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    Fairly new pool (to me)- need replastering?

    Hello! We just moved into this repo house back in July. I changed the pump and filter sand before we even moved in and got the pool all cleaned up. It stays pretty clean except some minor growth on the shaded wall every so often which brushes right off and takes a while to come back, yes usually if I let the chlorine dump like over the winter with the cover on... Anyway, as I cleaned it up the plaster showed more and more of its inconsistent coloring... blotchyness really. I don't know if that means it needs to be replastered or what. I had attempted to broom sections with a firm (metal wire?) pool brush and it would have a cloud. I stopped in fear it was just tearing up the plaster but now I wonder if it is the plaster being garbage or something else.

    Here is what it looks like in a wide angle in the deep end:



    And here it is zoomed in on some



    Yesterday I drained out some of the pool so I could see the plaster. I guess it's not white... but you can see where I took a scraper real quick and scraped off the color, not sure what that means... The stuff that scrapes off is kind of a light teal color.. didn't show well in the picture.



    Thanks for any insight you can give!
    Andrew

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    fc 1.5
    tc 1.5
    ph 7.6
    ta 151
    ch don't see this on the test sheet from pool place
    but there is tot. hardness 324
    cya 151
    31' x 13.5' in ground Bella Blue Pebble Fina ~15,000 gallons
    pump STA-RITE #p6e6d-205l
    filter sand Triton II model TR-60
    A clear pool thanks to BBB

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    Re: Fairly new pool (to me)- need replastering?

    Is the plaster rough in spots? Most likely, it is probably time for new plaster just based on the looks of it.

    I would invite you to go ahead and get yourself a high quality test kit. The TF-100 from tftestkits.net is about as good as it gets. Having a test kit that produces dependable results is the best way to arm yourself against future problems.

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    Re: Fairly new pool (to me)- need replastering?

    Yes, it is rough in spots. I actually purchased the tf-100 just 15 mins ago.
    I've been getting quotes on re plastering, converting the whips to returns, and adding a dedicated vacuum line... just wasn't planing on doing all that this year. :-\
    Andrew
    31' x 13.5' in ground Bella Blue Pebble Fina ~15,000 gallons
    pump STA-RITE #p6e6d-205l
    filter sand Triton II model TR-60
    A clear pool thanks to BBB

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    Re: Fairly new pool (to me)- need replastering?

    Sounds like you are doing what you need to do then.

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    Re: Fairly new pool (to me)- need replastering?

    Bummer. haha
    Thanks!
    31' x 13.5' in ground Bella Blue Pebble Fina ~15,000 gallons
    pump STA-RITE #p6e6d-205l
    filter sand Triton II model TR-60
    A clear pool thanks to BBB

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    Re: Fairly new pool (to me)- need replastering?

    Looks like you removed some calcium scale from the walls of the pool when you scraped it. How does the plaster feel after scraping? You may be able to get some more life out of the plaster with an acid wash.
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    Re: Fairly new pool (to me)- need replastering?

    Just FYI, If you are getting quotes for replaster. I realized after the fact that the same 2 companies do all the replasters in my area for all the pool companies. I went to the National Pool Plasterers Association to get their names. http://www.npconline.org
    One guy did give me a significantly cheaper quote than the pool builders/companies did, $5K difference! The other guy refused to quote because in my original search, he had actually already bid on my pool already through a pool company and would not bite the hand that fed him. I totally understand that. I just wish I had asked him first instead of going to the pool companies that were just going to sub the work out anyways to him.
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