Ok, I'm new to the forum and pools in general. I just found the site this evening and am already loving it.
I got a really good deal on a fiberglass pool because someone previously purchased it from the factory and then backed out of the install. So, I was able to negotiate a good deal on the shell, pool equipment (pump, filter, lights, controller, etc.) and install (delivery, base install and leveling, and pool drop in and leveling with back fill around sides to stabilization). I am responsible for excavation (done, see pics), ordering of the back fill material (#5 gravel), electrical, crane/excavator to set pool, bobcat to move back fill material, and the concrete pool deck. And, this is where my problem/questions come in.
The pool will be delivered with a flexible concrete cantilever coping form, but I don't like the look of poured concrete as the coping (looks dated). I'd love to have flagstone coping all the way around the edge of the pool like I've seen several on here. To me, the finished pool looks more like a gunite pool (a lot nicer).
My questions are:
1) do I need to pour the coping concrete base first (before the main deck)?
2) can I do one pour (deck and coping base) with a 2" (ish) 'lip' that will allow the flagstone to sit directly on the edge of the pool wall and the main deck to be even with the flagstone?
3) do I need to install j-hook rebar through the pool wall/lip so it extends into the main deck? Out how far? 18"?
4) do I have to bond the water/pool to the rebar in the deck? There aren't any other metal items/components within 5 feet of the pool...
I'm sure there are other questions, but I'll ask as they come up.
My pool is supposed to be delivered/installed on the 29th of June (2 weeks!)