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?