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    Pool spillover , Stone with a grout line or solid granite.

    Have you looked at the metal spillways, the can be custom made to fit your specific design.
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    Remove old plaster or sand blast?

    Sandblasting, chipping out, hydro jetting is usually done based on the specific job and the equipment of the contractor. Very few contractors have the equipment to sandblast, and even fewer have the equipment to hydro jet. This has led to the chip out becoming the default method for large...
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    Bad install? Glass tile and coping

    Most contractors will take all extras. The reason is simple, we deal with some paver suppliers who only sell certain ones by the pallet, we will pay for the pallet even though your job may only require 20 pieces, you are not charged for the pallet. The tile setters like to pick up full boxes...
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    Help! Torn between Aqua White and Aqua Blue - any thoughts?

    Aqua Blue and Aqua White both use the same pigments for the background color. The Aqua White has all white rock while the Blue has some gold and black added. The prefer the Aqua Blue and feel the plaster surface when done tends to look better.
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    Pool plaster- less than 2 years old. Spot etching?

    We could go back and fourth all day and nothing would be solved due to the complexity of the issue. If you read my comments I place the blame on no individual (plaster or service man). From all of the quotes one should be able to discern that the two both play a role. My last comment would be...
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    Pebble Sheen vs Stonescapes Mini Pebble - cost and quality?

    Labor skill and labor cost is the main difference from contractor to contractor. The final appearance is dictated by applicator skill and not brand used. In some markets Stonescapes can bill out more than Pebble Tec, but it never hurts to ask for a discount.
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    Pool plaster- less than 2 years old. Spot etching?

    I am curious before I answer your question why you have not answered mine. Spec the plaster mix, application method, start up procedures and chemical maintenance. Then give me a time frame for the pool to "spot etch". I think knowing the exact cause it would be reasonable for this to happen...
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    Pool plaster- less than 2 years old. Spot etching?

    Let me be clear, I said I do not believe either side is 100% correct, I did say is it is likely a combination of factors. For either side to be proven correct one should be able to spec a mix and parameters for plaster application. State what water chemistry and length of time and create spot...
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    Pool plaster- less than 2 years old. Spot etching?

    I think neither side is 100% correct and there is likely a combination of factors, plaster mix and water chemistry. The way this problem can be solved is for either side to make a pool spot etch in a set period of time with a specific water chemistry and plaster mix. Then be able to replicate...
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    Pool plaster- less than 2 years old. Spot etching?

    Like most in the industry I am very familiar with research done by both sides. There can be more than one explanation for these type of plaster issues and in my opinion both sides have valid points. While I respect onblance I would say that this issue is far from solved, until both sides...
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    Pool plaster- less than 2 years old. Spot etching?

    There are competing thoughts on the causes of "spot etching". Some will blame the plaster application, mix, troweling technique. Others will blame start-up, water chemistry, and ongoing maintenance. These competing sides both publish articles supporting their cases and arguing against the...
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    Abalone Shells

    You should be cautious buying glass bead. Just like glass tiles there have been problems with poorly made beads cracking after install. Would advise to rely on your builder to supply a product like that.
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    Abalone Shells

    We buy ours from a large national distributor. There really isn't any technical info on the abalone shell themselves, I would imagine they would be comparable.
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    Abalone Shells

    Amount needed depends on how the shell is added. Some contractors add a whole bag to each batch others will hand cast some on the top to keep cost down. You would need to find out you contractors preferred method, either 1 bag per batch or around 3 bags for whole job.
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    Stonescapes mini pebble color

    The mix was one bag Cobalt and one bag Puerto Rican glass added with one gold and one black pebble removed.
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    Fake stonescapes?

    Ask for the warranty information from Npt. There is a form that installer fills out, ask for a copy for your records.
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    Stonescapes mini pebble color

    Here is a Caribbean mini with glass added, water color very pleasant looking.
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    diving board stand anchors

    Very few older pool meet new standards for diving envelope requirements. Use extreme caution if replacing diving board, there is a reason most contractors will not replace them.
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    Tile replacement and a couple questions

    The yellow arrow appears to be the bond beam (shell), red arrow is the mortar bed that is floated by tile setter to level the bond beam. Thin set is the used to adhere tile to mortar bed.
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    Spa spillway advice

    Best option is to install a metal spillway, the are custom fabricated to size The sides are about 1" tall and prevent water from touching tile.
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    Looking for some folks out there who have had experience with Stonescapes Aqua White Touch of Glass. New guy to the forum.

    I think the glass does a better job of light refraction make the water not darker but more vibrant. Here is an aqua cool with glass.
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    Does this pool plaster look normal?

    Looks like water seeping through the shell and coming out through the pebble surface.
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    Cracked and Rusty Artificial Stone Repair

    The pool does not need to be empty but it is usually easier as the rock line varies.
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    Cracked and Rusty Artificial Stone Repair

    Some older pool were made without tile, they instead tied steel and built out the shotcrete and formed a stone look when wet. It would then be stained or a skim coated. Repair the same way it was built.
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    No waterproofing on newly installed tile.

    Check the install instructions from the tile manufacturer. Many glass tiles require multiple steps for a proper install.
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    Spa rough in question with existing return and drain plumbing only.

    You may become compliant with the addition of an unblockable drain. There are a few styles and manufacturers that make them, a spa skimmer is not typical unless the spa is on a separate system (pump and filter) not connected to the pool. VGB compliant unblockable drain...
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    Beach entry into deep end

    I believe you can get around it by adding a set of wall steps to the deep end wet deck. The wall steps go on the vertical face of wall and the handrails are set in the wet deck itself. Green Valley Ranch (Las Vegas) has a similar set up.
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    Stone scapes mini pebble vs. quartz / Is Pebble sheen same as mini pebble?

    The applicators will sometimes polish the pebble surface if it is rougher than expected. Most of the time this is not neccessary on the large or mini pebble no matter what the brand.
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    Stone scapes mini pebble vs. quartz / Is Pebble sheen same as mini pebble?

    Stonescapes mini pebble and pebble sheen use stones of similar size in their formulas.
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    Replastering gunite pool spa

    If it is an old style air line there are a few ways, the most common I have seen used is the line is sealed and covered and new holes drilled through plaster and into pipe after the install but before the fill.