What I've learned from TFP... So far...


Silver Supporter
Jan 16, 2017
Outside Philadelphia
Amazing list! Thank you. There are a few things here I am interested in above, but don't see or read contradicting info on. Anyone agree, disagree or have thoughts on the below?

  1. Flex vs Rigid PVC - It seems that in the Northern part of the US (or places with colder climates) flex is preferred for certain runs. I am not sure this is true or not.
  2. Equipment Pads - Some PBs use condenser-like prefabricated pads. These I believe are made of fiberglass, not concrete. Some posts in the forums suggest this is acceptable and makes it easier in case of leaks with plumbing running under the pad. I am not fond of the idea, but haven't seen it in practice. I am partial as I grew up with a concrete equipment pad with no issues that I recall. Again, I am not sure what is best, but worth noting to add to the above list.
  3. Equipment Pads - Some here have suggested putting a roof or some sort of UV protecting cover over the equipment pad to protect equipment and pipes. I am not sure if this is overkill.
  4. Gunite - The truck used for gunite and even other items (think skid loader) can damage the driveway. Ask if they will use a pumper truck to allow truck to be parked in the street and run the gunite gun to the work site without having to put the truck on your property.


In The Industry
Mar 24, 2011
Scottsdale, AZ
As I read your list, I think, what are the right answers to many of these questions. If I answered them all truthfully would I sound like a terrible builder.
Honestly If someone approached me with a list like that, I would never look back. Would think HUGE PIA, life is not worth it.:gone: (many of you are saying good riddance:rant:)

But.......Those that do good work and have a great rep don't have to do your pool.
You will have to figure out a way to be very tactful with this line of questions, or you very well may turn off the best person for the job.

We are in a tight niche. Over 90% of my customers come from referrals. I don't advertise. I rarely bid against anyone.
I must be doing something right.:-D
I'm not sure I would pass your test.

Nothing speaks volumes like past recent customers. Ask for contact info on the last 5 pools they have built. That will give you a true picture.


Well-known member
Jan 20, 2017
St Augustine, FL
What exactly does the $500 extra for glass tile mean? Like $500 extra in labor? We are still waiting for the linear footage for waterline tile and also accent areas for glass tile and also considering a raised wall faced in glass tile so trying to figure out where their cost is going to be. I certainly figured more than $500 extra though...
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