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    Pool remodel, Advice Needed

    I am in the process of getting quotes to get my pool remodeled and the information the contractors are giving me seem to be all over the place. I've had 6 companies here to discuss.

    It is a 16 year old Gunite pool 15,000 gal.

    The work I'm planning to get done is:

    • Resurfaced
    • Large rocks removed in place of coping stones to match existing coping.
    • Clean up tile/water feature (sand/bead blast)


    I've been told differing things about each of these tasks:
    • Rust spots (I have two of them) will either just be covered, or drilled down and treated.
    • Removal of the large rocks can, will or wont damage the existing tiles. (Told 3 different things)
    • Acid wash/hot start will make the existing water jets and drain covers look like new and they wont need to be replaced.


    I would really like some input here. As I have no experience with this, moved into this house a year ago and have no experience with a pool prior to this.

    Also is there any other work I should consider having done with all of this?
    This is in Houston, TX. If anyone can recommend any particular companies I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks,



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    Re: Pool remodel, Advice Needed

    Howdy neighbor and welcome to TFP!

    I love remodel builds! What once was old becomes new again! Ohhhhh, there are so many ways to spend your money! We have a resident expert, Kim, at spending your dough (and truly an expert in pools, too). I'm sure she will be along to help.

    What part of Houston are ya'll? I'm in Cypress, in the NW part. I have some pool builder names for this area. Let me know, and I can send you their names in a private message.
    Suz~Cypress area~ 2015 pool build. 23K gallons. IG swcg system. 35'x18'; 573sf; 104' perim; depth 4'-7'. Bubblers, sheer descents, 7' spa. Jandy: color LEDs; 2HP 2sp pump; 1HP 2sp pump; spa pump; 580 cartridge; 400K BTU; Dolphin M500; PS8; Inline chlorinator not used; Aqua Pure 1400. Blue Granite Sheen. Travertine deck. Lightstreams Peacock Blue TF-100, K-1766, SpeedStir

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    Re: Pool remodel, Advice Needed

    I'm on the West side, just on the border on Katy. And please send along some builder names.

    15k Gal, IG Kidney shaped pool with raised spa. Gunite and plaster.

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    Re: Pool remodel, Advice Needed

    As an experienced pool builder my recommendations based on what your looking to get done is as followed

    during replaster they should chip out all plaster not float over existing plaster when plaster is chipped they should drill or saw cut hold on gunite and defiantly fix the rebar that or tie wire that is coming though otherwise its just going to ruin your brand new plaster eventually.

    the removal of the rock will more then likely damage your bond beam which would damage your tile otherwise if you didn't remove rock you can just have your tile cleaned and resealed with someone who shoots glass beads it will look brand new again

    on the drain covers I'm not sure why anyone would want to acid wash them to restore them that makes no sense they should always be replaced at plaster since they are inexpensive and updated to be compliant with any new laws and to match plaster color
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    Re: Pool remodel, Advice Needed

    Thanks for you reply. That helps me eliminate one builder from the running and consider leaving the rocks.

    15k Gal, IG Kidney shaped pool with raised spa. Gunite and plaster.

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    Re: Pool remodel, Advice Needed

    Oops replied twice
    Last edited by z4xc; 10-03-2016 at 05:55 PM. Reason: Accidentally replied twice

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    Re: Pool remodel, Advice Needed

    The pool builders I know about either don't do remodels or don't serve the Katy/West side. I did do some research on my neighborhood nextdoor forum and have some names for you if you still need them. I'll send you a PM if you're still in need of names.
    Suz~Cypress area~ 2015 pool build. 23K gallons. IG swcg system. 35'x18'; 573sf; 104' perim; depth 4'-7'. Bubblers, sheer descents, 7' spa. Jandy: color LEDs; 2HP 2sp pump; 1HP 2sp pump; spa pump; 580 cartridge; 400K BTU; Dolphin M500; PS8; Inline chlorinator not used; Aqua Pure 1400. Blue Granite Sheen. Travertine deck. Lightstreams Peacock Blue TF-100, K-1766, SpeedStir

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