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    Question re: Concrete Block Pool Build

    Hi. We are planning out the final finish for our concrete block pool build, but we (my husband and I) are torn, and need more information/advice, etc. before we can move forward.

    plan: 24x12 concrete block pool (we just applied for the permit, so waiting on that).
    question re: how to finish...

    1) Vinyl liner?
    2) Is it possible to plaster a concrete block pool? and is it advisable? We would like to have a saltwater pool, but I've been reading that saltwater pools and vinyl liners don't mix well. Is this true, or BS?

    Any advice/words of wisdom are greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Question re: Concrete Block Pool Build

    Saltwater and vinyl are fine together.
    To be built Spring 2016. 750 sq foot gunite free form. Raised spa with spillover and dedicated pump, 16 foot fiberglass slide built into hill with bolder steps, approx 1,000 sq foot stamped concrete deck, Pentair VS+SVRS pump, Sta-Rite 400,000 btu gas heater, Sta-Rite System 3 cartridge filter, Pentair Intellichlor IC60 SWG, Pentair Intellichem, Pentair Easytouch, Rapids 4WD pool cleaner, 2 LED Intellibrite lights.

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    Re: Question re: Concrete Block Pool Build

    @Mam262...thanks! I was wondering about that...the places where I read about that were on sites selling fiberglass pools, of course.

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    Re: Question re: Concrete Block Pool Build

    The person we bought our house from said the pool builder sold him on a mineral based Pool Frog system instead of salt because the salt was harder on the liners. I suspect that the previous owner wasn't telling me the truth, and really he chose the Pool Frog because it was cheaper up front. On the other hand, I could see a pool builder thinking SWG systems were bad for vinyl in that they can make the pH rise. Since most folks don't test their water, if the pH stayed too high for a while, it could then damage the liner. But I'd like to assume if you are reading this forum you'll do better than that!

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    Re: Question re: Concrete Block Pool Build

    Plastering a pool is a skill that takes years to develop. I suggest you not tackle that as a DIY project.
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    Re: Question re: Concrete Block Pool Build

    @duraleigh - I agree! We are going to contract that part out, for sure!! That wasn't even something we considered doing ourselves. It's like an art.

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