Pool, Day Five

Wednesday morning was Gunite.  In fact, the Gunite people arrived at – I kid you not – 6:45am.2015-04-15 07.24.49  

It didn’t take much to get Samuel out of bed. 

First, they put up black plastic around the perimeter of the pool, and we quickly figure out why.  The Gunite – basically concrete that they shoot from a hose – kind of goes everywhere.  It would have made such a huge mess if it wasn’t for the plastic. Once the plastic was up, the Gunite was mixed and the guys took turns shooting it in between the steel rebar.




 The whole process took until around 1pm and then it was quiet again!  So exciting!!! 

Pool, Day 6 & 7

Day 6 was a pretty dull day, as far as pool building is concerned. The gas line was buried and laid from the alley, under the driveway, all the way to where the equipment will sit. Day 7 was another inspection day, followed by tile!!!  Here are some early pics of the tile being laid. 



Pool, Day Four

I’m writing these posts with a few days of hindsight, since I didn’t begin the day we started on the pool. However, today was pretty uneventful. We were waiting on the city inspector to check the “Belly Steel” and once we came and left a green tag, our builder set us up for Gunite the following day. But meanwhile, Samuel put on my boots and tried to walk through the mud. It made for some pretty cute pictures.

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This entry was posted on April 17, 2015, in Pool.

Pool, Day Three

Between the last post and this post, we had a weekend.  And on Sunday night, a really bad line of storms blew through the area.  The thunder was loud enough to wake Brad up, so he was watching the lightening through our bedroom windows that face the back yard when lightening struck the pool.

It was unbelievably loud, and scared us half to death.  In particular, the dog, who just happens to sleep in a chair right by the windows, was shaking so badly, it took half an hour for her to calm down and fall asleep on the floor by my side of the bed.  Brad and I were awake longer than that, until the thunder was far enough away and our hearts were finally beating in a normal rythm again.  The next morning, Peter asked me what the loud noise was in the night, and his room is in the exact opposite corner of the house from ours, and upstairs.  The other two boys didn’t remember hearing anything but both were groggy and sleepy and complained of not having a good night’s rest.  I think I know why!

I contacted the pool builder to let them know what had happened, and also because the pool was filled with water and the pump they left in it was not working.  Here’s the pool the next morning, after we received 2.5″ of rain:

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The builder came by and replaced the pump, looked the pool over and declared it okay.  We were scheduled for inspection but due to the storms, the city cancelled inspections for the day.  That gave the soil injection guy a chance to come but I didn’t get any pictures of him.  We are now just a green tag away from Gunite!!!

Pool, Day Two

Once the excavation was complete, the crew with all the steel re-bar showed up to create what’s called “belly steel”.  It was fascinating to see them bend the steel by hand.

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While the steel guys were still working, the plumbers showed us and started adding PVC pipe to the frame.

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The pipes in the spa started out straight, but the guys heated them, then hand shaped them to fit the shape of the spa!  It was really impressive to watch!

Finally, Day Two was done, and our pool (aka, mud pit) would be left to wait until Monday, when the city would send an inspector by to green or red tag it.

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