The 'West' Pool Construction Diary

On May 15th, 2002, Maryland Pools, Inc. began construction of our new inground pool.

Here are all the pictures I took to show the building of the pool, but be sure to scroll down and read the whole story before embarking on such a project as this one!

FENCING     My Father helped begin this project several weeks before the pool began.

Day 1: May 15th, 2002    EXCAVATION      

Day 2: May 16th, 2002    EXCAVATION PART 2     

Day 3: May 17th, 2002    PLUMBING

Day 4: May 22nd, 2002   FRAMING

Day 5: June 17th, 2002    ELECTRICAL AND IRRIGATION

Day 6: June 18th, 2002    GUNITE

Day 7: June 19th, 2002    COPING AND TILE

Days 8, 9. and 10: June 26th-July 1, 2002   DECKING, ELECTRICAL, AND CLEAN UP

Day 11: July 3rd, 2002    FINISH and FILL

FINISHING TOUCHES


Hope you enjoyed the pictures following the progress, but so you can better understand ALL that was going on in these pictures, I have a running diary in the order things happened as well.......

Day 1: May 15th, 2002    EXCAVATION      

Day 2: May 16th, 2002    EXCAVATION PART 2     

Day 3: May 17th, 2002    PLUMBING

 

May 18th, 2002: Left several messages for both Bill Brooks and for Tip Tipton, but nobody returned my calls on this day either.

On the evening of the 18th of May, I sent an email to Maryland Pools, CC: Bill Brooks, Tip Tipton, and the owners, Mr. Landon and Mr. Spero, requesting that no further digging take place without a supervisor and wanting some reassurance regarding who would be responsible for the damage already done to my property, and any future damage, as I didn't think that reasonable care had been taken to avoid these incidents.

On Monday, May 20th, 2002, I got a call from Bob Brucksch, who said he knew about the problems and the fact that I had written to the owners of Maryland Pools regarding same, and wanted to know if they could resume scheduling on the construction of the pool. I informed Mr. Brucksch that I wanted some assurance that the damages would be taken care of, preferably in writing. I explained that I felt that Maryland Pools should pay to repair my lawn in the area where the gravel had been dumped, as a huge field was available to have dumped it instead of dumping all that gravel on my lawn! I also told Mr. Brucksch that I felt the plumber had totally ignored my request to hand dig the areas around the playhouse and that he had not taken reasonable care, therefore should be responsible to pay for the repair of the irrigation piping he had broken. Mr. Brucksch said he would speak to the plumber and assured me the gravel would all be removed from my lawn before completion of the project, and that the patio crew would and should make an adjustment to their cost considering there was already a truckload of gravel on the premises. He would not say whether or not Maryland Pools would repair the damage to my lawn in the area of the gravel in the way of providing $ for seeding or sod replacement.

Later in the day on May 20th, 2002, I spoke to Tip Tipton, who agreed that I had a legitimate complaint in both the areas of the gravel on the large area of my lawn and also in the area of the broken irrigation pipe. Mr. Tipton said he would follow up with Mr. Brucksch, whom I had left several messages for, but had not spoken to again regarding how the damage problem was to be resolved.

On Tuesday, May 21st, 2002, I called Mr. Bob Brucksch, and asked if he had spoken to Tip Tipton, and he replied that he had, but couldn't recall their exact conversation. Mr. Brucksch informed me they would schedule the 'metal' crew to come continue work on the pool.  Mr. Brucksch said that he understood my concerns, but still hasn't said who would be responsible for the damages that have already occurred. I informed Mr. Brucksch that I would send him this page via email so that he could see exactly what I was complaining about.

Day 4: May 22nd, 2002   FRAMING

Finally got an email from Mr. Brucksch, on Wednesday, May 22, 2002,  regarding responsibility for damages.

No activity on the pool since the 22nd of May. It is now the 2nd of June, and I haven't heard anything from them. I spoke to Cheryl this past week, and supposedly I am going to be getting a call from the electrical crew assigned to the site. No word yet........

