Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Virmiculite Sourcing

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    Posts
    15

    Virmiculite Sourcing

    Hello,

    I am gathering all my materials for the install of my 20x40 vinyl liner inground pool.

    I plan to use a vermiculite/cement for the pool base. My local home improvement store has the cement and they also have 3 cf bags of vermiculite at a much cheaper price than pool supply companies selling them online. Is the vermiculite that is sold as pool base essentially just plain old vermiculite that is also sold as insulation?

    Here is what i planned on using:

    http://www.menards.com/main/building-ma ... c-5777.htm

    Thanks

    Jeremy
    18x36 Steel Wall Vinyl Liner Pool
    Sta Rite Cartridge Filter
    1hp pump
    Raypak 260k NG Heater

  2. Back To Top    #2
    JasonLion's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Silver Spring, MD
    Posts
    37,879

    Re: Virmiculite Sourcing

    Welcome to TFP!

    PoolCrete, and similar products, is a mixture of perlite and cement ready for mixing with water and being applied. You can mix the ingredients yourself but you need to be careful to not over mix.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    400

    Re: Virmiculite Sourcing

    Just a FYI - I just ordered 5 bags as I felt I would run a little short. I contacted Palmetto Vermiculite Company and they shipped it to me, they are the manufacturer. It was remarkably cost effective.
    DIY 18x36 IG Vinyl Rectangle with 2 foot radius; Steel Walls. 8' steps w/t 2 step jets; 2 MD, 1 Skimmer, 2 returns; Hayward Pro Series 24 Inch 300# Sand Pool ; Hayward color logic 4.0 LED light; 2" PVC pipe 4 Jandy Valves, Hayward PL-P-4, SWCG

  4. Back To Top    #4

    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin
    Posts
    15

    Re: Virmiculite Sourcing

    I was able to find Perlite from a company in the area that manufactures it. It appeared reasonably priced at $7 per 4cf bag.

    Does anyone have any mix proportions they have use din the past? looks like a 1:6 ratio is what perlite.org is recommending.
    18x36 Steel Wall Vinyl Liner Pool
    Sta Rite Cartridge Filter
    1hp pump
    Raypak 260k NG Heater

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •