Bad Agg. A new issue, recently recognized, is a problem with potential “bad aggregate” being added unintentionally, to concrete mix in Central Texas. Materials being mined in our area from any local quarry, can unknowingly get into the concrete mix for house slabs, high rises, commercial jobs and yes, backyard swimming pools. The concrete disease is referred to as ASR, which stands for Alkali Silica Reaction. A quarry can dig into an area of highly reactive aggregate, when the reactive agg is mixed up and used in concrete (and no preventative measures taken) If no prevention is taken, ASR can begin to rip the structure apart due to the chemical reaction.
Although ASR proceeds from a well-known chemical reaction, your chances of getting ASR can seem like your chances of getting cancer- just a piece of terrible bad luck. Your exposure to the severe problem is relative to the quality of materials delivered to your site and placed into your pool. The bad ag material can literally crack your gunite structure end to end.
There have been several good pool builders in the Central Texas Region that have gone out of business due to having multiple shell failures in very recent years. The only way to fix the problem is to tear out the entire site and start over from scratch. This equates to a fast death of a quality pool company attempting to replace a dozen pools, very sad.
The vaccine for the ASR cancer nightmare is very simple. For years FLY ASH has been recognized an additive for prevention to the ASR issue. When the concrete cures, it leaves small voids, and the FLY ASH goes in and occupies those voids and grows small crystals to fill that space so water can’t enter. FLY ASH also helps lower total alkalinity that helps as well.
FIELDER CUSTOM POOLS DEMANDS FLY ASH TO BE ADDED TO ALL OF OUR CONCRETE. SHOTCRETE, DECKING, FOOTINGS, RETAINING WALLS ETC.
There will never be a 100% guarantee that a deck won’t crack, or a pool could have an issue as well on occasion. But rest assured, we at FIELDER CUSTOM POOLS are delivering ONLY the highest quality pool available in our industry, to you, right here in the Texas hill country. We build it right or we won’t build it at all.
This is simply info for you to ponder as you decide on who builds your backyard dream pool
DICKIE AND KAMIE FIELDER
FIELDER CUSTOM POOLS
Info credit to: Aqua Magazine April 2023 Issue
Seems this pollen season will never go away!
Here’s a few notes that will help till the sky clears up.
#1 Check your water chemistry at least 3 times a week for balance levels.
#2 Keep your Ph level at 7.4 ppm
#3 Add Chlorine shock 2-3 times per week. (The pollen is eating up the chlorine quickly right now. So if you don’t stay ahead of it, you’ll certainly have a green pool w/ live algae on the entire interior of your pool). Check your container for proper amounts to add to pool.)
#4 Even if you have a UV or Ozone system, shock the pool! Neither will take total care of your water, alone.
#5 Have your filter professionally cleaned. Sand filters, every 5 years typically. DE Filters, annually. This can be a big problem if service is ignored.
#6 Dip pool with dip net 2 times daily until blooms quit dropping. Clean skimmer baskets and Polaris bag daily to keep the water flowing thru filter properly. Don’t forget to backwash and add your DE to you skimmer!!
Hope this helps. HAPPY SWIMMING FROM FCP
2 parts Deep Eddie Cranberry Vodka
4 parts Fever Tree (Refreshingly Light) Ginger Beer
1 part Liber & Co. Blood Orange Cordial
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice
Twist of Lime and/or fresh cranberries for garnish (optional)
1. Pour vodka over ice into a cocktail shaker
2. Squeeze in juice from half a lime, add Orange Cordial, and shake vigorously.
3. Strain into a copper mug (or your favorite Yeti) filled with ice and add Ginger beer. Gently stir to combine.
4. Garnish with lime twist or cranberries
VALUABLE FREEZE PROTECTION INFO FOR YOUR POOL
Hello to all and Happy New Year from all of us here at Fielder Custom Pools
It’s winter believe it or not, here in mid January but has felt more like spring weather right?
Don’t be fooled and caught unprepared. Now’s the time to inspect, adjust, insulate and be prepared for a hard freeze. Remember last February’s snow and ice storm? It caught all of us off guard. The electric grid failure was the worst problem of all. All of our pool systems come with freeze protection but if the power fails, your in trouble, unless you follow these rules.
#1 Check the insulation on your auto fill valve (RPZ) located next to a close faucet to the pool. Either close the valves and open the pet cocks to drain water from RPZ, OR wrap all pipes with old towels, blankets tightly. This is an expensive service call to replace the RPZ and pipe if frozen and cracked. Importante!
#2 Check your freeze settings on your controller or time clock to 38 degrees. If set properly the pumps will crank at that temperature and run continuously until temperature rises above 38 degrees, assuming the power stays on.
