I have a customer that has an old concrete pool that they are thinking about renovating. Its in rough shape, but the owner is a mason, and can do the concrete work himself, which I think is going to be the hardest part. They brought me in to check out the plumbing and equipment before they sink lots of time and money into everything else.
The pool has a lot of plumbing. There are two skimmers, a lower suction in the wall, a main drain, four returns, and eight floor returns. The pool is only roughly 18'x36'. I'll be pressure testing all of the plumbing in the near future, but I'm wondering if we will be able to find replacement return covers for the floor returns, or if the floor returns will even be necessary. Can they be abandoned and covered with concrete? Is it worth chipping away the concrete and replacing them with more modern and readily available fittings? My experience is mostly with Vinyl Liner pools, so I'm not sure what the best options would be with an old concrete pool.
Any suggestions or ideas?