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    Just acquired a swamp with my short sale....Replaster ?'s

    Hi. I am new here and I hope I added enough info to my signature. We have never had a pool but I am committed to swimming in it this summer. We've had several quotes thus far on how to get it to swim-worthy shape and the consensus is that we need to re-plaster. That being said, I do not think I need to worry how to get my pool from black to clear since it will all need to be pumped out to re-plaster, right? The pool has no leaks and the deck and coping are in excellent shape, says everyone. 30% of the tiles are loose, though. The current plaster is the original plaster...34 years old. We are in SC and near the water so we would definitely need to de-water from underneath the pool. We have a piping system in place that can evacuate the water from underneath the pool. We have no idea how to work it, though. Quotes just to de-water underneath the pool with a pump are $2K. Then we need to shovel all the gunk that is down at the bottom, which we would like to do ourselves. My brother is in the concrete business. He says he would like to help me DIY re-plaster. Recent quotes for re-plastering are coming in at $9K for white standard plaster to $15K for pebble finish top of the line with 15 year warranty. Tile quotes are coming in at $3-5K for total replacement. Here are some of my questions...
    1. Is re-plaster a DIY job or should the pros handle it?
    2. Where can I find raves/reviews on types of plaster
    3. Does anyone know how to de-water underneath a pool? Does it take a pro to do this?
    4. Where can I find some great info on easier ways to clean out the sludge in the bottom of my pool?
    5. If I was thinking about going to saltwater, is now the time to do it, or should I wait til I know more about how my pool operates and my preferences?

    sorry for all the questions. If I am posting in the wrong area...can someone tell me where I should be posting? Thanks!
    PS I would like to put in pics, but I cant understand how to do that...can anyone help with that?
    IG Gunnite Pool Size: 25K gallons (20 x 40, 3'6" to 6" depth) with 2 huge Baker Hydro cartridge filters under the skimmer baskets on the suction side, 2 mech timers
    BRAND NEW PLASTER! Quartzscapes/Diamondbrite, Newer Polaris 280, Brand New Hayward Maxflo VS, Brand New Pentair Intelichlor
    I will conquer the black algae this pool season!!!

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    Re: Just acquired a swamp with my short sale....Replaster ?'

    Welcome to the forum. I can give you some general answers to your questions.


    1. Is re-plaster a DIY job or should the pros handle it? Almost always a pro job. Very difficult to do it well for a first-timer.


    2. Where can I find raves/reviews on types of plaster. Some on this forum. Others by talking to local Pool Builders and plasterers both of whom should be able to help you.


    3. Does anyone know how to de-water underneath a pool? Does it take a pro to do this? If you already have some sort of wellpoints in place, it should be easy. How do you know you already have something?


    4. Where can I find some great info on easier ways to clean out the sludge in the bottom of my pool? Short of draining it, there is no easy way. It will have to be manually removed which, of course can be done much easier after you drain the pool.


    5. If I was thinking about going to saltwater, is now the time to do it, or should I wait til I know more about how my pool operates and my preferences? I would suggest you wait. It is an easy add-on after everything else is fixed.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: Just acquired a swamp with my short sale....Replaster ?'

    Hi...as a reply to the last question from the last post...
    The builder told us we have wellpoints..but I do not know if they are still functional or even how to get water out from under the shell with these wellpoints.
    IG Gunnite Pool Size: 25K gallons (20 x 40, 3'6" to 6" depth) with 2 huge Baker Hydro cartridge filters under the skimmer baskets on the suction side, 2 mech timers
    BRAND NEW PLASTER! Quartzscapes/Diamondbrite, Newer Polaris 280, Brand New Hayward Maxflo VS, Brand New Pentair Intelichlor
    I will conquer the black algae this pool season!!!

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    Re: Just acquired a swamp with my short sale....Replaster ?'

    but I do not know if they are still functional or even how to get water out from under the shell with these wellpoints.
    With no prior knowledge, You will probably be ahead of the game to let a pro do it and show you how this first time
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
    TFTestkits , PoolMath , Pool School

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