Archive for October, 2005

Start Deck

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Debbie Moles called at 12:30pm and said that she had spoken with Scott Dilliam. He will call her with a time that we can meet and try and settle the problems. 1:00pm the decking people arrived to start on the pool deck.

Live With It

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

My wife and I looked at the current state of the pool, to be able to list what we would have to live with and what has to be changed.
Stuff we could live with: Just cause we want it done.
1.8” tile cap on planter wall. Not a full tile along the side and double tile across the front.
2.No bull nose tile used across the front. Giving a straight edge from the top of the waterfall to the face.
3.Planter side walls not lining up with the deck. The original idea was to have the stamped tile in the deck continue on the planter wall.
4.Planter rear wall now straight enough not to be as noticeable.
5.Crack in planter rear wall still seen but only from behind the wall on the equipment side.
Stuff that has us concerned must be fixed:
1.Planter still not water sealed. As promised by Poco Verde.
2.Pool main lighting set crooked.
3.Tile gap at wok pot risers.
4.No random decorative tiles installed as per plan.
5.Tile capping planter not set solid. Hollow beneath tile, will crack when stepped on.
6.Risers behind Wok pot risers have concrete line where concrete was added.
7.Waterfall set too low in wall. Water was to exit just below top tile.
8.Waterfall fiber optics placed wrong.
9.Waterfall, planter front wall, has nail holes visible.
Undecided:
1. Waterfall is not a rain style.

Wall

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Work on the wall continues. They painted the planter walls. Spoke with Debbie Moles about 4:00pm. I told her about the waterfall being too low and she said that the original pictures from Paddock where artist concept pictures and may not be exactly what is installed. Told her I would like to meet with her and or Scott Dilliam to discuss the planter waterfall. She would get a hold of Scott and let him know.

Week 31

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Message from Debbie Moles, she received the pictures and met with Scott Dilliam.

The Wall

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Work on the wall continues. Backyard interior wall that Poco Verde replaced was painted white.
Talked with Debbie Moles and told her about my concerns on the uneven planter wall. She called back around 1:40 and said that Scott Dilliam and Chris from Poco Verde would be out around 2:30 to 3:30 to discuss the problem with me.
At 2:30 Poco Verde showed up and I showed him the drawing I had verses the current layout. The equipment wall not level, tile only 8” wide on the side wall tops, the waterfall 1 brick row below the top, the fiber conduit way below the waterfall, and that the planter had not been fully sealed. He said they would seal the planter today, talk with Scott about the placement of the waterfall and conduit, and level the top of the equipment wall with stucco. Redo the stucco on the planter before painting it and then painting it around Friday. He said that Poco Verde would warrantee the wall from further cracking, and if it did crack they would repair it. I asked for this in writing and he said he would get me a copy. He said he would have to check his drawings about the tile widths, capping the planter walls. The side caps were 8”, the same thickness as the bricks, and could not be larger due to the tile being too brittle to hang over. As for the waterfall cap, he could credit the cost if his drawings showed 2 rows. I told him I prefer 2 rows of tile as in the drawing I have. He was waiting for the fiber optics to be plumbed before he can set the wok pots.
An email showing the orig. pool layout pictures and current design was sent to Debbie Moles, at 4:00pm. :
Pictures 001, 002, and 003 are the original design pictures I received when we purchased the pool on March 26, 2005.
Picture pool was altered to the way it needed to be built due to diving pool specs, fitting it into yard, and visual appeal. Mr. Anderson and I reviewed the final plan on April 15, 2005.
Picture DSC00001, DSC00010, and DSC00011 Show the current progress.
Picture DSC00001 shows a couple of things. First the waterfall front does not continue onto the deck as shown in picture 001, where the tile lines up with the pool deck tile line. At this point I could live with that. The unevenness of the back wall.
Picture DSC00010 shows the tile layout. The side tile has been cut to wall thickness. The waterfall tile has not been cut yet.
Picture DSC00011 shows the waterfall is set too low into the wall. The water was to look as if it was just blow the tile. The electrical conduit is way to far from the sheer. Instructions for placing the lightbar can be found here:
http://www.fiberstars.com/assets/ps/waterfeas/WaterfallLightBarInstallManual.pdf
If you need anything please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Wall

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Work on the wall continues. Tiles along the top of the walls are cut to wall thickness. Does not look anything like the original pictures where full tiles were across the top of the planter and 2 rows of tile along the top of the waterfall.

Wall

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Work on the wall continues. They are placing tile along the top of the planter. Tiles are wider than planter wall and are breaking where unsupported. I noticed that all the interior pool pipes had been cut and cemented in.

Crack

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Debbie Moles called at 10:05am and said that she had spoken with Scott Dilliam about the wall. He agreed that it was crooked and that you could still see the crack. She said they should have replaced it back when it was first noticed. I told her about the rain waterfall sitting on top the wall and the electrical conduit was too low. I will leave a copy of the instructions on the water feature. She will let Scott know on Monday.
Poco Verde worked on the wall again today. They placed a row of bricks on top of the waterfall. Now I am more confused than ever. To repair the crack, they cut out the top of the wall and added a piece of rebar along the top, then filled it back in so the crack would not widen further.

