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Member Since 05 Feb 2008
Offline Last Active Sep 03 2012 05:35 AM

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In Topic: Chlorine Levels

30 August 2012 - 05:56 AM

We need a lot more info about the pool.

A 1.5 ppm of combined chlorine (2 TC - .5 FC) is way too much CC.

100 ppm of CYA is too much, especially in the NE. A 0 ppm TC value means you aren't adding enough frequently enough or you're not using a chlorine elevator.


In Topic: Is It Cheaper To Get A New Inground Pool In One State Or Another?

29 August 2012 - 04:08 AM

There are no fiberglass pools 10' deep. That would make them too long and too wide to travel on a truck. The main reason they have a lower chemical usage is they are smaller. It's that simple. The gel coat on them does wear out. Nothing will make it look new again though some paints will make a markedly improved appearance over a work shell's existing. It's a lot of work though.

Liner and plaster pools can go to 10' deep. Remember though, with the added depth, the width and length of the bottom and slope increase.

You'll get just as wet regardless of the pool, even a kiddy pool. Wet is wet.

A plaster pool has a little more care needed than a liner pool in most cases due to the need to watch the calcium level. With liner pools, this is usually only needed in areas of hard water but for all plastered pools, the calcium is the main ingredient in the cement used and, with plain plasters and products like Diamond Brite, the marble dust in them is also largely calcium. Water, being the "Universal Solvent", when a pool is incorrectly balanced, can either etch or form scale if the pH balance is off. Not a big deal as testing and corrective action are pretty simple.

Different plasters have different life spans. Plain plaster lasts about 10 years and is then redone. High aggregate finishes, such as Pebble Tech or Wet Edge Pearl Matrix have live spans over 25 years. I have never heard of either being replaced due to wear. They cost more but when amortized over the same life span, they come out less costly.

Liners by me typically last about 10 to 12 years and are then replaced.

Costs will vary for each by location. An apples to apples comparison doesn't exist as every build or install is different. As I have said before, beware of low bids. That usually winds up costing you more somewhere.



In Topic: Jandy Filter Tank Leak

29 August 2012 - 03:36 AM

Likely to be the filter's belly ring, the o-ring between the halves.


In Topic: New Member Looking To Get A Ig Liner Pool

28 August 2012 - 03:56 AM

I would think a 1 HP would be fine. No real need that I see going to a 1.5 HP pump.

I don't build pools,. I just fix them. As such, I have no preference for the wall brand.

Ask the local township engineer what the local soil conditions are. It sounds like clay by your post hole digging experiences and precautions may need to be taken, especially if there are drainage issues in addition to or as a result of the build. The existing soil may not be a suitable bed and would need additional measures such as gravel added, the use of other than dig spoils for back fill and french drains. You might need a soils engineer's report. They cost but can save you worse expenses later if precautions weren't in place and were needed.

A pool this sized will need 3 Color Logic fixtures. I can't comment on the other fixtures without knowing what they are.

Remember, if it isn't in writing, it wasn't said.


In Topic: New Member Looking To Get A Ig Liner Pool

27 August 2012 - 03:58 PM

All three liner manufacturers have 20 and 28 mil liners. Walls and floors are typically 15% more for each. FYI, thicker doesn't last longer but rather is used with concrete or rusted walls.

I agree with LegsOnEarth that PB#2 shows more promise.

An S310 is a better sized filter. The 3/4 and 244T from PB#1 is too small, as is the 1.5 pipe.

You need more than 1 skimmer. if the surface area is 1400 sq feet. .