Hello everyone...long time lurker but never felt the need to post. Now I do!
So we began renovating with a well known and reviewed company. It all started out great, and probably still is...but I've got some questions for you.
Pool is 25 years old, origional plaster and waterline tile. Tile has been removed, plaster was checked for hollow spots, acid washed, then finally bond coated. There were a handful of hollow spots that were chipped out, but not re-filled with anything.
First question - Are the hollow spots supposed to be filled BEFORE the bond coat? Or will the new diamondbrite surface fill those voids? (I'm assuming so, but want to make sure)
Second...and maybe I'm just being picky...but I have attached pictures of the tile job they did. New coping will be going over the edge/deck so it's not the thinset I'm concerned about...but the centering of the tile. Is this the way a professional would put down tile, or would you center it on each "run".
Third...the spill way was simply tiled with travertine floor tile. No edge was ground, and the sharp square edge was just left hanging out in the pool. I find this completely unacceptable. When I bought this to the attention of the owner of the company he acted as if I was being "picky" and didn't see too concerned about it. Told me I could have a piece of granite cut/polished instead but that it would be out of my pocket ?!? I've since looked around the net and found I can use excess travertine pavers to tile the spill way and avoid the additional cost of a slippery piece of granite (my kids will inevitably walk on the spillway).'
Am I just being a picky pete on the centering of the tile, or what?
What about the spillway? That corner is a NO-GO in my book, but maybe I'm crazy? I'm spending nearly 12K to redo this 17x33 pool (including the travertine coping but not the deck) so I feel like I ought to be happy with it.