I've been lurking on this site for over 2 years and it is awesome. I finally have something to post and I'm looking forward to sharing my experience. I'm sure we will all learn something. Please let me know if anything sounds crazy. I'll post pictures along the way.
My 30 year old IG gunite pool is way overdue for a redo and I'm taking the plunge. I got my first quote last October and shelved it until now. In the last 3 weeks I had 3 other PBs come out and the first one back again. I am going with the first one for a number of reasons but primarily because it looks like he will do more work for the best price, and do it well. He has been doing it for a long time, the references I called all said good things, and he didn't seem to want to up-charge me on every question that I had.
The company is Blue Haven and the man I'm trusting my fate with is Gary. I signed the contract and we start in a week.
Here is what he contracted to do:
Prep surface by chipping out bad spots and checking for hollow areas.
Acid wash and bond coat
Re-plaster Diamond Brite Super Blue
Remove old tile and replace with one row of our choice 6" from National Pool Tile
Check for loose/broken pipes
Replace skimmer lid and ring
Add VGB main drain cover
Install new 500W light
Demo existing flagstone deck
Remove surrounding fence (the yard will still have gate access)
Remove ladder and handrail (pool has shallow end steps, deep end seat, and a deep end standing ledge)
700 sq ft Belgard pavers for pool surround and walkway, base material and polymeric sand
Walkway sump pump and drains to address water issues.
2 other area drains
Route return lines for me to install solar panels
Fill and pave small sitting area to level of existing deck
2 new sets of decking steps
Dumpster for debris
$6500 at demo
$8000 at paver delivery
$3230 at plaster prep
30 days to do the job
The plaster is in bad shape with numerous places pitting to the gunite, some as big around as a coaster or small plate. Some show a brownish color underneath, others grey.
I replaced sand filter, pump, and added SWG 2 years ago.
Lines are all 1½ inch
Depth is 3' to 5 ½'
Area sq ft 400
I thought 16k gallons but he says about 11K
Light doesn't work, GFI at the panel doesn't work and I think I should replace the panel. I will talk with his electrician. Not much has been said about bonding.
Can anybody keep my dog for a month?