We've bought a house with 50 year old pool (in Aurora, IL-- near Chicago). The main pool is 44 feet x 23 feet.
1. the pool has been painted and the paint is beginning to peel off. The pool has never been plastered.
CONFLICT Part 1: one guy wants to sandblast it and plaster; and the other guy says don't you DARE sandblast
CONFLICT Part 2: do we have to plaster or does paint work? one guy wants to plaster. the other says just paint.
2. The pool was never heated. It has two skimmers and one inlet at the shallow end. the drain at the deep end is not connected to the circulation. how do we heat the pool?
CONFLICT Part 3: one guy didn't address it and the other says you have to pull cold water out of the bottom otherwise you'll have the top warm and the rest VERY cold.
3. We're working to add a pool cover (to try to limit the gas bill on heating the pool). There are some issues here too.
I can easily see us making a very expensive mistake on this pool. We've had troubles even getting people out here to bid on this work (apparently renovating old pools is not a favorite for pool companies).
If you know anything about older pools or have anyone we could talk to further. I'd really appreciate it.
Dom (who's getting really nervous)