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Thread: Should Gunite forms be removed before decking pour?

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    Should Gunite forms be removed before decking pour?

    My PB said they will make every effort to remove what that can before pouring the decking but should I be concerned if most of it is still in place?

    He made the comment that some of it is virtually impossible to remove which makes me believe they may or may not make an effort before pouring the decking.

    My concerns are a) termites and b) creating a void later down the road when the material decays away between gunite and deck. On the other hand I understand that decking needs expansion joints from a home foundation so would this actually benefit me in the long run if my patio the decking is tied to moves?

    What did your PB do?



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    Re: Should Gunite forms be removed before decking pour?

    They should be able to pull most of that. Small pieces left would not hurt. I don't see how that wood could help with expansion given that it is below your coping.

    What you do need to make sure of is that they leave an expansion joint between the stone and concrete deck. Then this will be filled with polyurethane caulk or something similar. That way movement of one won't affect the other (hopefully).
    18' x 36' saltwater inground vinyl pool

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    Re: Should Gunite forms be removed before decking pour?

    thanks, I thought so also...

    I know they can pull the skimmer forms off pretty easy but wasn't sure about the rest since some of those wood stakes are pretty deep.

    I'm almost tempted to pull what I can off myself, but Iíll be sure to be home when they pour the desk so I can see what is actually removed.
    Martin,
    Midlothian, TX
    Pool built in August 2012, 17.2k gallons, IG Gunite/PebbleTec (Midnight Blue), 1k sq ft Washed Aggregate decking, Jandy Stealth 2HP Pump shared with Spa, Aqua-Pure Salt-Gen, Jandy 1.5hp wtr feat pump, Jandy CV580 Cart Filter, Jandy AE3000TR Heat Pump w Chiller, Polaris 280 with Booster, Dual Time Clocks with freeze protect feature, Jandy Pool (2) and Spa (1) Multi LEDs, 2 Skimmers, 4 Pool Returns, 6 Spa Jets, water features incl 3' sheer descents and spa spillway

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    Re: Should Gunite forms be removed before decking pour?

    There are tricks to pulling stakes and forms. It probably won't be as hard for them as you think. Let them do it.
    18' x 36' saltwater inground vinyl pool

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