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My Paddock Pool Sucks » Waterfall

No Salt Still

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

Still no salt or waterfall.

Waterfall Call

Friday, May 18th, 2007

I talked with Debbie Moles about the waterfall pump and the salt system. She said she would schedule a time when they can add the salt to the pool and get it back up and running. She would also look into the failed waterfall pump.

Waterfall Failed

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Turned on the main waterfall today. Water pressure is very low, about half of what it was. I checked basket filters, intake, etc., nothing is plugged. I will have to call Paddock and see if they can figure it out.

Waterfall Tiled

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

D1219The face of the waterfall was tiled today.

Stucco Removed

Monday, March 12th, 2007

The stucco on the face of the waterfall was removed today.

Debbie Moles called and said that they will try and finish up the tile on Wednesday. They were out of the tile and will have more on Tuesday. A cleaning crew will also be here on Wednesday. Then the plaster can be finished.

Measure for Tile

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Allen tile came out and measured the waterfall for tile.

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.

Replaster Started

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

DSC00068Prado and Sons came out and started chipping away at the plaster. They are removing the plaster from around all the fixtures and along the top edge. They will then apply a adhesive layer and then a finish coat.
I called Debbie Moles and was wondering why they were going to refinish the pool before repairing the waterfall and fiber optics.
She called me back and said that she called Prado and had them wait to finish till all the other work has been completed.
The fiber optics should be installed on Thursday or Friday. Allen tile will be out Friday at 8 am to look over replacing the stucco with tile.


Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Debbie Moles returned my call, and that she would try and have me the time schedule by the end of the week. She said that she is trying to schedule times for the repairs.
She needs to schedule Dave with Prado to try and spot acid wash the step with the footprint. If he is unable to remove it then they need to resurface the pool.
She contacted Pentair to see if they can figure out the heater.
They need to remove the water sheer, and install a larger sheer. They have already remeasured the area. She is unsure of when they will be able to install the new sheer until the interior of the pool is decided.
The peeling stucco will also be replaced at that time.
I told her that all work needs to be completed before March 31st. She stated that all the work should be done before it gets warm, but would not give a date.


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.

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.

On Off

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

The pump for the wok pots cuts on and off when it wants to. I will have to check and see if it is electrical or a pump failure.
Stucco is releasing from the waterfall again. I will have to find a contractor to replace it soon.
Paddock was out this week and checked the chemical balance. I found their card at the front door.

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.

A List

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

DSC00231Prado and Sons came out to look over the perma-dirt stains in the plaster. He said they would need to drain the pool to acid wash it. I told him that we had thought that they were going to drain it last week or the week before. This is about the third time they have been by to look at this. He said it was the first he had heard about it. He would get back with Paddock on what to do next.
DSC00239Paddock came out to resurface the pool deck and repair the chips. He was under the impression that the pool had been completed. They power washed the deck and left.
Ron with Paddock came out to check on the cleaning system. He was wondering if it had been drained yet. I told him that Prado and Sons had shut down the cleaning system earlier today. He would get back with Paddock on what to do next.
DSC00248A couple of guys showed up to look at the tile. They said it was not due to their caulking but it looked as if the grout had run on the tile. They would see if they could clean it.
Poco Verde came out to touch up the paint on the waterfall.

Things that are yet to be completed:
1.Color wheels not able to change separately on main lighting.
2.Fiber optic controller not on remote and change color wheel separately.
3.Concrete riser for wok pot # 3 fiber optics not finished.
4.Gauge for waterfall pump broken.
5.Water leak at Jandy valve for one of the wok pots.
6.Stains and chips on deck.
7.Cleaning system plugged with construction material.
8.Fiber optic lines falling out of waterfall.
9.Wok pot water lines can be seen (pipes above nozzles)
10.Stains in plaster. (perma-dirt)

I called Edward Ghiz at 3:00pm and asked for him or a representative of Paddock Pools to come out and look at the pool. He stated that he had to leave for the Las Vegas office but would come out next week. He said he would call me back with a time to meet.

