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    Swimming Pool Contractors

    Finally reached the point in construction where we will start considering pool contractors. Want to fit a 5X10 meter pool in the backyard and thought to ask here if any y'all had any good/bad experiences with pool contractors here in Thailand?

    It seems the outfit Pool & Spa does a fair bit of work around Thailand although I think 3 separate bids on the job would be more appropriate.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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    Use a local company that can be easily reached

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    You mean pool&spa in Bangkok?

    Where do you live?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    You mean pool&spa in Bangkok?

    Where do you live?
    I live in northern Suphanburi - 2 hours from Bangkok. I see by looking at Pool & Spa for example, they do projects all over Thailand. Their reference list is quite extensive.

    In terms of using a local company, I'm not sure there is one. I'm kinda out in the Ban Nook but close to Muang Suphan.

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    Boon, my pool is 5x9 meter. you may have read my pool exploits in my house construction thread. there were a few issues associated with my initial contractor deciding he was not going to finish and walked off the job when there was an internal company conflict. pool ended up magnificantly and have enjoyed it every day since. Suggest that a dependable pool company who has been around for a while and has done some pools in the area be used. When something small needs fixed or repared it is best to have them close at hand.

    I would consider a salt water chlorinator a must have as it reduces the time spent in doing pool maintenance, cuts the costs for having to purchase chlorine and is a lot easirer on the skin and eyes.

    my pool is somewhat of a highbred in that it is overflow on 3 sides and has skimmers at one end. If I had it to do all over again I would have gone with 4 sides overflow and no skimmer. The overflow is a better look and there are not scum rings left around the elevated parts of a skimmer pool walls.

    I used Zelbright as my filtering medium in my sand filter. It is head and shoulders above sand and cartridge type filtering medium. I would recommend the use of Zelbright as your filtering medium.

    No Chinese manufactured pumps and filters.

    See my house construction thread for the ups and downs of my pool build. Good luck on your build.
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    I'll get you a phone number later for a company in Bangkok they work all over Thailand I have bought equipment of them for the last 6 years and they have never let me down if anything went wrong.

    As for the pool equipment it don't cost much more to go first class and they are the main dealers for "WaterCo" an Aussie company.

    My experience here in Phuket WaterCo"s pumps have been the best I have seen most companies pool pumps, stay away from the Chinese and Italian pumps

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    I'll get you a phone number later for a company in Bangkok they work all over Thailand I have bought equipment of them for the last 6 years and they have never let me down if anything went wrong.

    As for the pool equipment it don't cost much more to go first class and they are the main dealers for "WaterCo" an Aussie company.

    My experience here in Phuket WaterCo"s pumps have been the best I have seen most companies pool pumps, stay away from the Chinese and Italian pumps
    Cheers Red. Going with Aussie or 'Merkin equipment is the way I intend to do as less headaches down the road. Bit more 'paeng' but as the saying goes 'you get what you pay for'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEA Traveler View Post
    Boon, my pool is 5x9 meter. you may have read my pool exploits in my house construction thread. there were a few issues associated with my initial contractor deciding he was not going to finish and walked off the job when there was an internal company conflict. pool ended up magnificantly and have enjoyed it every day since. Suggest that a dependable pool company who has been around for a while and has done some pools in the area be used. When something small needs fixed or repared it is best to have them close at hand.

    I would consider a salt water chlorinator a must have as it reduces the time spent in doing pool maintenance, cuts the costs for having to purchase chlorine and is a lot easirer on the skin and eyes.

    my pool is somewhat of a highbred in that it is overflow on 3 sides and has skimmers at one end. If I had it to do all over again I would have gone with 4 sides overflow and no skimmer. The overflow is a better look and there are not scum rings left around the elevated parts of a skimmer pool walls.

    I used Zelbright as my filtering medium in my sand filter. It is head and shoulders above sand and cartridge type filtering medium. I would recommend the use of Zelbright as your filtering medium.

    No Chinese manufactured pumps and filters.

    See my house construction thread for the ups and downs of my pool build. Good luck on your build.
    Good suggestions K. SEA. Initially thought to go the salt water route although now I'm thinking since the pool and surround are going to be covered / screened-in, the chemical issue isn't as severe with sun not hitting the water? Don't know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    I'll get you a phone number later for a company in Bangkok they work all over Thailand I have bought equipment of them for the last 6 years and they have never let me down if anything went wrong.

    As for the pool equipment it don't cost much more to go first class and they are the main dealers for "WaterCo" an Aussie company.

