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BBQ Islands

Built in BBQ with poured in place concrete counter? Or built in bbq concrete counter outdoor kitchen pavers! what a fantastic island! The concrete can be formed in just about any shape. We would recommend keeping the BBQ away from seating area and having fun with the final shape.” Mypoolplans.com has lots of BBQ Island Ideas, like Floating BBQ island with bar counter this would be cool to add now or even later on. or the rounded kitchen island, The “L” shape or “U” shape BBQ Islands can be custom made top order.

Concrete Decks

At Mypoolplans.com we understand that one of the biggest trends in outdoor design today is a decorative concrete pool deck—an inviting, multipurpose area surrounding the pool where people can entertain, sunbathe or just hang out when they aren’t doing the backstroke. According to statistics from the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, we actually spend more time on the concrete pool decks than in the pool itself. Of the 7.5 million or so people in the continental U.S. who own pools and concrete decks, only 24 percent use them primarily for swimming. That makes the pool & concrete deck even more essential as an element in swimming pool design. Decorative concrete deck has opened the door to creating swimming pool concrete decks that complement the exterior of the home, meld with the outdoor environment, and replicate traditionally more expensive materials such as slate, stone or even wood. Pools and concrete decks are becoming more specialized with a stronger emphasis on aesthetics, transforming the pool and backyard area into a mini resort with lighting, sound systems, spas, waterfalls and fountains. Today’s space-challenged backyards have also led to a trend in smaller swimming pools, enhanced by leisure areas that extend the indoor living space. While a concrete deck may essentially look and function like a patio, it has unique requirements for slip resistance, sun’s reflection and orientation. Use this site for guidelines to designing a concrete deck that suits almost any setting, budget and lifestyle, whether you want to entertain, keep cool, exercise or create a peaceful water-themed oasis.

Pool Electrical

Most modern pools will have a “sub-panel” at the equipment pad that houses the breakers for the Pool electrical equipment; i.e., the filter pump, air blower, underwater light/ electrical outlet (GFCI), timer clocks, landscape lighting, electronic heater, automatic cover, control systems, etc.. This sub-panel is tied into the main panel inside the house, which provides its power. Older, simpler pools may simply have a switch to turn the filter pump on, and perhaps a switch for the underwater light. Remember that water, weather, and electricity have never been friends. Loose wiring and cover plates, broken conduit and connections can be hazardous. Exposed wiring, for example, behind the flimsy, usually broken, protective plastic in a timer clock, can easily throw 220 volts onto wet (or dry) fingertips. Use caution and use common sense when operating your equipment. If something looks negligent, call for service immediately. Pool Electrical Timer Clocks Having your filter pump operate on a timer clock makes good sense. Most pools have efficiency in sanitizing, filtering and circulation such that they don’t need to operate 24 hours a day. Pools are designed to “turnover” the water in the pool in eight hours time. We commonly set time clocks to operate 10 – 14 hours per day, depending on the efficiency of the system, the ambient air temperature, amount of sunlight and debris and the usage the pool receives. I commonly advise pool owners to operate the filter system during the day, so that processes are active while the sun is beating down and the pool is most likely to be in use. This would be something like 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. You may realize lower electrical consumption if you didn’t operate between 12 p.m. – 6 p.m…. peak sunlight hours. Setting a time clock is simple. Inside the box you’ll see a 24 hour dial. There are two “timer dogs” on the dial. One turns the timer switch on, allowing power to go to the filter pump, and the other turns the switch off, stopping power from going past the timer to the filter pump. Loosening the small screw on the timer dog allows you to slide the dog to any time on the dial. Reposition and retighten. More than one set of timer dogs allows you to run the pump in the morning, and then late in the afternoon, to avoid peak usage times. Timer clock not switching On? Is the breaker on? The clock and the switch will only operate with the breaker on. There may also be loose wiring connections. (Check this only with the breaker off). There may be a visual inspection window to look at the timer mechanism and see if the gears are turning. If they are not turning, the mechanism may need to be replaced. This means that the clock motor is fried. If they are turning, check that the dial is not bent, which would prevent the dogs from contacting the switch as they come around. Also check that ants or other small insects have not shorted out the contacts. With Pool Electrical Automation makes the much more efficient and easier to operate, consult with a Mypoolplans.com sub contractor.

Pool Excavation

Pool excavation is a messy, dirty process that is exciting and unavoidable. In most cases it’s your responsibility to clear any planters, decorative rocks, sprinkler heads/lines etc. that may get in the way of the construction access and will be destroyed if in the way of the access. The pool excavation crew carefully digs, forms and hand-trims your pool in precise accordance with every detail of your swimming pool’s design specifications. The pool excavation process normally only takes one day, however, it may take longer depending on the soil conditions, hard soil, wet soil or unexpected weather delays. your Mypoolplans.com sub contractor will be able to give you an estimate as to how long it will take and if there may be any additional charges should the encounter difficult soil conditions. The pool excavation process will have wooden forms around your swimming pool. They are there to guide the pool excavation crew, these forms shouldn’t be tampered with. The pool excavation crew will remove all of the dirt from the excavation site. If the soil is good for landscaping then ask the pool excavation crew to leave some behind. CHILDREN AND PETS SHOULD BE KEPT AWAY FROM THE POOL EXCAVATION AREA.