Complaint filed with B.B.B.
On March 31, 2005 I contracted for a custom pool with Paddock Pools. It is now April 19, 2006 and they have yet to complete the pool.
I was forced to file a complaint with the R.O.C. on December 21, 2005 due to poor construction and they promised if I rescinded the complaint the pool would be completed shortly after February 15, 2006. I pulled the complaint and most of the items had been repaired.
Currently there are several items yet to finish.
Other problems keep arising as construction continues.

These were promised to be complete by April 19, 2006 by Edward Ghiz, Sr Vice President, Construction Division.
I have a custom waterfall that has had to be rebuilt numerous times due to poor construction and was just refinished again this week.
I feel the time it has taken to build this pool is way beyond a reasonable amount. I have made several concessions to try and expedite the work.

I would just like them to finish the work as promised with the quality and workmanship expected from Paddock Pools.

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.

Planted Dirt

Tuesday, April 4th, 2006

DSC00181Poco Verde came out and filled the planter with dirt. They are going to patch the cracks in the stucco waterfall wall. I showed them that the stucco was falling off as a sheet. He did not think a patch would fix that. He would have to find out what they needed to do about that. I guess they decided just to patch the cracks that could be seen and not the underlying problem of the stucco not adhering to the wall.
DSC00183A person came out and looked at the wok pot pipes. He said that there was water coming out of them, so they were plumbed correctly. I had to show him that the pipes were blocked and did not flow like they were supposed to.

Glue Job

Monday, March 27th, 2006

DSC00159Fiber optics under waterfall glued in. Looks like a glue job. I will have to rebuild the top of the wall so it has a cantilever edge like the rest of the pool to hide the sheer. I don’t trust Poco Verde to try and fix it. The fiber optic controller is not only the wrong one but was not installed per manufacturer’s instructions. It was placed below the water line of the wok pots, possibly allowing the water to flow from the wok pots back into the controller, shorting it out. He said that he would let the office know about the plugged wok pot bubblers. Also they need to have the electrician come out and wire the controller into the remote. The Jazz lights no longer sync.
DSC00164Person came by to fix the pool stains. Stains, also known as perma-dirt, are still visible. Rust spot near waterfall, several streaks down the sides of the pool where the water line tile bled down. Plaster has dirt embedded in it throughout the surface. They plastered it right before a dust storm.
Cody called and said he could not make it today, still no air for his tank. The main drain remains plugged.
I found where the stucco on the waterfall is separating from the wall. A crack has formed where the tile meets the stucco and is lifting away from the wall on both sides.
This week’s list:
1. Stucco lifting from waterfall wall.
2. Lighting color wheels won’t sync.
3. Color wheels not able to change separately.
4. Pool lighting will not sync with fiber optic lighting.
5. Fiber optic controller not on remote.
6. Fiber optic controller not an auto-sync.
7. Stains in plaster.
8. Stains and chips on deck.
9. Grout on water level tile.
10. No conduit in concrete riser for wok pot # 3 fiber optics.
11. Wok pot lines plugged and do not spray correctly.
12. Diving board set crooked.
13. Gauges for cleaning system rusted.
14. Gauges for pumps broken.
15. Main drain plugged.
16. Water leak at Jandy valve for one of the wok pots.
17. U/V, Salt controller, timer, mounting poles falling down.


Friday, March 24th, 2006

DSC00142The electrician was out and wired the pool lights. He replaced the F/X light with Jazz lights. They can now be turned off and on separately, but the colors have to be the same.
Cody was out and fixed the cleaning system, replaced two gauges, and tried to clear out the main drain. He will be back on Monday to pull the main drain and clean out the line that is plugged.
DSC00144Scott Dilliam came out to look over the progress. I showed him where the fiber optics is still not in conduit. I explained that the lights not being able to operate in sync or independently will be a problem. Fiberstars, the maker of Jazz Lights and the fiber optic system, has a controller that will operate the lights in sync and separate. He said if it could be done he will do it. Fiberstars offers a WPC-3 system that will control their lights and the pumps.
DSC00149Salt system added into pool plumbing. 19 bags of salt added to pool. They hung the controller for the salt system on the small electric conduit that the ozone generator, radio remote, and electrical service is hung on, causing the whole thing to sway in the breeze. Another thing I will have to fix.
Debbie Moles called and said that the fiber optics was done. I told her I had not seen anyone but would look. She called back and said they would be out today. Fiber optic controller, 6004, was placed and turned on. Debbie called and said that they would be back to finish the waterfall fiber optics on Saturday. Wok pot pipes are still blocked with dirt. Wok pot pipes were cut down so they did not stick up out of the pots. The light controller is not an auto sync version as discussed on many occasions. Maybe they will figure it out on their own this time.


