Recent content by balagon

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    Augh, pool replaster start-up problems

    Help! Our pool was just replastered. Unfortunately, the contractor didn't go through proper start-up procedures. :grrrr: We still have a final payment due, and hence some leverage, so I'm hoping to get the wisdom of people here on just how bad things might be down the road in terms of...
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    How long can a pool sit empty after plaster is chipped out?

    Whew, that's a relief! The tile guys DID show up this morning :-D and they're almost finished. Real purty. There should be plaster and deck-o-seal and water on Monday.
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    How long can a pool sit empty after plaster is chipped out?

    Our (well recommended, current licensed) replaster/retile contractor chipped out the plaster and removed the tile on July 6. It's now July 16, and the pool is still an empty hole, because the tile guy hasn't shown up. Every time we call the contractor, we're told that the tile guy is showing...
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    Opinions on Solar Reel

    We have a Rocky's Reel. I like the look of these other reels, but I'm wondering how they're locked into place. Our first reel (from a pool store) just had a lock on the casters, which didn't work very well when you're trying to roll up a large solar cover. The Rocky's reel has screw...
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    Extra tiles, tile trim on steps, and grout color

    The pool is emptying as I type, so it's time for a few last minute questions about retiling. First, would it be a good idea to purchase a few extra tiles? When we moved here 12 years ago the pool already had missing waterline tile. I don't know if that's normal wear and tear (in which case...
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    Keeping the protective cover on a rolled-up solar cover

    Paul, since I hate the process of putting a replacement cover on the reel, I'll do whatever I can to keep the current cover in good shape. :-D That would mean swimming out to the reel after I've rolled the thing up, since I can't get to the middle from the pool deck. I wonder if I can train...
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    Keeping the protective cover on a rolled-up solar cover

    Sounds like a solution! Do you just put the bungee cords on at the ends? Because I can't get to the middle of the the reel to put on a bungee unless I'm actually in the water.
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    Keeping the protective cover on a rolled-up solar cover

    Anyone got some good tips on keeping a cover on a rolled-up solar cover? Our pool is slightly free-form and the deck has a one-step riser near the deep end. Because of that, our solar cover reel (a Rocky's Rollers model) straddles the pool, about 5 feet from the edge of the deep end. It's...
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    Matte vs. glazed waterline tile

    Thanks, Dave. Even though it didn't help cut down our options. :-D
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    Matte vs. glazed waterline tile

    Is there any advantage to using matte-finish or glazed finish tiles at the waterline? My husband and I are down to three finalists in our "pick a tile already" contest, one glazed (manufacturer is Fujima), two matte (National Pool Tile), and we're spinning our wheels. If one of these tends to...
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    Quartz with plaster--worth it for longevity?

    no-mas, how old is your brother's pool?
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    Quartz with plaster--worth it for longevity?

    I must admit I'm surprised by these responses, because other posts I've read here on TFP are more positive about the advantages of quartz, even while negative about 3M. Maybe there's been a change in opinion? I asked Highly Recommended Place if their quartz was 3M, and they said it wasn't, that...
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    Silicone Shield: worth it or scam?

    One pool company that bid on our replaster/new tile job for a 20x40 IG pool is suggesting Silicone Shield Plaster additive at just under $600. The one other post on the forum I've found on the subject thinks it's junk. Anyone else have an opinion?
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    Quartz with plaster--worth it for longevity?

    I've been getting quotes to replaster our 20x40 IG pool and replace the tile. Some companies (including one highly recommended by a fellow forumite who is in the biz) suggest using a quartz aggregate instead of straight plaster. The companies say that the finish will last longer than plain...
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    Solar cover for odd shaped pool (Coverstick/ solar factory?)

    I've got a somewhat kidney-shaped pool (a spillover spa fits in the kidney indent), and the reel is positioned across the widest part of the pool, not the narrowest. It's a Rocky's reel, and it's their suggestion that you put the reel at the widest point of the pool; otherwise, you'll be...