Well my renovation project has begun. I plan to do remove my decking, replace plumbing, add a new skimmer, pour a new equipment pad, and place new travertine coping and decking.
I have almost completed the demolition of the concrete. With no easy way to get to my pool area with equipment we had to do this one handful of concrete at a time. Now that was work, but I'm almost there. I was hoping to get some feedback on the best sequence of operations here. The water is in the pool, but due to a leak I can no longer run the pump. I guess I could for a short period if I fill it back up. I was planning to leave the water in the pool until next spring since I thought it would be better to just keep it in there so the bottom doesn't get damaged too bad. My plan was to do the following:
1 - Demo concrete (almost done)
2 - Excavate as needed to get proper depth for stone/sand/travertine
3 - Install new skimmer
4 - Install new plumbing and pour equipment pad
5 - Install new liner track
6 - Install new coping
7 - Pour new footers for ladders, diving board, slide (plan to have top of footer just under travertine
8 - Install new travertine decking
9 - Install new liner
Any thoughts on this sequence?
I questioned how to test the plumbing. I guess I will have to set it up for an air pressure test. Anyone have some instructions on how to perform that? I assume I will have to plumb in some sort of valve to fill with air and then something install a gauge and then seal off all openings.
Another question I had was about grounding. Before the grounding was connected to the steel reinforcing. I will not have that on my new deck so I am thinking that I could connect some copper to the slide, ladders (I have two) and the diving board supports would be sufficient. Any help on these specifics? Ground rod size and number? Copper wire size? Should I loop around entire pool? Should I connect to the steel bond beam?
And finally, I was getting some water under my previous liner in the shallow end which always puzzled me. It didn't seem to correspond to rain events and the pool sits behind a large retaining wall and water table is certainly not an issue. I am thinking there must just be some perched water getting into a low spot under the liner and there must be some clay that is keeping it from absorbing into the ground. Still this doesn't seem to make sense to me due to the fact that it sits way up high in relation to the back yard. Another thought I had was maybe there is a leak in the plumbing for my return the water is in somewhat close proximity to the return and even though the water is slowly seeping into the ground is keeps getting recharged by the leak. I am hoping I don't have to trench for some ellaborate underdrain around the perimeter. Any ideas?
I'm sure I will have many more questions, and I appreciate in advance any help.