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Glass tile tanning ledge and other questions

Posted by alyx_c (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 1, 13 at 18:55

Hi, I am new to the forum. We have a house on Padre Island, TX. Our PB will start on our pool Thur or Fri, weather permitting. Our pool will be 10.5' w X 36' l, salt water. The first 10' will be a tanning ledge with 9" of water. I am having the entire ledge bottom and sides done in a thin copper colored glass tile the pool and steps. The coping is the lightest Travertine we could get. There will be 2 steps from the tanning ledge the width of the pool where it will go to 3.5' and going to 4.5'. We were going to go 5' but we can hit water level at 5' or 6'. So finally to my questions. :-) I have seen a shorter pool with what the owner called swim jets. He loves them, they look like regular jets, not the big box things that create swim resistance in pools. I prefer the jets and all his equip is Hayward but I cannot find anything on the hayward site about swim jets. Did they just use spa jets? He turns off everything in the pool when he turns on these jets but the system works great for him to swim. Also is 9" of water enough for the tanning ledge, it is hot and windy here, usually? Thank you!

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RE: Glass tile tanning ledge and other questions

Hayward sp1450T is a big jet that moves up to 60? gpms. They are set up for liner or fiberglas installtions but can be used in concrete applications. I wouldn't call them swimjets. We call them gorilla jets.

RE: Glass tile tanning ledge and other questions

When used, SP1450s are usually found on thermoplastic step sides in my region. I get to winterize them often. We usually call them step jets.

I have never seen them in a gunite pool and can't imagine trying to put 60 GPM through them unless they are in pairs.

For swim jets, a set of Badu jets with a dedicated pump or a Riverflow with it's own pump I think will make a better endless pool feature. They aren't cheap systems, mind you.


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