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    How to cover ladder hole in cement

    I have an opening, or a socket, in the cement pad next to my pool for the inground ladder is supposed to go. Does anyone have any suggestions for a way to cover up these sockets because I'm not going to be using the ladder.
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    Re: How to cover ladder hole in cement

    Ardex makes a product available at HD or Lowe's called "Feather edge". It is essentially concrete. It won't match your existing but it will fill the hole.

    My suggestion would be to fill the hole to within 1/4 inch from the top and then let dry for 24 hours. Then, do a second mix to fill in that last 1/4"......you'll get a better looking job.
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    Re: How to cover ladder hole in cement

    I'm sorry, I did not clarify. I only want to cover them for this swim season because we are not using the ladder this year. So I only want a "temporary" cover. Thanks!
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    Re: How to cover ladder hole in cement

    How big is the hole? How about driving a PVC pipe cap into it? When you want it out, drill a hole and stuff a prybar in and lever it out.
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    Re: How to cover ladder hole in cement

    I too would like to know if anybody has done this or purchased something.

    We have 4 ladder holes. They are the plastic variety that are bonded and then anchored down by the concrete pool deck. Just haven't found anything that would look decent to temporarily cover/plug them since they are right by the entrance stairs.
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    Re: How to cover ladder hole in cement

    I'm with Richard. Measure the holes. Find PVC pipe caps that will fit snuggly in the hole. When you want to remove, drill/pry them out. Very cheap at local hardware store.
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