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    Diving Board Base?? Help

    Our pool is several, well, many years old and so is the diving board. The base finally cracked and needs replaced. It is so old the bolts and nuts have rusted together. We are having a terrible time just removing the base. I believe it can be replaced with a La Mesa dive stand and matches the jig perfectly. Problem is the protruding jig bolts are so rusted. My assumption is, though, the jig is in the concrete and it ain't coming out... is this correct? My father-in-law has suggested welding new bolts to the jig as this should be as strong as the original. I assume only other option is to cut out concrete, insert new jig and pour new concrete? Anyone have experience or thoughts on this issue? I know a lot of people are staying away from diving boards these days, but we love ours and would like to save it!
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    Re: Diving Board Base?? Help

    Lose the dive stand. Without a substantial change in the decking, it will never meet safety standards. Use a cutoff wheel to cut the studs flush and paint them with Rustolium.

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    If you really want to save it get some PB Blaster and soak the bolts & nuts good several times over a few days then try and remove them. You'd be amazed how good that stuff works. Once off you can decide what to do about the jig.
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    I agree with Bama, lube up the nuts real good over several days, try and use an impact gun to remove them if you have access to one. A quick shot on "tighten" sometimes will help break them loose.
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    Re: Diving Board Base?? Help

    The bolts/jig could not be saved. There is not enough left sticking out of the concrete to attached another base. One pool store guy suggested we drill slightly behind the last bolts and put in bolts with claws that open up once they get under the concrete (sorry, I know those aren't the proper terms). I am concerned those just won't be sturdy enough. Could we cement those in somehow and also apply some kind of adhesive to attach the base to the concrete along with the bolts. Another said the only option is to cut out a huge section of concrete and start with a new jig and pour new concrete. We just can't afford that option this year; however, if it means sacrificing safety we obviously will just forgo the diving board this year. Any suggestions on a safe, yet cost effective way to install the diving board?

    Thanks!

    I guess it's pretty much installing a diving board after a pool is installed at this point, but can you do that?
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    Do you have any pictures? There's usually a solution to almost any problem. It may involve some labor but likely not too much money.
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    Look into concrete wedge anchors. once they're in properly, they stay in there.

    The first plan that comes to mind would be to cut / grind the stubbies left and make three new holes for wedge anchors. A good 1/2" wedge anchor will NOT go anywhere.. http://www.confast.com/products/technic ... nchor.aspx
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    I agree with mart242 on the wedge anchors. Certainly try this before removing concrete. There is also industrial strength epoxy that is used to anchor rebar into concrete, and you could use this in conjunction with the wedge anchors to give you a little extra insurance. If the wedge anchors fail you can always resort to concrete removal.
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    I would do what I could to get the stubs below grade (ie: grind) then fill the holes with epoxy or something. Otherwise, you may get rust stains.

    Drill new holes and use expanding anchors as stated above.
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    Just my 2 cents.

    While epoxy, wedge anchors, etc might work, I know I would not want to risk something going really really wrong. The proper fix for this is to tear out the old jig and replace it with a new one. Yes, it's more expensive, but it's the proper fix. I'm not trying to preach to anyone, but what if you, your child, or a friends child was on that diving board and it gave way? To me , diving boards, slides, etc are liabilites in the best of cases. There is no need to make that liability worse with a "fix" thats not up to proper standards. Again, I'm not trying to lecture anyone and really dont want it to come across that way. Just an opinion.
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    Re: Diving Board Base?? Help

    Well if the diving board gives the people will land in the pool so it's not too bad..
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    Quote Originally Posted by mart242
    Well if the diving board gives the people will land in the pool so it's not too bad..
    I hope you are being facetious.
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    I can say that I would decline to do this type of work, as I could not guarantee it would be safe in the end. Scott (PollGuyNJ) is right, unless you are willing to cut out the entire area, set a new jig, and replace the concrete. There is no way that I would want to assume someones safety with any other installation practice.

    How about a jump rock? Kids (and us old farts that are refusing to grow up ) love to climb on a rock and jump in the pool. They add an element of nature around the pool and do not rust! I would much rather see a nice rock (or rock grouping of various heights) than a slab of Fibreglas any day!

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    Re: Diving Board Base?? Help

    While it's possible to use wedge anchors or similar to install new threaded rods, what about bonding them?
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