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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...
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    Looking for replaster recommendation for Los Angeles area

    I think the MAD magazine connection alone is a good enough endorsement! :-D Thanks very much.
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    Looking for replaster recommendation for Los Angeles area

    I've been pushing off the inevitable for a few years, but the time has come to get the pool replastered, along with new waterline tile. I've been looking through the forum for any recommendations of builders or replasterers in the area, but no luck. We have a roughly 20x40 oval-ish IG gunite...
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    High CYA, Mustard algae, drought

    Jason, is it worth it to try adding borates at this point, in order to drive down the amount of chlorine I'll need to add? Or is it not useful unless/until the pool is clear of algae?
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    High CYA, Mustard algae, drought

    I really do have mustard algae. Too dark to go out and take a picture now, but I've done battle with the foul beast before. It's primarily on the walls, not floating free...I'm raising my right hand and swearing that yes, it's MA. :-D
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    High CYA, Mustard algae, drought

    Not a happy situation here. My pool has had a mustard algae attack. The usual TFP prescription is to measure FC and CYA, and then use the pool calculator to figure out how much chlorine to add to get the FC level up to mustard algae shock levels. FC is at 6.5, and CYA is at 80. As the Pool...
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    solar cover reels

    chrisa, our pool tapers at the ends, and the pool itself is kidney shaped, with a jacuzzi in the kidney indentation. So, the widest section of the pool alone (that is, where the pool is 20 feet across) is maybe 5 feet from the deep end. That's where we anchor the reel. I know what you mean...
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    solar cover reels

    First tried a Leslie's low-profile reel. Ehhh. Next went to Rocky's Reel, which we've now used for several years. This reel is heavy duty and works very well, but the initial setup is non-trivial. Putting the thing together took some time, as the length of the roller is adjusted/set by...
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    Anyone using SOLAR SUN RINGS?

    I read in the ad copy that using the solar rings vs. solar blankets cuts down on mustard algae, my long-time nemesis. Anyone have any data on that? Though based on the comments above, I'm sticking with the bubble cover for now.
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    robot cleaners

    I got an Aquabot T-2 last season because our suction-side cleaner was choking on twigs and clumps of leaves. I'd read reviews of the Dolphin that commented on how the robot would not climb the pool's sides when the water temperature dropped. I'm in Southern California, and I wanted a cleaner...
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    Aquabot not resting flat on pool bottom

    My Aquabot Turbo T has developed a tilt. Fully submerged, at the bottom of the pool, the cleaner rests with one track on the floor of the pool, and the other track hovering about an inch or two from the pool bottom. I've made sure that I've bled all the air out of the machine before letting...
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    Aquabot cleaner problems--stretched drive belt?

    Thanks. Glad to know that the belts are easy to replace. Any suggestions on a good source to get them cheap? I do switch the handle direction--that seems to be the one thing that gets hammered into your head about the robotics. It's difficult to do research on the robotics, since there just...
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    Aquabot cleaner problems--stretched drive belt?

    I'm having problems with a recently purchased Aquabot Turbo T robotic cleaner--maybe someone has had a similar experience? After about a month and a half of use, the cleaner has developed a clicking noise. The cleaner is also moving more slowly, and does not move horizontally along the...