#3 REMEMBER THIS ONE! If the power goes out during a severe freeze like last February? You have to go to the equipment immediately (as I did last year on our own pool, at 1:00 AM in a blizzard) and turn off the pool breakers, pull all drain plugs from every pump, filter, DE unit and the heater if you have one. IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOUR EQUIPMENT IS BELOW POOL AND SPA ELEVATION, CLOSE OFF ALL TWO AND THREE WAY VALVES ON THE SYSTEM TO PREVENT DRAINING WATER FROM THE POOL AND SPA!!!! Collect all plugs removed and keep them in a safe place for reinstall after weather warms up. OR if you know a severe freeze is coming in advance and your leaving town, simply drain all equipment and turn off the pool breakers and open all 2 and 3 way valves so they’ll drain as well. NOTE: Close the 2 and 3 way valves if equipment is below pool elevation to prevent water draining from pool. Its simple to crank back up after the thaw and will save you thousands of dollars. Most pool equipment isn’t covered by homeowners’ insurance unless you have specified that to your carrier.
So be prepared and not caught off guard, it’ll save you lots of money, we promise!
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us for support.
HAPPY SOAKING AND SWIMMING
DICKIE, KAMIE AND THE ENTIRE FCP TEAM
Welcome 2021! We’ve been waiting a long time and thank you for finally showing up.
Unfortunately, Covid is still hanging around and doesn’t show any signs of going away anytime soon.
The vaccines are slow getting to a lot of us and let’s face it, we haven’t been the best at following the rules for distancing, wearing a mask properly (or at all). So here we are in 2021 with the reality that this is going to continue thru this year and hopefully, we can all go back to some sort of normalcy.
January is now almost over and we are looking forward to a beautiful spring coming soon. During 2020, Fielder Custom Pools, as well as most pool companies in our country, have experienced super high volume of new construction. At the beginning of the pandemic, we didn’t even think we would have a pool company at this point in 2021. But here we are and stronger than ever before. The need for backyard pools is stronger than ever! Customers realize now more than ever, the backyard oasis they’ve always dreamed of but postponed due to summer vacations, traveling and risks involved with kids tagging along, is a thing of the past. Families are hanging close to home now, investing in remodeling their homes and finally installing the pool they have wanted forever, just never got around to it. Our homes are our sanctuaries of safety and love for our families.
As always normal, spring is much closer than you think. If you are seriously interested in building a backyard pool during 2021, you should GET MOVING NOW,. If you want to enjoy the entire 2021 swim season!, GET MOVING NOW. Visit our website, www.fielderpools.com and view our gallery but most of all, fill out the Customer Contact Form and forward to us. One of the Fielder Custom Pool team will contact you, to set an appointment for a site inspection, then we’ll create a 3d design accompanied including your your proposal, along and forward screenshots to you via internet delivery.. We will schedule We’ll schedule a phone meeting to address any and all questions you have, as we review the design delivery together. It’s safe, it’s distanced and has worked out extremely well during this pandemic.
Fielder Custom Pools is committed to providing the very best pool building experience available. Our commitment to excellence is well documented on social media, with wonderful reviews and boast with over 45 years of “hands-on” care for our beloved client base.
We are currently only taking serious requests due to heavy scheduling, but are very serious about answering your questions and speaking with you personally via phone. So fill out the customer form on the Fielder Pool website, today.
You’ll never make a better decision than adding a Fielder Custom Pool to your home, it will forever change the way you maximize the total enjoyment of your outdoor living environment.
HAPPY 2021 from the Fielder Custom Pool Team!!!!
Everyone be safe and Happy Swimming!!
Dickie and Kamie
Millions of years ago, in the Gulf of Mexico, the Earth was devastated by an enormous meteor.
It has, fairly recently, been identified as the cause of the dinosaur extinction. 80 % all life on the planet was killed off by this horrific asteroid collision from space.
Fast forward 65 million of years and here we are living and thriving on our beautiful blue planet.
The initial blast from the meteor in the Gulf left hundreds, if not thousands of pot craters all around the impact zone, mostly inland in Mexico. The Yucatan is a hot bed of leftover small craters, known today as Cenotes’. We at Fielder Custom Pools have visited many Cenotes’ while vacationing in the Yucatan, Mayan and Quintana Roo area of Mexico. Cenote’ never fail to amaze us with the natural beauty the Earth offers us to enjoy. These gorgeous clear, clean watering holes are filled with pristine water, sometimes spring fed, with native vegetation in a totally natural environment. Many times, the local native Indian and Mexican people use them as their sole source of water. Therefore, while visiting these sites, it’s important to respect the importance of preserving and protecting this wonderful, beautiful, natural eco scape that provides life to natives in the area.
We, at Fielder Custom Pools are amazed with these beautiful natural nature scapes. And of course, since we are in the swimming pool design and construction business, we are now offering to build your family your very own Cenote’ in your backyard, in the appropriate environment This is not your normal backyard pool in a crowded subdivision with fences, close neighbors etc. These one of a kind projects are custom designed, appropriately, for the client whom lives on acreage, mostly in the country, away from the city.
The idea and vision for a cenote’ pool, is dependent on the individual natural elements existing on each particular site. Fielder Custom Pools can design and create an extremely natural waterscape, if the site allows the perfect setting for installation. No concrete decking is permissible on a cenote’ pool. The client will need to be prepared to have lush, native, vegetation and landscaping in abundance, installed around the cenote’ pool to create a hidden gem of a crystal clear, natural watering hole. Of course, as with all pools, there will have to be adequate electrical and water source available to the close proximity of the structure, for required equipment to maintain safe and clean water for all swimmers.