On June 1st, the broken irrigation line gets moved to a new location as we discovered the line had not only been snapped, but the head was completely broken from the line. Nice work Mr. Plumber..... 

Repair by our pond and irrigation specialist, Mr. Russ Twilley of Twilley Irrigation and Ponds.

Now June 11th, 2002..... almost a month after construction of the pool began, and no work has been done on site for almost three weeks....... supposedly waiting on the electrical crew.....

Note: June 12th, 2002: Have spoken to scheduling person, Cheryl, several times over the past week, and she explained they, Md. Pools, are having difficulty lining up an electrical person to arrange the bonding inspection. Gave me the name of someone locally that they would try to contract to do electrical work. Bob of Peninsula Electric, right here in Delmar, DE. 

I called Bob from Peninsula Electric on June 10th and got his fax number so that Cheryl could fax him the details of what needed to be done. Called Cheryl the same day with fax number, but here it is June 13th, and Bob says he still hasn't gotten a fax from Maryland Pools.

June 13th, 2002: Sent a fax to Cheryl pertaining to the deadline for the pool, and the fact that Peninsula Electric was still waiting to hear from her!!!!!!!!!!

Well, finally Mr. Bob of Peninsula Electric has the info needed from Maryland Pools to schedule the bonding inspection! Hallelujah! He will call Mr. Cody, in Salisbury, to arrange an inspection for sometime tomorrow, June 14th, 2002.

Cheryl called and will schedule the gunite for early next week, on Monday or Tuesday, June 17th or 18th. Should I hold my breath?? I think not......

Day 5: June 17th, 2002    ELECTRICAL AND IRRIGATION

Day 6: June 18th, 2002    GUNITE

Day 7: June 19th, 2002    COPING AND TILE

June 20th, 2002: Talked to Amanda who is the scheduling person from Maryland Pools for the remainder of the project. She wanted me to pre-pay for the decking that is to go around the pool. I am hesitant to do so as there is supposed to be some cost adjustment concerning the gravel on my lawn that I have already paid for and it's use as underlayment for the decking.

Amanda had Mr. Brucksch call me regarding the cost adjustment and prepayment of the decking. Mr. Brucksch assured me that the decking crew would remove the gravel from the lawn and use it as underlayment on the decking. The crew supervisor is supposed to come by today to look over the site and talk with me. Someone should still make an adjustment for the fact that the excavator bought and placed gravel here that wasn't really needed, but that isn't the fault of the decking crew........ details to be worked out...... apparently I was misled to believe that the decking crew commonly used gravel as underlayment, and now Mr. Brucksch is telling me that the decking contractor doesn't normally use gravel underneath the deck. 

NOTE: 7 days of actual work....... but now 35 days from first day of work......

Days 8, 9. and 10: June 26th-July 1, 2002   DECKING, ELECTRICAL, AND CLEAN UP

Day 11: July 3rd, 2002    FINISH and FILL

What they don't tell you initially is that once the water is in the pool that you still have to wait another 10 days before swimming as you have to brush the pool twice daily to remove plaster dust and allow the plaster to cure!

About a week after our water was in, we noticed the water level kept dropping and on July 15th, Maryland Pool sent a diver out to check for leaks, and they found one, around the light niche in the deep end. Seems there was a crack in the conduit that housed the wire leading to the light which hadn't been sealed. The diver made repairs and now the water is staying in the pool!

More of an ordeal than I would ever have imagined, but it is nice now that it is completed. My advice to anyone considering an inground pool? Check your bank account to make sure you have plenty of $$, don't proceed if you have any emotional or addiction problems as it would definitely send you over the edge!!! I really think that honesty is the best policy, and I would have found this process much easier to cope with if I knew in advance what to expect.

Here are some of the  FINISHING TOUCHES  that we put on the pool once it was done.

Questions???