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Thread: pool caulking- need advice!

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    May 2015

    pool caulking- need advice!

    So our pool company when finishing the pool last year just put this spongy Styrofoam like material between the cement and the coping and said we're 'good to go'. Now we are hearing that if we don't replace that with caulk then water gets in, freezes, and ruins the coping over time.
    Question 1- is that true? can we just leave that stuff in or should we caulk?
    Question 2- What product should we use. We get 100 different answers on what to use, what is best, etc. We want to do it ourselves as it is very expensive to have a contractor do it. Any experience with Vulkem products? Ultimate Pool Sealant? General advice?

    Help me're my only hope.
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    Sebring, Florida

    Re: pool caulking- need advice!

    There is no "best". Use a polyurethane caulk...I have used different brands with good results.

    And, yes, you do need to caulk.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Sacramento, CA

    Re: pool caulking- need advice!

    Other than you want to use a polyurethane caulk there is not much We can tell you. There are different brands all over the country.

    I would find an experienced guy to do this. Be there when he does it. Take good notes. You are going to have to do it again in 3 to 5 years so think of the extra cost as an educational expense.
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