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    How long ok to leave gunite?

    We had our old pool plaster chipped out a few days ago. Is it ok to leave it like this until January?
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    Re: How long ok to leave gunite?

    Yes.

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    Re: How long ok to leave gunite?

    +1 you can leave it like that until january 2017 and it will be fine.

    You can even fill it with dirt and plant trees in it for a while, right cluck???
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    Re: How long ok to leave gunite?

    If you so desire.
    Not recommended though. It's a lot of dirt to keep shuffling around.
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    Re: How long ok to leave gunite?

    Serious q: What makes empty pools "float" up or rise? Is that an old wives tale?

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    Re: How long ok to leave gunite?

    Quote Originally Posted by oolie View Post
    Serious q: What makes empty pools "float" up or rise? Is that an old wives tale?
    It's real. If you have a high water table and you drain your pool, hydraulic pressure can push against your shell and perhaps push it right out of the ground. Search YouTube or Google and you can find some real examples. I think this is a much bigger problem in places like Florida than it is in Texas.
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    Re: How long ok to leave gunite?

    Agree that pool float is a real problem. Probably not in most of texas and especially not in a drought. But, there should be a couple of holes in the pool bottom to help prevent that. Those will be filled with plaster.
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    Re: How long ok to leave gunite?

    we don't have a high water table but we definitely had holes in the bottom! lol
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