Week 30

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

I was away on vacation from Oct. 16 till Oct. 19. It looks as if they attempted to finish the planter rear wall. I hope they don’t think it is finished as it still is not a level wall. The light fixtures in the pool are installed, crooked with gaps, but installed. The heater has been re-plumbed, looks better but the pipes still enter at an angle. Larger pump for the waterfall installed. Waterfall sheer placed and plumbed. Pool and area cleaned up and most of the trash removed. I received an e-mail from Cori Johnson on Oct. 17, 2005:
Good Morning Mr. and Mrs. X –

This e-mail is to notify you that your pool has moved over from Jillian’s desk to Anna Cota’s for the next stage of construction. This morning I did release you for your interior and exterior clean-up and you can expect them either tomorrow (Tues. 10/18) or Wednesday (10/19).
If you have any questions, feel free to write back with them or you can call me on my direct line.

Have a nice day,
Cori
Sometime during the afternoon, the front of the waterfall was completed. With this done I noticed the electrical conduit for the fiber optics is too low. As per Fiberstars instructions:
“The conduit should placed so the top of the hole in the conduit is even with the bottom of the waterfall lip.”
This was not done. I am also concerned that the waterfall is not a rain waterfall as expected, but a sheer descent.

Week 29

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

Debbie Moles called at 11:30am and said Lloyd Wilson was being replaced by Scott Dilliam for now. I told her about the water seeping into the pool from the planter. She said Scott would be out soon to look over the project. She also said Poco Verde was waiting for ‘sheening’ (sheer?) till the top cap could be placed on the wall and that was why the last brick has not been placed.
I met with Lloyd Wilson and Scott Dilliam at 1:15pm. I asked about the top of the wok pedestals being covered with decking and stamped like tile. He said that was the plan. Lloyd said they had to upgrade the waterfall pump to a 2 ½ hp due to the size. He said they were going to float the decking in front of the wok pot pedestals to eliminate the gap in the tile. Poco Verde told him that they could straighten out the wall with stucco. Scott is going to meet with them to discuss what they are going to do about the wall. Heat pump still needs to be connected, pump bases need to be sturdy, fiber optic for wok pots and sheer all still need to be addressed. I was told that the farthest run for fiber optic was about 35 feet and the illuminator could not be moved. He asked about the self closing gates. I reminded him that Paddock was to supply the wrought iron fence and gate. Lloyd was concerned about the 5’ fence requirement since the wok pedestals were close to the common wall. But since we are in Gilbert it should not be a problem.

Call

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Debbie Moles called and said she would contact Poco Verde since no work had been done on the wall.

Wall Call

Tuesday, October 11th, 2005

Debbie Moles called about the wall. I told her it is still not completed. A crack developed from top to bottom, just right of the planter. It looks as if it had been repaired, or at least attempted.

Wall

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Wall partially reassembled. Next-door neighbor’s extra wall almost completed. I guess he paid cash under the table.

Tile Tomorrow?

Friday, October 7th, 2005

I met with Lloyd Wilson at 9:30am. I told him about the tile only having one color. He checked the plans and confirmed it was to have a random tile approximately every 3 feet. He said he would have them add it. If I wanted to leave it one solid color tile I could contact the salesman, and they could credit the cost of the second tile. I decided we would go with the original plan due to I want nothing to do with the sales end of it anymore. He said the tile on the raised bases needed to be redone due to a large gap at the top of the bases. Poco Verde was to be out with the wok pots so that could be done. Fiber optic illuminator had to stay on the outside of the pool equipment wall due to fiber length constraints.
3:00pm Debbie Moles called and said Poco Verde would be by to work on wall tomorrow. I told her they had started on it today. They had removed the top 2 rows of bricks on half the wall. She was also under the impression they were to replace the wall, not just straighten the top rows. Lloyd Wilson assured her the wall would be perfect when completed. I also mentioned to her that the tile people had broken off a chunk of deck at the first wok pot base, and that the planter was still not sealed correctly. I had spoken with the man from Poco Verde that is working on the wall, he stated that the planter was all sealed and he was returning tomorrow to tile. I am unsure of what he is going to tile since nothing is correct enough to tile yet.

Week 28

Thursday, October 6th, 2005

Debbie Moles called and said Poco Verde would be by to work on wall soon. Tile on the raised wok pot and pool perimeter started. One color tile only, second color, randomly placed tile, nowhere to be found.

Second tier

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

Second tier on wok pot base completed.

Repairs

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

I met with Lloyd Wilson at 9:30am. He looked over the deck and checked the planter wall. He agreed that it was crooked.
Debbie Moles called and said there was a work order for the planter wall and heater repair. She stated that she had spoken with Scott Dilliam about the planter wall. She would call Poco Verde tomorrow. The heater manufacturer would need to come out to find the leak in the heater. I asked when the salt system would be installed. She said it was last to be installed.

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