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Old 07/24/2020, 12:27 AM   #151
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With a couple of friends, I completed the geothermal... it took a month.

Now I’m running pressure tests to find any holes and fixing them.

The weather was a big obstacle for weeks and working in a mud pit in 100 degrees after a rain was ... unique



https://imgur.com/gallery/h1izlTL

https://imgur.com/user/BrightReefGardens

I apologize for not posting all the pics in the thread. It’s exhausting work.

Once it’s fixed, I need to remove the sawhorse supports, drop it in the pit with rope supports and then fill with sand and compact it

Then comes the air geothermal

Then the crushed concrete base under the pool


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Old 07/24/2020, 06:12 AM   #152
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With a couple of friends, I completed the geothermal... it took a month.

Now Iím running pressure tests to find any holes and fixing them.

The weatHer was a big obstacle for weeks and working in a mud pit in 100 degrees after a rain was ... unique



https://imgur.com/gallery/h1izlTL

https://imgur.com/user/BrightReefGardens

I apologize for not posting all the pics in the thread. Itís exhausting work.

Once itís fixed, I need to remove the sawhorse supports, drop it in the pit with rope supports and then fill with sand and compact it

Then comes the air geothermal

Then the crushed concrete base under the pool

Thatís crazy whatís your background?!


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Old 07/24/2020, 09:48 AM   #153
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Still inviting anyone who wants to participate on this! It’s a hard project so needs lots of hands and minds


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Old 07/25/2020, 10:42 AM   #154
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Glad to see some posts on this again. I've been curious about how it's coming along.

Wish I lived closer so I could help out.


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Old 07/25/2020, 12:51 PM   #155
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Me too. I need a lot of help!


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Old 07/25/2020, 12:51 PM   #156
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Me too. I need a lot of help!

If I didnít just frag a baby I would be there! Iím in Houston and have a 4 week old. My tank is even feeling left out at the moment! Lol


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Old 07/25/2020, 12:54 PM   #157
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Today I’m using a vacuum pump to try and draw pvc glue into the holes I found by pressurizing the system with my air compressor and listening for leaks. I’m waiting for it to dry and then I’ll repressurize and retest.

There are about 300 joints and each needs to be checked. I got an ultrasonic leak detector for the next pass in case there are still holes I couldn’t find with a stethoscope.


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Old 08/08/2020, 06:59 PM   #158
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Old 09/12/2020, 07:22 PM   #159
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Old 09/15/2020, 09:06 PM   #160
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This is awesome! I have a possibly-upcoming prroject to renovate a small pool into a shark tank and Im going to be taking some tips from you!


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Old 10/03/2020, 10:32 PM   #161
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Old 10/20/2020, 08:26 AM   #162
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Old 10/29/2020, 08:08 PM   #163
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Old 10/30/2020, 06:32 AM   #164
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Old 01/11/2021, 08:04 AM   #165
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Hey guys. Sorry to have been gone for a bit but between COVID and building this beast, it’s been a little hectic.

Things are still going - just very slowly. And if you’re in the DFW area, I’m still looking for help.

I’m further along than this but here’s my imgur for the pics:

https://imgur.com/user/BrightReefGardens

It’s just been a lot of pics so this is more convenient - also allows video.

I’ll update with the concrete footing and rebar pics soon.


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Old 01/11/2021, 08:14 AM   #166
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Hey guys. Sorry to have been gone for a bit but between COVID and building this beast, itís been a little hectic.

Things are still going - just very slowly. And if youíre in the DFW area, Iím still looking for help.

Iím further along than this but hereís my imgur for the pics:

https://imgur.com/user/BrightReefGardens

Itís just been a lot of pics so this is more convenient - also allows video.

Iíll update with the concrete footing and rebar pics soon.

Was worried about you


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Old 01/11/2021, 11:26 AM   #167
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Not able to see anything... probably need to get the app


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Old 01/11/2021, 02:07 PM   #168
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I just checked out your imgur, and realized that I had seen one of your posts earlier and was confused about it, thought it was just a pool with a bar inside, not a reef!
Now that I know it's you, I can pay more attention!


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Old 01/11/2021, 04:13 PM   #169
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Not able to see anything... probably need to get the app
Hmmm. Maybe but hereís a link to the last post - https://imgur.com/gallery/dz1VMPo


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I just checked out your imgur, and realized that I had seen one of your posts earlier and was confused about it, thought it was just a pool with a bar inside, not a reef!
Now that I know it's you, I can pay more attention!
Itís hard to explain what Iím doing in 255 characters or less. 😂

I have a YouTube video showing the original plan

https://youtu.be/DqHlDnL29TI

Itís a little slow but thatís because itís a new channel with only one vid that no one ever looks at! Lol


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Itís hard to explain what Iím doing in 255 characters or less.

I have a YouTube video showing the original plan

https://youtu.be/DqHlDnL29TI

Itís a little slow but thatís because itís a new channel with only one vid that no one ever looks at! Lol

Glad to see youíre making head way


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Old 01/12/2021, 03:15 PM   #172
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For those who canít see the Imgur. Hereís the last one so far.




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Old 01/30/2021, 10:50 AM   #173
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Wall forms and floor rebar

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Old 01/30/2021, 10:54 AM   #174
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The coping around the reef has an indent for the 30” of glass that’ll raise the reef water.
The concrete pillars are there to support the glass since it’s a 16’ span and I’ll break that up into 10’ and 6’
The reef windows will let me see through to the floor and the hidden caves.

The sump window was just in case.


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Old 02/01/2021, 02:43 PM   #175
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Really amazing,
A lot has happened since that first shovel of dirt
The engineering required is incredible.

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