Monday, March 20th, 2006

Tile was cut below the water sheer to allow fiber optic placement. Electrician called, they will be out at 7:30am to change both pool lights.

Week 51

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

Poco Verde is attempting to seal the wok pots to keep them from leaking. Todd came out for orientation meeting. He couldn’t get color wheels on lights to work correctly either. Chlorine levels at 0.5 and ph at 8.4. He advised on brushing the pool 3 times a day for the first 14 days. Clean the cartridge filters every 3 months.
Today’s list of concerns:
1. PCC2000 cleaning system won’t cycle.
2. Lighting color wheels won’t cycle.
3. Color wheels not able to change separately.
4. Pool lighting will not sync with fiber optic lighting.
5. Pumps on wrong timers/remote.
6. Stains in plaster.
7. Stains and chips on deck.
8. Fiber optics not working. No illuminator
9. Waterfall lighting not in.
10. No conduit in concrete riser for wok pot # 3 fiber optics.
11. Wok pot lines plugged and do not spray correctly.
12. Wok pot bubbler pipes stick up over pots.
13. Diving board set crooked.
14. Gauges for cleaning system broken.
15. Gauges for pumps broken.
16. Dirt in deep end can not make it to the main drain. PCC2000 spraying over the top of main drain, keeping debris from making it to the drain.
Called and left message for Debbie to call me. She will be out till Friday. UV system was installed and plumbed into the filter.

No Show

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Start up people could not make it today. Paddock tech started filter and checked pumps. 2 pumps wired incorrectly, he will have the electricians out to fix them. Waterfall output was not what I expected. It throws only about a foot out from the wall. He added chlorine and acid to the pool. He said the start up people should be out tomorrow to place the cleaning jets and all the nozzles. He said to brush it today and none tomorrow so the set up guy can set the cleaners. I brushed to pool down twice the first time. I noticed several stains in the plaster along the wok pot side.
Thursday 03-16-2006 pool orientation.
Friday 03-24-2006 the salt system will be added.

Paint Waterfall

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Poco Verde painted the waterfall and set the caps on the exterior wall. I made the 3rd payment of $17,626.20 and handed them the addendum at their main office. Debbie Moles called to let me know that they are going to plaster on Friday and she needs the final payment before then. She will have Scott stop by to pick it up.


Monday, March 6th, 2006

Poco Verde worked on waterfall and capped the front wall. They have yet to paint the waterfall front and wall caps. Debbie Moles faxed me a contract addendum verifying all work has been completed to this point. The addendum #74104 dated 02-23-2006 states:

The following issues have been fully completed and repaired to my full satisfaction.

1. The 3 walls rebuilt per original plan. (2 side walls and 1 back wall).
2. Risers behind wok pots concrete line repaired. Expansion joints filled.
3. Pipes for wok pots bubbler system centered in pots.
4. Planter wall rebuilt with rebar for extra strength.
5. Front fence rebuilt and painted.
Kooldeck touch up and fiber optic lighting will be completed after the interior finish is completed.

She is asking me to sign this so they can continue with the finish of the pool. I told her that they have yet to paint the waterfall wall and repair the Kooldeck, e-mail picture I sent her on February 22, 2006, at the water tile line. If they finish the interior they will have to paint at the waterline with water in the pool. She said she would call Scott and ask him about it.

