SWG Installed

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Finished installing the salt water chlorine generator. After refilling the pool, salt level down to 3400. SWG seems to be running fine. Set it to super chlorinate to see what happens.

New Chlorinator

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

The salt water generator came in today. I mounted the controller to the wall and started draining the pool. I figured I will need to drain 25% of the water to get the salt level down to the new level for the new SWG.
I removed the worthless ozone generator. The cost to repair is much greater than the benefits.

Heatpump works

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Gillespie A/C called me and had me do a reset on the heatpump. This was basically tuning off the power to the heatpump and letting it sit, then restarting it. That seemed to fix it. It restarted with no errors. You would think it ran on Windows XP.

Heatpump Error

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Paddock came out and repaired the leaking pipe at the filter. Another $65.00 service charge.

When I restarted the pool pump after waiting about an hour for the glue to dry, the heatpump error code popped up saying the suction TH open. The heatpump refused to start. Gillespie A/C said that the temp sensor has failed and needs to be repaired. They will try and be out on Wednesday.

I called Pentair to ask if the heatpump could be replaced instead of constantly repairing the unit. After being on hold for about 15 minutes the service technician’s computer crashed and I was put back in the hold lineup. Another 15 minutes on hold. I was told that they would look into it and call me back Tuesday.

So, as of today, the leak is fixed but the chlorine generator (Ecco-Matic), Ozone generator (Ultra-Pure), Deep end light (Jazz Light), and heatpump (Pentair) have all failed.


Friday, May 8th, 2009

Paddock forgot to clean linesI blew out the main drain today, I had to hook up my air compressor to the drain filter and blow out the debris.

Since Paddock was sure it was not a warranty problem I decided to do it myself.
I found a chunk of plaster that was stuck inside the drain pipe. I wonder how much more plaster is stuck in the pipes.

The Ecco-Matic chlorinator still does not work and I have to come up with around $1200 to replace it with another brand that will last longer than 2 years. For now I have to use a floating chlorine dispenser.

I still need to pull the light in the deep end as it is still shorted.

I noticed that the pipe exiting the filter is leaking at an elbow. I wonder if Paddock considers bad glue joints warranty? I will have to call and ask.

Called Paddock and spoke with Debbie. The soonest available time is on May 18, 2009, and a cost of $65 for the trip.
I asked her about the light and she informed me that it has a warranty for 3 years. Unfortunately that expired in March.

Heat pump Repair

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Gillespie A/C called and quickly came out to look at the unit. They determined that a capacitor had failed and replaced it. I am leaving the unit to run for a few days to see if it will continue to operate. Gillespie A/C was very helpful and their response was quick.

Air Release Repair

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Paddock came out and replaced the air release valve on top of the filter. They also tightened up the fittings that were leaking.

Heater Repair

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Gillespie A/C came out and added freon to the system again. Will have to wait and see if that worked.

It has had service on:

2007 the pool was being repaired so the heater was never used.

New Heatpump Board

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Gillespie A/C came out and replaced the auto set board in the heatpump again. This I believe is the 4th board they have replaced.


Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

Debris left in Paddock Pool linesI went diving today to find out why the PCC cleaning system was not advancing correctly. I found that a bunch of debris had clogged the nozzles. After blowing out the lines again, they worked again.
Most of the debris was plaster and the caps to keep the plaster out of the lines during construction. The dime in the picture is for size comparison.


Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Today I noticed the PCC system is stuck again. The cleaning system for the shallow end has stuck on one station. I will have to take it apart and find out why it wont advance. This seems to happen quite often.

While checking to see what pump controls that PCC system I noticed that when the pump is started it shoots water out from between the pump and motor assembly. My guess is either the motor is loose or a bad seal.

Fixed PCC

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Fixed the PCC cleaning jet. A large piece of plaster had wedged itself under it keeping it from retracting. Blew out the line and it seems to be working again.


Monday, June 25th, 2007

The electricians came out and rewired the pump.

Deck Touched Up

Friday, April 27th, 2007

The pool deck was touched up and looks much better.

Deck Cleaned

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

DSC00141The pool deck was cleaned today. Some of the plaster dust in the pool deck was removed and most of the rest are scrapes where the paint had been scratched off the deck. There is a quarter size check of deck missing in one spot.

Paddock Cleaned Deck

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

Paddock came by and cleaned the pool deck. It had white plaster though-out from when they plastered the pool. I will have to see if it cleaned up in the morning.

Replace Tiles

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Prado and Sons replaced the broken tiles and refilled the pool.

Removed more plaster

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Removed more plaster.

Fiber Optics

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

DSC00076Fiber Creations of Arizona came out today and glued the fiber optics back into the waterfall, again. This time he said they would also silicone around it to keep it from falling out, again. He knew nothing about having to replace it as was discussed in previous meetings.