Pool Fences & Gates

Pool fencing & Gates that are made of a see through mesh material is believed to have the safest, most affordable pool fences and can be customized to fit any size pool. Pool fences & Gates are available in either 4 or 5 foot heights and can be installed on nearly all deck surfaces including brick pavers, wood, tile, grass or dirt, seawalls, acrylic and more. Pool Fences & Gates help protect pets and the elderly from falling into the pool. Your pool fence & gate system should come with an access door that can be removed within minutes by an adult. Check with your Mypoolplans.com sub contractor, the gate should be self-closing gate that will swing shut and is key-lockable, while pool fences are available in lots of colors and styles to match your outdoor color scheme and pool fences are 100% rust-proof and come with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. Check with your Mypoolplans.com suncontractor that you Pool Fence materials have been tested multiple times by a nationally recognized engineering firm, and has been proven to meet or exceed all of the requirements of ASTM F 2286-05, the design and performance specification for removable mesh fencing for swimming pools. Swimming pool safety fences and accessories are mandatory in many communities. Although there are many types of pool fences and other pool barriers available.

Fireplaces & Fire Pits

The fire features of today are more than just a place to warm your toes. They are a place to just sit and ponder on the days events or socialize with good friends You should considered adding an outdoor fire feature to your backyard palette, ask you Mypoolplans.com about Fire Feature their Gallery for ideas sure to inspire. Designed around your lifestyle, your outdoor fire place & fire pit is a soothing focal point (concrete fire bowl or tiki torches that ignite with a switch), kid-friendly (think roasting marshmallows) or an artistic conversation piece (fire & water) Let your Mypoolplans.com designer help you bring your backyard Vision to reality by designing and installing your new element of FIRE!

Gunite Pools

Gunite pools are the most popular design in much of the United States. To build one of these pools, the construction crew digs a hole, puts the plumbing in place and assembles a framework grid with 3/8-inch steel reinforcing rods (rebar). The rebar rods are spaced about 10 inches apart, and secured together with wire. When the grid is in place, the crew sprays a heavy coating of gunite, a mixture of cement and sand, around the rebar. The sprayer unit combines dry gunite mix with water just before spraying — this produces the wet concrete material. The crew trowels the gunite smooth and lets it sit for a week or so before applying a smooth finish to the rough surface. The most popular finish is called plaster (actually a mixture of cement and marble sand), but a lot of people finish their pools with special concrete paint. Gunite pools can also have tile, exposed aggregate or even fiberglass finishes. Gunite pools (and their cousins, shotcrete pools) are highly durable, and they can be built in any shape or size.

Shotcrete

Shotcrete is concrete (or sometimes mortar) conveyed through a hose and pneumatically projected at high velocity onto a surface, as a construction technique. It is reinforced by conventional steel rods, steel mesh, and/or fibers. Fiber reinforcement (steel or synthetic) is also used for stabilization in applications such as slopes or tunneling Shotcrete is usually an all-inclusive term for both the wet-mix and dry-mix versions. In pool construction, however, the term “shotcrete” refers to wet-mix and “gunite” to dry-mix. In this context, these terms are not interchangeable (see “Shotcrete vs. gunite” discussion below). Shotcrete is placed and compacted at the same time, due to the force with which it leaves the nozzle. It can be sprayed onto any type or shape of surface, including vertical or overhead areas. Shotcrete, then known as gunite (/ˈgənīt/), was invented in 1907 by American taxidermist Carl Akeley to repair the crumbling facade of the Field Columbian Museum in Chicago (the old Palace of Fine Arts from the World’s Columbian Exposition).[1] He used the method of blowing dry material out of a hose with compressed air, injecting water at the nozzle as it was released. In 1911, he was granted a patent for his inventions, the “cement gun”, the equipment used, and “gunite”, the material that was produced. There is no evidence that Akeley ever used sprayable concrete in his taxidermy work, as is sometimes suggested. F. Trubee Davison covered this and other Akeley inventions in a special issue of Natural History magazine[2] Until the 1950s when the wet-mix process was devised, only the dry-mix process was used. In the 1960s, the alternative method for gunning by the dry method was devised with the development of the rotary gun, with an open hopper that could be fed continuously. Shotcrete is also a viable means and method for placing structural concrete. The nozzleman is the person controlling the nozzle that delivers the concrete to the surface. The nozzle is controlled by hand on small jobs, for example the construction of small swimming pools. On larger work the nozzle can sometimes be held by mechanical arms where the nozzleman controls the operation by a hand-held remote control. Dry mix vs. wet mix The dry mix method involves placing the dry ingredients into a hopper and then conveying them pneumatically through a hose to the nozzle. The nozzleman controls the addition of water at the nozzle. The water and the dry mixture is not completely mixed, but is completed as the mixture hits the receiving surface. This requires a skilled nozzleman, especially in the case of thick or heavily reinforced sections. Advantages of the dry mix process are that the water content can be adjusted instantaneously by the nozzleman, allowing more effective placement in overhead and vertical applications without using accelerators. The dry mix process is useful in repair applications when it is necessary to stop frequently, as the dry material is easily discharged from the hose. Wet-mix shotcrete involves pumping of a previously prepared concrete, typically ready-mixed concrete, to the nozzle. Compressed air is introduced at the nozzle to impel the mixture onto the receiving surface. The wet-process procedure generally produces less rebound, waste (when material falls to the floor), and dust compared to the (dry-mix process). The greatest advantage of the wet-mix process is all the ingredients are mixed with the water and additives required, also larger volumes can be placed in less time than the (Dry- Process).

When landscaping your home, it’s crucial to get your design down on paper. Landscape plans do just that by turning ideas into visuals. Your Mypoolplans.com Landscape designers are skilled at analyzing your needs and ideas and then using them to create detailed plans and drawings. Having landscape plans drawn up before starting your landscaping project will help you visualize what the end result will be like. Additionally, a plan ensures that size, scale and layout have been thought through prior to construction and plant installation. A well-drawn up plan also makes prioritizing resources and time much easier, thus making the construction process much more efficient. Starting with a plan means that you’ll be less likely to make mistakes or be unhappy with the results.