Installing structural steel in a swimming pool means negotiating a variety of fittings, contours, corners and curves. This latest detail from Dave Peterson offers critical guidance when installing steel that bends, but doesn’t break.
By Dave Peterson
As we continue our series of details focused on steel reinforcement for concrete, this detail addresses hooks, bends and offsets that are a part of every watershape's steel curtain(s).
There are always offsets required to jog around skimmers, suction outlets and to purposely keep parallel bars from touching each other (see previous details for non-contact lap splices).
Every bond beam has at least one 90-degree bend if not a full 180-degree hook. Knowing how to arrange steel in those critical structural junctures, is critical in avoiding weak spots in the shell that could be susceptible to cracking over time.
Importantly, there are minimum radiuses required for bends to prevent the steel reinforcement from exceeding its yield strength at the surface. If you bend the bar too tightly it will crack!
This detail helps you determine how to manage those turns while still maintaining structural reinforcement as specified.
 We recommend electric rebar benders because they can be adjusted to predetermined bend radiuses.[
 Sometimes we use smaller diameter bars so that we can achieve smaller radiuses - this, of course, needs to be verified against the strength requirements.
 To see how to easily cut and bend rebar, click here.
Upgrading a tired classic kidney pool should not have been a particularly tall order, or so thought homeowners Kris Anna Andersen and R Lee Steele. Little did they know the depth and complexity they would face in trying to reclaim the pool’s classic beauty and updating its equipment.
By Kevin Cobabe
This story is an example of what can happen when preparation meets opportunity. It started way back in 2014, when the client first hired me to build an acrylic fountain at an office building she owns in the Los Angeles area.
She liked the results and asked me get involved at her residence in Rolling Hills, an upscale enclave on the scenic Palos Verdes peninsula overlooking the ocean, where she had a pool that was experiencing
Creating works of watershaping art requires close attention to countless details and complete control over the installation process, says design and builder, Joan Roca. To demonstrate his point, he recently profiled a spectacular project on Wolfpack Webinar Wednesdays.
By Reid Schindler
While some designers are known for a particular style, I’ve always believed it’s far better to be comfortable working across a spectrum of design modalities. Creative bandwidth enables the designer’s ability to focus on the clients’ ideas and desires, as well as the needs of the site itself – and it keeps you from falling into a creative rut.
Case in point: Last month in Part 1 (click here), I described an unusual
Mark and Zachary Trapani specialize in elevated, above-grade pools, mostly above the concrete canyons of New York City. As they discuss here in the second and final part of this series, it's a niche that requires careful analysis, creativity and sharp eyes for detail -- especially in existing buildings.
By Reid Schindler
Most watershape designers and builders I know largely rely on referrals to generate new business. That’s certainly been true in my case and I’ve learned that word of mouth is extremely important, and arguably the best form of marketing.
It is unusual, however, to have one referral from a satisfied client turn into two massive projects at the same time. That’s exactly what happened, when one of my past clients
By Jason Brownlee
This project had it all – balance, symmetry, style and luxury on a grand scale, and fantastic clients. More than three years in the making, and recently finished this past spring, the design integrates a number of key principles and modalities with the clients’ desires for elegance, all with a European flare. It was the kind of project that makes you love being a watershape designer.
I’d worked with the pool contractor, Lee Seelig of Waterscapes Backyard Resorts in Nashville, on several past high-end projects. In this case, he was in the early stages