Owner builder here and it's time for Coping and Tile... Going to have pebble plaster and the deck is going to be stamped-concrete... it is a 20x40 gunite pool with a cover-star pool cover.
So here is the issue... I got some bids from various masons, and the price is vastly different... but more importantly there are some significant construction differences (or so it seems to me)... some want to not use ANY steel at all, others want to used steel, and others yet want to use dowels and rebar/epoxy the coping to the bond-beam...
Why so many differences??? is there a standard??? any advice or shared experience would be greatly appreciated...
This is what I have in mind (please comment...):
Form the coping on the three sides of the pool (one side is the pool cover side so it gets no coping), then float the coping with rapid-set concrete to level and fill-in any small gunite divits, place roofing paper on top of floated bond-beam, pour coping in place... this way any small movements would not cause any cracks and no damage to bond-beam... any ideas on that??? do you see any issues with the pool cover or anything unforseen???
Thanks for taking the time,