Personal note: The date on the addendum is false. I received this addendum today. They have not completed the work stated. The 3 walls were rebuilt but the waterfall face, the 4th wall, has yet to be painted. The concrete lines have been repaired; they were never expansion joints, just poor workmanship. The risers are centered in the pots but the 3rd pot bubbler water line is kinked. Unknown if they will even work right. The planter wall was rebuilt with rebar, finally a true statement. The front fence is now been rebuilt to code but the rebar was just cut from the top so the caps could be placed onto it. Caps have not been painted yet. Their wording in the addendum is correct but not accurate.


Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Poco Verde worked on waterfall.


Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006

Debbie Moles called and said that they are ready to plaster. She wants me to sign an addendum stating that everything is fine. She said that Scott had been out and the cracks are just surface cracks, nothing to worry about. I asked if he was looking at the same ones I saw. She will get back to me on this. I also told her about the water bib in the back that no longer works and that the construction crew has been using the neighbor’s water for their work. She stated that the fiber optics line for wok pot 3 will be put into flex conduit. They did not like to use flex due to it is hard to run the line inside it. (Like being poured inside concrete is easier to pull?) I e-mailed Debbie Moles the pictures of the cracks I saw.

I am sending you a couple pictures of the cracks I talked with you about on Wednesday. They are located on each side of the waterfall, flanking the sides of the tile.

The back hose bib that is connected to the automatic fill system is dead. I have not checked to see if it is the hose bib itself or if there is no water to that line anymore.

I also noticed where the waterfall meets the pool, the deck has chipped and cracked. I know these will be taken care of later when they come to finish the deck but I just wanted you to be aware of them.
So as I see it we are currently going to wait on the fiber optics for both the water sheer and the wok pot till after the pool has been plastered and filled. Then the deck and the wok pot base can be repaired, gate for equipment area re-hung, exterior yard wall capped and finished, planter refilled with dirt, salt system added, pressure gauge on cleaning system repaired, diving board, Jazz lighting controller, fiber optic controller and illuminator, and remote light/pump controller, will be installed at a later date barring any other problems don’t pop up.


Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Debbie Moles called and said that everything should be finished by Tuesday. Poco Verde cleaned up and finished their work on the planter. They are waiting for final inspection on the wall. They should be out to start on the wok pots next. She said that if I wanted, Poco Verde would refill the planter with dirt in a couple weeks. The fiber optics is set for Friday. I told her about the sheer not having the lip to mount the optics on. She will confirm this with Scott. Scott is working on the sheer lip and plans to cut the tile back.

Day 20 of contract

Monday, February 6th, 2006

Front face of waterfall tiled. Side wall is almost complete. Tile sits flush with water sheer. There is no place for the fiber optics to mount.
“The Fiberstars Waterfall Light Bar can be installed
before or after the fall is installed. Note: Installation
of light bar on radius falls before the fall is installed is
recommended. Making sure the bevel on the
light bar track is angling away from the pool wall,
toward the back of the water (see Fig. 2). Simply
attach the light bar to the fall using clear PVC cement.
Be careful not to obstruct the water flow with the light
bar track or PVC cement. Pull fiber through the conduit
at the waterfall back to the illuminator location.
Important! On sheer falls there must be
1 1/8” between the finished tile and the front lip
of the fall. On Rain falls there must be 1 5/8”
clearance for installation of light bar.”

None of these instructions were followed as the water sheer is flush with the tile. These instructions were taken from Fiberstars website, http://www.fiberstars.com.

Remove Wall

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Stucco waterfall. Remove side yard wall. Attempt to repair line in wok pot bases. They accented the concrete pour line in the wok pot bases instead of filling it in.


Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Work on planter, waterproof interior.

Day 12 of contract

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Worked on planter.


Friday, January 27th, 2006

Worked on planter.

Week 44

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Started on the planter.


Friday, January 20th, 2006

Decking cut where planter is supposed to go.


Wednesday, January 18th, 2006

Poco Verde arrived and started demolition on planter. They removed all 4 walls of the planter including the water sheer. Talked with Debbie and she said that they needed to start over with all 4 walls. I also told her that it looked as if they hit some of the pool water lines that were under the planter.

