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School Me On Fiberglass Pools


By YZRider926

7 months ago



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    #51 7 months ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    Not sure with kids as young as yours that this makes sense for you but my wife and I just ordered a 19' swim spa from PDC
    We priced out a pool first and finally settled on the swim spa. Price was < half what a fiberglass pool would have been. Granted it's a ton smaller but our kids are all grown.
    The swimming area is still big enough for 5 or 6 people to get in and cool down in the summer. It has a hot tub on the other end.
    You can swim in place in the swimming section as that end produces a steady flow of water from 3 powerful jets
    Each section can be heated independently as well
    I've got the excavation completed (contactor) and just finished the framing (yours truly) so it can be placed below grade allowing the top to be at deck level
    Just waiting for delivery here in the next month or so[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    if that works for you it's cool. If I had to do it again, I would build a larger and deeper pool every time. Size does matter.

    #52 7 months ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    Not sure with kids as young as yours that this makes sense for you but my wife and I just ordered a 19' swim spa from PDC
    We priced out a pool first and finally settled on the swim spa. Price was < half what a fiberglass pool would have been. Granted it's a ton smaller but our kids are all grown.
    The swimming area is still big enough for 5 or 6 people to get in and cool down in the summer. It has a hot tub on the other end.
    You can swim in place in the swimming section as that end produces a steady flow of water from 3 powerful jets
    Each section can be heated independently as well
    I've got the excavation completed (contactor) and just finished the framing (yours truly) so it can be placed below grade allowing the top to be at deck level
    Just waiting for delivery here in the next month or so[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    This is cool man. If I did not have a 6 year old I would be all over something like this.

    #53 7 months ago
    Quoted from Methos:

    I have to heat with propane, so it's expensive as hell. Once it hits 79, it usually will stay there if we use the solar cover overnight. With the cost of one of those that you have, the ROI would probably be like 25 years or something since my pool is larger.
    Looks cool as hell though.

    We will have propane as well so heater is a no go. How well does the solar cover work once you get into the colder months?

    #54 7 months ago
    Quoted from woody76:

    We will have propane as well so heater is a no go. How well does the solar cover work once you get into the colder months?

    It works pretty well, but it depends on direct sun. Once the temp drops lower overnight, it isn't much good. We had to replace our heater a few years ago, and I was looking into solar options, but they were not practical for us. I was going to go with a smaller heater, but someone told me to get the largest I could. Glad I did as when it's needed, it can raise the temp in a very short time, so we don't use it very often at all.

    #55 7 months ago

    Well we finally talked to a few companies. Things are moving forward slowly. Have at least one company coming out in late July to take a look at our backyard and gives us a quote. Supposed to have a meeting with the other company’s designer at the end of this month.

    #56 7 months ago

    My wife created this sign for our gate.

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    #57 7 months ago

    I just uploaded video of the crane lifting my pool in.

    #58 7 months ago
    Quoted from frolic:

    My wife created this sign for our gate.
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    Great sign but she missed a great opportunity there. It needs one more attachment under the "members only" portion that says "frolicking around encouraged".

    My last name is Holliday so I get the Holliday Inn jokes all the time (which get's old some) so hopefully the above isn't offensive to you, but I just couldn't resist as it's just to perfect for that instance.

    #59 7 months ago

    found another pic. Also had the pergola installed, outdoor kitchen and cabana shower and toilet. I actually had a sewage line excavated and attached to my house. This means when we have visitors for the pool, no one needs to come inside the house for any reason.

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    #60 7 months ago

    All of these pool choices, yet none of you have the ability to travel with them.... You are all fools....

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    #61 7 months ago
    Quoted from JRBBRJ:

    I fix swimming pools...fiberglass pools are the worst to redo because they are itchy as can be when needing to grind for a resurface. That being said they are great for the consumer. Smoother surface over time as long as water balance is maintained. This is where a salt system helps.

    The best advice I can give is keep your water right and your pool will last for a very long time. Neglect a pool for a year or five and that’s when someone like me is called.

    I'm actually curious what kind of neglect leads to the problems you are talking about?

