Update - 18’x 40’ gunite salt pool in New Jersey

bmoreswim

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On ladders, I often hear people wish they had. I’ve had a few occasions where relatives could have used one. And we’re all only one injury away from needing one to get in and out.
 

sydner23

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A large adult will bottom out doing a cannon ball in 6'. Deeper is always safer.
I was thinking about...if going 6 ft why not go 8’ since most aren’t standing in 6’ anyways. Plus if we have a decent size shallow end then should have plenty of room to hang out. I guess it depends on the size of the pool, 36’ should be long enough to have best of both?

Thanks,
Jim
 
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sydner23

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Scheduling a follow up meeting with PB to go over equipment updates and design...like going with VS pump, gas heater...if we added a water feature like a waterfall would that run off a separate pump or not? We will not have a built-in spa, plan to add a stand alone at some point.

I need to get the specific equipment numbers from him as well.
 

sydner23

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Met with PB today, discussed going to 40’ long x 18’ wide rectanwith 8’ deep end and removing the spa. This would now make the tanning ledge run the width of the pool and be 18’ x 6’.
Need to get an updated rendering.
Can switch to gas heater which is my preference.
No additional cost for these updates!

Discussed VS pump, he thought the 2 hp pump would be fine but will do VS if I want. I think his thought was that some people run their VS pump at higher levels all the time, but not sure about.

Will do robot in place of Polaris TR35.

Need to decide if we are going to do water feature, there is a separate company in NJ that partners with PBs that I will be following up with, or if that will totally blow the budget.

Any feedback or changes to consider is always welcomed!

Thanks,
Jim
 

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My view is that water features are overrated. They raise pH, can get salt or calcium deposits/scaling, need to be blown out, are subject to mortar getting broken in the winter, are loud, need to be run regularly, cost more money, take up deck space, look unnatural, get outdated, don’t flow as expected, etc. Mind you, I don’t have one to get the benefits, but I hear about the above from folks. Just a few things to consider. All added features have “costs”. Ok, so I listed everything I could possibly think of, but a few of them may hit home with you. Some plusses are they can look cool if done right and can drown out noisy neighbors/spouses/kids.
 

sydner23

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My view is that water features are overrated. They raise pH, can get salt or calcium deposits/scaling, need to be blown out, are subject to mortar getting broken in the winter, are loud, need to be run regularly, cost more money, take up deck space, look unnatural, get outdated, don’t flow as expected, etc. Mind you, I don’t have one to get the benefits, but I hear about the above from folks. Just a few things to consider. All added features have “costs”. Ok, so I listed everything I could possibly think of, but a few of them may hit home with you. Some plusses are they can look cool if done right and can drown out noisy neighbors/spouses/kids.
My wife’s brother just bought a house that had an existing pool and a fairly simple rock waterfall which she liked...more for just the relaxing sound that it brought to the while backyard...so we will see, really need to get a better idea of the water feature design and cost to see if is something we will add or not.
Thank you for the feedback, helps us to consider both the positives and negatives for what wouldn’t be an inexpensive add on.
 

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As per the choice between a 2 hp or a VS....Get the VS!! Come 2021 that will be a federal law that all pool pumps over .7 hp *must* be VS. Don't fall for his push, you'll be glad to have the VS, and many power companies offer rebates on them.

Maddie
 

sydner23

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As per the choice between a 2 hp or a VS....Get the VS!! Come 2021 that will be a federal law that all pool pumps over .7 hp *must* be VS. Don't fall for his push, you'll be glad to have the VS, and many power companies offer rebates on them.

Maddie
For shallow end water depth...do you have a recommendation? Do people do 4’ water depth or is the wall height 4’ typically?