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    How to repair red brick coping tiles

    Hi All,

    We just opened our pool today and tiles are falling off and red coping tiles are chipped. I already purchased pool putty epoxy for underwater tile repair. Can anyone recommend ways to fixed chipped coping tiles? They are the typical red bullnose. I've attached an image:

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    Re: How to repair red brick coping tiles

    I would think you would have to find more tiles and chip out those and install the new ones. Although due to age, you would probably always be able to see the newer tiles.

    Afraid I do not really have any ideas beyond that.
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    Re: How to repair red brick coping tiles

    Thanks Jason, I was afraid of that. I was hoping I could use some type of glue/filler.
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    Re: How to repair red brick coping tiles

    You could try. Maybe a colored grout to try to match the brick colors. It would still likely noticeable, but at least no voids.
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    Re: How to repair red brick coping tiles

    What it looks like to me is happening is that the pavers are shifting during the winter and where they push on the brick, they cause it to chip. The pavers should not have been installed directly up to the coping. There should have been a gap, usually 1/4" to a 1/2" where a foam backer rod is installed then special caulk goes on top of it. You will continue to have this problem if the decking (pavers) and coping remain in contact with one another. I'll leave it up to someone else to recommend how to create that joint now. I suppose you could pull up each paver and cut with a concrete saw then re-install.

    As for how to fix the brick coping...tough one.
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    Re: How to repair red brick coping tiles

    Thank you bmoreswim, that makes perfect sense. My kids were playing basketball and running back and forth hence cause the paver shift.
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