    #62 7 months ago

    All depends on the surface. Water neglect is worse in areas of freeze thaw (like here in Denver) Have you ever tried to water vacuum a pool and have the vacuum on the surface create a cloud even though it has suction. That cloud is the surface starting to disintegrate.

    Plaster pools will get rough to the foot, and material will start leaching off pool surface. If you ever clean out the pool filter and water runoff looks more thick in color like skim milk than water. That means you paint and plaster are slowly disintegrating. Or cracks after a freeze thaw where proper winterizing hasn’t occurred.

    Vinyl liners get sun spots over time which causes a slow stretch thus thinning the vinyl eventually causing it to leak. This is accelerated with bad water chemistry.

    Fiberglass here tends to be covered with epoxy paint. if water gets between paint and fiberglass it will pop and make a bubble. It if chemistry is bad it will cause a fissure that will turn into a bubble. Once epoxy is thin it also leaches into the water. Creating a cloudy pool. Eventually when they are bad enough even the fiberglass gets leaks.

    That’s when I come in and prep for new epoxy and grind out, seal cracks, etc. plaster is dustier. Fiberglass when grinding it you get these little slivers of it in your forearms and any exposed skin. Takes about three days to stop itching.

    #63 7 months ago

    This is where I am this week. 40 year old fiberglass pool on top of a apartment building. Metal, then fiberglass, then white epoxy paint then two different colors of blue. Which tells me this isn’t first time this ones been redone. Darkest blue is what I took off entire pool. Entire surface needs to be scratched for new epoxy primer to adhere to it. Tile first though.

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    #64 7 months ago

    I have had two pools over the last 15 years. I installed a salt cell in the 1st and the one I have now has one installed now that I don't use. no salt in the pool and turned off. A salt cell breaks the salt down into chlorine it turn back into salt and the process starts over sounds great. Here is the bad, The salt cell is quite expensive, It only works above about 70 degree, It still is just chlorine, If you run it year around it won't last very long, Mine lasted 1.5 years. The salt will get on your out door furniture and is very corrosive. Number one reason I use chlorine is hundred dollars a year in chlorine done. bottom line is it is still just chlorine.

    #65 7 months ago

    I agree. On a year round pool with proper chlorine chemistry is the best solution and bang for your buck. However a salt system done right on a seasonal pool with an automatic cover tends to macro out to similar cost over life of pool and it is more set it and forget it than chlorine. (Also depends on size of pool and other factors of course) At least in Denver with it’s shorter season. That is my only market experience.

    #66 7 months ago
    Quoted from JRBBRJ:

    when someone like me is called.

    May need to get your number man! Every once in awhile the old girl throws me a curve ball. Like last year when the wife accidentally dropped a large handful of weeds she pulled into the skimmer when the basket was out! Holy Crap! My suction line stopped up and I had to call a guy over that had some kind of Leaf Blower looking contraption. It gave the pool the Hiemlik Maneuver and it came right out. It seems like every few years I get some kind of weird instance that leaves me scratching my head.

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    #67 4 months ago
    Quoted from MT45:

    Not sure with kids as young as yours that this makes sense for you but my wife and I just ordered a 19' swim spa from PDC
    We priced out a pool first and finally settled on the swim spa. Price was < half what a fiberglass pool would have been. Granted it's a ton smaller but our kids are all grown.
    The swimming area is still big enough for 5 or 6 people to get in and cool down in the summer. It has a hot tub on the other end.
    You can swim in place in the swimming section as that end produces a steady flow of water from 3 powerful jets
    Each section can be heated independently as well
    I've got the excavation completed (contactor) and just finished the framing (yours truly) so it can be placed below grade allowing the top to be at deck level
    Just waiting for delivery here in the next month or so[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

    Any updates on your swim spa? How are you enjoying it? We just ordered a 17' Hydropool swim spa as well. Both my kids are older and we wanted something that we could use all year up here in Canada. This is the before and the planned after. Because of COVID, the demand is really high right now so we have to wait until March 2021 for delivery.

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    #68 3 months ago

    Still in my pool oct 5. Opened in April.

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