It's been a big week! They arrived on Tuesday morning and used 3 pumps to drain the pool. It took 1.5 hours. I was a little sad about seeing that freshly-slammed, crystal clear water flow down the backyard, but it had served its purpose as practice and point of pride.
Demo started just after a quick lunch break. By 1:00, the pool looked like it had been dry for years. For budgetary reasons, the "vintage" sky blue tiles will remain for the near future. I don't like them, but my checking account does, and they're actually in very good shape. The demo could've been an archeologist's dream: we think we undid paint, plaster, fiberglass, paint, plaster. #moneypit
On Wednesday I had this mud pit. The curing mud, whatever it is, smelled as good as it looked.
I should've taken a picture of the air-exchanger the guys used. It was a massive machine that pulled the dust from the room amazingly well. They were worried about leaving dusty footprints on the tile. The kitchen was torn out 2 weeks ago - the pool guys had no idea how low my current standards of dust are!
Diamond Brite Blue was applied on Thursday. I was initially panicked when I saw NO evidence of quartz/aggregate in the surface - I even called SGM to discuss it. They talked me off the ledge.
They began the fill on Friday morning. It took 17 hours, which included asking Siri for several dead-of-night wake-up calls to check on it. In hindsight, I should've added another or another couple of hoses.
I don't have an "after" shot. This is after the first brushing, which was another moment of panic when the perfect water clouded up. It's SO different than an algae cloud - this cloud was gone within an hour.
A new ladder comes tomorrow.