Build a Hybrid Pool

Hybrid Pool Process Outline
* Disclaimer * All hybrid pools are different and created and built differently. This is a broken down step by step list, and in real life is much more specific and detailed on what needs to happen at each step.
• You need a customer
• Draw up design and budget
• Customer and you agree on contract
• All permits must be pulled and approved
• With bright spray paint the lines need to be drawn where needs to be dug, different colors are used for different areas of the pool.
• Shallower area can be dug with shovels and more curved areas.
• Then steal wall/ steal panel are put up.
• Then rebar is placed if needed at this point or just dirt walls for the gunite portions.
• The dirt wall or openings will be the gunite portions.
• Make sure all openings are the correct size and dimensions for the area.
• Some of the steal walls may need to be cut in half for the sun ledge and other features to get the correct shape and size.
• Behind the steel walls with be braces and footing that will then need to be concreted behind to make sure that they are secure.
• Once the footings are poured with concrete then behind needs to be filled in with dirt almost to the top. When the shotcrete is done for the features you will add concrete here to the top then smooth it out to have bluestone later be put over for the perimeter of the pool.
• Where the gunite portions will be you need to be adding rebar
• The rebar needs to be tied together and crossed.
• Shotcrete needs to be added to these rebar area these are your gunite portions.
• For features like waterfalls, waterslides, steps, love seats, grottos, sunledges, and etc you need to create the shapes with rebar then have that base shotcreted then more rebar will be added along with more concrete to create shapes and sometimes cinderblocks to build up, or support.
• When the shotcrete is shot you are going to need to smooth out the area’s that need to be smooth, so like the sunledge bottom, or the top across the steel walls where overtop your bluestone is going to do.
• Make sure that you leave holes for the plumbing. Before all the concrete is shot.
• Then you are going to create all of the features with more concrete then your plumbing is going to be added in once the concrete has dried in those areas have been sanded down and smoothed.
• You are going to add all of the white true track plastic to the steal walls and the concrete. Do not take out the stopper for the actual part of the track that the line will be going in, if concrete gets in this you have ruined the entire pool track for your liner.
• Make sure you are keeping all of the steel walls clean and the true track.
• After gluing on the track and making sure it is dried then you can caulk around the tracks to make sure that nothing is going to leak.
• Error on the side for more caulk then less. You do not want anything to come loose or anything to leak.
• Then once the true track is on you are going to want to put on all of the beauty strips in all of the places where there is the meeting of gunite and vinyl these are kits you are going to need to purchase and the same thing is you are going to glue it on with caulk in that zig zag motion.
• Then you are going to want to add in extra screws to make sure everything is going to stay but these screws need to have very fine threads and lay flat. This is on the beauty strips as well.
• Then on the edges you want to put four or so if some caulk comes out that is okay.
• Then you are going to want to do the hard bottom of the pool once you have everything that meets to that area is semi complete.
• At this point if you are doing in floor cleaning system that has all been plumbed, and there are holes open where they need to be. Make sure not to get hard bottom in these areas.
• For setting the Bluestone you are going to want to get all the bluestone pieces out and organize them where they need to be around the pool and you are going to want to put big and small next to each other and if some need to be cut that is fine but they should all fit naturally and cover the entire rim of the pool.
• Once you have figured out where all of the stones are to go and fit then you are going to want to glue them down with caulk, have about an one inch over hang and that the nice side is up, so no blemishes are to be seen. Your grout line needs to also be appropriate size not too big and not too small.
• Remember when you only do this where you have the flat surface of the pool meeting the patio (which goes in last normally)
• When gluing down the stones remember you want more glue rather than less. If you can hear the stone scraping the medal you do not have enough glue on the stone.
• Make sure that there is as little dust as possible on the stones.
• Another thing to be conscious of is that you are keeping a line going around the pool both with the inside perimeter and the outside one.
• Now we move on to the true tile, that goes the white plastic but above that strip that has the protector in it. This is where the liner is going to come up to and meet the tile.
• You are going to cement on these tiles not glue them the consistency of the cement is that you want it moist and wet but not too wet, if you hold it in your hand it should not fall through your fingers.
• You are going to put concrete on the tiles then place the tiles on close together evenly, and straight.
• Putting tile on the guinte parts of the pool you are going to want make sure that it is sanded down then you are going to want to put on a scratch coat. Then you put concrete on and put the tiles on so that they all line up smoothly along the whole pool.
• For all of the plumbing you are going to want to make sure that you leave openings. Then that everything under ground where it is suppose to be and can be connected or already has been of the portions done of the pool.
• Make sure everything is sealed correctly for no leaks.
• Then you are going to want to do the plaster that goes over all of the gunite portions before the satin finish or the ego finish. (Whichever you go with). For the amount of plaster you want to cover everything evenly but not too much or too little you also want to make sure that the edges are smooth and “nice”.
• Then you take a level and make sure you are keeping everything level throughout this process.
• Let everything dry and then you “blast” the eco finish areas with the blow torch.
• After that is finished you finish all the plumbing.
• Then the liner goes in on the track around the pool, just like a normal vinyl liner you will need to cut areas where the features are to have the beauty strip cover the edge and seal it. Then make sure all features, drains, and plumbing’s are connected and all functioning without leaks or errors.
• Last you are going to do the patio around the pool make sure you do little areas at a time to make sure that they are smooth and then once it dries a little you are going to add stain if that is what was agreed on in the contract.
• You are going to connect all of the equipment up together and then water goes in and fired up the system.
• From here you make sure everything is running correctly and fix or change whatever needs to be so that everything is set for the homeowner.
• Always give your homeowner a walk through of their new system and how it works and answer all of their questions, we always say videos help as well for them to watch to look back at, till they are comfortable and familiar with their system.

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