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RE: What color shutters & front door for a BEIGE house (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: mimi_2006 on 04.21.2008 at 06:41 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Essex Green is a nice green/black too. I believe it's a Benjamin Moore color.


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RE: What color shutters & front door for a BEIGE house (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: decorpas on 04.21.2008 at 06:37 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Around here (Savannah) that dark green/black color is called Charleston green (long story) and everyone uses it on their shutters and front doors. We have it and I do love it:-)


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Cincinnati Pool Build finished pictures (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: sgregor on 06.06.2010 at 09:49 pm in Pools & Spas Forum

More pictures of the finished product:








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RE: Pool Party: What do you serve your guests? (Follow-Up #11)

posted by: tsip2000 on 08.04.2010 at 11:28 am in Pools & Spas Forum

This sounds "GROSS" but is so good and easy. It was in my newspaper for Super Bowl snacks and they said to "trust us and try it" and I happened to have the ingredients on hand and "made it" despite being very skeptical. We had to force my B-I-L to try it (he knew the ingredients) and then he sat over the crock pot with a fork and ended up eating them all and buying himself a crock pot later.

So here it is:

1 bag frozen meatballs (I use Kroger brand homestyle)
1 regular size jar Pace Picante sauce (not that tiny jar, and not the huge jar...I think it is 12 oz. you choose the heat...we use medium)
1 can Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce (the type you serve at THanksgiving)

Mix the two sauces in your crock pot, add the meatballs and cover them by stirring, and then turn on the crockpot on low for about 6 hours or so...

Can be eaten alone for your party, or put them on toasted hoagie buns and cover with a slice of smoked provolone cheese for a great sandwich.

SO easy, and very is a unique flavor of the two sauces combined...neither cranberryish or salsa-ish....more of a tangy barbecue.


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RE: New Pool Project - Travertine Pavers - Color Enhancer? Sealer (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: poolguynj on 05.23.2011 at 06:56 am in Pools & Spas Forum

Pix to a photobucket album. each pic will have 4 options for code embedding. You want the 3rd. Copy and paste to the message box here, one per line. White space (hitting the enter key) give you space to add any descriptions.



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RE: New Pool in Dallas Texas (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: pooljewel_2010 on 07.16.2010 at 09:52 am in Pools & Spas Forum

If anybody could, please look at the link included in my post of the drawing that they put together for our proposed pool. If you could give me any feedback that you like, Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Pool Drawing


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New Pool in Dallas Texas

posted by: pooljewel_2010 on 07.16.2010 at 07:57 am in Pools & Spas Forum

I have been reading thru all the posts on this forum (love this forum, by the way!) to try to figure out what is best for our pool set up and still not confident about equipment/price/PB. Here's the bid we have received that we like:

Pool Size - 25x22.5
Play pool 3ft-6ft
Pool/Spa Surface Area - 478
Gallons - 15,236
Pool/Spa Perimeter - 102
Jandy 60sqft DE Filter
2.5HP Stealth Pump
Aqua Pure Salt System
Jandy PDA PS4 Controller
Laars LXI4000 Natural Gas Heater
Polaris 280 Max with booster pump
Jandy 100W spa light
2 - Jandy 500W pool light
Letro Autofill
5 returns
2 skimmers
Rainbow 320 Chlorinator
Spa has 220V 1.5HP QT blower with 8 jets
415sq ft of Colored Textured Concrete
Oklahoma Flagstone on all the raised walls, coping and steps
Oklahoma dry steps @ pool entry with tanning ledge
Swim out bench
3 stone scupper water features
Pebble interior finish
1/2" steel rebar on 10" centers with 5" alternates in walls and floor

Our yard slopes @ 24". They want to take a large trackhoe thru alley over our retaining wall. They say they will build a ramp and not damage it, but I find this very hard to believe. 2 other PB were going to use smaller equipment and come thru side of yard over driveway where retaining wall ends. Anyone have experience with this?

My other confusion is the pump. Quote is for single stage. Is variable speed best or should we go with seperate pumps so we can turn the water feature off when we are not home for an energy savings?

Is it worth going up to LED lighting?

Quote is from Riverbend Sandler. Does anyone have experience with them? We got bids from 3 different companies. Riverbend was not cheapest, but we liked them best. Another pool company that put in a previous pool for us told us (i'm quoting directly from his email) "They are known in the industry as a volume budget pool builder. I cannot define specifically what that means I can only tell you that this is their claim to fame. Sell them cheap and build as many pools as possible. Of course they are not alone many other companies have that philosophy the most well known being Wal-Mart" He further told us that the quality and service would not be good and that the price they gave us was actually much higher than he usually saw on their bids. Any validity to his statements?

Any opinions or guidance on this would be greatly appreciated!


