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    Diy pool rehab

    I'm rehabbing my pool.

    A quarter of my grout between my flagstone coping is loose and can be picked out. The grout looks just like cement.
    Can anyone tell me the exact product I should use to replace the bad grout (see pics)?

    I have a couple of loose waterline tiles. What is the exact product to use to reattach these?

    If I find loose coping pieces, what product is the "glue" that keeps the coping attached the the pool?

    What is the white stuff that shows up on the tile at the water line? Why is it there and how do I get rid of it?

    4 years ago before I opened the pool, I threw 4 chlorine pucks in the pool and they sat on the bottom. The pucks made a small area on the bottom of the pool rough and now that area is slightly discolored (brown). How do I fix this? I was thinking about sanding it smooth again.
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    Last pic of the brown spots from chlorine pucks in the pool.
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    Re: Diy pool rehab

    If the grout is that badly cracked, the flagstone may be loose as well.

    Flagstone and your tiles will need to be reset with thinset mortar and then grouted into place.

    It sounds like you have not done tile work before.....that a difficult undertaking if you are a rookie.

    The white stuff on your blue tile is efflorescence. It is minerals being pushed out by water from behind the tile and the precipitate out on the face of the grout. Mechanical removal and muriatic acid is the fix. It looks like they have been neglected a long time and that will be a big job also.
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    I have looked on the internet and I am unsure what product to use to replace the grout between my flagstone coping.

    Can someone tell me the exact product I should get to grout.

    Is it just Cement?
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    Re: Diy pool rehab

    It's called "grout" and you can get it at any of the big box stores.

    It is not cement.
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    Re: Diy pool rehab

    Greetings & Welcome SOTB,
    Having just done this job myself this past Friday, Saturday & Monday And after getting quotes from the professionals, I will tell you that you should go ahead and hire a professional to reset your tile, grout and any loose stones. My Professional quotes ran 80-100 dollars LABOR + Materials. While I did a fantastic job - and am proud of my end results, I now know that would have been more cost feasible to have a professional do it instead. -My .02 cents...

    My job took me SIX hours labor time (Spread out over three working days) PLUS~
    One hour FREE lesson on tile setting at Home Depot on Saturday Morning
    What You will be buying:
    MEDIUM Dry Mix Thin-set from Home Depot (for large areas of tile that need replacing)
    Liquid Nails PL500 LANDSCAPER'S Edition (for one or two tiles and/or Coping stones)
    Polyblend Dry Mix SANDED Grout - Match to your existing color.
    Caulk Gun for PL500
    Disposable plastic putty 1" knife(s) for PL500
    Small can of Mineral Spirits - For PL500 cleanup
    Small combed towel for Dry Mix Thin-set
    Silicon Sealer for Grout
    Floater Trowel for Grouting
    Rubber Gloves
    Safety Goggles
    Large Masonry Sponge
    Spacers - as needed for Tile placement

    If you want to do the job yourself it is entirely possible. I just think that the money "saved" (ha-ha) wasn't worth it. In my case I spent more time & money then I would have if I would have hired one of the Pro's. . .And as Duraleigh pointed out; working on vertical surfaces is difficult for a beginner. Add to that the fact that you are over water, this means you do most you work bent over the edge looking at the work area upside down, and it is in the heat of Summer, Fun? No so much, but if you have only a few spots that you think you can handle then just work off of my parts/materials list for you shopping list.


    Regards,
    The Cadman & Karen
    Las Vegas, NV 89113
    SW Las Vegas, Nevada 10,294 Gal pool, 660 Gal attached spa - 10,949 Gal total. Plaster. 550 Series Hayward Cartridge filter w/ 550SqFt surface area. Flow rate 150GPH, 2.5 Hp single speed pump. Built 2005 with attached spa that sits higher than pool but is on same filtration system.
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    Re: Diy pool rehab

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    It's called "grout" and you can get it at any of the big box stores.

    It is not cement.
    So I use the same exact product to grout my pool coping that I used to grout my bathroom floor?
    23000 gal gunite plaster pool Jacuzzi Magnumforce pump and Earthworks pool Maryland
    The answer to 90% of the questions are "Add more Bleach" "get a good test kit"

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadman89113
    Greetings & Welcome SOTB,
    Having just done this job myself this past Friday, Saturday & Monday And after getting quotes from the professionals, I will tell you that you should go ahead and hire a professional to reset your tile, grout and any loose stones. My Professional quotes ran 80-100 dollars LABOR + Materials. While I did a fantastic job - and am proud of my end results, I now know that would have been more cost feasible to have a professional do it instead. -My .02 cents...

    My job took me SIX hours labor time (Spread out over three working days) PLUS~
    One hour FREE lesson on tile setting at Home Depot on Saturday Morning
    What You will be buying:
    MEDIUM Dry Mix Thin-set from Home Depot (for large areas of tile that need replacing)
    Liquid Nails PL500 LANDSCAPER'S Edition (for one or two tiles and/or Coping stones)
    Polyblend Dry Mix SANDED Grout - Match to your existing color.
    Caulk Gun for PL500
    Disposable plastic putty 1" knife(s) for PL500
    Small can of Mineral Spirits - For PL500 cleanup
    Small combed towel for Dry Mix Thin-set
    Silicon Sealer for Grout
    Floater Trowel for Grouting
    Rubber Gloves
    Safety Goggles
    Large Masonry Sponge
    Spacers - as needed for Tile placement

    If you want to do the job yourself it is entirely possible. I just think that the money "saved" (ha-ha) wasn't worth it. In my case I spent more time & money then I would have if I would have hired one of the Pro's. . .And as Duraleigh pointed out; working on vertical surfaces is difficult for a beginner. Add to that the fact that you are over water, this means you do most you work bent over the edge looking at the work area upside down, and it is in the heat of Summer, Fun? No so much, but if you have only a few spots that you think you can handle then just work off of my parts/materials list for you shopping list.


    Regards,
    The Cadman & Karen
    Las Vegas, NV 89113
    When I had to get my expansion joint caulked, the quote I got was $5 a foot. The joint is 120 feet. $600 to caulk. So I did it myself. I never tried to get a quote on this job, because I figured I would be gouged the same way. If I could pay someone to regrout my 15 to 20 grout lines for less then $200 I would do that in a second.
    23000 gal gunite plaster pool Jacuzzi Magnumforce pump and Earthworks pool Maryland
    The answer to 90% of the questions are "Add more Bleach" "get a good test kit"

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