing, I've read that thread and familiarized myself with the process. It makes sense to me but I am far from an expert on pool start up. I was wondering if anyone has any experience or thoughts on the process?
 

kevin76

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May 25, 2013
29
Tampa, FL
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Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
If permit is showing issued, then you should be good to go!
Nice! It was alot quicker than expected so I was a little apprehensive. Maybe they're finally catching up with the backlog in hillsborough...
 

bmoreswim

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Thanks for sharing, I've read that thread and familiarized myself with the process. It makes sense to me but I am far from an expert on pool start up. I was wondering if anyone has any experience or thoughts on the process?
onBalance is our and the plaster expert. So his view that it's equivalent to the bi-carb startup method is a good thing, when used in areas where the local water is not already high in calcium. Some folks may have used the method and may reply, but I'd be pretty happy the PB is following this method. Many follow no method, much less a good science based one like this.
 
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GoDawgs813

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Its full! The barrel shut off around 10 pm last night, and the water is surprisingly more clear than I was anticipating it to be.
PB is coming by this morning to get the equipment running and make sure everything is in operational.
Hopefully I can update with some finished pics early next week!
 

Callalilly41

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Dec 22, 2020
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Your pool is looking amazing! That’s the same color shellock we will be using! Our neighbors have the grey shellock for his driveway that’s how we found out about it! Good to know it’s cooler especially here in south FL! Can’t wait for the finished pics!
 
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RDFBocephus

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56
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Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Your pool is looking amazing! That’s the same color shellock we will be using! Our neighbors have the grey shellock for his driveway that’s how we found out about it! Good to know it’s cooler especially here in south FL! Can’t wait for the finished pics!
Definitely much cooler. We have the 24X24 tan shellock and like the look of it.
 
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GoDawgs813

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We've reached the finish line! One last cable needed from Pentair to tie our second pump into the easy touch system but other than that we are swimming!
Overall it was absolutely worth the wait and aggravation and the the best part of it all is the kids love it! A couple more pallets of sod in a few weeks and we'll be back to a dirt-free life! LOL
Our chemicals have been near perfect even with a kids birthday party and heavy rains thanks to the IPS chemical controller. Chlorine and acid use has been much less than we anticipated and the water feels nice and no chlorine side effects. Verdict is still out on the effectiveness of the Ozone generator, but I will update as necessary.
I am also glad we went with a second pump to control the water features while the pool is in spa mode. It's nice to be in the spa and still have the noise of the shear descents and bubblers but be able to turn the deck jets off.
Gas heater will get the spa to 95 degrees in no time, seems to heat about a degree per minute which is awesome!
Also, really glad we went with Shellock, even with the wait it presented. The deck is feels really slip resistant and is the least bit warm even in full Florida sun.
The only thing that is bothersome is the safety fence and how it is installed. There just has to be better way? The post holes and the inserts just seem cheap and flimsy, but the purpose is still the same which matters most.
Lastly, the brushing is almost over as fill day was April 1! I would definitely recommend the Wall Whale brush for anyone nearing completion, it makes brushing so much easier. fpp4.jpgfpp5.jpgfpp6.jpgfpp2.jpgfpp1.jpgfppp.jpgfpppp.jpgFP.jpg
 

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poolnoobgrandma

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We've reached the finish line! One last cable needed from Pentair to tie our second pump into the easy touch system but other than that we are swimming!
Overall it was absolutely worth the wait and aggravation and the the best part of it all is the kids love it! A couple more pallets of sod in a few weeks and we'll be back to a dirt-free life! LOL
Our chemicals have been near perfect even with a kids birthday party and heavy rains thanks to the IPS chemical controller. Chlorine and acid use has been much less than we anticipated and the water feels nice and no chlorine side effects. Verdict is still out on the effectiveness of the Ozone generator, but I will update as necessary.
I am also glad we went with a second pump to control the water features while the pool is in spa mode. It's nice to be in the spa and still have the noise of the shear descents and bubblers but be able to turn the deck jets off.
Gas heater will get the spa to 95 degrees in no time, seems to heat about a degree per minute which is awesome!
Also, really glad we went with Shellock, even with the wait it presented. The deck is feels really slip resistant and is the least bit warm even in full Florida sun.
The only thing that is bothersome is the safety fence and how it is installed. There just has to be better way? The post holes and the inserts just seem cheap and flimsy, but the purpose is still the same which matters most.
Lastly, the brushing is almost over as fill day was April 1! I would definitely recommend the Wall Whale brush for anyone nearing completion, it makes brushing so much easier. View attachment 324974View attachment 324975View attachment 324976View attachment 324977View attachment 324979View attachment 324980View attachment 324981View attachment 324982
Beautiful!!!
 
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wireform

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Nice but I'd rather have the complete pool area gated so when you're in the pool you're not fenced into the pool itself. I know it's removable but it also creates another pool chore.
 

GoDawgs813

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Brandon, FL
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Nice but I'd rather have the complete pool area gated so when you're in the pool you're not fenced into the pool itself. I know it's removable but it also creates another pool chore.
We thought about that but we would still need the safety fence for the kids to block off the pool. With two under 4 yrs old and another due in October( 3rd girl!), we much preferred the safety over the aesthetics and the entire space is still useable by the kids without fear of them getting into the pool. They can still access the entire yard which we did not want to block off.
The fence also has a gate by the spa and swim shelf for easy access and the entire thing can be removed under 10 minutes. Once they're older, the whole thing will most likely come down for good.
 
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kevin76

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May 25, 2013
29
Tampa, FL
Pool Size
11000
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Plaster
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
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Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Looks really good! I'd like to incorporate some turf in my yard.