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    can this diving board be saved?

    THis diving board was installed prior to our buying the house 10 yrs ago. The bolts got pretty rusted and I removed them (hacksaw) and was surprised to see that the core of the board is wooden, but the rearmost wood has rotted out where water got to it through the bolt holes. The fiberglass is a bit chewed up too.












    I have several questions:

    1. Can I just reinstall the board as is, without regard for the rotted wood? The place where the board makes contact with the support is pretty solid.

    2. Should I consider filling the void with fiberglass resin where the wood has rotted? Would it be brittle without glass and just crack and fall out over time?

    3. What are the pair of more rearward holes for? They had bolts in them too, but obviously weren't attached to anything. They aren't for an alternative support location, because the contour of the underside of the board was clearly made for attaching to a support using the more forward pair of holes

    4. A pressure washing is obviously in order, but prior washings haven't done much to clean the board, even with jomax. If I paint it, what paint to use? Will that "smooth over" the grit that keeps divers from slipping?

    Thanks

    BPB

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    1) The size of your pool in gallons about 38000 gal, 20x40", about 8 ft at deepest.
    2) The type filter you have (sand, DE, cartridge) sand
    3) If your pool is an AG (above ground) or IG (in ground) IG
    4) If it's IG, tell us if it's vinyl, plaster/pebble, or fiberglass Plaster
    5) If you know, tell us the size pump and the size (flow rate) of your filter. ? I do have a polaris accessory pump for the sweeper.

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    Re: can this diving board be saved?

    Pool: Intex 16x32 15000 gal, 2 speed 340042, Pentair CC320 Filter, CircuPool SJ45 Salt System, Intermatic PE653RC; Hot Tub: 650 Gal SWG Megachlor
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    Re: can this diving board be saved?

    My gut say no. Do not even try to save this board. I am all about saving money but there is NO way I would even take the chance with anyones safety and wellbeing to that board.

    Kim
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    Re: can this diving board be saved?

    a few more questions (for now)

    If a replacement board is needed, is aquaboard my only option, or is the mounting configuration universal, and used by many manufacturers?

    A recent addition makes the long board inconvenient in using the deck area around it. I see many types of shorter boards with different mounts, including raised single platform mounts, that look more appealing. Can these platform mounts be retrofitted into an existing concrete deck? How does one remove the old "U" mounts (hacksaw and some concrete filler?). Getting a bit ahead of myself, and price is an object, so. . . I'll likely just replace the board if needed, but checking my options.

    Thanks again!!

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    wow, y'all replied fast. I'll check the links and see aobut replacing the board. I'm rather indifferent to the family's safety, but I use the board too.

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    1) The size of your pool in gallons about 38000 gal, 20x40", about 8 ft at deepest.
    2) The type filter you have (sand, DE, cartridge) sand
    3) If your pool is an AG (above ground) or IG (in ground) IG
    4) If it's IG, tell us if it's vinyl, plaster/pebble, or fiberglass Plaster
    5) If you know, tell us the size pump and the size (flow rate) of your filter. ? I do have a polaris accessory pump for the sweeper.

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    Re: can this diving board be saved?

    You could try a penetrating epoxy in the rotten wood. Something like "Git Rot" comes to mind. And you you could repair the fiberglass. With that said; for safety reasons I agree with the others and I wouldn't do it. Even though I've done fiberglass repair something about the dynamic loading on a diving board makes me very cautious of a repair job.
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    Re: can this diving board be saved?

    My board is a 12 footer, so a six footer wouldn't even get me out over the water! And S.R. Smith only makes them out to 10'. I'll keep looking, but I suspect that the cost will put me in range to start all over if it would make sense space-wise and installation-wise.

    I'm pretty handy tool-wise, and I'm not afraid (not another project?! (wife))

    Thanks, and more comments appreciated

    BPB
    1) The size of your pool in gallons about 38000 gal, 20x40", about 8 ft at deepest.
    2) The type filter you have (sand, DE, cartridge) sand
    3) If your pool is an AG (above ground) or IG (in ground) IG
    4) If it's IG, tell us if it's vinyl, plaster/pebble, or fiberglass Plaster
    5) If you know, tell us the size pump and the size (flow rate) of your filter. ? I do have a polaris accessory pump for the sweeper.

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    Re: can this diving board be saved?

    Do just like diving boards or would be open to a jumping rock? There are some neat ideas out there for them.

    Kim
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    Re: can this diving board be saved?

    definatelyprefer board, thanks

    The length appears to be an outlier. This link suggests that such boards should only be used when the U-stand is 24", and mine is not nearly that!

    http://www.interfab.com/files/2011_tech_guide.aspx
    1) The size of your pool in gallons about 38000 gal, 20x40", about 8 ft at deepest.
    2) The type filter you have (sand, DE, cartridge) sand
    3) If your pool is an AG (above ground) or IG (in ground) IG
    4) If it's IG, tell us if it's vinyl, plaster/pebble, or fiberglass Plaster
    5) If you know, tell us the size pump and the size (flow rate) of your filter. ? I do have a polaris accessory pump for the sweeper.

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