Week 38

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Wok pots set and plumbed with water and lights. The pipes are not centered in the pots. It looks as if there was a problem with one of the pipes in the cleaning system as there is a hole in the pool shell around one of the pipes. Waterfall tile is grouted.


Monday, December 12th, 2005

Permadeck started on re-coloring the deck above the waterline tile and below the wok pot bases. Electricians wired pool equipment. Planter was painted and filled with dirt.

Week 37

Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Debbie Moles called to check status. They started on the tile for the waterfall face. Wrought iron fence panels were placed and welded in. Tile on the waterfall was placed all the way to the top of the waterfall on both sides of the sheer, leaving no room for the saltio tile across the top.

Sheer Raised

Monday, December 5th, 2005

Debbie Moles called to check status but I had not been home yet to see if anyone had been working. Water sheer raised and capped by sheer installers. The tile gap between the wok pot bases and the waterline tile was filled in with approximately 1” of tile grout. It was then shaped to look like the permadeck.

Week 36

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Poco Verde worked on the waterfall, removing the top row of bricks above the water sheer.

Week 34

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Fiber optic people started on adding fiber to waterfall. They cut out the wall from the misplaced conduit to where it was supposed to be, chiseling a line inside the waterfall wall. I spoke with Debbie Moles and told her about the nail holes in the face of the waterfall that Poco Verde was going to repair before painting but did not. I also asked her about the fiber being embedded into the wall. She said that the nail holes would be fixed and that the fiber optics would never be a problem in the wall. She asked me to e-mail her some current pictures of the planter.
E-mail to her.
This is where we are at as of 11-17-05
Picture DSC00075 – front view of planter.
Picture DSC00079 – water sheer with fiber optics cut out?
Picture DSC00080 – I will be happy to buy Poco Verde a level if they need one.


Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Poco Verde worked on planter.


Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Poco Verde worked on planter.
I spoke with Debbie Moles and she said that the fiber optic people would be out this week to finish up their area. Tile should be ready to install by Friday.

Week 33

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Poco Verde started to work on planter.

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,
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.

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.


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.

Week 27

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

Work on forming deck and wok pot areas.
9:00am Debbie Moles called to ask about progress. I told her that the framers had just left. I told her about the planter wall being stuccoed but still made of miscellaneous bricks. I also mentioned that the planter wall looked straight if you were really drunk. The pool heater still leaked, and the pump pads were still sunk in the dirt.
I did notice that the planter had been partially filled with dirt even though it had not been fully sealed. This raises future problems of water from the planter exiting thru the waterfall area.


Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Poco Verde continues to work on planter. Fiber optics conduit run, stubbed up on wrong side of wall.


Monday, September 26th, 2005

Poco Verde continues to work on planter.


Friday, September 23rd, 2005

I met with Lloyd Wilson at 9:30am. He marked out where the deck is supposed to end. He marked out the walkway from the patio to the deck, leaving 6” gaps on both sides of walkway, between patio and walkway, and walkway to deck. We discussed the back wall of planter. He also noticed it was not straight. He is going to have Poco Verde replace the wing wall made of ½ bricks, and the wall height should be 5” to match the existing wall. The opposite side wing wall will be deleted. Poco Verde will also fill the gaps in the blocks forming the planter. He also mentioned lowering the deck cap from 5” to 4” on the wok pot bases. I told him I would prefer leaving it at 5” to match the rest of the pool. He said the fiber optic people should be out Monday or Tuesday to sleeve. He also noted that none of the plumbing has been repaired as of yet. Debbie Moles called 11:05am, checking on how things are. She will call on Wednesday to check back.
12:00 noon Poco Verde was out to work on the wall and stucco. I told the one guy there that the wall needs to be even with the existing wall. He did not know this. I tried to explain that the wing wall they had put up was going to be redone, I don’t think he understood. Looking at the back planter wall you can see how it bows down in the center.

Week 26

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

8:00am I called Lloyd Wilson and told him the deck was formed too short, ending before it reached the fireplace extension of the house. He said they go from scale and he would be out to take a look.
9:00am Debbie Moles called to let me know that the fiber optics will be in by Tuesday. I told her also about the 4’ walkway missing, deck short, planter back wall short in height and length, and the planter not sealed enough to keep water from leaching into the pool. She said she would get with Lloyd and let me know.
9:20am Debbie called to say Lloyd would try and be out this afternoon.


Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Poco Verde stuccoes part of the waterfall. No block work done.
Waterfall only measures 32 inches, not the 36 inches called for in the plan. Back wall of the waterfall measures only 4’, 5’ is per plan, might not be done yet.

Did they Show Up?

Monday, September 19th, 2005

Poco Verde worked on waterfall. I have several concerns about the waterfall/planter. First are all the gaps in the block. It is a planter full of dirt and will be irrigated. This will leak out into the stucco exterior. Second, looking at the back of the waterfall, it seems to be sagging in the middle. I checked level and it is off. Third is the stacking of the block. The block on the side of the planter is not staggered in some areas, leaving a weak area in the retaining wall. Since dirt and plants will be above the weak area, I see a potential failure in the future.

Nancy Graham at Paddock called to see if Poco had shown up today. They did this afternoon but when I looked out at 2pm they were gone.
Nancy is going to be gone the rest of the week so Debbie Moles will be following up on this for her. Poco is supposed to finish this week with the water features so that the deck can be poured on the 26th. But that can’t happen unless Poco finishes. Debbie will be checking in mid week to make sure Poco is showing up.

Week 25

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

Poco Verde worked on waterfall.

936 hours late

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Poco Verde completed backyard wall, only 936 hours late from the time promised. They started on the waterfall feature. I noticed they did not continue the rear of the waterfall from existing back wall as shown in the overview picture and discussed on September 13, 2005 with Craig and Lloyd.


Tuesday, September 13th, 2005

I met with Lloyd Wilson at 8:15am. I showed him the sinking pumps, missing planter foundation, and leaking heater. He would have someone out to fix the heater and see if they can level the pumps. He said Poco Verde would be out today to start on the wall. Poco would paint the wall because they were using standard bricks. He painted where the back planter wall would be located. The fiber optic people came by to look over the project. They will run their conduit, and then after all is done, set the illuminator and controls.
12:00pm, met with Craig from Poco Verde. We discussed painting the wall to match the house since it needed to be painted anyway. They started digging the foundation for the wall and removal of the unneeded foundation already poured. We went over the placement of the rear wall for the planter. The 5’ tall wall meets the existing back wall and extends past the planter, centering the 3’ planter. I gave him a copy of the overview picture. He said they should have the backyard wall done today or tomorrow securing the backyard.


Monday, August 29th, 2005

Area for waterfall cleared out. Small footing dug for retaining wall and waterfall. Noticed footer for back wall of waterfall/planter did not go all the way across to the back yard wall. Only the planter had been cleared.

Week 20

Monday, August 15th, 2005

I met with Lloyd Wilson around 9:00am at the house. He marked the location for the wall to be replaced. Poco Verde would be out soon to replace it. I had some questions about the rebar in the steps, and wok pot area. The steps were fine but the wok pot drawing he had did not show the 2 tier set up. Along the back wall is +12 then +6 for the wok pot fountain, and +6 for the planter pot behind the wok pot. We discussed wok pot bases. Bases are to be concrete decking material and Saltillo topped, with waterline tile face. The waterfall will be capped with decorative cap, due to cracking from block construction, and then stamped with Saltillo. Waterfall will be faced with waterline tile and random pattern. Waterline tile is to include random deco tile, same as waterfall face. Waterfall retaining wall rebar was placed in the wrong location, will be moved to the waterfall and not along the wok pots. Waterfall needs to be shotcreted so waterline tile can be added to face, but no waterfall has been made yet. I mentioned that no heater had been installed when the electricians were here. He marked the location for the heater near the pumps. He said the salt system, and fiber optics would be installed at a later date also. Passed electrical inspection on 8-12-05. The walkway from the patio to deck was still not in the drawing and resurfacing the patio was unclear. He noted both items. Expressed my dissatisfaction with the whole project and miscommunications between Paddock, their subs, and myself.


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