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    Plaster and rain/breakin period

    I'm scheduled to get Plaster on Monday and it is supposed to rain. I've seen some people say that if it doesn't rain for at least two hours after plaster, it is ok. But others have indicated that if rain comes down the pool walls, it can cause problems. Is there a consensus on this cite?


    Also, the Startup Procedures on this cite states that there should be no swimming during the break-in period. What exactly is the break-in period?

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    Re: Plaster and rain/breakin period

    Great questions! Thanks for asking. I can't answer them, but I'm waiting to see the responses! Take care. Suz.
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    Re: Plaster and rain/breakin period

    6 hours is preferred from the last troweling to exposure to water. Are they planning on acid washing it the following day?

    Given the considerable expense of the pool finish and likely blame on the weather for an unsatisfactory product, I would suggest rescheduling it.

    The break in period more applies to the acid start-ups. The pH will be very low for a few days to a few weeks. As long a the surface has sufficiently cured and the water is within safe parameters, have at it. Some say to wait a month before swimming because plaster doesn't achieve its full strength until 28 days after application.
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    Re: Plaster and rain/breakin period

    I don't know the rules, but no way I could wait a month to swim!
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    Re: Plaster and rain/breakin period

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunbaby View Post
    I don't know the rules, but no way I could wait a month to swim!
    LOL, I'd love to see a poll on this one. My neighbor's pool was completed on a Monday, had a pool party on the following Saturday, others tell me the same thing. BTW, not arguing that its best practice.
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    Re: Plaster and rain/breakin period

    Quote Originally Posted by QingGuy View Post
    LOL, I'd love to see a poll on this one. My neighbor's pool was completed on a Monday, had a pool party on the following Saturday, others tell me the same thing. BTW, not arguing that its best practice.
    This will be me, I'm sure!
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    Re: Plaster and rain/breakin period

    I was in my pool same day, before it was full, pool party was 3 or 4 days after. Do as I say not as I do children.

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    Re: Plaster and rain/breakin period

    I can't imagine waiting. I've been waiting forever. Once it's full, this girl is getting in!
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    Re: Plaster and rain/breakin period

    Thanks. Our plaster was canceled by PB for Monday due to rain forecast. Maybe Tuesday or Wednesday.
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