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Thread: To finish or not to finish?

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    To finish or not to finish?

    I am hoping to be under way with digging and gunite within 30 days... I am in NJ. And I am guessing that I will not be getting any swimmable days this year. So, my question is... should I have the entire pool finished... get the water in and let the DiamondBrite cure for 30 days, then spend more $ to winterize it all and open it again in the spring.... or should I just get everything completed this year except plaster, and not hook up any equipment. Then in the spring just get it plastered and equipment running and swim?

    What would I do over the winter to make sure the gunite shell is OK? Any danger from freezing? I have high ground water at at times. Even with hydrostatic plugs, if there is NOT a lot of water in the pool, and teh bottom is exposed to the elements is there danger of ground freezing under the pool and causing issues? Will shell need extra cleaning before plastering if it spends the winter getting fouled up with junk, since I guess I can't cover it without water below to support the cover.

    What is the best way to go?
    32K gal, gunite, French Gray DB, IntelliFlo VF, IntelliFlo, WhisperFlo, Quad DE 100 filter, IntelliTouch, IC-60 SWG, IntelliChem, Dolphin M5

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    May 2007
    South Central NJ

    Re: To finish or not to finish?

    IMHO, wait if the shell isn't ready for finishing by the early/mid August time frame. While the initial cure of plaster and Diamond Brite type finishes is about 27 days, it still continues to cure. You don't want to close much before it gets to be about 3 months old (preferably more) or the pH will rise slowly but in an uncontrolled manner and some form of scale can form.

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