Our new pool installation is underway. My PB actually sprayed the gunite this passed Friday. I have experience pouring concrete and the like....but have no experience with gunite installation. I have a couple questions based on concerns from looking at the pool and have not been able to find a post that would answer my questions. Would appreciate your feedback.
First off....the gunite installation looks much more rough than I expected. I understand, from reading other forum postings, that the gunite should be rough to help the plaster adhere. However, my concern isnt with it feeling rough, it is with how well formed and smoothed the edges of things like steps and ledges were formed. You can see from the pictures below that they didn't seem to put too much effort into smoothing out the edges of the steps, where the steps meet the wall, or on the edges of steps, seats, ledges, etc. I assume they plan on filling all of this with plaster. Is that a problem? Is this typical?
Also....the slope of the pool did not end up being what we discussed/I requested. Our pool is only about 28' long....and we are doing 3' to 6'. I asked if there were any slope requirements in our area and they said no. So I picked an area i wanted for my shallow end and told them i wanted a fairly gentle slope of 3-4.5' in the shallow end....and then a much sharper slope of 4.5' - 6' (over a shorter distance) for my deep end. Instead, they just did a constant slope of 3-6; over the entire pool. This made the entire pool on a much steeper slope than I wanted. Is there an easy way to fix this? Can they spray new gunite on top of cured gunite or do they have to add additional steel and dowel into the existing?