    My experience here in Phuket WaterCo"s pumps have been the best I have seen most companies pool pumps, stay away from the Chinese and Italian pumps

    Waterco aussie fu k of they are baste in Malaysia & manufacture in China.
    Waterco left Australia 20 years ago
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    Pool & Spa products are manufacture in China

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FarangRed View Post
    I'll get you a phone number later for a company in Bangkok they work all over Thailand I have bought equipment of them for the last 6 years and they have never let me down if anything went wrong.

    As for the pool equipment it don't cost much more to go first class and they are the main dealers for "WaterCo" an Aussie company.

    My experience here in Phuket WaterCo"s pumps have been the best I have seen most companies pool pumps, stay away from the Chinese and Italian pumps
    Cheers Red. Going with Aussie or 'Merkin equipment is the way I intend to do as less headaches down the road. Bit more 'paeng' but as the saying goes 'you get what you pay for'.
    Good pump is from Pantair it is manufactured in the USA good Sand Filter is from Pantair manufactured in Thailand,
    There are concrete pools, fibreglass pools & vinyl lined pool in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    I live in northern Suphanburi - 2 hours from Bangkok. I see by looking at Pool & Spa for example, they do projects all over Thailand. Their reference list is quite extensive.
    They may sub out the grunt work to a local poo lup mau. Ask to see their company profile and ask to contact any people who they have done work for in your area. They are probably as good as any but you need to establish that you have good and open communication with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee View Post
    Good suggestions K. SEA. Initially thought to go the salt water route although now I'm thinking since the pool and surround are going to be covered / screened-in, the chemical issue isn't as severe with sun not hitting the water? Don't know...
    expense was only my secondary consideration. primary was ease of maint. salt water chlorinator also eliminates the chlorine odor, is easy on the eyes and skin, and assists in allowing less/easier routine maintenance. but, whatever works for you...

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    I'm going with a tiled pool but I saw on Pool & Spa's site they do Shotcrete pools too. Problem is getting a truck in to do a shotcrete pool if you are outside the Metro area.

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    tiles are good and easier to keep clean, as long as they are nice shiny ones

    as said, use Aussie equipment, they have a lot of experience and development

    salt water chlorination is good, magnesium is better

    see Siam Pools

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy
    nice shiny ones
    Yes, thick shiny ones about 10cm x 10cm. They have great colors.

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    Best advice I can offer buy the best quality tile glue/ cement and grout yourself and be there during the laying and grouting.
    We've had problems 3+ years on with tiles lifting and grout dissolving.
    Allow for extra return water pipe outlets for when the urge comes later to have cherubs, elephant statues and the like pissing in the pool

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    tiles are good and easier to keep clean, as long as they are nice shiny ones

    as said, use Aussie equipment, they have a lot of experience and development

    salt water chlorination is good, magnesium is better

    see Siam Pools
    Siam Pools looks to be mainly in the South but thanks for the good suggestion(s) re salt water chlorination / magnesium. Think I've heard the magnesium is real 'paeng' tho?

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    There's nothing wrong with having a chlorine pool, the problem is that people hand dose the chlorine and always throw to much hence the smell of chlorine.
    What you should install is an Automatic Chlorine Dispenser and Jaccuzi make one called the Sidekick you fill it with chlorine tablets, set the required ppm and thats it, only need to check the sidekick before the tablets all dissolve.

    What I have found here in Phuket with the Salt water chlorination systems they only last about 3 to 4 years before you need to replace the plates because of the quality of water in some areas (not city water)

    Then when you tell the customer how much, most people I know do not bother to replace it, some as much as 30,000 baht.

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    I maybe next year change the pool tiles, I'm not going to use ceramic tiles I want a natural stone pool.

    Imported from Indonesia sukabumi stone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boon Mee
    Siam Pools looks to be mainly in the South but thanks for the good suggestion(s) re salt water chlorination / magnesium. Think I've heard the magnesium is real 'paeng' tho?
    It has a large centre in Chiang Mai, as well as Phuket and somewhere else

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    given thought to a fibre glass pool?seen a few beauyts, arrives on flatbed and just crane drops into hole, all relevent plumbing holes already to go.. ...?

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    yes, but nasty

    google them and see what people say

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    yes, but nasty

    google them and see what people say

    What you mean Nasty. The only nasty thing about fibreglass pools are the people that dont have any Idea.
    Fibreglass swimming pools have been manufactured for 20 years in Australia.



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