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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Plaster is progressing nicely. The acid wash has exposed the blue freckles. I am now convinced it’s looking pretty good. Heavy winds today dumped tons of leaves into pool. The skimmer wizard was not reinstalled yet. I went out to trim my beautiful hibiscus because it’s dropping big bud...
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    New Pool Build in MD!

    Very nice. Just a word of caution about letting the munchkins and dog into the excavation. The sides don’t look shored up and it is possible for them to fail. I’m not speaking from experience with pool digs but trench digs. If the pool was excavated from bedrock then the hazard would be...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Mguzzy. Thanks for your coaching. I hope you and all other TFPers are safe from the fires.
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Pump on, acid bath to expose plaster specks and scrubbing started. Deck gets another treatment before final coating. Wind blowing, leaves falling, still 80 degrees. Trusting PB again.communication helps rather than texting...after shut off water fill it poured from the night sky. Can I get a...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    I appreciate the enthusiastic positive response. I’m still too worried to party! Probably due to thinking that’s 20 grand. Really. Water filling stopped after 46 hours. Still playing with the deck color. Not the best for visualizing but using glidden website paint your picture and a...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    29,000 gallons of water to fill, 29,000 to go, if 1000 of those gallons happens to flow, 28,000 gallons to go??? plaster went on yesterday from 8 am till after 1230 when I had to leave. Water filling started around 6 pm and still going. I think I have decided on a deck color but asked PB to...
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Sorry for delay. I needed a break from my pool agonizing. Yes the paint was gone. Plastered (pool not me) yesterday. Water filling now. Updates on pool marriage thread. l will admit to feeling taken advantage of or should I say flogging self for falling for the trust me from the contractor and...
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Update: I stand corrected on the extent of plaster work. Just a partial chip out but a full replaster. They pressure washed the existing paint off the old plaster, then acid washed and put the barrier coat on today. When/if the plaster starts failing and I’m still living here I’ll put the...
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Real work started today. I stand corrected. Not a complete chip out. Just partial. Now I can’t imagine what a complete would have cost seeing what a partial looks like. the first sign of failure I move out if I hadn’t already.
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Hi Stic2it, Yes the 19.6 is for a rescue. I’m chronicling the work in this thread. After a few rain delays the pool was drained dry yesterday and real work is starting today. I’ll post pics later. It’s dusty and noisy! It better be for that much. The 19.6 includes 2,600 for a salt system...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Great idea about the insurance. Thanks. No rocks, no nothing - just plain old human propulsion. Work done for today. Tomorrow draining starts. I kind of like the dark deck look.
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    I’m from NY and my sweetie was from CA. Our property taxes in those locations would have been enough for down payment!! It’s that backdrop that’s keeping me from cutting and running. I’m not reinstalling the diving board. The pool is not properly designed for diving. Deep below board but...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Can’t turn back now! It hasn’t rained all summer except for yesterday. Good for compacting the base but not good for the concrete truck to get close to the pool. The guys wheelbarrowed it in. Smoothing and waiting for next step. PB did a nice favor and patched a small driveway problem. Yay!
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    I guess he’ll do the blaster first then chip. Previous owner painted the pool no doubt to hide the “imperfections”. I think once paint is removed it will be easier to chip. The deck is 4” thick poured concrete and painted over. Since damaged section removed and new concrete have to paint to...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Sand down. Lunch break. Concrete tomorrow. Need to decide on paint color. Suggestions. PB said will use high pressure water blaster to remove paint and plaster from pool.
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Hi again, I asked PB1 for an estimate for pebble sheen upgrade. He sent that but changed the pool dimensions to 20x35 (15x35 in crumpled estimate). Quartz with blue - 7991.82 (I‘ll save up 82 cents this week!) Pebble sheen upgrade - $12,407.00. (No cents!) I decided to go with PB3 for...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Yes - the entire pool will be chipped out and replastered. SWGS installed too. All for a mere $19.6K + water bill +, +, +. I still have to deal with the failed low maintenance pebble weeds. Fake grass is growing on me more and more. Pv2 - PB mentioned that thinks plumbing leak and will...
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    Thank you ManiacalMama for your non-maniacal advice. You are correct. The dark spots are the gunnite. I spoke with PB after your post and he said yup. So I asked what’s the other discoloration. He didn’t know but could be calcium(?). It’s pretty rough when stepped on. Well all that is...
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    Plaster price check on aisle 5.

    Here’s a bid I got. I volunteer you to figure out the math for comparison.
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    Can this pool marriage be saved? Renovate or demo.

    I met with PB3 today. He came highly recommended, nice work and good communication. I entered and finished the discussion biased in his favor especially when he said it is not necessary to remove the entire decking, tile and replace as stated by PB1 and PB2. PB3 said he can fix the uplifted...
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    Landscaping Around Pool

    Chickinvic, If I could put it in a box I would send it to you!!! Thanks for the vote of support. Tomorrow another PB/PD will come by. Updates to come....
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    Landscaping Around Pool

    India Hawthorne is deer caviar in my neck of the woods. Several nights after it was planted around the exterior of the pool fence it looked like Mortisha (Addams family) had done the gardening. The next round was camellias which are evergreen and produce pretty flowers once a year. I am...
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    New build, first post

    Stool in the pool!!! Thanks for the laugh too although on a serious note CDC does have guidance on handling such problems. I was wondering about shelf life of the reagents as well. Thanks for the advice.
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    Suburban Philly Pool Renovation - Main Drain Importance?

    I installed a skimmer wizard and it does keep the leaves out of the skimmer. They just agglomerate and float around the pool and typically get blocked by the Polaris tube until I get out and remove them. I just put a hair net over the wizard to collect some of the smaller things that got...
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    Is this an emergency or can renovation be postponed another season or two?

    I'm not sure if it was replastered but the previous owner did a lot of wacko fixing. He or someone painted the pool. From the first day it was used blue goopy stuff would stain anything and anyone that touched the surface. The Polaris collects blue chips which could be the paint covered...
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    Options to level uplifted concrete coping

    Thanks RoyR. One more concern: If replacing the cantilever with coping surround does anything have to be done to the bond beam or other pool structure to maintain structural integrity? I assume a 4” slab of concrete sitting on top of the side of the pool is much heavier than travertine...
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    Options to level uplifted concrete coping

    2nd contractor said she doesn’t renovate pools with cantilevered decking unless the entire decking is removed. As you can see in the photo the decking is around 4” thick. She said that without removing the decking she won’t know if there was movement that needs correcting. This removal...
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    Options to level uplifted concrete coping

    I guess I can’t achieve everything I want! Thanks Jim R. I’m curious - how would the entire pool move up? If the one side of the pool settled would I see indications elsewhere in the area of the yard, etc? Thanks Neto, I should have put some context in the thread. The plan is to resurface...
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    Options to level uplifted concrete coping

    I’m wondering about various options to level off the uplifted concrete on one side of the pool. My preference is low budget but longlasting and professional looking. The section with the most gap between the pool has sloped significantly that it is not “comfortable” to walk on. I’m almost...
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    Is there a “best” time of year to resurface plaster

    Phew! I’m glad I asked. Now I’ll have to deal with disappointing the PBs I called!