Current scientists agree, that the planet will be impacted by another gigantic meteor in the future. The expected collision is not a matter of if, but when it will happen. We have the ability to track and map asteroids/meteors with super telescopes today, so no need to worry that we’re doomed to perish anytime soon, without adequate warning. Science is working on different ideas to alter the paths of super meteors, if not totally destroy them before they impact our planet again.
In the meantime, why not swim, float and relax in your very own custom designed, backyard cenote’? Built exclusively by FIELDER CUSTOM POOLS, located in the beautiful hill country of Central Texas. Then you can gaze up at the night sky and see a million stars, planets and our beautiful galaxy and realize, how wonderful and blessed our life on this Earth truly is.
Call for a site inspection and consultation TODAY!
Fielder Custom Pools
2500 CR 403
Marble Falls, Texas 78734
It’s not as crazy as you may believe. In fact, it’s the very thing you should do! Most clients don’t even start to begin the process until it gets hot, and that’s too late to enjoy your new pool much the 1st season. Here are a couple of reasons to bust it out now and get your aqua groove on the move!
• You not only have a design (w/ revisions possibly) and a builder to select (WHICH TAKES TIME). After contract signing, there are almost always delays waiting on permits AND HOA approvals, which could take as much as 6 weeks or so in certain jurisdictions. So, you are already into around 2 months invested, BEFORE the fence has even come down!
• Once the actual excavation begins, you should expect around 2 months to construct your project for most jobs, assuming you’ve chosen the right pool builder. Yes there can be “real, unavoidable delays”, like rain and muddy site days, freezing temperatures preventing concrete pour, pipe installation, waiting on inspection days, trenching, etc. So now you are at 4 months invested, which is blistering quick with the correct pool builder.
• Once the project is finally complete, pool is full of water and equipment started up you can take the first dip in your new family aquatic addition in the backyard. But you’re still not done! You have to consider outdoor furniture, landscaping/sod, sprinkler system rebuild/install, planter/tree lighting etc. Once all these finish items are completed, you can truly relax and enjoy the most exciting addition you will EVER make to your family home, lifestyles and togetherness shared with family and friends for years to come.
So, it’s in your best interest to build in the winter and get moving NOW so you can enjoy your investment ALL SUMMER LONG. If you wait until January, you could still be behind the 8 ball with spring rains etc., causing untimely completion and frustration. IT’S A SWIMMING POOL! It should be relaxing, NOT a source of stress. At Fielder Custom Pools, we take the extra steps to insure each job is timely completed and at budget.
Give us a call today and let us do all the heavy lifting and get you swimming all summer long!
HAPPY SWIMMING AND HOLIDAYS FROM THE FIELDER POOL TEAM
In recent months, we have become more aware than even before, the sad consequences of choosing the wrong pool builder to construct your pool. We’ve done this pool building thing for a while now, over 40 years actually. We win jobs and we lose other jobs for various reasons. Prospects, God bless them, have to take in all the information given them during the course of design, information, internet research, reviews, BBB info, expert friends that own pools etc. etc. etc. Today’s prospect relies on many available resources to help them determine the best fit for them, isn’t America great? Truth is, many, many pools are contracted and built every day that don’t measure up to customer expectations at completion.
Cases in point, we lost a job in a neighborhood last year where we have constructed 3 pools on the same block. The lost customer bought a competitors pool and thought they had made a smart decision and saved a lot of money. Yesterday, we became aware from a recent victim, they were promised and contracted, a great pebble finish on their pool interior. What they actually got was a quartz finish, which is much less than a quality pebble finish with a greater warranty and customer satisfaction.. What happened to material selections with the customer, in writing? We also recently, had a competitor tell the prospect they could build a pool 30 percent cheaper than Fielder Custom Pools, I WISH! This is ridiculous, I can guarantee, there’s NOT 30 percent profit in any pool!!! That’s where the brilliance ends. After finishing our 3 pools, the thrifty client has been under construction for 10 months!!! At our last drive by, the plaster still hasn’t been installed and their pool sits waiting for water. The customer actually used OUR CUSTOM DESIGN, which is a NO-NO, believing they were getting a better deal. We’ve all heard these nightmare stories and it is completely unacceptable to Fielder Custom Pools.
BUYER BEWARE, what you believe you are receiving from some fast talking, promise making designer with a large company or even a small one, isn’t always going to work out as hoped for. You make your choice at your own peril, good or bad.
No one is perfect though. There is the human element and events, scheduling and weather issues that can always effect the time line for timely completion. Regardess, the job should continue timely and scheduled to fill as soon as possible, start it up and allow you to enjoy what you’ve paid handsomely for, right?
We’re not here to slam anyone. Competition is always good, it keeps the market under control and offers the hard working client, the opportunity to make a smart decision. God bless you all in your decision making journey.
The Fielder Custom Pool Team