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Landscaping -- mulching materials

posted by: momof1tx on 05.24.2010 at 10:33 am in Pools & Spas Forum

We are building our pool now. We will have an area between the concrete deck and our fence (not sure of size yet) that we plan to landscape. What type of mulching materials are best to cut down on the materials being blown into the pool?

We know lava rock--not a fan of, get bleached in the sun too much -- so maybe lighter colored rocks??.



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upscale vinyl

posted by: bobyoe on 04.16.2010 at 06:59 am in Pools & Spas Forum

Has anyone built a vinyl pool with high end options? My husband likes the ease of our current vinyl pool and wants to put in another in our new home, as opposed to gunite. The new home is in an upscale area, different from our country setting here in Central PA. What are some of the possibilities? Pictures appreciated greatly!!!!


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Vinyl liner coping question

posted by: nylsor107 on 08.19.2010 at 08:08 pm in Pools & Spas Forum

Greetings All! I would appreciate some advice on vinyl liner pool coping. Is it possible and/or advisable to use precast concrete or stone on a vinyl lined pool?

Many thanks,



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RE: Icky Pool Incident...Question about Shocking Pool (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: landa_mac on 06.30.2009 at 06:43 pm in Pools & Spas Forum

Here is what one health department recommends:

Here is a link that might be useful: How to manage fecal accidents in Pools


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RE: Exposed Aggregate Pool Deck (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: huskyridor on 04.05.2009 at 11:20 pm in Pools & Spas Forum

It all depends on the sift size of the segregate, UK Matt has what we call 3/8" sifted and tumbled Rainbow peagravel. I've placed it into service over 1000 times and have seen it on an easy 2500 or more pools. Don't use a larger aggregate, this is what hurts your feet. As for the heat, it isn't that bad in SE Texas, this may be different in areas like the desert around Arizona, California, Nevada, etc...
In addition to being affordable (my resell is 50 cents additional per sq/ft over broom finished) I can assure you that all my children have been walking on it since they were toddlers, it's also very pretty.

See ya,


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RE: how do you post pictures on this site? (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: poolguynj on 12.09.2009 at 08:19 am in Pools & Spas Forum

Easiest way I have seen is to:

1) set up a Photobucket account
2) below each "thumb nail is a box with HTML code. Copy and paste in your message box.




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RE: Pool Umbrellas (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: paradigmdawg on 07.07.2010 at 06:27 pm in Pools & Spas Forum

My favorite is the $39 one at Garden Ridge because they are...ummm...$39.

I purchased some last year that were $250 and they are broken now, the $39 ones are still going strong.

Like mentioned above, stay away from wood.


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Spring TX Pool Build

posted by: novicissitude on 08.02.2010 at 10:57 pm in Pools & Spas Forum

We have gotten so much good information off of this site, that we decided to pass on the information from our current pool build. Our specs are as follows:

Pool Area - 570 Sq. Ft.
Perimeter - 95 Ft. ( I have been told at the waterline not at the outside edge of the coping)
Depth - 3'6" - 6'
Spa - 5'6" x 8'6" Free-form 12" Raised Spa w/ 8' Stacked Stone Spillover
Waterfall - 3-ton Rock Waterfall and 23' of Moss Rock Accents
Coping - Flagstone
Interior Finish - PebbleTec/Sheen Category 2
Decking - 545 Sq. Ft. Peagravel with flagstone inlays
Indoor Automation System

Our pool builder is Tom Hawkins of the Woodlands Pool Company and we broke ground today. Check out these pic's, so far so good!


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RE: Decking Questions... (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: typea on 07.28.2010 at 12:20 am in Pools & Spas Forum


Our bond beam is raised out of the ground 12" for seating all the way around the pool. We chose to purchase travertine pavers from Florida and we live in California at a great savings for the overall job. We chose to have the PB do the coping since it is part of the pool and is also in travertine with a bull nose edge on both sides.

The original cost of concrete was a bit nutty since it started out at $7.50sqft from the PB contractor so we began searching for alternatives. First we looked at travertine locally and had completely written them off since it was around $15/sqft just for the pavers. We have a lot of deck and that placed the cost around $62k plus installation.

Quality concrete pavers were cheaper but but still way more expensive than plain old concrete. In our quest to be able to walk on something other than dirt we looked really hard for alternatives all the while remembering how awesome the travertine pavers were.

We finally found a contractor that could do the concrete at $4.50/sqft but we needed a large amount of that to be poured on top of the upstairs balcony (1392sqft of 4150sqft) at $9.50/sqft. The cost ended up being more manageable at $25k. However, we couldn't get the look of the travertine out of our heads and began searching for alternative sources.

In the end we purchased travertine from a wholesaler in Florida, had it delivered, and found a local installer. All told we will be saving $3k over the lowest price on concrete having the entire job come in at $22k for a look that is just stunning. We went with an ivory french pattern.



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