Acid Wash Again

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Kelly Sharp was out today and acid washed the pool again.
Debbie Moles called to let me know that there were still some stains they are trying to remove. She is going to contact Prado and see what they can do. Kelly took pictures and they are going to meet with Nancy Graham tomorrow. She will let me know what they decide.


Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

I called Paddock again and left message to call me.


Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

Kelly Sharp with Paddock Pools showed up along with a diver to fix the main drain and cleaning jets. He also replaced the filter air bleed and pressure gage due to it was allowing air back into the system. They also blew out a chunk of plaster from the main drain, it is no longer plugged. The gate to the pool area was adjusted so it closes now.
Dave with Aqua Torque came out and looked at the footprint etched into the step. He tried blending it with the surrounding area, but was ineffective. He said they might be able to remove it by draining and burning it off with acid. But he could not guarantee it would work. The other areas in the plaster that are stained or rough can be fixed.
Fiberstar looked at the fiber optics falling out of the waterfall. He would have to get in contact with the installers to see if they had any stronger glue to hold it in. If not they may have to redo the optic in the water feature.
I asked Kelly Sharp if he knew when they were going to fix the stucco on the face of the waterfall. He did not know. I mentioned that the pool heater would not heat and that it freezes over even when it is warm outside. I also told him that all work has to be completed before this years swimming season. He would not commit to a time frame. So I am going to make my own. If the pool repairs are not complete before March 31, 2007 I am turning everything over to lawyers to battle it out. Unfortunately as soon as lawsuits are filed all work stops till settled but not much work has been done anyway.

Heater repair

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Gillespie came out and changed the low pressure cutout saftey. He replaced the 90# unit with a 50# one.

Heatpump Repair

Saturday, December 9th, 2006

Gillespie A/C and Heating came out today and repaired the heat-pump. They added more refrigerant and replaced a pressure switch.

Heatpump Repair

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Ken with Westly Air-conditioning came out and repaired the heat-pump. He said a micro switch was malfunctioning.

Heatpump was Repaired

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

Heatpump was repaired. The refrigerant level was too high. They also replaced the control board with a new updated one. He also found the plug to the changeover valve had been disconnected, so it would never have changed over to cooling.


Monday, June 19th, 2006

Waterline tile was re-grouted.
I called Kimberly and left a message about the heat pump failing.
She called back and said that the subcontractor will call me and schedule a time to look at it.

Another Pump

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

The service tech came out and replaced the wok pot pump. He also blew out the main drain again, removing several large chunks of plaster from inside the line.
The fiber optics in the waterfall was glued back in place again.


Thursday, May 4th, 2006

The electrician came out and replaced a defective module that controlled the color wheel.

Fiber Optics

Monday, May 1st, 2006

DSC00304The fiber optic people came out and glued the fiber optics back into the waterfall.
I changed out the rock in the wok pots from river rock to a smaller beach pebble. It now matches the look of the pots in Paddocks showroom wok pots. I cut down the pipes in the wok pots below the water line. It now flows more water while keeping a bubbling type effect.

Pool Completed

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

I met with Edward Ghiz, Debbie Moles, Bob and Chris from Poco Verde here. I tried to explain how the waterfall was supposed to look like. The one in their showroom has the waterfall set into a cantilever edge, hiding the sheer and lights from view. We looked over the pool and I explained the problems left to repair. Most all of the items had already been taken care of this week. All that is left is getting the fiber optics onto the remote, separating the color wheels for all the lights on the remote, fix the fiber optics falling out of the waterfall, and removing the white spacers on the wok pots. There is air getting into the filter system, causing it to loose prime, and he said they would fix that. One of the Jandy valves is malfunctioning also.
I showed him where the stucco on the face of the planter looked patched to me. Poco Verde offered to fix it but I refused, as they do not have a good track record with me on their repairs. Mr. Ghiz offered to have another contractor repair it and bill them the cost of the repair.
Mr. Ghiz said that the pool was complete and the rest is warranty work that they should have completed within a week.


Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Pool deck people came out and re-sprayed the deck.

Waterfall Repair

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

DSC00216Poco Verde came out and repaired the waterfall face. They chipped away the falling stucco and patched the areas. They also replaced the rock into the wok pots.
Paddock called and the deck is scheduled for repairs on Wednesday.

PCC and Waterfall

Monday, April 17th, 2006

Ron came out and worked on the cleaning system.
Red Rock came out to see if they could find the sewer line to be able to drain the pool.
Poco Verde stopped by to touch up the paint on the patches in the waterfall. I showed him where the stucco is releasing from the wall. He said he would get in touch with Scott Dilliam and let him know he would be out to repair it Tuesday or Wednesday.

Day 30 of contract – Final Day

Wednesday, February 15th, 2006

Fiber optics in pot #3 replaced. Optics could not be run in conduit. A cut into the concrete at the wok pot base so that the optics line could be rerun into the wok pot. This will place the fiber optics inside the concrete base. If any service is ever needed to the cable, the base would need to be torn up to get to the cable. Debbie Moles called and left a message, she will call again on Thursday.


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